We’re Listening To: Big Black Bird

Big Black Bird just released their debut album, The Lemon Tree, born and recorded right here in Chicago. All four members of Big Black Bird call Chicago home — brothers Kevin and Brian Bart, Brian Schnell, and Andrew Price — and each of them wrote songs on the album. And that might help explain the eclectic mix of sounds coming from this very talented, up-and-coming band.

You’ll hear some heavy power chords and driving drum beats, as in “Time Capsule”; straight-up rock teetering on metal in “Tomahawk Train”; aggressive, Ramones-esque power-pop/punk in “Did it Again”; and even catchy 60’s beach rock-inspired sounds in “Operation in Hand”. The album will take you on a tour of their inspirations, and leave you wondering what else they have locked and loaded for future releases.

If you catch their upcoming show November 19 at the Hell Hole in Chicago, you just might find out.

Below, you can hear “Operation in Hand”. Have a listen and get ahead of the curve — you’ll be hearing more about them in no time.


Ticket Giveaway: Primus!

primus ticket giveawayRemember Primus? They’re back, touring on Green Naugahyde, their first release since 1999.

You can win a free pair of tickets to see them live, October 14 at Chicago’s Congress Theater. All you have to do is visit our partners at Windy City Weekly, sign up for the newsletter and you’re entered. We will announce the winners in the Oct. 13 edition of Windy City Weekly, at 9:40 AM.

The show will feature two full sets from Les Claypool and gang, so fans are sure to hear a great catalog, far beyond standards like “Winona Has a Big Brown Beaver” and “My Name is Mud” (although hopefully you’ll hear those, too). Primus is one of those shows you don’t want to miss, and one you’ll never forget.

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