Imagine walking into a donut shop, delirious with hunger. Not just anything will suffice. You have a man's appetite and you need a man's pastry. You glance past all of the crullers, long johns and old-fashioned pastries and dismiss them as trivial, wimpy snacks. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you see a BEAR CLAW. Golden brown, caked with glaze, gleaming like a diamond among stones. This is what you have been hankering for, a meaty slab of fresh dough, infused with gooey cinnamon and fit for a king. It is the music of Chicago's BEAR CLAW that fits this form of desire. Formed in 2002, the band creates powerful, noisy, yet melodic songs utilizing its obtuse instrumentation of two bass guitars and drums. Members Rich Fessler (bass and vocals), Rob Raspolich (bass), and Scott Picco (drums and vocals) continue to push the possibilities of the trio while adhering to a strict ?no filler? approach to creating songs with tools they wield.
Hot and Heavy is a band that mutates the way humans generally interpret music. They have a way of inserting themselves into the crowd and becoming one with the interactions that people normally engage in. Hot and Heavy are the true entertainers of the art world that combine raw "truth comedy" by changing their personalities into virtual landscapes of insanity for which they can roam freely.
The Columbines play songs about love, songs about anger, songs about angry love and lovely anger; songs with birds and bees, cars, trains, and planes; songs about the devil you know and the devil you don't.
Sporting a sound more in line with the depths of a murky swamp than their Chicago brethren, area quartet Marmora are turning heads as well as banging them. Their dirty, howling guitars, crushing bass, and commanding drums recall the stoner rock of yesteryear, while layering on chaotic solos with an undeniable energy. Having honed their chops since 2001, Marmora is a tight-knit family affair that was started by brothers Alex, Ulysses, and Zaid Salazar. In 2015 the band recruited longtime friend Allan Cardenas (formerly of Why Intercept?) to take on lead vocals, keys, and rhythm guitar. With two decades of musical experience under their belt, Marmora unleashes heavy, soulful rock that pays homage to their punk rock past. They have played in such legendary Chicago venues as Cobra Lounge, Empty Bottle, and Reggie’s, alongside bands like WHORES, Weedeater, Truckfighters, and Earthless. Marmora will be hitting the road with an unbridled fierceness in 2017, following the release of 3-track EP Criterion, on April 14th.