Varsity, Uni Ika Ai, Michael Albert

Varsity, Uni Ika Ai, Michael Albert

Thu, May 11, 2017

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

Uni Ika Ai
Uni Ika Ai
Uni Ika Ai [pronounced: oo­-nee ee­kuh eye] is a Brooklyn based dream­pop / art­pop band comprised of music veterans Maia Friedman (Bobby), Peter Lalish (Lucius, Elizabeth & The Catapult), Tom Deis (Via Audio), and Dan Drohan (Wilsen). The band’s recently released debut album, Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind, incorporates elements of experimentalism, psychedelic haze, and eclectically unique pop — a “rhythmic, wonderfully askew brand of ethereal pop” (Stereogum) that The Wild Honey Pie says is a “new kind of off-kilter dream pop that the genre has been waiting for.”

Uni Ika Ai was born out of a desire for improvisation and experimentation. While on tour with Lucius in 2014, Lalish would record improvised snippets made during sound checks and email them to Friedman, who would send improvised snippets recorded at home in Brooklyn, in return. The two musicians, once in the same room, would mold the abstract material into fully formed songs. For Bullseye, the band enlisted D. James Goodwin as engineer, producer, and saxophonist, having him add occasional exuberant accents of jazz-inspired improvisation to the album’s atmospheric doses of peace and chaos. “Just like dreams, [Uni Ika Ai’s] songs pulse on airwaves that are both viscerally familiar and also slightly out of touch with the world we’ve come to live in” (ThrdCoast).
MICHAEL ALBERT (Thin Hymns Solo)
MICHAEL ALBERT (Thin Hymns Solo)
Started by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Michael Hilger, as a solo endeavor, THIN HYMNS has rolled through an impressive evolution that landed neatly in the current formation with Distractions band mate, Justin Fernandez, accompanying Hilger on bass, keys and vocals, Seth Vanek, (Roommate) on drums and Ben Babbit of Pillars and Tongues and This is Cinema, lending his talents on synth and guitar to this evolving sound experiment. The band is currently at work on their debut full length record.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com