PREMIERE: Debut Song from New Chicago Group WHITE PPL

White Ppl is Ano Ba (producer, vocalist), Elly Tier (vocalist) and Cado San (vocalist). They are an all POC hip-hop trio that is bringing something wildly innovative to the Chicago music scene. With each member having an eclectic music background, their first single is a bop. Ano Ba, AKA Mylo Reyes, has projects ranging from rap / hip-hop to emo / garage rock. Elly Tier is classically trained, and has dabbled with singer-songwriting themselves. Cado San is a force, just like the rest, bringing in something energetic and exciting to the scene. It combines 90's R&B, mumble rap, emo rap, Chicago house, tropical island drums, bombastic brass leads, and traditional marching band drumlines (in the bridge) to put something magnetic together.

When describing the song, Ano Ba says, “We want you to party and feel emotions and feel okay in doing both.”

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The song is mixed by Kevin Cairns //

White Ppl’s first show will be on November 24th


PREMIERE: Beach Bunny’s ‘painkiller’ Lets You Dance Away the Heartbreak


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Stream the single off their upcoming EP Prom Queen now.


Alternative pop music has had a reawakening. From Paramore’s 2017 release ‘After Laughter’ to Mitski’s newest single ‘Nobody,’ artists have learned to craft upbeat, dance-y tracks to underscore feelings that are often hard to deal with.

‘painkiller,’ the newest single from Beach Bunny, is the latest addition to the dance-away-the-heartbreak genre that’s taking over alt-pop. Beach Bunny is the project of Chicago native Lili Trifilio, whose lyrics over surf rock inspired grooves enchanted audiences with her 2017 release ‘Crybaby.’

‘painkiller’ is the first single off of Beach Bunny’s upcoming EP Prom QueenThe music video, which was surprise released on Thursday, features Trifilio alone in a poofy pink dress, looking dejected as she watches people couple up and take prom pictures. In efforts to console her, Trifilio’s mom comes up to her and says that “boys will be boys.”

The single perfectly encapsulates all of the feelings of a nasty breakup through medical motifs. She starts with a comparison to pulling teeth and gets more macabre as the song goes on: lyrics like “all of your apologies are only empty calories” and “is it reconstructive surgery? / can’t fix my anxiety” are contrasted by a sparklingly infectious dance track.

Halfway through, the song breaks down musically and lyrically. Bandmates Matt Henkels on guitar, Jon Alvarado on drums and Aidan Cada on bass show off their talents in a irresistible riff reminiscent of dancing by yourself on that perfect summer day. When joined by by Trifilio’s repetitive and melancholy lyrics, it quickly turns into a haunting trance you can’t help but dance to. “Take me to the hospital / I need pair of setamol / tramadol, ketamine / I just need some pain relief.”

Dancing to a list of painkillers seems odd on the surface, but Beach Bunny makes it effortless. Their enchanting musical style can make the most heartbreaking lyrics sound like candy – and it’s what makes them so special. They don’t compromise emotion for pop melodies, or vice versa. This has been a staple for the band from the beginning, but is especially prominent in their newer tracks: it’s going to get a little sad, but we’re still going to have a good time.

Historically, pop music has been pretty surface level. The burden of being a commercially viable genre is the limitations on what is allowed to be written about. Many artists have found them confining to music that’s widely relatable but still not a total bummer, resulting in songs that are overly repetitive and even emotionless. Beach Bunny, among many other acts, are challenging that standard by putting difficult emotions at the forefront without sacrificing great upbeat pop sensibilities.

Breakups and heartbreak are normal. It’s okay to sit with your emotions and understand them, even if they’re sad or hard to deal with. Sometimes processing those feelings is seen as unattractive, or results in dramatic metaphors and exaggerations – but it’s easier when someone, or something, understands it in the same way you do. And sometimes the only thing you can do is dance away the pain.


Stream painkiller Below:


by John Tuanqui

by John Tuanqui

PREMIERE: little bear's new single "Home"

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little bear is bringing an entirely new sound to what seems to be a genre-fluid scene. little bear's upcoming EP features some of Chicago's own (Burns Twins, Yomi, and Sol Patches) and they have performed with Ric Wilson. Their music is a blend of sounds, instruments, and rhythms all defying any sort of expectation people may place on them. There is only Aaron Kisslinger's voice, which is a melody in itself, horns, synth, and poetry. 

listen to the debut single below:

PREMIERE: Billie Aon, "Mid City Feeling"

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‘Mid City Feeling,’ the painstakingly authentic debut single from Billie Aon, is premiering today on Hooligan. The track is built on the struggle of finding yourself, and taking the time to become comfortable with your chosen path.

After writing nearly three records worth of music, Billie boldly decided to scrap it all, turn the page and write about their struggle in a more honest way, while drawing inspiration from artists across the board from Cheetah Chrome to Patti Smith to Iggy Pop.

Billie chose to take the suffering of their lowest point and spin it into gold in the form of ‘Mid City Feeling,’ and there’s still more to come. Keep your eyes peeled for their debut LP, releasing this fall.

Stream ‘Mid City Feeling’ and read more about the inspiration behind the track below -
 

“'Mid City Feeling’ represents a particularly blue period for me. It was a time I was having a lot of issues with my identity and struggling to realize what it was I wanted to do — typical mid 20’s shit, I know. It was a transitional period. I shut out a lot of people and put up a lot of walls because I needed to heal. I was living in Mid City as a recluse, feeling down and out, pumping my body with copious amounts caffeine and Dole, and trying to plot my next move. Somewhere along the line hiding out and making these records, I lost all my confidence. ‘Mid City Feeling’ sums up this time and helps me turn the page.”
- Billie Aon

All proceeds from the digital release of ‘Mid City Feeling’ will benefit Red Light Legal.

"Red Light Legal provides direct legal services, legal representation, community education, and effective policy advocacy to sex workers in all corners of the industry. We advocate to reduce the stigma, discrimination, and violence associated with the sex industry, particularly for those who face intersectional oppressions due to racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and classism."

REVIEW: Kississippi's 'Easier To Love' Vocalizes Strength, Change and Vulnerability


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Sunset Blush available April 6th.

MEGAN THOMPSON


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Kississippi’s new single, ‘Easier To Love,’ makes you want to twirl around a sunlit apartment, spring breeze coming through the windows, wearing the outfit that makes you feel like the hottest person in the room, and hanging out with just yourself and your cat. The catchy lyrics have me singing along with the front-person, Zoe Reynolds, “Up to now I’ve given all I got / You can always keep it if you want / I’ll make myself easier to love” while reminiscing on all the relationships I’ve been in where I’ve been told that I am hard to love.

In conjunction with their December release of the single “Cut Yr Teeth”, these singles feel more grown up than their 2015 EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed. While the softness of this Philadelphia-based band is still apparent in this new single from their new album, Sunset Blush, which will drop on April 6th, there’s an ever-feeling presence of refinement.

The parts that helped this band score an opening spot on Dashboard Confessional’s US tour hold true: strong vocals, poignant lyrics, solid drum beats, melodic guitar riffs, and rhythmic bass lines, but all cultivated into one powerful single about celebrating independence and careful vulnerability.

The single starts off with cool synth overtones and brings in elements that allow Reynolds’ voice to sound more unadulterated. The climax of the song takes a pause before the crescendo of head-banging drums and reappearance of room-filling vocals. This gives this single, and hopefully the new album, a more sophisticated feel, like they have graduated from the dreamy lo-fi punk to the powerhouse pop punk that is about to take over music.

Catch Kississippi on tour with Dashboard Confessional and Beach Slang below:

3/26 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
3/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
3/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
3/30 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/31 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
4/02 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
4/03 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
4/05 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
4/06 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
4/07 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
4/08 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre
4/09 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
4/13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
4/14 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
4/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/18 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
4/20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blue
4/21 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium