Minor Moon (Single Release), Angela James, S.M. Wolf

Minor Moon (Single Release), Angela James, S.M. Wolf

Fri, August 17, 2018

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00

Minor Moon
Minor Moon
Dread-laced and hopeful, meticulous and ecstatic - the music of Chicago based Minor Moon traffics in opposing forces in service of reflecting the kind lightness that can bear the tension of one's own contradictions. With a palette that leans heavily on folk rock and alt-country styles and instrumentation, bandleader and songwriter Sam Cantor wrestles together something altogether different, with songs that slip through the hold of well-worn definitions and expectations.

Minor Moon's latest release, the single It's Okay, outlines a thoroughly modern and curiously self-conscious trip to the grocery store - replete with delusions of cinematic grandeur and zonked out screen time - all cloaked in a sleepy, rainy day almost-retro rock vibe. The band's previous EP, What Our Enemies Know, has been described as "Pink Floydian," "like a sinister Cat Stevens" and "reminiscent of Procol Harum or The Band working their way through a set of Lambchop covers." Minor Moon plans to release their second full length album in early 2019.
Angela James
Angela James
Angela James’ music brings to mind the rich, deep voices of artists like Patsy Cline and Rosanne Cash with the narrative sensibility of more modern female troubadours like Neko Case and Cat Power.

With her first full length record, Way Down Deep (released 11/14), James took her nascent career to the next level of craftsmanship by employing some of Chicago’s finest jazz improv players and incorporating them into a bold sonic tapestry that highlighted both her refined ear and wide-ranging influences. Her second full length, Time Will Tell (3/2016), found her exploring similar themes of love and loss but with more darkness, confidence and curiosity. Called “smoldering and gorgeous” by the Chicago Reader, Time Will Tell effortlessly bends and blends musical genres, taking James far beyond her “country” roots. Born and raised in Eastern TN, with sojourns in Mississippi and Brazil, Angela James calls Chicago home.
S.M. Wolf
S.M. Wolf
S.M. Wolf is a psychedelic power-pop collective of musicians based in Indianapolis and fronted by elementary school teacher and multi-instrumentalist Adam Gross. Starting as a solo tribute to the 2013 Spring Equinox, S.M. Wolf soon became a live act with Rachel Enneking (keys), Ben Leslie (bass), and James Furness (drums). Attracting attention from local Indianapolis label In Store Recordings, the original recordings were released as a self-titled 7” EP around the same time that the band enlisted Melanie Rau to take over drumming duties.

Spending the next year touring regionally and along the East Coast, the band released Canine Country Club in February 2015 with another Indianapolis imprint, Jurassic Pop Records. In the meantime, Adam started work on S.M. Wolf's debut full-length, Neon Debris which was later released on Jurassic Pop and In Store as a joint effort. The lead single from the record, We All Decided No, was released as a lathe cut 7” on Joyful Noise Recordings with a Daytrotter session and music videos for "Lies to Heathens" and "We All Decided No" to follow. 2016 saw the release of “The Awful Spring”, the world's first ever 7”+Reel-to-Reel box set, on Tucson’s People In A Position To Know Recordings.

Bad Ocean, S.M. Wolf’s second LP, shows an evolution of the band both musically and structurally. The record was recorded on 8-track reel-to-reel in Gross’ home studio, yet this time it features all present and past members including new addition Bryan Unruh (keys, guitar, drums). While the band has always had an Elephant Six-like kitchen sink aesthetic when it comes to instrumentation, on this record they reached a little deeper into the sink to showcase diverse instruments such as the theremin, baritone guitar, air organ, and vintage string and mono synths. Bad Ocean also features lyrics that are more vulnerable and personal than on previous S.M. Wolf records while still maintaining the same fuzzed-out pop hooks that they're known for.

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