Confronted with the riff-laden, feedback-soaked instrumental metal of Chicago’s Russian Circles, you could be forgiven for imagining there are more than three members: these dudes know how to fill a room with sound.
Drawing inspiration from obvious post-rock forbears like Tortoise and Sigur Ros, as well as less obvious influences such as hip-hop, classic rock, Sonic Youth and Fugazi, their music glistens, dissonates and assonates, ranging from crushingly heavy jams to blissful atmospherics, sometimes within the same song.
While their fourth LP, Empros, was one of last year’s best-reviewed albums, drawing high praise from underground and mainstream press alike, this constantly touring band’s legendary live show even eclipses its epic records. Hear that pick-slide? That’s the sound of a band entering its glory years.
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THE MUSIC LINEUP: BY NAMEVIEW ALL >
- 100 Mile House
- The Abramson Singers Adolyne Akron/Family Alanadale The Allovers AM Static Amy Hef Anchoress Arrowz Astral Swans Axis of Conversation
- B-Lines The Backhomes BadBadNotGood The Basement Demons Bear Mountain The Beets Ben Caplan Ben Disaster The Besnard Lakes BESTiE BETRAYERS Biblical The Bicycles Big Eyes Bitter Fictions Bitter Pricks The Bitterweed Draw The Black Dots Black Magic Pyramid Black Thunder BLEACHERS The Blind Shake BLIST Boogie Howser Book of Caverns Brazilian Money The Burnettes Burning Love Burnt Ones Burro
- The Cable-knits Callow Calvin Love Cantoo Caroline Keating Catgut Catl Caves Chains of Love Chairs The Chantrelles Charlie CB Chlorinator CHRISTIAN HANSEN Circles CJSW On-Air Session: TBA Code Orange Kids Cody Swinkles (of No River) Cold Water Colin Stetson Colleen Rennison of No Sinner Cop City/Chill Pillars The Courtneys COUSINS Cove Tpada Cowpuncher Crimson Crosss Crystal Swells
- Daywalker Dead Soft Deadkill The Deep Dark Woods Dent May Devonian Gardens Divine Fits DJ Chris Vail DJ Lorne B (Show Host) DJ Noah York City DJ Wah The Dodos Doug Hoyer Dragon Fli Empire Drop The Lime
- Economics Elgin-Skye Energetic Action Eric Chenaux The Escorts Explosions In The Sky Extra Happy Ghost!!!
- Faux Fur Feel Alright Field + Stream Fire Next Time Fist City Flint Foam Lake Freak Heat Waves Frontier Ruckus FURY THINGS
- The Gaslamp Killer Gaytheist Ghibli Ghostkeeper Gianna Lauren Glitter Gold The Gooeys Gretchen GROUNDERS Grown-Ups GSTS!
- Hannah Epperson Heaven For Real Heidi Alexander HexRay Hidden Towers The Highest Order HighKicks Hollerado Homeshake Hook and Eye Hooves HUMANS
- Iceage Iceberg Ferg If I Look Strong; You Look Strong Invasives Ital Ivan Rankic
- Jamaican Queens Javelin Jay Arner Jerusalem In My Heart Jessica Jalbert The Jesus And Mary Chain Jim Bryson Joel Plaskett Emergency John K. Samson John Wesley Coleman III Johnny de Courcy & The Death Rangers The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion July Talk Jung People
- KEN Mode Kenna Burima Ketamines Keys N Krates Kim Taylor Kingdom & Kelela Knots Koban Krang Kris Ellestad Kuhrye-oo Kurvi Tasch Kyote
- La Luna Lab Coast The Lad Mags Latcho Drom LBJs Le Révélateur Lowell Lucid 44
- Mac DeMarco MANcub The Mants Marble Lion Mark Mills Matthew A. Wilkinson Metz Miesha & The Spanks Mise en Scene The Moas Monogamy Party Monomyth Moon Mount Eerie Mr. Geography (Show Host)
- The Nancees NerdX New Friends Nicholas Krgovich Night Committee The Night Marchers No River The Noble Thiefs Northcote The Nymphets
- Obey The Crooks OFF! Old and Weird Old Man Markley Open Relationship Outer Minds Outlaws of Ravenhurst
- The Pack a.d. Paper Beat Scissors Peace Pete Swanson Philoceraptor Pick a Piper powder blue
- Quaker Parents
- Rabbits Raleigh Rap X Rene Hell Renny Wilson The Repossessors Roaming Storms Running Ryan Hemsworth
- Sabo Forte Sabota Samantha Savage Smith Sanctums SAVK Scrapbooker The Seahags Seahorse Seizure Salad Sharing SHEARING PINX Shooting Guns Sightlines Sissys Skip Jensen Group Skye Wallace The Slabs Slam Dunk Sloth Records In-Store Sessions: Artists TBA Slow Down, Molasses slow learners Smalltown DJs The Soft Option Sons of Bears Special Guests Spencer Jo & The River Jacks Stepmothers Sunshine Superchunk Surf Kitties! Suuns Swans
- TAIWAN Technical Kidman Teledrome Telstar Drugs Thee Oh Sees THEESatisfaction The Thermals This Hisses Tim Hecker Torche Tough Age Travis Bretzer Trigger Effect
- UBT UN Un Blonde Unknown Mortal Orchestra
- Valiska Valleys Vapid Victories Viet Cong Village Violence Violet Age
- Walter TV War Baby Warm Soda The Washboard Union Wax Romeo (Show Host) We Are The City The Weir White Ash Falls White Lung White Women Whitey Houston Wild Rose Soul Club DJs witchstone The Wizards
- Young Benjamins Young Braised
- Zebrassieres Zen Mystery Fogg