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Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman

Christopher The Conquered, Delmar and The Dedications

Thu · March 2, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00

This event is 17 and over

Ezra Furman
Ezra Furman
Chicagoan Ezra Furman's second solo album 'Day Of The Dog' has finally gained him the attention that he deserves. Two BBC 6 Music sessions with Marc Riley and Marc's enthusiastic support have helped spread the word.

Extensive touring with his band the Boy Friends in the UK and Europe in 2014 has built up a dedicated live following and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around. Ezra's emotional honesty, howling intensity, frailty and humour combined with the bands honking rock'n'roll have proved irresistible.

'Ezra Furman has made an album of classicist rock'n'roll that never feels like an exercise, but a living, breathing piece of self expression.' The Guardian

'Where has Ezra Furman been hiding? A bratty, ragged take on New York Dolls, Spector-era Ramones and E Street Band carnival rock. An unexpected gem.' 8/10 NME

"Ezra Furman has made an album of classicist rock'n'roll that never feels like an exercise, but a living, breathing piece of self-expression." The Guardian
Christopher The Conquered
Christopher The Conquered
Christopher the Conquered wants you to read between the lines. That said, he's got a damn good reason for naming his full-length debut album, I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll [Maximum Ames Records].

"I'm not referring to music," he explains. "It's the idea of Rock & Roll as a metaphor for misrepresenting yourself. Living behind a mask or a façade is not a healthy way to live. That's what I'm giving up on. People love Rock & Roll, and I love Rock & Roll. However, the person I am onstage is also the person I am offstage."

It's this sort of pure honesty that defines the album's nine tracks, and it's also why Christopher made some serious waves in 2015. The Iowa singer, songwriter, and performer has crafted a declaratory musical statement that's impossible to ignore. In the summer of 2015, he shared the stage with Natalie Prass and handed her an early copy of I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll. She in turn passed it on to Ryan Adams who took to Twitter and Instagram calling the album, "Crazy and incredible." Soon after, Christopher landed on the front page of Reddit and in Billboard as the title track and single "I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll" quickly passed 60,000 plays on Soundcloud. This properly set the stage for the album's 2016 release.

"I wanted this to be a cohesive experience that takes listeners on a journey," he goes on. "This album strips everything back; this is me."

Mapping out the skeleton of the record from the piano melodies to the horns in his Iowa basement, Christopher had architected a clear vision by the time he entered Ardent Studios in Memphis with producer Patrick Tape Fleming. As a result, they cut the entire album to tape in just nine days.

The music segues from pensive lyricism to heavenly horns and resounding keys on the likes of the elegiacally gorgeous "On My Final Day."

"I always want people to really focus on the lyrics," he says. "The song is about contemplating the way you spend your time and the one life you have. It comes out in a positive light asking the question, 'What impact did I make?'"

Everything culminates on the delicate strings and guitars of "I'm Not That Famous Yet" where Christopher's self-effacing philosophizing reaches divine heights as expansive as his vocal range.

"I was in a bit of a jealous mood," he admits. "I was watching a band, and I wrote this in response to the silliness of the interplay between the audience and the artist. After I wrote the song, I sorta snapped out of it and realized that group worked their asses off up to that point and brought joy to every person in the room. Now, I get excited for another artist's success because it means there are opportunities for me to do what I want to do."

Christopher has known what he wanted to do since growing up in an Iowa town of just 1,300. Without even an antenna for the family TV let alone cable, he became obsessed with music through listening to Motown and classic rock & roll with his parents and repeatedly watching Disney classics like The Lion King and The Jungle Book on repeat. He taught himself drums, trumpet, piano, and guitar, even auditing a college Jazz History class at just 12-years-old alongside his dad. He also found music via faith. Living in a devoutly religious home, he spent a lot of time in church.

"Our church was full of music, and I even played for a while as part of a worship group there. The experience taught me the power of music to connect with people on an emotional level. That spiritual feeling is something that has stuck with me, and that I try to inject into my performances."

Throughout, Christopher architected a sound that's both poetically ponderous and theatrically bombastic. Now, he's officially sharing it.

"This album isn't for me," he leaves off. "The art happens when you're alone at the piano. I got my satisfaction from that part of the process. Now, I've created something for the world. I want people to reflect on their lives and what they're doing when they listen to this and feel happy. There's no reason to live under any pretense or obligations other than your own passion and love. The album is about that."
Delmar and The Dedications
Delmar and The Dedications
After six years of on and off touring with various noise/punk outfits, Zach Weinberg, the mind behind Delmar & the Dedications, began delving into the Motown sound that only his hometown of Toledo, Ohio and its big brother city Detroit could offer. Originally playing the bar scene as an Americana 60s girl-group cover band,
Weinbergʼs recent move to Chicago allowed him to expand the girl-group sound and connect in his punk roots with the Rhythm and Blues legacy of his new home. Writing song after song between each of Weinberg's DIY punk tours, Delmar & the Dedications finally compiled Mansion Sessions, an EP full of nods to his influences, which range from Lesley Gore to the Remains to Elvis Costello. Yet his time behind the drum set at basement punk shows affords a unique flavor to the retro vibes. These are pop songs with a punch that are hard not to love. "Delmar & the Dedications' debut EP, "The Mansion Sessions," reels with R&B grooves and catchy melodies, all of which is neatly (and without a gimmicky feel) trimmed with vocal fuzz and guitar static."
Venue Information:
1st Ward at Chop Shop
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647
http://www.1stwardevents.com