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Vulfpeck’s “Flow State” @ Savage Smyth, Chicago, IL

6/19/2016 by Kevin Glide. Photos by Jesse Speelman.

Coming off of a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a multi-night sellout of Brooklyn Bowl, and with a tidal wave of summer festivals on their horizon, Vulfpeck is only gaining momentum. Last week, the Ann Arbor-born, Los Angeles-based funk outfit anointed Chicago’s newest venue, Savage Smyth, with their signature sticky-sweet sound and Spotify scheming. The performance itself was pure, unadulterated FUNK. Chucking guitar licks,... Read More

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Vulfpeck’s homecoming – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI

4/30/2015 by Jesse Speelman & Kevin Glide

There aren’t too many Michigan-based German/American funk bands, but if there were, Vulfpeck would lead the…peck. The band was formed in Ann Arbor and is comprised of four music majors who met in a German class at the University of Michigan. In conceiving Vulfpeck’s sound, founder Jack Stratton tapped into the state’s rich musical history, drawing heavily from the Funk Brothers–the session musicians featured on most... Read More

If a spaceship of alt-rock aliens crashed to Earth circa 1985 and tried their best to pass off as humanoid pop musicians, you’d have Reptar and their sophomore LP, Lurid Glow. Imagine four incognito extraterrestrials, making melodies and beats on Yamaha DX7s, failing to conceal the extra eyes and tentacles of indie rock that come crawling out of the cracks in their facade. You would think that a band named after a Rugrats character would have a... Read More

Thanks to the good people at Fusion Shows, one of five of La Dispute’s “alternative” performances (in the middle of their current tour with The Hotelier and Title fight) made it to Detroit. The band’s intimate Detroit show happened inside the chapel of the iconic Masonic Temple. Real Feels got exclusive access to this gorgeous venue, while all other camera usage was prohibited. If you weren’t there, this is the best... Read More

San Diegan prog rockers CHON are gaining serious momentum. The band is two-for-two with EPs; 2013’s Newborn Sun and 2014’s Woohoo! were both well-received. Those successes helped them earn spots touring the nation with the likes of After the Burial and Animals as Leaders. Now, all at once this month, CHON is beginning a tour with Circa Survive, debuting their first LP entitled Grow on the 24th with Sumerian Records, and they just dropped a ne... Read More

Any other review you’ll read about this debut LP from Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist backbone, spends a majority of its time doing what I’m sure is exactly what Will Butler wants: comparing his first solo venture to Arcade Fire and older brother/AF frontman Win Butler. “Will, your brother Win just made captain of the football team. Why can’t you be more like Win?” The reality of it is that Will Butler is his own musician, and his... Read More

Unless you were at FYF Fest, Governors Ball, or Capitol Hill Block Party, it’s been almost three years since you’ve heard anything from your favorite Brooklyn-based indietronica duo, Tanlines. This week, the gruesome twosome of singer-guitarist Eric Emm and everything-else-player Jesse Cohen dropped a deuce on us; Tanlines announced Highlights, their second LP, coming May 19th, and they’ve also shared a track from the upcoming album, titled... Read More

This week, Portland/Toronto indie art rockers The Box Tiger dropped “Fire Walk With Me,” their first single in over a year, and it’s perfect timing with the holidays rapping at our doors. No, this song isn’t one for roasting chestnuts or decorating the tree. This track is more suited as the musical score for the season’s disenchanted returns to hometowns and slo-mo airport goodbyes. Now, just because you wouldn’t play “Fire Walk Wi... Read More

Riff Raff : Rap Game Andy Kaufman

12/1/2014 by Kevin Glide

The 2010s are shaping up to be strange times for pop culture. The social protocols of post-post-post-irony hipsters are reaching Inception-esque layers. Meanwhile, zombie children from The Church of Lamestream continue to worship whatever gets put on checkout aisle magazines. These two factions exist at opposing ends of a bizarre and protracted spectrum. There is one artist, however, that is simultaneously an anomaly and the center of this spect... Read More