Post Animal performs at Union Stage on June 2, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Straight from Chicago, Post Animal brought psychedelic sound with tons of heavy metal influences and hints of pop to Union Stage on Saturday. When I Think of You in a Castle, their debut album published on April 20 by Polyvinyl Records, is one of those albums that you can listen to without skipping a track.
Berit Ulseth fronts The Claudettes at Hill Country Live on May 17, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
The energetic performance of The Claudettes at Hill Country Live on Thursday defied the heavy hearts of its members as drummer Danny Yost lay home in Chicago, recuperating after suffering a stroke one week prior. Stepping into Danny’s seat behind the drums was Michael Caskey, who co-founded The Claudettes in 2011 with pianist Johnny Iguana but departed in 2016 due to other commitments.
Post Animal (Photo courtesy Polyvinyl Records)
Post Animal, a psych-rock five-piece from Chicago, recently released When I Think of You in a Castle, their debut full-length record, via Polyvinyl Records. The guys perform at Union Stage in support of that album on Saturday, June 2.
The Claudettes (Photo by Donna Drapeau)
The Claudettes released Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!, the band’s third full-length for Yellow Dog Records and first to feature their touring lineup of piano, drums, bass guitar, and three singers, on March 23. The Claudettes visit Hill Country Live for a *free* record release show on Thursday, May 17!
Al Jourgensen fronts Ministry at Rams Head Live on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
There is nothing subtle about Ministry. From the start of their show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Monday, frontman Al Jourgensen and his motley crew took straight aim at President Donald Trump with songs from new album AmeriKKKant, released in March via Nuclear Blast. The resulting 15 songs of industrial metal satisfied the black-clad crowd in attendance to seek a salve to unspoken wounds.
Russian Circles performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on April 18, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Black. The audience was dressed in black. Which seems entirely appropriate for Russian Circles’ music for it feels absolute. It doesn’t compromise, and it is powerful enough to withstand any light. But strangely enough, despite its seemingly impenetrable “wall of sound” feel, their music has soul, an accessibility that kept the audience on Wednesday at the Rock and Roll Hotel engaged and rapt, hanging on every note, eager for more.
Russian Circles (Photo by Paul Blau)
Russian Circles, a Chicago-based post-rock instrumental band, have been breaking down genres with their sonic landscapes, and they smash through the Rock and Roll Hotel for a performance on Wednesday, April 18.