The music of Barber Greene is photographic. Originally from the rural DeKalb, IL—where he helped form Light Pollution (Carpark)—the Chicago transplant’s songs are vulnerable and personal. Left untreated, they wouldn’t sound out of place next to early Sufjan Stevens; but the quiet, contemplative songs quickly become massive and triumphant once filled with his imaginative, buoyant arrangements, the way a memory imbues new meaning on the faded faces of old photographs. Like exhuming dusty shoeboxes of developed disposable cameras, listening to Barber Greene allows us to linger, to daydream about the things you’ve had, the things you want, the things you will never attain.
Landmarks is a Chicago-based band that’s mixture of shoegaze, art-rock and psychedelic surfiness has beckoned comparisons to Deerhunter (Brooklyn Vegan) and Real Estate (Dots and Dashes). The band employs a wide range of effects, synths, and organs to create deeply textured and atmospheric music. The five-piece's ability to go from ambient soundscapes to manic, noisier tracks is evident from their 2013 single on Public House Recordings, as well as their new self titled EP (limited release on Manic Static). Recent shows have seen the band perform alongside Real Estate, Dead Meadow, Courtney Barnett, and Crystal Stilts.
Ghastly Menace is an indie pop group that was formed in Chicago, IL. Initially started as a recording project between two friends, Songs of Ghastly Menace, marks the group’s first full band effort. Recorded in collaboration with songwriter/producer Nigel Dennis, the album expands greatly upon the experimentation and stylistic range of 2010’s Pitcairn EP, yet maintains the pop sensibility and songwriting that have defined the group from the beginning.