Folk/Country

The Happy Fits share new single "Grow Back"

Any fan of Vampire Weekend or The Black Keys will recognize and enjoy the dance-friendly, angular indie pop of The Happy Fits. The trio of Jersey-based youngsters have released their latest single "Grow Back" (streaming), a song that will appear on the band's upcoming debut record Concentrate, out this June. "Grow Back" is a hard-driving track about a character named Mrs. Mae who is trying to escape a lobotomy by using a pair of scissors she snuck into her pocket. Musically, it packs more of a punch dynamics-wise than previous singles "Best Tears" and "Achey Bones", also included in the upcoming LP. A music video for "Grow Back" is on its way, but in the mean time you can catch the band live at The Saint in Asbury Park on May 28th.. - Will Sisskind

   

Some Professional Help releases glittering self-titled EP & plays Uptown Nightclub (5.24)

Every now and again, a special kind of artist falls onto our radar—one that is able to give nods to music history, while also successfully innovating and pushing boundaries. One such artist is Scott Alexander, whose new project Some Professional Help is ambitious to say the least. Backed by a rotating 16-person band, Alexander leads the eclectic soundscape with his knowledge of orchestral music (if you think that there isn’t enough bassoon in pop music, then you and Alexander may be cut from the same cloth.) The self-titled debut EP is a glittering, baroque take on orchestral pop. With vocals akin to that of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and arrangements that whisper influences from Sufjan Stevens, this project shines as a standout singer-songwriter debut. Some Professional Help will be performing in Oakland at Uptown Nightclub on May 24. - Lilly Milman

Stream the full Some Professional Help EP below.

   

Connecticut's Kerri Powers releases earnest debut 'Starseeds' & embarks on tour

Connecticut-based americana singer-songwriter Kerri Powers has seen it all, and she intends to tell you about it on her debut album Starseeds. Her experience is obvious from her simple, yet earnest way of storytelling; her confident, yet not overzealous vocals; her subtle, yet astute reworking of age-old tales like that of Lady Godiva. Take lead single “Mine the River” (streaming below), where she is able to blend the seemingly overused combination of bluesy guitars, a soulful voice, and Americana storytelling to create something original. She is currently touring and will be playing her next show on May 18 at Washington DC’s The Hamilton. But fear not, she’ll be back in Connecticut in June to play a show at Bridge Street on June 24. - Lilly Milman

   

Brontë Fall @ The Hideout (5/22)

Brontë Fall is the Americana band founded and lead by Teri Bracken. The band released their debut album, Silhouette Dances, a year ago, and recently began recording new music.

Bronte Fall will be performing at The Hideout on May 22nd to close out the Songwriter’s Round Chicago. The event will feature songwriters Nikki Morgan, Eric Quigley, Dina Bach, Phillip Michael Scales, and Teri Bracken of Bronte Fall.

   

Blind Adam and the Federal League

Adam Gogala fronts the Folk Punk Americana band known as Blind Adam and The Federal League. Late last month the band released their self-titled debut LP, and recently an great video for the LP’s sad second single “Another Lonely Weekend”. This video was filmed on location at The Native in Logan Square. The band’s first single was “Happy Hour”, which had a video flimed in part at Empty Bottle. If you love Beer, Chicago, Rock N' Roll, you will love this band.

You can catch Blind Adam and The Federal league at InnJoy in Logan Square on May 20th and at Emporium Wicker Park on June 14th.