Thursday Jan 5th. The Names that Spell, Kellen & Me, Jessica Hernandez, Jarryd Scott, Claire Stahlecker @The Double Door, $5, 8pm.
Come out on this Thursday night to the Double Door to catch a Chicago.com/music event. The Names that Spell are a band that desire to make the contemporary musical realm one without artificial genre boundaries. They describe their genre as afro/blues/indie/experimental/jazz/psychedelic/soul/other. Other might be the best descriptive for them, or we could just go with “good music.” Kellen & me is a one man musical experience based out of Chicago Illinois, and he is one of the most promising singer/songwriters of the folk rock genre in the city of Chicago. His music embodies blues finger picking, rock chord progessions, and pop melodies. Jessica Hernandez is a neo-folk-artist. She has an intriguing and beguiling voice that accompanies her talented guitar picking well, you wont know whether you move your feet or relax and just take it all in. Jarryd Scott is a skilled guitarist and vocalist whose sound embodies blues, folk, and pop genres. His intimate yet powerful voice and his lyrical sincerity demands attention. We know you will be ready to go out on the Thursday after New Year’s Eve, so why not check out some excellent local musicians at the Chicago.com/music presents event at the Double Door.
Friday, Jan 6th. Lady GaGa @ The Rosemont Theater, 7:30, prices vary.
Lady Gaga is the 23-year-old pop-rock star from New York who took the music realm and shot to popularity with her debut album The Fame, released in 2008. Since then she has released another album The Fame Monster, and is one of today’s biggest diva act. She plays a brand of electro-pop which centers around her voice, repeating bangin’ beats, and youthful subject matter. It really is more of a traditionally European sound, but with the addition of her always changing exotic appearance, she has gained lots of attention in America. So if you want to check out a performance that is a exercise in fashion and performance, as well as dance away to throbbing electro-diva-dance tunes, then check out Lady Gaga at The Rosemont Theater.
Saturday, Jan 8th, Horse in the Sea @ The Hideout, 9pm
Horse in the Sea is a wonderful indie folk band that calls Chicago home. Their music is built around radiant harmonies and has foundation within electric-folk. And while it would be a misnomer to vague brush them as “pop”, they definitely have a universal appeal to their music, although in a subdued and tranquil manner. If you like the Shins quieter side, then you will enjoy this band undoubtedly. Their debut album, ?I Order The Sun To Shine On Everyone? was released on November 23, 2007 to a packed crowd at Chicago’s Schubas Tavern. Since then though they gained a following throughout the midwest and east coast. Come see why Jan 8th at the Hideout.
Sunday, Jan 9th, The Insecurities @ The Metro, 6pm
The Insecurities are a 5 piece Chicago band that play a brand of jumpy and energetic pop-rock that has indie undertones. The main thing about their music is that it is highly dance friendly. But they accomplish this through a swing-like, undulating beats and perceptible yet powerful vocals. The Onion described The Insecurities by saying that “[People] won’t be able to argue with the group’s pop sensibilities…nor will they be able to hold still while listening.” They are playing right now in the midwest and showcasing music from their latest album Show Your Teeth. Catch this brand of local powerpop at 6pm at the Metro.
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