December 14th, 2017 Join us for our weekly show featuring all Chicago music, Thursdays from 6-8pm on 88.7FM WLUW or streaming online at wluw.org!
The Moose – 6:00p
Moulded by Chicago’s thriving local music scene, and formed in the the city’s western suburbs in 2012, The Moose is comprised of brothers Mitch (bass) and Matt (lead vocals/guitar) Bellock, and childhood pal Dave Catanese (drums). With heavy influences from bands like Manchester Orchestra, The White Stripes, Every Time I Die, and Pearl Jam, the group’s cathartic ballads present a constant lyrical clash between fiction and non fiction, driven by heavy handed, powerful chords laced with subtle complexities, and underscored with smooth but intricate bass parts that tend to take the place of lead guitar. The trio released their latest EP, “No Wick,” in February 2017. No Wick is the sister EP to its predecessor, “All Wax” (June 2016). After a recent recording session at noteworthy Panda Studios in California, The Moose has an LP in their back pocket, with plans to release new music in the new year.
Hand Practices – 7:00p
Hand Practices are a four piece psychedelic rock band from Chicago, IL. None of the members are particularly virtuosic at their instruments, nor do any of them look particularly cool. However, they do have some redeeming qualities. For starters, they are relatively punctual for a band whose only unofficial endorsement is from an anonymous weed farmer. Oh yeah, and they write songs that have killer melodies, catchy hooks, and sneakily complex arrangements. From groovy, swinging, meter-bending, poppy tunes to sprawling, droning sonic monoliths, Hand Practices carves out albums and live sets that pull the listener along some somehow cohesive journey that detours at every strange roadside attraction along the way. With the self-release of their first full-length record, Caterpillar, in late 2014 and a handful of trippy singles, Hand Practices is moving forward musically with their sophomore effort Magnum Dopus, 9 songs that deconstruct music and lyrically ponder its value while hoping that the undercurrent of the songs themselves are redemption enough to prove itself wrong.
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Cream Team – 7:30p
Duos change the world. Jobs and Wozniak pioneered computing. The Wright Brothers defied gravity. Chicago C.R.E.A.M. team are redefining music. Donnie Macc and Turk The Champ seamlessly blend genres to craft a sound both unique and familiar. Their debut project (set to impact in the first half of 2017) is a parade of sound with universal songwriting. People always ask what it takes to make it in the music industry. It takes two.