Saturday, April 27, 2013

International Pop Overthrow - Chicago - Saturday Afternoon Preview

This is the final day for International Pop Overthrow-Chicago 2013, but with two showcases on tap, it’s still possible to get a full appreciation of this power pop and indie rock festival. If you haven’t checked the IPO-Chicago online schedule in awhile, you should be aware that some changes have taken place. For much more detailed info than I’m providing here at the last minute, and a full schedule with links to all the artists, check out the IPO website. 

Singer-guitarist Gerry O’Keefe is now in the 1:00 PM slot formerly held by 92 Degrees, who have switched to the 9:00 PM slot for tonight’s showcase. O’Keefe’s recently released CD, Whatever Suits You, finds this self-described “lifelong melody worshiper” taking a laid back approach on the touching “Lovingly,” and breaking loose on “Good When It’s Gone” and “Empty Refrain (Nos. 9-12)”.  It’s not clear whether O’Keefe will be performing solo or with a band.

Phil Knox is scheduled for the next slot this afternoon. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anything about him on the web since my computer doesn’t accept SoundCloud.

Indianapolis-based band The Shake Ups are regular participants at IPO-Chicago. This coed quartet, featuring the dual vocal power of guitarist Patrick O’Connor and keyboards player Bitsy Matatall specializes in fun, catchy songs.

Vocalist Pamela Richardson has performed at IPO-Los Angeles and has been at just about every IPO-Chicago as a solo artist and/or with The Pralines. The band’s recent CD, A Beautiful View, displays Richardson’s knack for heartfelt lyrics and strong melodies. The Pralines’ engaging folk rock can range from the French language ballad “Il Commence À Pleuvoir” to more energetic fare like “Better Now.”

The Hurtin’ Kind is a roots rock/power pop quartet with some extensive experience on the Chicago club scene.

The Treeshakers are a power pop trio whose influences include British Invasion bands like The Hollies and Beatles, along with Chicago power pop royalty like Cheap Trick, Pezband, and Off Broadway. 

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