Tuesday, April 15, 2014

IPO - Chicago - Wednesday Preview

Photo from Beat Root’s Facebook page.

International Pop Overthrow continues its annual Chicago visit, and will run through this Saturday, April 19th, at the Red Line Tap on Chicago’s far north side.

Here’s the lineup for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16th. All acts are from Chicago except where otherwise noted.

8:00 Beat Root: IPO - Chicago kicks off on an international note tomorrow night with this band. Irish singer-songwriter Andrea Magee is being backed by Ben Jones and the Rifle Volunteers, who will be back Friday night for their own IPO gig. Beat Root’s music can be an energetic mix of rock and blues on songs like “Gun Down,” or have a more intimate feel, as on “Electric Skin.” Beat Root and Ben Jones and The Rifle Volunteers are currently touring America together.

8:45 Old Honey Drums: This indie rock/folk duo is comprised of Amanda Farmer and Scot Stewart. They weave harmony vocals and acoustic instrumentation into easy-going songs like “Four More Hours” and “The Something Blues.” Their self-titled three-song EP is available for free download on their BandCamp page.

9:30 Mike Vanderbilt And The Suburban Garage Sound: Mike Vanderbilt will once again be wearing a few different hats at this year’s International Pop Overthrow - Chicago. He was sporting a sort of Frank Sinatra fedora when I saw him checking out The Abbeys at IPO last year. Vanderbilt will also lead The Romeros when they perform as the final act of IPO - Chicago 2014 this Saturday night. His show tomorrow is billed as Mike Vanderbilt And The Suburban Garage Sound, but he’ll be making all the sounds himself. Vanderbilt draws inspiration from The Replacements, The Old 97s, and Cheap Trick.
10:15 The Viaducts: This trio often leans toward the harder-edged side of power pop, but lead vocalist, guitarist, and by his own account, handsome dude, Jimmy Rane also draws from Buddy Holly on “Your Smiling Face (Walkin’ By In Blue Jeans).” The clever “Drive-Thru Girl” taps into The Ramones. The band’s most recent CD Mission To Destroy showcases Rane’s songwriting and guitar playing.

11:00 Top Shelf Lickers: This punk/alternative quartet took a brash, fun approach on their full-length CD, Head First,  and it’s likely fans will find similar mayhem on the new six-song Heart Beats Brain, which is available on CD and limited edition white vinyl. The band lists NOFX, The Queers, and Pennywise among its influences.

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