By Richard Milne

The gentleman above play heady instrumentals for the most part but drop in some vocals (and cool keys) on a track from their self-titled EP of last year that I’m finally getting around to spinning. They hit me up with this awhile back but it took me a bit to get into what it is they do. I’m there now, bunky. Also on this week’s show of new Chicago music, I’ve got a track from MONAKR featuring Matthew Santos on vocals. The rest of the guys in the band are all folks you know, too. We’ll get deeper in to that when MONAKR are my guests on next Sunday night’s Anesthetic. I really like the songwriting and vocals of Elk Walking. Hear a track (is there some kind of pun I should be pointing out right about now?) from their The Road Ahead release. Varsity return with a couple of new tunes this week. I’ll give a spin to “Eye to Eye”. I’ve never devoted a lot of time (air or otherwise) to the International Pop Overthrow fest that takes place at the Red Line Tap April 14-23 but this year I happen to be spinning a number of bands that will be performing. Up this week is Steve Ramone who will be playing on April 17 with a band featuring Chip Znuff on bass, Phil Miller of Sonia Dada on guitar, ex-Survivor/Blotto drummer Joe Kunkle, and Bruce Breckenfeld on keys. Sweet! And finally, Red Francis with a two-minute piece of audio riot called “Song A” that kicks off their new eponymous long player. There you go. Goodness awaits on this week’s Local Anesthetic, Sunday night at 7:30 here on XRT.


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