Q&A: Zoofunkyou

The new year has only just begun, but Zoofunkyou has already entered 2018 in full swing. On January 19th, the Chicago-based jam band will be embarking on their first extended tour starting with a hometown show at Chop Shop. The tour covers most of the Midwest and a number of funk-infused cities across the south and follows their first 2018 release; a live album recorded during their October 27th show at Bottom Lounge.

Vocalist and guitarist Derek Dare, guitarist Bryan Scheinkopf, bass guitarist Matthew Coglianese & the band’s manager Andy Boyd gathered in their practice space at Kildare Studios to share their tour details and to discuss the rest of their plans for 2018.

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Q&A: Rakunk

The holidays are right around the corner, and what’s a better way to celebrate and wrap up the year than a charity show at one of Chicago’s iconic venues? On December 13th, House of Blues will be hosting Let’s Rock The Bells: A Holiday Benefit Concert. Audience members are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to the Marine’s Toys For Tots while enjoying a mix of rock performances from local  bands including Chicago’s own Rakunk.

The four piece band has spent the past year working to perfect a unique sound that dances somewhere between modern rock and pop. Their first EP Rakunk is compiled of rock heavy tunes such as “Writing With A Knife” and “Banged Up”. Since then the band has blended with the realm of pop with catchy singles “Trillionaire” and “Turn the Power On”. With plans to release a few new compilations, the band sat down to share some secrets on writing captivating song and developing a signature sound. Plus, they were generous enough to give some tips on picking up chicks (it includes business cards and great facial hair, obviously).

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Profile: The Pact

What happens when a few metal heads, an R&B singer, an indie god and a closet Paramore fanatic join forces and start a band?

No worries, this isn’t the start to a bad hipster joke. Actually, it’s the foundation of Chicago-based band, The Pact. It may have taken nearly four years of reformations and sound searching, but the alternative pop group has finally established themselves with the perfect blend of unlike genre gurus.

With less than a year behind their current formation, The Pact has already played a number of icon Chicago venues (House of Blues, Bottom Lounge) and shared the stage with national touring acts (HalfNoise, Spirit Animal).  Combine this with the success of a recent EP release and an upcoming January 28th show with Tribe Society and The Karma Killers, and one might think The Pact has had a pretty easy ride.

But with any great story of success, there must first be failure.

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Show Preview: The Pact (1/28)

Who: The Pact

When: Thursday, January 28th @ 8:30PM

Where: Beat Kitchen

Price: $10 adv/ $12 door

Chicago-based band, The Pact, has spent the last few months crafting a sound that balances indie elements of alternative and pop.  This past November, The Pact released Reaching in the Dark, a five song EP recorded in the home studio of guitarist Caleb Harris. With less than a year behind the current lineup, the band has already played some iconic Chicago venues, such as the House of Blues, as well as shared the stage with well-known artists such as HalfNoise and Mighty Fox.

 

The night will also include performances by Tribe Society and The Karma Killers.