The Annual SXSW Send Off Party

The Annual SXSW Send Off Party

Melo Makes Music, Varsity, Waco Brothers, Ariel Zetina, Bunny, James Swanberg, Pixel Grip

Sat, March 10, 2018

2:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10 at the door

The Annual SXSW Send Off Party
The Annual SXSW Send Off Party
Chicago bands headed to Austin for SXSW hit the stage for an all-day showcase with the proceeds going to their respective treks down to the lone star state.
Melo Makes Music
Melo Makes Music
Carmelo Cianflone, Otherwise Known As Melo Makes Music, Is An Independent Artist From The Southside Of Chicago. Raised By A Single Mother, Melo Was Exposed To A Variety Of Music At A Young Age Resulting In His Love And Pursuit Of The Art. Melo Has Since Pioneered A Sound That Maintains His Purity As An Artist And Challenges The Notion That Succumbing To Commercialism Instigates Success. Melo Heavily Focuses On Producing Strong Instrumentals By Incorporating Instruments Such As The Violin And Cello In His Work, Adding A Classical Twist To His Otherwise Grunge Hip-Hop And R&B Style. As An Artist Of Many Crafts, Melo Also Enjoys Creating Artistic Visuals Including Short Films, Teasers And Photos That Illustrate The Depth Of His Work. Through His Music And Related Content, Melo Aims To Bridge Cultural And Artistic Gaps. As A Brand, Melo Makes Music Embodies The Notion That As An Artist, One Should Not Constrict Themselves To Concrete Definitions Or Limitations. As Of 2017, Melo Has Collaborated With Local Artists Such As Ravyn Lenae, Taylor Bennett And Producer, Martin $Ky, Amongst Others.
Varsity
Varsity
Varsity formed in 2013 when several Chicago musicians gathered for a “salon night” where friends shared stories and songs. Singer-keyboardist Stephanie Smith liked the sound of guitarists Dylan Weschler and Pat Stanton, and invited them to perform with her. The trio soon became a quintet, later adding Jake Stolz on drums and his brother, Paul Stolz, on bass. The band began playing shows around Chicago and, in April 2014, self-released their first EP, “Thanks for Nothing,” after recording it one weekend in the basement of Smith’s parents’ home.

Since then, Varsity has found success with its indie-pop sound featuring the powerful driving vocals of singer/keyboardist Stephanie Smith with infectious guitar melodies and exciting rhythm. Besides sharing bills with performers like Alvvays, Courtney Barnett, The Hold Steady and Car Seat Headrest, Varsity has produced a number of digital releases—often two complementary songs at a time in what they call digital 7”s—that have earned rave reviews and a growing audience with millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify.
Waco Brothers
Waco Brothers
Bloodshot recording artistes The Waco Brothers have played SXSW every year since 1953 and can usually be found randomly colliding with each other onstage or at their office; Guero's on South Congress
Ariel Zetina
Ariel Zetina
"If you are interested in the future of club and dance music, look no further than Ariel Zetina. A popular rising underground DJ, Zetina has begun making a name for herself in the city’s club venues and across the country (through the power of SoundCloud) for her eclectic and progressive sets. Straightforward hip-hop or bro-oriented EDM are never on the menu during her performances (thank goodness). Instead, listeners and partygoers will be immersed in Zetina’s glitchy, strange, yet totally fun dance music. Zetina aims to use sound and text works to transform club settings and performance spaces, making them more socially inclusive and sonically forward-thinking.This year, Zetina launched an ongoing residency at the Hideout, best known for its iconic dance parties." - Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune
DJ sets at… Rumors (Residency at Exit), Quest (Residency at Beauty Bar), Nightvision @ Wangs, Total Therapy, LQQKS @ Berlin Nightclub, IT presents..., Soft Leather, OPT!ONZ, Primary Nightclub, East Room, dfbrl8tr gallery, TCC Chicago, Stargayzer Fest (ATX), Burly, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Empty Bottle, Township, Club Soda, Bijou Theatre, Chances Dances, New Ohio Theatre (NYC), Chimera @ Slippery Slope, The Hideout & Salonathon (Residency at Beauty Bar).
Bunny
Bunny
"Bunny toes the bleary line between dream pop and bedroom rock. Their tunes take on a soft grunge feel, mixing dainty, pretty melodies with hazy, sardonic lyrics and juxtaposing the music with a dramatic stage presence."-Your Mom
James Swanberg
James Swanberg
James is able to do something that so many cannot. He can write songs that are memorable, songs that stick with you and follow you home, songs that you find yourself singing in the shower the next day, songs that are bonafide hits. A lot of the appeal of his songs is a natural result of his dedication to the song-a-day format. The best way to become a better songwriter is to practice, and what better way to practice than to write over 1300 songs? And James was forced to adopt a certain economics in his songwriting. There is no time to flesh out an idea across multiple verses when the song must be done today, so he had to learn to express whatever idea he had as simply and efficiently as possible. And so his writing naturally evolved and soon each song became a simple, beautiful, punk rock haiku, like if The Ramones were trying to write Buddy Holly songs using as few words as possible.
Pixel Grip
Pixel Grip
A deep synthesizer growls, demanding attention towards a dark stage. The low tone echoes and morphs into a melodic arpeggio. A stark kick drum joins in as the the synthesizer's melody becomes more coherent. A second melody joins in as the stage is awash with light, revealing two silhouetted bodies. One creature is hunched over, carefully manipulating an assortment of keyboards, trigger pads, and drum machines seemingly tied together by a mess of tangled wires and cables. The other figure, whose face is obscured by a yellow neon hood, is glowing underneath the stage lights. The glowing body seemingly floats toward center stage - an impressive feat, given the choice in footwear - a pair of 6 inch heels. As a reverberated chord fills the air, a microphone is raised to the singers red lips. A voice joins the confluence of sweeping saw wave harmonies and declares "I’m on fire, I'm on fire."
The two figures who are casting out electronic chaos, reeling it, and crafting it into dreamy gothic synth-pop are Pixel Grip. Rita Lukea and Jonathan Freund, a duo self described as "Disco Delinquents”, have been crafting infectious synth-pop jams since 2014. The two met as two art geek misfits proudly sporting Crystal Castles and Depeche Mode t-shirts while the rest of the student body were blaring modern country music out of their raised pickup trucks, often adorned with truck nutz. In spite of the uninspired atmosphere of their hometown, the two developed a taste for bands like Air, Daft Punk, Tobacco, French Electronica and Chicago House. Jonathan's black magic analog synthesizer arrangements and Rita's eccentric yet impressively capable voice are a continuation of the time tested formula of male/female synth-pop duos that came before them. The duo are currently recording their first full length album at Decade Music Studios. In the meantime, they will continue to play shows in Chicago, whether at established venues like Thalia Hall, or sweaty electro parties in abandoned factories. With an upcoming full length album, music video, and a slew of events and DJ appearances, Pixel Grip has been on fire, indeed.

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