The Damn Tracks, Chicago Style Weenies and La Mata, TONIGHT!

If you feel your nightly diet is lacking in ska-influenced punk rock, the Green Room is the space for you tonight. With a slew of similarly-seasoned Chicago acts on the bill, it’ll be a damn good time!

 

The Damn Tracks headline the night with their breed of punk rock and roll. They recently released a 7″ split with WeDodgeMissiles, which you can hear below. Keep reading to learn influences and favorites!

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Our response for this could go on for days, but I’ll keep it simple by saying we’re influenced by anything with a good hook. If it’s catchy and under 3 minutes long we’ll probably be a fan of it.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

The Hypnic Jerks and Miles From Exile are bands that we just recently played with for our split 7″ release show with WeDodgeMissiles. All three are worth checking out.

 

 

 

Keeping the night moving is Chicago Style Weenies. In April, they released an EP called “Fight for Your Right (To Parlé),” and they have another on the way, expected to be released in mid-November.  As a completely DIY band, anything you see, read, or hear comes directly from their minds. Influences, favorites and tunes are below, so check ‘em out!

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Chicago Style Weenies is influenced by a variety of music and philosophy.  Our drummer is a hardcore European metal fan, our bassist played Flea’s bass lines in a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band, and our guitarist has always been a punk rocker.  We consider ourselves a punk band, and mesh our unique musical backgrounds into driving songs, skeptical lyrics, and energetic performances.  Our biggest punk influences are Bad Religion, NOFX, Propagandhi, Descendents, The Vandals, Screeching Weasel, Misfits, Strike Anywhere, Alkaline Trio – there simply isn’t enough room here to pay tribute to them all.  Like many before us, we favor independent thinking and are inspired by philosophies of the likes of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Christopher Hitchens, George Orwell, and Karl Marx.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

Propagandhi is surprisingly unknown band to many people I talk to, I’m not sure why that is.  They are incredibly talented and truly inspiring.  On the local level, we play with a lot of bands, so again – the list here would be long.  This past week we played two shows and I really enjoyed two particular bands – one from each night.  The Quitters are based out of Las Vegas, and I honestly didn’t think their recorded audio or video emphasized the energy this band has.  They were an awesome band who we’d like to connect with in the future – definitely!  Also, more locally, we played with Solution Unsatisfactory at the Mutiny recently.  Solution Unsatisfactory is based in the suburbs, but you’d be hard pressed to find a punk band, in or out of the city, as technical and in-your-face as they are.  We’re looking forward to doing some more shows with these guys soon!

 

 

Opening the show is La Mata, with their Latin, experimental, alternative style of rock. They’re currently recording their first EP utilizing international musicians, and the first single can be heard below. Click play and keep reading to learn more about ‘em, then come out to the show!

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

La Mata is influenced by many genres, and are not married to one. Musical Influences: Perez Prado, Mano Negra, Gogol Bordello, Soda Stereo, Santana, Caifanes, Los Lobos, Cafe Tacuba, Bjórk, Manu Chao, Rage Against the Machine, Consumatum Est, Mono Blanco, Joe Satriani, BB King, Fela Kuti, Calle 13, Los Tigres del Norte, Silvio Rodriguez and many many more..

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

B-Side Players, Cumbia Machin, MAKU Sound System, Ana Tijoux, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta, Antenna The Band, Disko Eterno, Sones de Mexico, CALJE, Esso!, Sonorama, Brown Sabbaath, Puya, Chico Trujillo, Cafe Tacuba, Nortec Collective, etc..

 

 

 

 

Friday, 9/19 at the Green Room

The Damn Tracks, Chicago Style Weenies, and La Mata

21+ | $5 | Doors at 9, Show at 9:30

Get tickets HERE

Tonight! Nick Shaheen, Beauty Minus Beast & Liz Chidester at the Green Room

The Green Room tonight at Abbey Pub is going to sound amazing. Three Chicago acts are bringing their feel-good folk-pop wonderfulness to the stage, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

 

Nick Shaheen headlines tonight, and you can plan to hear a track or two from the new album that’s currently being mixed. Recorded at SHIRK Studios here in Chicago, he plans to hit the road to Brooklyn at the end of the month. You can see a video for the first single, “State Song,” below, and keep reading to learn influences and favorites.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

DMB, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Band/Levon Helm, Jason Isbell, Josh Ritter, David Gray, Ryan Adams, Otis Redding, Joe Cocker.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

Just heard about this guy named Cory Branan. He’s on Bloodshot and just released a new record. Fantastic songwriter and great, original delivery. Rooted in folk/country but has some edge to him and he experiments with different genres and arrangements. His record MUTT is a great ride. Check it.

 

 

 

Beauty Minus Beast carry us through the night with their breed of folk music. They’re recently back in Chicago from their very first tour, which went really well despite getting robbed in Houston! From here, expect a few more singles being released and lots more shows at home. Check out the sounds below, and keep reading to learn more.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Death Cab For Cutie.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

I have lots of local favorites, but my top three are: Mighty Ships, Elizabeth Carol K, and Arkham.

 

 

 

Liz Chidester opens the night, and has also been busy prepping for the road. She’s heading to Virginia in October, and New York in November, so now’s your time to catch her! Check out her indie-folk-pop sounds below and keep reading to learn influences and favorites.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Definitely Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and also Regina Spektor, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Fiona Apple, Jewel.

 

What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

I love the local band Frances Luke Accord. Their harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements are wonderful. Also, I know these bands are super popular right now, but I can’t stop listening to Alt-J and Tune-Yards. I’m also still madly in love with Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and Wilco.

 

 

Friday, 9/12 at the Green Room

Nick Shaheen, Beauty Minus Bear and Liz Chidester

21+ | $5 | Doors at 9, Show at 9:30

Get tickets HERE