It’s hard to imagine any genre bending Chicago band more prolific than The Social Experiment. Their debut album Surf was an incredible success, as it was the first free album on iTunes, and just the start of the group breaking music norms.
New(ish) band Manwolves might just be the next significant collective to combine hip hop, r&b, jazz, rock, and other live instruments. The 6 piece band met and formed in Evanston, a city like suburb north of Chicago. They’ve been making music together for years, and in 2016, fresh out of high school, they decided to release some content. Success came early as blogs soon took notice, and performances came in abundance. 2017 has also been good to these guys, as they reached #4 on Billboards’s U.S Viral 50 playlist (with their song You).
Thankfully, another song has impacted titled Roses. It’s a jam heavy hybrid with influences from a host of genres. Although the song kills instrumentally, it is also one of the most heartfelt odes to a lover I’ve heard this year. The vocals (from Jamie McNear) drift and sway, making Roses an easy listen and perfect for any summer setting.
Good news for Chicagoan’s; the group is headlining Subterranean on June 21st. I know hearing their music live will be a religious experience, making this show a must see. Another bonus – our man Ajani Jones and Iris Temple are also performing. You can purchase tickets for a small price here.