Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IPO - Chicago Tuesday Night Preview


Photo from The Fox And The Hounds website.

There will be quite a variety of rock, and definitely splashes of humor at The Red Line Tap tonight as International Pop Overthrow continues its 2015 run. 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 all-Chicago, eclectic lineup.

8:00 PM Mike Vanderbilt And The Suburban Garage Sound In addition to performing at International Pop Overthrow several times over the years with The Romeros, this singer-guitarist does a solo gig billed as Mike Vanderbilt And The Suburban Garage Sound. He’ll be making all those sounds himself, drawing inspiration from The Replacements, The Old 97s, and Cheap Trick; and possibly covering “Hooked On A Feeling” again. The charismatic Mr. Vanderbilt will be fronting The Romeros on Saturday evening as the last act of this years IPO - Chicago.

8:45 PM No Love For Linus And you thought Charlie Brown had it bad. Actually, this five-piece indie band draws influences from the classic rock of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, as well as alt bands like Third Eye Blind and Counting Crows. Its Someday EP will likely be for sale tonight.  

9:30 PM Top Shelf Lickers This unruly quartet mixes hard rock and punk elements, with an added dose of dark humor. Their Head First album received a thumbs up from me in the Illinois Entertainer, and they have a brand new release on white vinyl.

10:15 PM Homer Marrs and The Excellent Adventure This quirky rock trio has been getting notice for lampooning our self-obsessed culture, especially with its catchy tune and professionally produced video for  “It’s Amazing.”

11:00 PM The Fox and The Hounds Led by vocalist Kendel Lester, this coed quintet bills itself as Chicago’s only “Burlesque Rock N’ Roll Band” and often invites guest vocalists to join the party onstage. There’s a definite theatrical flair to its approach that’s particularly evident on its long-form video for the torch song “Desert Spring Rose.”

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