Sat May 3 2014

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Mayne Stage

1328 W Morse Ave Chicago, IL 60626

Ages 18+

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When the The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather finally arrived, it has been four years since the release of We Were Set Up, the record that cemented Canasta's place as a staple - perhaps even the unspoken centerpiece - of Chicago's orchestral pop scene this millennium. But according to the Chicago Reader, the wait was worth it: "...this local sextet's second full-length is so perfect—every note falling into place with deeply satisfying craftsmanship—that you'll swear you've heard it before. But you haven't..." Making use of a collaborative songwriting process that relies on all six musicians, Canasta has always augmented the standard rock set-up with an piano, keyboard, violin and trombone. But despite an ever-changing roster that has included twenty members (!), founders Matt Priest and Elizabeth Lindau continue to keep the lyrics thoughtful, the orchestrations meticulous, the melodies unforgettable and the sound uniquely "Chicagoan." 

But don’t get the impression they spend all their time cooped up in the studio and rehearsal space.  Since forming, Canasta has managed to live out one rock n' roll fantasy after another. They've toured this country extensively, including stops at SXSW, CMJ and Daytrotter, and made an unexpected journey to the hinterlands of Mongolia, as guests of the U.S. State Department. And here in the Windy City, they’ve headlined the legendary Metro, held the prestigious Schubas residency and sold out the famed Old Town School of Folk Music. They've gigged with the diverse likes of Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Macy Gray, Grizzly Bear, Devotchka, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kaiser Chiefs, The Lemonheads, Menomena and Sloan and even played a set for President Obama. Their songs have made their way into TV commercials, a movie trailer and NPR’s programming and they've sold out pressings of all three of their releases.  But perhaps Canasta’s most impressive feat is its longevity; the group recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, a virtual eternity in "indie rock years!”

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CHIRP Radio Presents
Canasta with Elle Casazza, The Flips

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  • Canasta

    Canasta

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  • Elle Casazza

    Elle Casazza

    Pop

    Fearless, sultry and powerful - just a few words to describe Elle Casazza. Based in Chicago, Elle writes and performs music that is the love child of pop, rock, blues, soul, and jazz. Her commanding vocals send chills to those who listen. Elle performs along with the Elle Casazza Band to create an energetic live show that'll keep you dancing all night long.

    Listening to Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, KT Tunstall, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald have influenced Elle’s eclectic writing style. Elle has played at numerous Chicago Venues such as, Daley Plaza, the Auditorium Theatre, Concord Music Hall, Mayne Stage, Schubas and SPACE to name a few.

    Since 2012 Elle has been performing live and in May 2013 made her recording debut with her EP For Your Pleasure. Elle plans to go back into the studio and record a new single to be released in August 2014.

  • The Flips

    The Flips

    Pop

    Debut albums are a tough lot. Sometimes bands who've self-released a few EP's try to crank out (and, in effect, stretch out) more of the same formula that came before, somehow hoping for a different result or even recapturing the magic of their first recordings. Others aim for cookie-cutter hits, and still more experiment a bit in an attempt to stand out.

    In the case of Chicago's The Flips, who had already generated a stellar buzz since last year with the caustic, yet harmonious Damn You & Damn Me Too EP, we get a rare journey with A Harm Deep But Shining in several directions: Vocalist/guitarist Nick Sintos and crew are just as agitated as before, with quiet/loud dynamics bursting into audio explosions, but coupled with that is the allowance of space between Sintos' seething screams and the band's crushing distortion.

    This is evidenced right from the first track, the aptly named "Intro," as well as "Racing Stripe" and the nearly nine-minute "Bees Knees." Tempos build, cymbals shimmer with enough air to breathe, and the group sound right at home taking the proper time needed to reach such memorable climaxes. The mostly acoustic "Let It Go" and the swaying "Cute" give some stunning spotlights to Sintos' harmonies with keyboardist Annette Nowacki, as well.

    That's not to say the band is at all at rest. Sintos' trademark howl and Dustin Martin's guitar work are both more powerful than ever. The pummeling "God I'm Sorry" packs an emotional punch, along with "Jawbreaker" and crunch of "G-Unit," which addresses those who "play your songs for the sound of the praise." But this isn't the sound of a band with a chip on their shoulder. Their ferocious output isn't just out there to be heard, but it's the attention they get with it that then opens the listener's mind with what's actually being said.

CHIRP Radio Presents

Canasta with Elle Casazza, The Flips

Sat May 3 2014 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Mayne Stage Chicago IL
Canasta, Elle Casazza, The Flips
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Ages 18+

When the The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather finally arrived, it has been four years since the release of We Were Set Up, the record that cemented Canasta's place as a staple - perhaps even the unspoken centerpiece - of Chicago's orchestral pop scene this millennium. But according to the Chicago Reader, the wait was worth it: "...this local sextet's second full-length is so perfect—every note falling into place with deeply satisfying craftsmanship—that you'll swear you've heard it before. But you haven't..." Making use of a collaborative songwriting process that relies on all six musicians, Canasta has always augmented the standard rock set-up with an piano, keyboard, violin and trombone. But despite an ever-changing roster that has included twenty members (!), founders Matt Priest and Elizabeth Lindau continue to keep the lyrics thoughtful, the orchestrations meticulous, the melodies unforgettable and the sound uniquely "Chicagoan." 

But don’t get the impression they spend all their time cooped up in the studio and rehearsal space.  Since forming, Canasta has managed to live out one rock n' roll fantasy after another. They've toured this country extensively, including stops at SXSW, CMJ and Daytrotter, and made an unexpected journey to the hinterlands of Mongolia, as guests of the U.S. State Department. And here in the Windy City, they’ve headlined the legendary Metro, held the prestigious Schubas residency and sold out the famed Old Town School of Folk Music. They've gigged with the diverse likes of Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Macy Gray, Grizzly Bear, Devotchka, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kaiser Chiefs, The Lemonheads, Menomena and Sloan and even played a set for President Obama. Their songs have made their way into TV commercials, a movie trailer and NPR’s programming and they've sold out pressings of all three of their releases.  But perhaps Canasta’s most impressive feat is its longevity; the group recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, a virtual eternity in "indie rock years!”

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