Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IPO - Chicago Thursday Night Preview


This post concerns THURSDAY night’s International Pop Overthrow lineup at The Red Line Tap. Tonight’s lineup was posted earlier on this blog. As always, it’s best to check the official IPO website for a thumbnail description of each of the acts involved. Here’s tonight’s schedule. All acts are from Chicago unless otherwise noted.

8:00 PM Mike Mentz A singer-songwriter whose easy-going songs often draw inspiration from his travels. His Nashville Nights EP is available on his website.

8:45 PM Larry O. Dean In addition to being a veteran of pop bands like Post Office and The Injured Parties, Dean is an accomplished folk artist whose tunes reflect his wry sense of humor.  

9:30 PM The Shifties You can expect music that’s a bit off the beaten path from a band that describes its approach as rock garage boutique pop. Their latest quirky release is the six-song EP Patty.

10:15 PM Honeywagen These Kansas City power pop veterans swapped out a few musicians behind founding members Mike Penner and Scott Christiansen, but continue to serve up catchy power pop with an emphasis on guitars and harmonies. They’ll have their latest album Jamboree and three previous efforts to draw from at the show tomorrow night. 

11:00 PM Their Ocean Keith Kreuser and Jason Hunt create dream pop infused with a longing for summer, and bill themselves as a “cross between Hall and Oates and Arcade Fire.” Their recent Sunstroke EP follow the 2014 album Skies Light Up.

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