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brittle branches

Brittle Branches Show Tonight!

Brittle Branches is an electropop band whose genre on Facebook reads “Sleepwave/Napcore.” You may have heard ’em last month on Chicago Mixtape, alongside folks like Elephant Gun, Strawberry Jacuzzi, and Swimsuit Addition. Regardless, check ’em out below, and continue reading to learn some influences and favorites.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Some of our musical influences are old favorites like Hum and Of Montreal, and newcomers like CHVRCHES and Passion Pit.

 

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

Locally, Ampersand Posture, Diode Milliampere, and Secret Science are doing great work.

 

 

Saturday, 6/7 at the Green Room

with Mobby RenDoza and Volutes

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

Get tickets HERE

Mobby RenDoza

Mobby RenDoza Headlines this Saturday!

I booked Mobby RenDoza at the Green Room before, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was a great performance, and I’m super happy to have him back this Saturday! We talked a bit about his improvisational show style and the complex sounds he makes, and you can hear it for yourself below. Read on, then come out to see the show this Saturday.

 

I was kind of blown away by your set, and then at the end you commented how it was mostly improvised, which just completely blew my mind. Do you improvise all of your sets?

Yes. If I play a song I’ve written before, I try to play it in some kind of different way, sort of a remix. I’m more interested in making stuff up all the time; that way I don’t get bored. I have ideas of what I want to play ahead of time, so I kind of know where I want to go with it, but I don’t plan out set lists. When I tried to before, I’d have this notebook and write down all these titles of songs that don’t exist, and then when I was playing I’d look at the book and make up songs for each of the titles.

 

You make a lot of noise for one man up there. Can you talk a little bit about what you use and how you make that happen?

I’m interested in taking all of the really subtle sounds out of the guitar, and mixing those sounds differently – using them in a different way. I like the soft sounds that come out of the guitar, so I basically try to make those louder so I can make the rhythm parts on a loop station, and then just go from there. The loop station I have is five tracks, and it has some effects on it that can manipulate the rhythm in different ways, and textualize and color things in different ways.

 

I also have this thing called a PorchBoard. It’s kind of an idea that was made after a cigar shop box that you see used in country and western music a lot, but instead of having a microphone in a box, they basically made this sub-bass pick-up kind of thing. It really gives a nice, natural sound. I have that running into some delay to make it sound differently. I can get a natural heartbeat kind of sound, or a really good fuzz to ground all the music down. Everything except the bass drum parts from the PorchBoard comes from the guitar.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect at Saturday’s show?

Psychedelic guitar, with a flamenco flavor. Some changing soundscapes with bass-y dance rhythms. I’ve been painting this image, or movie, in my mind, and I’m going to play a soundtrack to that. A bunch of changing landscapes. Pictures of Earth and shit, in strange colors. I’m going to bring some mood lighting to change colors in the space, but nothing too crazy.

 

 

 

Saturday, 6/7 at the Green Room

with Brittle Branches and Volutes

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

Get tickets HERE

Volutes

Volutes Opens the Show this Saturday!

Volutes is the musical project of Chicago-based Christina Dennaoui, with sounds projecting the influences of Middle Eastern beats, deep house, jazz and bass music, creating “dance music for the discerning.” Her latest album, Elegant Grey, was released this year and will soon be available on cassette via PlusTapes. Read on to learn more about her influences and favorites, and click play to hear what she’s all about.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

My influences are kind of all over the place. When it comes to electronic music, I really like and respect the work of portishead, burial, trentemoller and Nicolas Jaar. I love classical arab music and lebanese dabke music, such as Fairouz, Wadi Al Safi, Marcel Khaliffe and Nasir Munir. I’m also a big fan of Mulatu Astatke, Radiohead, Sigur Ros and Joanna Newsom.

 

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

I’ve been listening to the new Wye Oak album, Wild Beasts‘ “Present Tense” and Fatima Al Qadiri‘s “Asiatisch.” Oh, and the soundtrack to the brilliant film, Only Lovers Left Alive. In terms of local musicians, I’ve been enjoying the recent Pillars and Tongues‘ End Dances (though not new), Brash Flair‘s “Two” and the Savage Sister/Lykanthea Release, Sundrowned.

 

 

Saturday, 6/7 at the Green Room

with Mobby RenDoza and Brittle Branches

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

Get tickets HERE

Primo Mendoza

Primo Mendoza plays Green Room tonight!

Nestled between Mobby RenDoza and Bowl of Dust & Co. at tonight’s show are the comforting tunes of Primo Mendoza. Primo was recently featured on WBEZ’s Morning Shift, and you can hear that interview and performance below. If you’re in the mood for more, you can head to his SoundCloud page OR come on out to the show tonight!

 

 

Thursday, 4/3 at the Green Room

with The Quiet Revelry, Bowl of Dust & Co., and Mobby RenDoza

21+ | $5 | Doors at 8:30, Show at 9

Get tickets HERE

Mobby RenDoza

Mobby RenDoza plays Green Room tomorrow!

Mobby RenDoza’s been spending a lot of time lately recording improvisations and songs in preparation for an upcoming dual album; his debut. Creating sounds that improvise their way from ebb to flow, he promises each live performance is unique, “like a pancake.” Listen below, and read on to learn Mobby’s inspirations and latest favorites.

 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Some of my biggest musical influence comes from the ambient sounds of the environment, and silence. Civil rights and social justice. I was raised on a lot of Flamenco, Mariachi, blues, jazz, and Motown. Throughout my years as a changing musician, most people have pointed out my Latin flavor. Improvisation is a big deal to me.

 

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

Nowadays, I also listen to all kinds of EDM and ambient music. I love new music that challenges genres and creates that lovely human spark. Some great artists I’ve been listening to lately: Bonobo, Flying Lotus, Machinedrum, Mr. Oizo, Boards of Canada, Teebs, Aphex Twin, J Dilla, Grimes, EOTO, Sigur Ros…. if you want to go fucking crazy to different degrees, play through that shit.

 

Thursday, 4/3 at the Green Room

with The Quiet Revelry, Bowl of Dust & Co., and Primo Mendoza

21+ | $5 | Doors at 8:30, Show at 9

Get tickets HERE

the quiet revelry

The Quiet Revelry Show this Thursday!

The Quiet Revelry headline this Thursday’s show at the Green Room, wrapping up an amazing night in sounds. Their breed of folk brings charming harmonies alongside Americana-tinged energies, creating a sound accredited to both Chicago and Nashville.

 

They recently played Lincoln Hall, and below you can catch a performance of “Secret Song.” As the video owner notes: “taken with a phone camera – imagine how good they actually sound in person.” But don’t imagine, come out this Thursday and see the show!

Thursday, 4/3 at the Green Room

with Bowl of Dust & Co., Primo Mendoza and Mobby RenDoza

21+ | $5 | Doors at 8:30, Show at 9

Get tickets HERE