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Chance The Rapper Shares Music Video For “Same Drugs,” with Vocals from Eryn Allen Kane and John Legend

posted by Oscar February 6, 2017

Chance The Rapper has released the music video to Coloring Book highlight, “Same Drugs.” One thing that’s also worth noting is that this is an alternate version of the song you hear on the original stream. This version has a more pronounced vocal performance from lady Eryn Allen Kane, and it also features the voices of singers like John Legend, Yebba, Francis Starlite, and Macie Stewart (AKA Mace God to the POD family).

The Jake Schreier-directed clip is worth seeing overall with its portrayal of Chano and the puppets with which he performed at his Magnificent Coloring Day concert/fest at Sox field last year, but it’s the fresh version of the song that helps make it that much more of a can’t-miss.

Chance premiered the visuals earlier today through a broadcast on Facebook Live. Check it out above.

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Video: Whitney – “No Matter Where We Go”

posted by Oscar May 24, 2016

One of our favorite Chicago bands, Whitney have released their new single”No Matter Where We Go” and its accompanying video. The visuals were directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz and in it we see clips of couples in a sweet embrace in the most intimate of settings, cut in with shots of the band performing the upbeat jam. Also, is that Marrow’s Macie Stewart and Lane Beckstrom I spot here?

Their new album Light Upon the Lake will come out next week June 3, on Secretly Canadian.

Whitney will embark on their first major U.S. headline tour this summer in support of Light Upon the Lake. A full list of dates is below with more to be announced soon. Continue Reading

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Video: HOMME – “Woman”

posted by Oscar March 28, 2016

Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham, better known as HOMME, have shared their new music video for “Woman.” The Chicago outfit took to Bitch Magazine to premiere their new clip from Maren Celest, on which they brought to life the futuristic Folk heard in their music.

The video has its share of moments that will get stuck in your head like the underwater scene that is laid in reverse sequence, or the green talking heads, and more. Speaking about the video in a release, the group said:

The video was inspired by fluid imagery and the movement of water,” the band explains. “[Our director] Maren Celest concocted scenes ranging from dark and ominous to bright and intense much like the song itself to give the videos world this see-sawing sensation. There’s this sense of frustration that builds through the video, of trying to communicate a message through different environments, or the feeling that the air around you has no interest in carrying your voice. There is anger, and eventually, release.

Check it out above.

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Eryn Allen Kane – “Piano Song”

posted by Oscar November 10, 2015

Eryn Allen Kane

Eryn Allen Kane has released a new track, delivered via BET’s Being Mary Jane. This song is as beautiful as you would expect from EAK, starting off with a wonderful piano accompaniment to her solo voice that soon ushers in an oh-so-very-cool trumpeting part before flourishing into this big, ever-ascending  and glorious outtro.

The track features a lot of Chicago artists providing support, with Will Miller serving as co-writer along with providing horns, Marrow’s Macie Stewart and Lane Beckstrom playing piano and bass, respectively, and Peter Manheim on drums. The song was co-produced by Kane, Miller, and Liam Kazar (also of Marrow).

I’ve already heard it five times during the time I’m writing this; it doesn’t usually take me this long, but this one’s justified because when you hear “Piano Song” you’ll also realize that all you’ll want to do is devote your complete attention to it. In my most humbled opinion I have to say, Eryn is the best voice out there.

Listen to “Piano Song” below. Continue Reading

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New EP: Homme – ‘Homme’

posted by Oscar November 10, 2015

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Homme have unleashed their self-titled debut and made it available for streaming via Foxhall Records (officially releasing on November 13). The duo of Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham come together for a stunning experimental project that was produced, engineered, and mixed by Dorian Gehring and mastered by Neil Strauch.

Perhaps the most interesting part about this group is how they created the whole project on their own. All instruments on the EP are performed by Sima and Macie, with the exception of track 5 on which Jeff Parker plays lead guitar. Additionally, they each wrote a half of the project: MS writing tracks 1, 3, 6 and SC writing 2, 4, 5.

Personal favorites include the St. Vincent-esque “Fingerprints” and the awesomely chaotic “Furniture.” Hear the project below. Continue Reading

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Sima Cunningham Announces November Residency at The Hideout

posted by Oscar November 1, 2015

Sima Cunningham The Hideout

Every Tuesday at 9PM throughout November you’ll be able to check out Chicago stand-out artist Sima Cunningham performing at The Hideout.

For those of us “in the know,” we’ve enjoyed Sima’s music as she’s one half of HOMME and we’ve seen her play an active role in the local scene as she’s provided backing vocals for the likes of Chance The Rapper at Pitchfork Music Fest most recently as well as in previous years. Also, she’s the sister of Liam Cunningham of Marrow. All kinds of dopeness e-ve-ry-where!

Read more details on each show below. Continue Reading

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New Project: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Surf’

posted by Oscar May 28, 2015

Donnie Trumpet Surf

It’s finally here… The long wait for new project Surf, from Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (the band which includes Chance The Rapper) is over with the official release just minutes ago. It’s the first free release ever on the digital music store.

Get it for FREE now on iTunes.

Hit the jump to see the track list and to stream Surf. Continue Reading

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HOMME – “Fingerprints”

posted by Oscar April 3, 2015

Homme

Check out this new song from HOMME. This new duo is formed by Sima Cunningham and Macie “MaceGod” (unofficially) Stewart and their latest track is titled “Fingerprints.”

The song is produced by Dorian Gehring and it is ridiculously good; it reminds me a bit of St. Vincent in all the best ways. This is our first look at this band’s forthcoming self-titled project, due out later this year. Stream “Fingerprints” below. Continue Reading

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Video: Chance The Rapper/The Social Experiment Short Film – ‘SoXDay’ Dir. by Austin Vesely

posted by Oscar December 3, 2014

Happy SoXDay!

Our dude Austin Vesely connected once more with Chicago Great Chance The Rapper for SoXDay, a short film chronicling what it’s like to be on tour with Chano and his band the Social Experiment. Here we get to see all that goes on for the 23 hours in the day when they’re not on stage.

The backing act consists of Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, Stix, Nate Fox(‘s back) and Macie Stewart. It’s cool seeing Chance work with the crew as they prepare the lighting for the show as well as his commanding toast for his tour manager, but it’s the comedic parts, like the “TMZ moment” and the post-show conference, that make this entertaining.

The concert footage is particularly jarring though; the view from the stage and onto the crowd was an awesome reminder of just how much he’s grown in his still very short, ongoing career.

This only helps build the anticipation for Surf; coming soon. Shout-out to AV!

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The Music Vox Presents: Block 2 Block with Marrow

posted by Alberto September 9, 2014

MarrowVocalo’s The Music Vox caught up with Marrow’s Macie and Liam to talk about the neighborhoods they grew up in, Mayfair and Old Irving Park. They give us some of their childhood stories, some of their early musical influences, good spots to eat at and much more. I’m going to have to check out Smoke real soon. Listen to the full episode of Block 2 Block featuring Marrow below.  Continue Reading

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Recap: Marrow Live at Schubas

posted by Oscar December 20, 2013

Last night, (12/19/13) Marrow played a sold-out show at Chicago’s Schubas Tavern to usher in a new era for former Kids These Days members Liam Cunningham, Macie Stewart, Lane Beckstrom plus new drummer Matt Carroll. The young band was celebrating the release of their new EP, Two, with a little help from Lamp and Passerines who served as openers.
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Video: Marrow – “Two”

posted by Oscar December 5, 2013

Marrow, the band that was formed by former Kids These Days members Liam Cunningham, Macie Stewart and Lane Beckstrom (plus Matt Carroll), has finally released their latest material. The song is called “Two” and it comes accompanied with a set of visuals directed/shot/edited by Austin Vesely. The music itself is fantastic. The short film is divided in two parts, the first featuring Liam on vocals playing a Wilco-esque track and a guitar + keys riff that instantly gets stuck in your head, the second being a little more somber and KTD-esque with Macie on vocals.

I have to say, I’m really enjoying the reincarnation of one of my favorite local bands and I can’t wait to see what they offer live.

*Special shout-out to Cindy at Piggly Wiggly.