Wei Zhongle, Chicago, IL
“Wei Zhongle make a highly rhythmic, floating brand of indie pop. The quartet has had four shifts in lineup over five albums, and their sound has morphed along with those changes. But they have managed to keep a sound that is distinctly theirs through every iteration, from the sharp ruminations of their self-titled debut to the mesmerizing, appropriately named Nu Trance.
Their latest effort is the Nice Mask Over An Ugly Face EP. It’s a funky, catchy collection of songs that still possesses the musicality of their previous output. Deep, burrowing grooves, interlocking melodies, and infectious hooks vary in pace from a medium boil to a frenetic frenzy as Rob Jacobs’ subtly soulful voice weaves it’s way through. Just when you think you’ve settled into a particular sound, things get warped, experimental, and delightfully weird, leaning into R&B, psychedelia, and even new wave. The EP is certainly a departure from their other works, but they are comfortable and confident in the ever-shifting soundscapes and aesthetics.”–Collin Robinson, Stereogum
I Heart Metal, Santa Fe, NM
This local songwriter bears his soul when he picks up his guitar and sings. Your heart may break a little when you listen, but you’ll love it.
PSIRENS, Santa Fe, NM by way of Brooklyn, NY
PSIRENS is the ongoing project of solo vocalist Paris Mancini. Her performance consists of looping percussive bass and many intricate vocal melodies while sampling noise and beats. Her sound has been described as “cinematic” and “ethereal.” She has been compared to St Vincent, Reggie Watts, Bjork, CocoRosie and TuneYards. She has performed in Latin America, toured extensively across the United States and a touch in eastern Europe. She has released 4 studio albums, 3 live albums and has been actively playing as PSIRENS since 2009. She is primarily based out of Brooklyn NY and Santa Fe NM.
$5-10 suggested donation, No one turned away for lack of funds.