As is its custom, International Pop Overthrow presents two separate showcases on the Saturdays and Sunday of its visit here. Tomorrow afternoon will be your penultimate opportunity to take in this eclectic celebration of independent music. The six bands will be a mix of IPO veterans and newcomers. As always, it’s best to check the official IPO website, which has a link and a thumbnail description for each of the acts involved. All of the bands in this showcase are from the Chicago area.
2:00 PM Todd from Hop On Pop Todd Leiter-Weintraub hails from Hop On Pop, a quirky band that released As Drawn By Ethan, Age 2 on Spade Kitty Records in 2004. Leiter-Weintraub released Chicken On A Bicycle in 2010, and his unbridled approach to music allows him to dabble in everything from techno pop to Country And Western.
2:45 PM Freetoed This indie rock quartet, led by vocalist-guitarist Adam Muran, has logged several IPO - Chicago appearances. Influences include Wilco, Ryan Adams, and The Avett Brothers.
3:30 PM The Pralines 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 latest 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.”
4:15 PM The Unswept Charlie and Ryan O’Brien, a pair of cousins who moved here from England a few years ago, always exude wit and charm along with a knack for catchy, 1960s-influenced pop. In the past, they’ve performed as a duo as well as backed by a full band. Both variations are splendid, but whatever form they take, they’ll have a bunch of fun songs to perform from their new album titled The Unswept Today.
5:00 PM Suspicious Fires The indie rock rock band has been logging a lot of time on Chicago’s club scene lately and will be playing songs from its upcoming Songs In A Tin House album this Saturday afternoon.
5:45 Cartridge B-Sides These indie rock guys are eager to perform again after taking a bit of time off. Cartridge B-Sides will likely be working in some of its newest songs during its IPO - Chicago set.