Jacob Banks. Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker ImKevinBaker
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Jacob Banks, Durand Jones and The Indications Kickstart Holiday Weekend with Soulful Sold Out Show

Durand Jones and the Indications if you’re looking for a blast from the past with a sprinkle of modern flair, look no further than deep soul outfit Durand Jones and The Indications. Frontman Jones took to the stage with soaring vocals and commanding stage presence, bursting with energy that Lincoln Hall’s stage could barely contain. Drummer Aaron Frazier surprised the crowd when he took lead vocals for a couple songs.  Frazier continued drumming while hitting some of the highest notes we heard that night.  His impressive falsetto was reminiscent of…

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Jungle, Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in Chicago, Metro, Chicago, IL. November 27, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes
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Jungle Fills the Metro with Lush Grooves and a Delightful Dance Party

Red Bull In line with the headliner’s name, the venue’s entrance way was decked out in plants, and colorful cartoon owls.  Their cocktail menu even included Jungle Juice, which was served in a series of tiki glasses towards the beginning of the night. Drama Duo Local experimental twosome Drama Duo started the night off with their special brand of happy sad music. With their singer Via Rosa and producer Na’el Shehade. While there was not very much happening in terms of on-stage movement, Via Rosa’s silky smooth vocals lured the…

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Pell. Red Bull Sound Select 2017 Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker
Interviews 

Interview: Pell talks about his upcoming EP Release, Influences and Career Highlight to Date

A frequent guest vocalist on an eclectic array of songs (Big Gigantic, Aluna George and more) Pell is one of those artists you might’ve already heard without even knowing.  If you’ve seen La La Land, you’ve heard a snippet of his track in the opening scene.  He’s currently a featured artist with Red Bull with an upcoming concert date supporting Aminé and he’s set to release an EP soon. We caught up with Pell between tour dates to talk about his upcoming release, his musical influences, and his career highlight…

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Amine. Red Bull Sound Select 2017 Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker
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Aminé and Pell Bring Colorful Confidence to the Metro with Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in Chicago

Pell New Orleans rapper, singer, writer, and producer Pell performed an exciting set as the supporting act for the night.  Just off the heels of his latest single “Chirpin’,” Pell got the crowd going, starting cheers of “Pell Yeah,” He won the crowd early on with a short, albeit powerful set.  Joined only by his drummer for the majority of his set, Pell’s stage presence was full of classic confidence–the kind you would find from early 90’s rappers commanding attention by fully owning the stage and fostering connection. Even with folks…

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Mura Masa. Red Bull Sound Select 2017 Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker
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Mura Masa, Tennyson, and slenderbodies Eased Their Way Into a Full Blown Dance Party at Concord

slenderbodies I was admittedly slightly bummed when Bonzai–originally slated for this lineup–suddenly dropped out without notice.  However, it was a pleasant surprise that she was replaced by the smooth L.A.-based  slenderbodies.  The indie pop duo sound like a stripped down Glass Animals, thanks to eerily similar vocals, complete with airy and gentle whisper-singing.  During their short set, they played “sublime,” newest track “lucid,” “oasis,” and finished up with “anemone.”  Check these guys out if you’re looking for a chill, but smooth vibe. Tennyson The night continued its gradual ascent, with…

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Parquet Courts at Empty Bottle
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Parquet Courts, Built To Spill, Meat Wave, Good Willsmith at Empty Bottle

Good Willsmith At first, this sounded like experimental robot noises mixed with a distorted stream, almost like someone jammed the transmission on some white noise. I wasn’t sure at first if I liked this, but it grew on me, especially with the addition of a more steady bass-heavy rhythm.  Their experimental, sometimes ambient sound might not be mainstream ready, but their set was a thought-provoking journey I’d happily take again. Meat Wave With a complete 180-degree rotation, Meat Wave released a lot of pent-up punk rock energy.  Their lead singer’s…

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SYD. Red Bull Sound Select 2017 Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker
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Syd Brings Understated Sexiness to the Metro with Red Bull 30 Days in Chicago

New Zealander Bailey Wiley kicked off a night of female-focused talent with a lively set.  With her set in full swing, a couple clipboards  circulated, requesting doodles and depictions of Syd’s song lyrics.  As her first ever show in Chicago, she won the audience over with a cover of Erykah Badu’s “Tyrone,” pulling people’s faces away from their phones to sing along.  She brought energy, excitement, and crowd engagement, inspiring those who didn’t already know her to check her out.  People jammed out to DJ Sahar Habibi, who infused life into…

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Ibeyi Red Bull 30 Days in Chicago at the Metro
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French/Cuban Twins Ibeyi Inspire the Metro as Part of Red Bull 30 Days in Chicago

Koda opened up the night.  The tiny guy with a bigger voice hit his high notes, while his bassist and guitar player seemed to enjoy themselves while keeping a low profile throughout the set.  The singer/guitarist had two mics, one for his unaltered singing voice and another for a more distorted voice. Chicago local theMIND kept a pretty interactive set, starting with shoutouts for people who knew him and those who don’t, whom he affectionately referred to as his “new friends.”  He kept trying to get the crowd involved, encouraging…

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