Paper Thick Walls

Paper Thick Walls presents an elegant mix of deep, reflective, and at times haunting music, which captures elements of sound similar to acts like Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens. The almost orchestral arrangement of piano, upright bass, guitars, drums, fiddle, mandolin, and other various instruments has a fascinating way of complimenting the profound fictional story lines that Paper Thick Walls portray through their lyrics.


Their songs quickly caught the attention of sound engineer Mike Hagler (Neko Case, Wilco) who engineered Paper Thick Walls’ debut record entitled “A Thousand Novels” which was released on May 3, 2011 and promptly followed by a sold out record release show at “Hideout” in Chicago. Here is what Rock NYC had to say about the bands debut album:


"My verdict, then, is that Paper Thick Walls’ “A Thousand Novels” is quite good. Not only are their compositions very nicely crafted, with the band displaying a penchant for a number of musical styles, their storytelling will keep you entertained and often contains elements of that darkness that lends a haunting quality to a song. Take a look."


"A Thousand Novels" received over 150 positive reviews, and was featured on dozens of blogs. This past year, Paper Thick Walls has performed throughout the Midwest and East Coast, as well as several taste maker music festivals including NXNE, SXSW, Summer Fest, and CMJ Music Festival.

While most artists pack their bags for bigtime in New York, Toronto import Deanna Devore opted in 2006 to make music in Chicago. Just unpacked, she played anywhere she could find a stage and a PA system while spending her days at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, recording and co-producing a seven-song EP with Bjorn Thorsrud (Smashing Pumpkins, Dandy Warhols), on which she played nearly every instrument with some backup from drumming heavyweight Matt Walker (Morrissey, Garbage).

Raised by musical parents, her voice, guitar playing and songwriting well exceed her years as she carries a lyrical sensitivity, a maturity and sophistication that spans across electro-dance, alternative, Brazilian jazz and orchestral territories. With an ever-expanding song catalogue, Devore and her band have headlined and shared sold-out local, regional, and national fest stages such as Summerfest, CMJ, NXNE, and 80/35 with touring acts Bonobo, Lapalux, AM + Shawn Lee, Kat Edmonson and fellow Canadians Basia Bulat and Juno Award-winning Lights. Earlier this year, Devore released her second EP "X Number Of Days". She wrote, performed and produced all the songs on the album and embarked on a solo tour in support of it.

American Wolf

American Wolf is a five piece from Chicago, Illinois. The project has released three works thus far. A new self titled album will be released in the Fall of 2012.

Originally from a small town on the ocean in North Carolina, Wise moved to Chicago to pursue a music career. She burst onto the scene in 2009, collaborating with Ethan Stoller on her debut album, Echo. Stoller has contributed music to the DVD extras and promotional materials of several major Hollywood films, including V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin and Sherlock Holmes. Echo was released in October of 2010 to critical acclaim. Chicago Innerview recognized Wise as “easily the singer/songwriter and pop counterpart to Columbia native Chaz Bundick’s (a.k.a. Toro Y Moi) laconic chill-wave synth ballads.” The Chicago Tribune’s Redeye described her single “Dear Sendai” as “spiritual.”

Xoe Wise has performed at venues ranging from Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles to Hard Rock in Nashville. She has shared the stage with such artists as Lisa Loeb, Greg Laswell, John Legend and Colbie Caillat.

Microsoft tapped Wise to perform at the grand opening of its Illinois store and went on to help sponsor her 25-stop US tour. Xoe perpetually rises to the top of the MTV-Ourstage.com chart, having received first place in the “Pop” category. She finished her tour with fellow Chicago artist Matt Ryd in summer 2011 and released Archive of Illusions on May 1, 2012.

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Paper Thick Walls with Deanna Devore, American Wolf, Xoe Wise

Friday, September 6 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Double Door