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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

INCOMING: Alice Merton To Play Chicago's Bottom Lounge 4/26; Mint LP Out Now Via Mom+Pop Music

 Alice Merton Plays Bottom Lounge On 4/26
Mint LP Out Now Via Mom+Pop Music

Alice has announced Summer tour dates with Young The Giant and Fitz & The Tantrums. Last month, Alice released a new documentary centered around the making of her LP 'Mint'.  The LP was released on 1/18 on Mom+Pop Music. Critical acclaim has been coming in for the LP: Jon Pareles of the New York Times praised the LP in his weekly column. Nylon's Allison Stubblebine said,"...if I did have to assert one quality of Merton’s that I think will grow more and more evident over time, it’s the weird, the quirky, the way that she leaves mistakes in her songs, making them what they are, flawed and perfect, all at once." Town + Country also raved saying, "Alice Merton is About to Have the Breakout Album of 2019." 

Her single “Funny Business” is officially Top 20 on AAA, approaching Top 15 and officially Top 30 at Alternative radio.  Alice's video for "Funny Business" was shared on Refinery29. Along with the video, the site she also did an exclusive interview.  The track originally premiered on Nylon.  Along with the song premiere, Alice also sat down with Nylon and did an interview where she talked about both the song and the new album. Last year, Alice's breakout single "No Roots" was certified gold by the RIAA.

Photo Credit: Paper Plane Records

Amazon Music listeners can simply ask, "Alexa play "Funny Business" (Acoustic) by Alice Merton" in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

Alice will be embarking on a U.S. tour in April around her new LP Mint. This tour will include dates at Coachella. She then will return to the U.S. this summer playing dates with Young The Giant and Fitz & The Tantrums. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.  

Tour Dates:
4/14/2019 - Indio CA - Coachella
4/16/2019 - Vancouver BC - Biltmore Cabaret
4/17/2019 - Seattle WA - The Crocodile
4/21/2019 - Indio CA - Coachella
4/23/2019 - Denver CO - Bluebird Theater
4/24/2019 - Kansas City MO - The Record Bar
4/26/2019 - Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge
4/27/2019 - Panama City Beach FL - SandJam 2019 Festival
8/4/2019 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park*
8/6/2019  - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Ampitheater* 
8/8/2019  - Santa Barbara, CA  - Santa Barbara Bowl*
8/9/2019 - San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre* 
8/10/2019 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum*
8/11/2019 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre* 
8/14/2019 - Reno, NV - Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino* 
8/15/2019 - San Francisco, CA - Greek Theatre at Berkeley* 
8/16/2019 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Las Vegas Event Center* 
*(Supporting Fitz and the Tantrums / Young the Giant)

Alice Merton wants to know why you're being so damn serious. 

The chart-topping singer-songwriter wrote her most euphoric, pop-friendly track to date at a time when critics and hot-takers seemed intent on sucking the joy out of everything. 

“I kept getting asked in interviews, ‘Do you think you’re gonna be a one-hit wonder?’” Alice Merton laughs. “I went into the studio and said, ‘Music is supposed to be fun! We don’t write songs to be hits, we write songs so we feel good.’” 

Out came "Why So Serious," with Alice Merton shimmying circles around the noise and the nonsense with parade of jubilant hooks. It's the closing salvo on MINT, an 11-track cavalcade of such powerhouses, and a long-awaited, hard-fought triumph of a debut album (out Jan. 18 on Mom + Pop Music). There are anthems for self-reliance, growing up, lashing out, and finding home in a whirlwind of FaceTime conversations and passport stamps. 

“Some talk about growing up and moving around a lot,” the English-German artist (who once moved 12 times over 24 years) observes, “But a lot of others discuss the struggles we’ve had with starting a label, the feeling of trying to prove yourself to everyone.” While studying at University of Popular Music and Music Business, Alice Merton founded Paper Plane Records Int. with her best friend and manager Paul Grauwinkel, while crafting songs alongside co-writer and producer Nicolas Rebscher. Label and radio reps scoffed at “No Roots” - It’s a minute too long! Take the guitars out! - but by the time it topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in the U.S. and amassed over 142 million YouTube streams, naysayers turned to supporters. 

Long safe from those one-hit wonder jabs (the fiery “Lash Out” followed “No Roots” as an alt radio staple) MINT finds Alice Merton progressing from the owner of a handful of hits to an accomplished album artist. On “Funny Business,” she ventures outside her usual circle of collaborators and enlists Grammy-nominated producer John Hill (co-producer and co-writer of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”) for a swaggering, bass-groovy joyride that's ready to duke it out with "Why So Serious" for the title of Alice Merton's next big hit. It also doubles as her own personal dos and don'ts checklist: "I don't break hearts / I don't do funny business / I just ride in cars / And watch them get hung up in it." Seriously, why so serious? 

For fans who have been there from the start, MINT is the full-length affirmation; for newcomers, it's a virtual greatest hits of two globetrotting years spent living, adapting, and creating. With extensive touring and one of 2019’s standout debuts on the way, Alice Merton’s metamorphosis from Hype Machine and Shazam sensation to bona fide stardom is starting to… take root. She has gone platinum in six countries, amassed over 261 million global streams, sold out headlining dates in New York and Washington, D.C., and has been championed by the likes of Billboard magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, James Corden's Late Late Show, and Live With Kelly and Ryan. "It feels really relieving,” she affirms. “I’m excited we can finally put these songs out and even start working on the next chapter.”

Mint - Tracklisting
1. Learn To Live
2. 2 Kids
3. No Roots
4. Funny Business
5. Homesick
6. Lash Out
7. Speak your Mind
8. Don't Hold A Grudge
9. Honeymoon Heartbreak
10. Trouble In Paradise
11. Why So Serious

Thursday, September 15, 2016

INCOMING: Nick Waterhouse at Bottom Lounge With Upcoming Release Never Twice Out 9/30/16

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar:


Photo Credit: rambo

Here at ChiIL Live Shows, we've been eagerly anticipating the new release by Nick Waterhouse. He truly shines live, and will be back out on tour this fall in support of Never Twice. We plan to catch him here in Chi, IL on 10/4 at Bottom Lounge. Full tour dates are below. Whether you're a long time fan or newly discovering the stellar style of Nick Waterhouse, give this a listen. Then come out and catch him live. 


On September 30th, Nick Waterhouse will return with his third full-length studio album, Never Twice. Waterhouse recently unveiled the track "Katchi" off of the upcoming album. The track features his pal Leon Bridges and riffs on Bridges' family name for a massage - "Katchi." "Leon and I were in Fort Worth hanging out at a friend's place getting massages. He was laying on the table while I strummed the chords, bare chested, he shouted out "she give me KATCHI!"... His mother's old Louisiana Indian term for 'loving touch'. We rode it out and next thing we know we had a straight cruiser," Waterhouse told The Fader. 

Waterhouse also recently unveiled his sweaty grooving video for "Old Place," made up of clips of him performing live earlier this year on Flood. The clips were directed by Emma Pollard. 

Watch the video here:

Never Twice will be released via Innovative Leisure digitally, on CD and 180 gram vinyl. He will head out on a fall U.S. Tour starting on September 24th. Highlights include Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on October 8th, The Bottom Lounge in Chicago on October 4th and The Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington DC on October 12th. More tour dates to be announced.

With Never Twice, Nick Waterhouse returned to his original collaborator, producer Michael McHugh (Black Lips, Ty Segall, Allah-Las). McHugh was a local legend in the oft-underrated Orange County music scene that Nick grew up in. McHugh was the first person to ever put Nick on tape and in an effort to re-capture the vibrancy of the Huntington Beach scene of Nick's youth, he invited McHugh up to his current home of San Francisco to work the boards once again. Once he had McHugh on board, Nick began cold-calling his favorite players, all of whom miraculously said yes. Jazz musician Bob Kenmotsu's contributed flute, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello collaborator Ralph Carney on sax, Dr. Lonnie Smith protege Will Blades on Organ and a virtual whose who of muso legends on horns, bass and guitar. The result is an exuberant and impeccably recorded album of songs, showcasing Waterhouse's prowess as a musician and a band-leader.


"The verses are built on the feet-shuffling groove of jazzy drums and keys as Waterhouse bewails his life's stagnation ... He refuses to sit still for long, however, as the funky refrain kicks everything into fifth gear with driving guitar riffs that bring to mind classic rhythm and blues bandstands, all decked in golds and blacks and blues." 
- Consequence of Sound

"Swoony vocals that recall 
jazz singers like Cab Calloway and Jack Jones, Waterhouse has been hailed as the second coming of soul, infusing a distinctly California surf-rock spin to the genre.'

"Waterhouse's show of intensity arrived through an incendiary combo of momentum-building saxophones...riding a grand, Spector-esque wave, punctuated with start-and-stop pacing, a love of musical space and Waterhouse's utilitarian voice singing structured three-minute rockers." 
- Los Angeles Times

"Waterhouse straddles the line between rock grit and smooth, sultry R&B. It's sexy, it's smart, and it's definitely worth another round in a bar in the middle of a dark and stormy night."
- Esquire


1) Its Time
2) I Had Some
3) Straight Love
4) Stanyan Street
5) Old Place
6) Katchi
7) Baby I'm In
8) Tracy
9) Lucky Once
10) L.A. Turnaround


9/24 - Long Beach, CA - Music Tastes Good Festival
9/26 - Portland, OR - Star Theater LINK
9/27 - Seattle, WA - Neumos LINK
9/28 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt LINK
10/4 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge LINK
10/5 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag LINK
10/6 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern LINK           
10/8 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg LINK
10/10 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair LINK
10/11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore LINK
10/12 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel LINK

More About Nick Waterhouse
By Jonathan Toubin

Many moons ago Primo Pitino, the DJ of San Francisco's legendary Oldies Night, passed me a copy of his friend Nick Waterhouse's "Some Place." Nick was a local vinyl DJ and the kid working at our Shangri-la, Rooky Ricardo's Records. Though he didn't have a band at the time, Waterhouse assembled some local musicians to cut a one-off 45 in the vein of the electrifying mid-century modern rhythm and blues he loved. I threw "Some Place"on the Technics during sound check a few cities down the line and was blown away from the howling falsetto all the way to the end! I gave it a whirl every night from Texas to Tennessee and all the way back home to New York. Not only were the dancers' feet responding, but they were also asking about the track on a nightly basis. The Nashville Scene was so blown away that they printed a piece on Nick after that single listen. DJs and collectors everywhere wanted it so bad that the little record with the big sound started fetching upwards of $300 on Ebay.

The immediate and unprecedented underground dance party success of Nick's DIY record resulted in a full band, gigs, and, after a number of obstacles, the widely acclaimed 2012 LP Time's All Gone. Nick's music, vision, and fully formed aesthetic caught on globally and he was instantly a fixture at nearly every major nightclub and festival on both sides of the Atlantic, Australia, Japan, and Russia - hitting stages everywhere from Primavera to Montreux Jazz Festival and charting on college, public, and commercial radio.

Only a year after self-releasing his first single, Nick Waterhouse was thrust into the chaos of leading a band, touring, and recording in the big leagues! Pummeling high speed down a bumpy hill of lineup changes, economic problems, and general chaos without any breaks, Nick made it through and the challenges made him more focused. 2014's Holly captured a more experienced artist upping the ante in writing, performance, recording, and production, inspiring a new level of critical and commercial success.

In addition to a jam-packed five years on the road, in the studio, and in the practice space, Waterhouse also produced septuagenarian soul legend Ural Thomas, Los Angeles Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins, and garage rockers the Allah-las. He's currently collaborating with the likes of young Grammy-nominee Leon Bridges and Steven Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste. The Rolling Stones blast Nick's version of "I Can Only Give You Everything"at stadiums before they go onstage. Vogue hired him to pose with Kendall Jenner. He hipped her to Little Willie John while Anna Wintour complimented his shoes. While a lesser artist would get lost in these distractions, Nick Waterhouse's acclaim only seems to energize him and make him work harder and push his music to the next level.

Nick's latest Never Twice is a culmination, intensification, and realization of everything he's been developing throughout this prolific frenzy. Catchier and loaded with more hits than its predecessors, Nick's new LP is at the same time harder hitting, more rhythmic, more harmonic, more diverse, and more adventurous than any of the excellent work that already separated him from the pack. A cool and elegant post-post-modern cocktail of 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo, and shaken with a minimal contemporary sensibility, Never Twice finds the artist taking his time, refining his vision, and speaking with new authority. In five short years Nick Waterhouse has come a long way and it looks like he may have just painted his masterpiece. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chi, IL Live Shows On Our Radar Via Silver Wrapper including Taste of Randolph and MORE

Here's a sweet taste of things to come, from our friends over at Silver Wrapper. Check it out.  Here at ChiIL Live Shows we're stoked for the following acts and more:

  • 06/13/14 [TOR After] Dumpstaphunk w/ BS Brass BandDJ RC at Bottom Lounge BUY TICKETS 07/18/14 [Phish After] "North American Scum becomes LCD Soundsystem" (featuring Joel Cummins and members of Cosby SweaterDigital Tape MachineSpart Parts) at Concord Music Hall BUY TICKETS
Click here for our prior original Dumpstaphunk video interview and live show shots from Concord & Summer Camp Music Fest.
More of our favorite original live show shots of Dumpstaqphunk are embedded at the bottom of this post.

Fest Alert:

More of our favorite original live show shots of Van Ghost are embedded at the bottom of this post.

Dumpstaphunk Shots by ChiIL Live Shows:

Van Ghost Shots for ChiIL Live Shows:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

TONIGHT: Maximo Park at Bottom Lounge 5/18/14 (17+)

Incoming: Maximo Park
Chi, IL Live Shows on our Radar

ChiIL Live Shows will be there tonight... will YOU?! We caught Maximo Park back in October of 2012 at Schubas and and can't wait to shoot stills again tonight at Bottom Lounge! The band puts on a great, live show.

Click here for our past coverage and full set of LIVE original Maximo Park photos. Our favorites are embedded at the bottom of this post.

Date: 05/18/2014
Bottom Lounge
1375 W. Lake St 
Chicago, IL 60607 

Maximo Park
Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
17 years and over

Status updates, tweets, memes, constant communication: seeing through the data smog is harder every day. Through all the neon flash and white noise, however, there are transmissions that slash straight through all the static and cut to the quick. Maximo Park’s fifth album Too Much Information is one such record, that hooks out life’s critical moments from the dizzying ebb and flow and brings them into HD-sharp focus. It’s the work of a band who, despite their compelling development since 2005’s febrile debut A Certain Trigger, have never confused consistency with give-the-people-what-they-want reliability.

“After five records you want to make a statement to the world and say ‘this is us and if you don’t like it, unlucky – we’re not going to change for you,’” says singer Paul Smith.

Maximo Park have announced US tour dates in support of the band's fifth LP, 'Too Much Information', available In The US On April 1st Via Daylighting / [PIAS] America. 

'Too Much Information' was recorded and self-produced  by the band in Newcastle and Sunderland  with additional production duties from The Invisible’s Dave Okumu and from Field Music’s  David and Peter Brewis. The album is the follow-up  to 2012’s  critically acclaimed ‘The National Health’, and sees the band reach new heights in their remarkable songwriting and  sonic experimentation.

From the beautiful weirdness of "Brain Cells", to the poetic "Leave This Island" and "Midnight On The Hill," and the refined rock of "Give, Get ,Take", 'Too Much Information' sees the band keen to challenge the listener  with some of their most adventurous musical and lyrical work to date.
‘Too Much Information’ will be available in the US on vinyl, CD and digitally via all reputable outlets  through Daylighting / [PIAS] America.

Maximo Park are: Tom English (Drums), Duncan Lloyd (Guitar), Paul Smith (Vocals), Archis Tiku (Bass), Lukas Wooller (Keyboards)

Press Quotes
“[Too Much Information] eases up on the gas while deepening their commitment to contemplative songwriting” – Pitchfork

"Proves that the standard guitar-bass-drums lineup doesn’t have to be an outdated one, with its emotive Smiths-draped massiveness"
- Alt Sounds

“Cleverly maneuvered their way into the slipstream of far cooler Alt.rock pioneers” – NME
“Catchy as ever” – The Guardian

“Beatific, melancholy-kissed rock that almost no one does well anymore” - Slant

Too Much Information LP Available In The US As of April 1st Via Daylighting / [PIAS] America

Remaining Tour Dates

05/18/14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05/20/14 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel
05/21/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts - Wolf Building
05/23/14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
05/24/14 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling

'Too Much Information' Deluxe Edition Tracklisting:
1. Give, Get , Take
2. Brain Cells
3. Leave This Island
4.  Lydia, The Ink Will Never Dry
5. My Bloody Mind
6. Is It True?
7. Drinking Martinis
8. I Recognise The Light
9. Midnight On The Hill
10. Her Name Was Audre
11. Where We’re Going

Deluxe tracks (Digital Only):
1.  ‘Middlesbrough Man’  - The Fall
2.   ‘I’ll Be Here In The Morning’ – Townes Van Zandt
3.   ‘Lover, Lover, Lover ‘ – Leonard Cohen
4.   ‘Northern Sky’  - Nick Drake
5.   ‘Final Day’ - Young Marble Giants
6.   ‘Fade Into You’ – Mazzy Star
7.   ‘On The Sly’ (iTunes bonus track)


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ChiIL Live Shows' Featured Artists of The Day: Royal Thunder #Metal #OriginalPhotos

ChiIL Live Shows'
Featured Artists 
of The Day

We've caught Royal Thunder a number of times over the years, as they toured through Chi, IL most recently at Bottom Lounge opening for Monster Magnet. 

Here's our full set of LIVE show shots from 11/6/13:
Our favorites are embedded at the bottom of this feature.

All photos ©2014 all rights reserved
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara for ChiIL Live Shows /ChiIL Mama

Royal Thunder returns to Macon, Georgia's Bragg Jam Music & Arts festival this year!  The event is being held on July 26th. Go grab your tickets starting May 1st at!

Click here to check out our Monster Magnet LIVE show shots from the same evening.

Word is Royal Thunder headed back into the studio this year!
Vocalist / bassist MLny Parsonz had this to say about the process:

"We meet again with our long time friend and producer Joey Jones at Aria Recording Studio in Marietta. We have no idea what this next album is going to sound like! We are anxious to see what the outcome will be. With that being said, we have NO agenda, NO formula, NO limits. This one is for the gods of rock! As always, thank you ALL for your support. See you on the road with these new songs! Until then, be well!"

Expect a Fall 2014 release via Relapse Records! Who's excited???


Rising out of Atlanta, Georgia, Royal Thunder have been conjuring stoner rock grooves out of the Southern heat since they were formed in 2006 by guitarist Josh Weaver. Featuring singer and bassist Mlny Parsonz, drummer Lee Smith, and guitarist Josh Coleman, the band's hazy, psychedelic sound evokes the early days of stoner and space rock, with Parsonz's soulful vocals bringing an element of dark drama to the band's swaggering sound. Royal Thunder made their recorded debut in 2009 with a self-titled EP, which the band self-released before signing to Relapse shortly afterwards, where the label re-released the album the following year. Their first full-length, CVI, arrived two years later in 2012.

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