Perhaps it’s as a result of we’re previous the one-year mark for the reason that pandemic began, however March appeared to fly by. We’re in April and it’s time for one more Bandcamp Friday! What began as a one-off occasion to assist artists out throughout what we hoped can be a month or so of no touring or dwell music has reworked into this month-to-month behemoth of music shopping for. Bandcamp Friday has been serving to musicians throughout the pandemic by waiving their normal charges so extra money reaches the artists and their labels, particularly since tons of followers have flooded the web site to assist their favorites and preserve nice music going throughout these arduous instances.
We’re kinda in the course of the anniversary of when all this began, from that one-time charge waiving on March 20, 2020, and the primary official Bandcamp Friday on Might 1, 2020. It’s been an undeniably tough yr; enthusiasm for just about something has been a wrestle. Fortunately this custom of buying music has allowed music to thrive and as of now will be coming to an end on May 7. So let’s get our fill of music this month with some nice native artists!
Bandcamp Friday will likely be taking place all day till midnight PDT tonight. When you’re not sure what time all of it ends in your timezone, verify isitbandcampfriday.com for precisely how a lot time you’ve left to leap in on the gross sales effort.
As with each version of this function, we’ve added a number of extra native acts that we extremely recommend you try. And don’t neglect to go over to your favourite artists’ Bandcamp pages and see what they’ll be doing for right this moment’s push to assist high quality music! And for these of you who’ve meticulously curated Spotify playlists, we recommend utilizing Merch Table to see what artists are on Bandcamp so you possibly can assist instantly.
Beneath is our operating checklist of Chicago-based acts we undoubtedly assume it is best to try in the event you haven’t already! We additionally advocate you try a number of the nice compilations that assist assist numerous causes. The SituationChicago compilation advantages 25 venues within the metropolis and has tracks for the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Ric Wilson, Lady Ok, Wealthy Jones, Ovef Ow, The Curls, and tons extra! Warm Violet is a 46 (!) music comp that advantages Chicago Community Jail Support and includes a plethora of artists you have to be listening to anyway!
- DEHD– Dehd guidelines FFO Omni and NE-HI! Check out our review of one of their live performances here! Additionally, their label Firetalks Information is donating $1 from each bodily sale to NAPAWF, NQAPIA, Think!Chinatown, and Heart of Dinner
- Divino Niño – Want some easy and delectable tunes to soundtrack your evenings, then look no additional than these superb songs! Check out our review of their album Foam. Additionally they simply launched a brand new single “Made Up My Mind” that basically reveals off the band’s sound, from the psychedelic instrumentation to their bilingual lyricism
- Dos Santos
- drea the vibe dealer
- Emily Blue
- Ester has been extremely prolific this yr having launched a full size album Turn Around in March 2020, a four-song EP entitled weak that she recorded in seven days, a brand new observe “Only Mine” out right this moment, and fairly a number of tracks in between! Go hearken to this unbelievable artist.
- Fay Ray
- The Flat Five are a Chicago supergroup that we completely adore. Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and Alex Corridor make up the band with many years value of their musical experience! Their barely twisted dulcet tones are a certain fireplace solution to make these attempting instances really feel somewhat higher. Try their debut album It’s a World of Love and Hope (with songs written by fellow Chicago mainstay Chris Ligon) and their lately launched Another World!
- Fran‘s guitar-driven songs with extraordinary vocals are good for these bodily distancing instances
- Fauvely makes some unbelievable dreamy tunes that can actually hook you the second you give them a hear. Led by Sophie Brochu, the band has a have a brand new album popping out subsequent Bandcamp Friday, so now’s the right time to pre-order it!
- Gal Gun – I first noticed Gal Gun carry out at a front room present 4 years in the past and their newest album Important Hit is implausible! Choose up their deluxe vinyl of the album which incorporates ton of enjoyable extras for under $20!
- Ganser – Want some downright unbelievable rock music to pulse by your veins? Look no additional than Ganser’s exhilarating sound, particularly proper now since their latest album Simply Take a look at That Sky is out now! Let your self soften into Alicia Gaines’ vary of assured vocals and snarls and the band’s uncooked post-punk surge. The primary urgent of their album is offered out, however the second urgent (on a good cooler coloration vinyl) is obtainable now! Plus the band is offering up some incredible prints this time round with $1 from every print sale going in the direction of The Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Gia Margaret
- Girl K – You may’t get significantly better than Katherine Patino’s glorious undertaking! Check out our review of their set with Charly Bliss from TNK!
- Good Fuck is experimental insanity from Tim Kinsella and Jenny Pulse. To place it easy, it’s fucking good.
- The Glow Ups Chicago-based, punk rock trio options Mike Licari (Bass/Vocals), Kevin De Leon (Drums), and Brian Excellent (Guitar/Vocals). After a collection of three individually launched singles, the band formally launched its debut album, Take Your Tapas Off, on April 27, 2020. Accompanied by the band’s “right down to earth” nature, their songs take you on a voyage of pop-punk nostalgia. They maintain the central theme of “not having to impress anyone” and also you witness this of their lyrical storytelling—comprising real-life tales and experiences.
- Glitter Moneyyy – Make amends for this duo’s attractive sound earlier than their new single “Peggy Sue” drops subsequent week!
- Half Gringa has a brand new album out proper now! Drive to Reckon is strictly that, supplying you with some a lot wanted new tunes from Isabel Olive!
- The Hecks – Nice native band balancing angular post-punk and catchy synth rock, with an superior dwell present in addition.
- Honey Cellar
- Impulsive Hearts makes sun-soaked tunes that can make staying at dwelling approach higher. Her newest album Cry All The Time is an ideal instance of her sound and one other nice file for summer season (or each time!). She additionally lately launched “Dearie” and all proceeds of “Dearie” will likely be donated to Chicago’s Brave Space Alliance.
- Jeremy Cunningham’s newest album The Climate Up There is one to behold. Written in response to the lack of his brother, the jazz album is a robust hear because it ruminates on its heavy themes completely. It’s a must-listen-to album. This album was featured on our list of albums we enjoyed in 2020.
- Jessica Risker – psychedelic folks musician and sound designer making some glorious tunes to relax out to.
- Joan of Arc has come to finish and lately launched their last album Tim Melina Theo Bobby. This style hopping band has been going two and a half many years with a rotating lineup at all times lead by the formidable Tim Kinsella. Try this superb native act as they name it a legacy.
- Melkbelly delivers some noise rock that can certainly get you hooked on Miranda Winters (see under) glorious voice! Their most up-to-date album Pith was featured on our list of albums we enjoyed in 2020
- Mia Joy lately introduced her new album Spirit Tamer and is ready to launch on Might seventh (which occurs to be the final Bancdcamp Friday at the moment scheduled)
- Miranda Winters lately ventured out from Melkbelly (see Above) for a pair of nice singles! Check out our thoughts on them here!
- Monobody has a brand new album popping out in April! Immediately’s the right day to preorder it!
- Mooner delivers some straight up rock and roll jams and their newest assortment of songs The Alternate Universe of Love is out subsequent week. So head over to their Bandcamp web page and assist this glorious band!
- Mother Nature
- Mukqs creates these experimental collages of sounds and noises that can go away you in awe. His newest launch My Most Private Album to Date got here out final Bandcamp Friday, so don’t wait any longer to get this album.
- Sen Morimoto not solely makes extremely catchy tunes and is about to launch what’s sure to be another banger of an album, he’s additionally now part of the Hideout crew!
- Serengeti is technically on the checklist twice, however with good motive. The person makes a number of the weirdest hip hop and is prolific. A Couple months in the past he dropped a brand new album, the mild fall, so what higher time to select it up than on a Bandcamp Friday!
- Slow Pulp simply launched a brand new album and we’re massive followers of it! Check out our thoughts here!
- Spun Out was birthed from the ashes of NE-HI. Members of that unbelievable band discovered renewed curiosity in different tasks (we’ve already talked about DEHD) but additionally gave start to Spun Out’s alluring synths and plain grooves. Their debut album is a should hear affair that can assist move the nights away in the easiest way attainable.
- Sunjacket is ready to launch their newest album More Lifelike on June 4th, so take a hearken to their first single “In My Head” and pre-order it now
- Tara Terra
Additionally let’s not neglect these unbelievable native labels.
- Bloodshot Records
- Born Yesterday Records
- Eye Vibe Records
- Feel Trip
- International Anthem options tons of nice albums from superb artists like Angel Bat Dawid, Ben Lamar Gay, Resavoir, and extra!
- Midwest Action has tons of nice native acts able to wow you want Impulsive Hearts.
- No Trend Records has Glitter Moneyyy jams, Mykele Deville grooves, Avantist madness, and extra goodness ready for you!
- Numero Group is at all times releasing some high quality under-listened to albums!
- Sooper Records launched albums from the likes of NNAMDÏ (who we talked about above, however wish to emphasize that he simply launched a brand new album KRAZY KARL and it is best to go get this superb file now!), KAINA, Sen Morimoto (once more, we talked about him earlier however he additionally deserves one other), Sonny Falls, and plenty of extra!
- Thrill Jockey
There are many different nice bands on Bandcamp, so have a look round and uncover one thing new! When you’ve got any suggestions, remark under and unfold the love as a result of all people wants it proper now.