Tonic Room Presents: The Third Annual
Fuckapalooza 2013 - Day 2
Sleepy Kitty, Young Hines, Future Monarchs, Sad Brad Smith, Hosted By: Brian Babylon
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
Sleepy Kitty is more than a band: it's an all-in multi-media artistic collaboration. After spending the '90s drumming in Harvey Danger (London/Polygram), and the '00s in Chicago's Bound Stems(Flameshovel), Sult heard Brubeck's voice in her band, Stiletto Attack, and couldn't shake it. Strictly for fun, they started mashing weird sound experiments into their natural pop instincts, and quickly had a batch of art-cracked, catchy songs. At the same time, they were designing and printing t-shirts and rock posters together. They called it all Sleepy Kitty—and they now run both their band and their print shop out of a formerly abandoned brewery on St. Louis's Cherokee Street, which has since become the city's unofficial printers' row (you can check out their print work at sleepykittyarts.com). After two self-released EPs—Hustlin' Kets (2007) and What I Learned This Summer (2009)—and some great opening slots for the Dresden Dolls, Chuck Berry, and Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Sleepy Kitty caught the ear of Euclid Records' Joe Schwab. The band's live show is a whirlwind: Brubeck loops her vocals live, crafting walls of girl-group harmonies above the tube-driven blast of her vintage Super Reverb. Sult plays at the edge of the stage with her—when he can contain himself to his drum throne. Infinity City transmits the power of their live show but reveals their canny control of pop architecture: "Gimme a Chantz!" opens with a theatrical flourish before bounding into a crowd of surging '90s-era harmonies; garage-cranked "Speaking Politely" makes way for the delicately observed details of city-breakup ode "NYC Really Has It All," and the Velvets/Fab Four mash note "Seventeen" revels in their influences.
Young was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the youngest of seven children. Unnamed at birth, an unknown person wrote "Young Mr. Hines" on the patient info sheet and it stuck.
He was raised in Griffin, Georgia, a small town 37 miles south of the Atlanta airport. Young eventually moved to Chicago and while there began recording demos in a home studio and selling them at shows and online.
One day he got an email from Brendan Benson containing a cover of Young's song "Only in a dream." A mutual friend had been painting at Benson's residence and decided to listen to Young's demos on the job.
Benson took the cd. Young traveled to Nashville not long after, to meet him formally and they ended up writing a song. He left his gig in Chicago and moved to Nashville immersing himself in the city's live music scene.
Less than a year ago, Young took all of his demos to Brendan and they chose the songs for the upcoming album Give Me My Change.
Young is the first artist signed to Brendan's label Readymade Records. Give Me My Change was recorded at an all analog studio, Welcome To 1979, located in Nashville, TN.
Young opened for The Raconteurs this past fall, at The Tabernacle Atlanta. This Spring on April 10th, Give Me My Change, is released on Readymade as well as Brendan Benson's What Kind of World, April 21st.
Future Monarchs is a powerpop quintet from Chicago, IL. Their forthcoming EP, "Weird Weather", was produced by Josh Shapera and Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense). http://futuremonarchs.bandcamp.com/
Sad Brad Smith
Sad Brad Smith is a singer and songwriter in Chicago, whose song "Help Yourself," won him acclaim and disdain in several small circles. In 2010 he released his first masterpiece, "Love is Not What You Need," which has yet to generate significant buzz within the public sphere, but which is actually pretty decent if you have the balls to admit it. His new album "Magic" is possibly the greatest album not yet released. It comes out April 1st, 2014. A disruptive tour is sure to follow on the heels of new success. You may or may not appreciate it, but it's worth picking a side and picking it early.
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