July 20th, 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!
Guest DJ – Chicago Outfit
6:30pm – Lardo
While officially starting in 2013, the seeds of Lardo began with a one-off band between Nick Minor, Brian Penningtron, and the original drummer from Minneapolis’ STNNNG, Jeremy Ward. The two Chicago-based members stayed in touch with hopes of future collaboration, though that only happened years later when Brian placed an online ad looking for a band to play his somewhat novel ‘synth guitar’ in. Nick responded and suggested bringing Jim Duffy into the fold: not only a sought after live and session drummer with dozens of projects under his belt, but a frequent bandmate of Nick’s dating back over 10 years. The trio slowly coalesced and booked a recording session before even playing out. Engineer Jon San Paolo from Electrical Audio was employed to record the band’s early songs in a live, minimal overdub fashion. The band played shows here and there, but the early emphasis was more about their own creative fulfillment. Another batch of songs was written and then recorded with San Paolo again at the end of 2014.
‘Gunmetal Eyes’ is the end product of these sporadic sessions. The LP’s 10 song sequence is semi-chronological: side A representing the bands early mission statement-like songs and side B teetering into more abstract and occasionally playful territory. The band members share a love of their city’s famed Touch and Go records scene, but also find influence in everything from ’70s German rock, pop, hip hop, and good ‘ol classic rock radio. Lardo can be broken down into 3 elements: the tight, no-more-beats-than-necessary drums and bass, splatter-y digital guitar textures, and Meiers’ not-so-subtle venting about his life as a CPS school teacher. The band is excited to release its debut album in the summer of 2015 on the fledgling Alliterative Accord label.
The band is currently divided between Illinois and North Carolina, but is hoping to have a second album completed in early 2017.
17+ // $40 //
7:15pm – Rasplyn and Born Days
Rasplyn is the solo project of Carolyn O’Neill who uses her experience with classical composition, and as a Clairvoyant Reader and Energy Healer, to create mystical and visual landscapes with her music. Carolyn is a Chicago native who grew up playing the clarinet and organ. After playing in her high school orchestra for four years, she went on to receive her degree in Music Composition from Columbia College Chicago. Her style is dark and cinematic, bearing moments of writhing intensity and flowing release among beautifully textured layers influenced by world culture and mysterious natural forces. Her debut album, ‘Scenes Through the Magic Eye’, was released on Nov. 30th, 2014 via Mythical Records. The music video for her track ‘Scarlets of the Sand’ was featured by Noisey/VICE on May 12th, 2016.
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BORN DAYS was born out of grey Chicago skies & an experimentation with soundscapes that could evoke a dark and apocalyptic setting. BORN DAYS is the solo workings of Chicago musician MELISSA HARRIS. Her electronic music is considered dark pop and is rooted in her experience with daydreaming, moon gazing, and a fascination with retro synths and samples. She arranges, performs, and records everything using an mpc drum machine, original vocal arrangements, ambient found sounds, and a variety of different instruments and synthesizers in an attempt to capture something raw and true. Her first EP “Be True” is being released this summer.
// 8:30pm // $10