Slutter as KISS

SLUTTER is the finest all-female KISS revue in the country. Featuring four of Chicago's hottest and most talented creatures of the night, this quartet of hard luck women has the magic touch to resurrect the energy of the original KISS shows 100,000 years ago. Clad in traditional KISS make up, leather, vinyl, studs, and spacesuits, SLUTTER features the hissing, purring, shedding Peterless Criss, the sexually ambiguous, always inappropriate starchild GG Stanley, the gluttonous, self-aggrandizing goddess of thunder Vagene Simmons, and the firey, radioactive Lace SHEley.

AM Taxi as The Cars

With a blend of old-school punk, world beat and modern pop influences, Chicago-based AM Taxi combines experience with exuberance on their Virgin Records debut, We Don’t Stand A Chance. The band was formed almost two years ago—with the encouragement of Sublime producer Miguel Happoldt—by longtime Windy City bandmates and pals, singer/songwriter Adam Krier, drummer Chris Smith and bassist Jason Schultejann. The trio began writing and recording and produced their first EP, Runaway Songs. Shortly after, they were joined by brothers John and Luke Schmitt on guitar and keyboards. AM Taxi began establishing a rep as a dynamic live outfit with headlining performances at local clubs like the Metro and soon after recorded their second EP, The Good, The Bad and The Fed Up. .

Entering an Austin studio with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), AM Taxi proceeded to record a major-label debut that reflects the group’s diverse influences. From the Springsteen-by-way-of-The Hold Steady, “Fed Up,” and the heart-on-the-sleeve Replacements-like confessional, “The Mistake” to the Police-inspired world beat of “Dead Street” and the Clash-esque reggae pulse of “Charissa,” the group has one foot firmly planted in the classics and one right here, right now in the present.

Pointing to personal favorites like Pacific Northwest Nuggets-style garage bands like the Wailers, the Sonics and Paul Revere and the Raiders, the British Invasion bands, soul greats Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, Two-Tone bands The Specials and the Selecter or Alt-Country acts Wilco and Ryan Adams, AM Taxi were not afraid to experiment with their sound.

That ability to tell it like it is comes through in Krier’s writing and in AM Taxi’s musicality. Taking their inspiration from his touring around the U.S. with several of his previous bands, songs like “Dead Street” and “Shake, Rattle and Stall” explore the restlessness he encountered along the way or, as Krier puts it, “Wherever I went, people were trying to get out of where they were.”

There are also songs about things everyone can identify with, like a couple in which no matter how much he messes up, she takes him back (“Charissa”) or New Year’s resolutions gone bad (“Champagne Toast”).

“I try to write songs about things people can relate to,” nods Adam. “For me, the best music, at the end of the day, is therapeutic. That’s always in the back of my mind a little when I’m sitting down to write.”

Brighton MA

Brighton MA is a product of a wide range of modern music. Their sound is lyrically driven with no small debt to indie, folk, noise pop, and the classic alternative.

Matt Kerstein and drummer Sam Koentopp began playing together in Scotland Yard Gospel Choir just out of college. They soon became indie press darlings on the strength of extensive college radio play and tours with Fiest, Spoon, and Arcade Fire. In 2006, they left SYGC and started Brighton MA with arranger/guitarist Jim Tuerk in order to more fully realize their musical ambitions. The addition of guitarist Joe Darnaby and bassist Jon Ozaksut have helped drive the band towards an urgent sound filled with intricately layered guitars, a rattling heaviness, and driving simplicity.

Their songs have been licensed by TV shows like Gossip Girl, Community, Castle, Ghost Whisperer, One Tree Hill, etc. In addition, their song "Good Kind of Crazy" was licensed by Jack Daniels for an international television and web campaign scheduled to air through 2012. In early 2012, they released the 7-song Billboard Sun EP recorded with the help of Archer Prewitt from The Sea & Cake. For their follow-up, the band has recorded their sophomore full-length album—titled Touch—with producer Brian Deck [Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse] at Engine Studios in Chicago.

Although based in Chicago the band is named for the Boston neighborhood where singer Matt Kerstein was born.

Hessler as Guns N' Roses

HESSLER is a Chicago based, female fronted heavy metal band boasting a deadly twin guitar attack. Since the release of the Bad Blood E.P. in 2011, HESSLER have toured the U.S. & Canada, released five music videos, and performed with an array of national and international acts.

2012 performances including SXSW & Rocklahoma shaped the band for their first full-length album "Comes With the Territory”. After the album release on November 27, 2012, the band embarked on a U.S. Tour in support. A return to SXSW 2013 kicked off a new month long U.S. Tour followed by a return performance at Rocklahoma w/ Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains, Korn, and many more. In 2013, the band took home the Chicago Reader award for "Best Metal Band". HESSLER provided music for the first documentary on legendary wrestler “The Dynamite Kid” Tom Billington. Following a successful series of summer festive performances, a new music video was released through Revolver Magazine.

After completing a 25 show coast-to-coast U.S. tour, in January HESSLER brought in a new lead singer, San Antonio native and 2012 X-Factor contestant, Jessikill. A classically trained singer, Jessikill was a perfect fit for HESSLER's personality and sound. recording new material, the band released a new single/video to worldwide positive reviews which was followed by a tour with the new line up.

On June 10, HESSLER released a new E.P. titled 'Ghost Dance' in the U.S. 'Ghost Dance' captures a new band, sharpened and strengthened by extensive touring and a new voice at the forefront. The band recently completed a 36 date summer tour, which included their first performances in the Pacific Northwest as well as six dates in Canada. Due to positive response and the success of the Canadian leg of the tour, HESSLER will return for more Canadian dates in November. The band is currently filming a new music video to be released in September, preparing for end of the year touring, as well as working on material for a future full length album.

HESSLER have performed at SXSW and Rocklahoma in 2012 and 2013, Summerfest in 2012, and shared the stage with Slash, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Steel Panther, W.A.S.P., Sebastian Bach, RATT, Mushroomhead, U.F.O., Michael Schenker, Cinderella, Loudness, Doro Pesch, U.D.O., Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Sister Sin, Crashdiet, Otep, Butcher Babies, Wednesday 13, The Last Vegas, Vampires Everywhere, and many more.

DJ Erik as DJ Axl Rose

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