Monday, February 2, 2009

This Wednesday: Catch two of WCR's 'best emerging bands' at Subterranean

This Wednesday, February 4, is your chance to check out two of Windy City Rock's recently-chosen "best up and coming Chicago bands," The Innocent and King Sparrow. The two bands, along with The Blackjack Kings and So Elated," will play what is sure to be a night of stellar rock and roll at Subterranean. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $8.

Here's a refresher on both bands:

The Innocent

The Innocent is actually singer-songwriter Michael Hardey, who released his debut, self-titled EP (reviewed here) early this year. The 6-song release is instantly accessible, featuring highly melodic, well-written songs that are equal parts folk pop and college rock.

Songs to check out first: "Beautiful Lie," "The West Coast"

King Sparrow

It's tough to forge a unique sound in today's world of indie rock, but this three-piece is doing its best to break the mold starting with their debut EP, "Derailer." Picture a mixture of driving punk and garage rock paired with extra melodic vocals and cryptic subject matter. "Since the music is tight and exact, but a little bit atonal, and the vocals are melodic, we end up with a strange relationship between form and content," explained vocalist/guitarist Eric Georgevich in a recent interview with

Songs to check out first: "Bones and Skin," "All's Cinnamon"

Don't miss the opportunity to catch two of Chicago's finest up and coming bands in one night!

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