Indie Rock

Sloth Hands “Vacation’s Over”

Folk/Punk Trio Sloth Hands released their first album, Vacation’s Over, in four years last week. This is the work of AJ Boucek (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Briana Certa: bass, backup vocals, and John Stenger (drums, backup vocals).

We are hearing elements of Mountain Goats and Paul Baribeau in these tracks that blend the humorous and serious.


Safari Room and Hari the Band play 05.31 at The Basement

Safari Room have pounded the musical pavement throughout 2019, releasing singles and live sessions, playing shows throughout the city, and working on new material. In June, they plan to trek through the Midwest to perform a handful of shows. But for now, Safari Room will stay in Nashville to play The Basement on May 31st. Hari the Band joins the bill; they too have kept busy throughout the year, planning to release an EP in June. Stay tuned for news about that. In the meantime, mark your calendars for May 31st and take a listen to Safari Room's latest single, "One Day Here", below. - Will Sisskind


Side Hug @ Schubas (5/25)

Side Hug released their latest EP, "Wasted Summer", earlier this month. This is the Dream Pop band’s second EP and first since 2017.

Side Hug is the work of Allan Cardenas, Lyd Landor, Christian Ovalle, and Jonathan David Reyes. This EP is hazy, breezy, sleepy rock perfectly building for Chicago summer nights.

You can catch Side Hug at Schubas tomorrow, May 25th, with The Jungle Giants.


New Ylayali Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Caterpillar Graveyard, the new collection of songs from Ylayali, a.k.a. Francis Lyons (of Free Cake for Every Creature), is now available via Sleeper Records. An intimate openness is met with a fuzz-forward, lo-fi buzz, creating a sense of chaos & tension. Hushed/whispered vocals make one listen intently as the instrumentation illuminates the lyrics. You can catch Ylayali performing this evening, along with Naps and Lesser. For more info, please go HERE.


Indie rockers Mars Motel debut single from upcoming LP, play Pianos 05.30

Mars Motel blends vibrant indie-rock guitar riffs with the ambient atmospheres of dream pop to create a sound that is both edgy and emotional, light and heavy, dangerously infectious, and ultimately fun. The choruses of the group's latest single “Coming Up For Air” are super-charged with energy and show off the band’s late ‘90s and early ‘00s influences. The poise and intensity of the group’s music feels like a crossover between The Verve and Young the Giant, classy and perfectly suited for festivals. The band will be releasing its debut album Passenger X later this year and has a scheduled performance at Pianos on May 30th. Check out the single is streaming below. - Rene Cobar