Chicago's The Kickback — comprised of brothers Billy (vocals, guitar) and Danny (drums) Yost, Eamonn Donnelly (bass) and Jonny Ifergan (guitar) — is prepping for the release of their new full length album titled “Sorry All Over The Place” this summer. The session was produced by Spoon drummer and engineer Jim Eno.
An advance single/video of the song “Sting’s Teacher Years” has been released to path the way for the new album; and in the video singer Billy Yost acts as his own lyric-pad with words scrawled all over his face and body.
The Kickback earned a solid reputation as an explosive live act after a steady two years of touring and supporting acts like White Rabbits, Smith Westerns, Here We Go Magic, Tapes ‘n Tapes and Telekinesis. They hit the road for the summer months with Quiet Company and Driver Friendly starting June 4th at The Beat Kitchen (2100 Belmont Ave.) in Chicago. Catch the lads next as they warm up for the tour on May 14 at Chicago’s The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.). More: thekickbackband.com
• Local musicians! Nancy Healy, owner of Rosati’s Pizza (5504 West Lincoln Hwy/Route 30) in Schererville has added live acoustic music to her menu from 7-10pm every Friday. Following a nice kick off last week with John Derado, Rosati’s acoustic line-up for the rest of May is top notch – David Blixt (ex-Timepeace) on May 9th, Dave Alamillo (of Monterey) on May 16th, Chad Clifford (of The Crawpuppies) on May 23rd and Greg Ashby (of Old Skool) on May 30th. More: myrosatis.com.
• Local Portage perennials, The Mad Ants, have wrapped up mixing their new album "International Anthem" and are now choosing cover artwork from local artist Russ Marra who did the cover illustration for the band’s earlier ‘80s album, “Hey, Who Paid the Rent?” With enough songs recorded to fill a double album, band leader Joel Justin said it the real challenge has been picking the 13 tracks on the album to be released soon. Catch the Mad Ants’ 9pm show this Friday at Fricke’s Recreation (519 N. Grant St.) in Crown Point. More: madants.com.
• Mark the date! The 9th Annual Joe Betustak Memorial Motorcycle Run & Party on the Lake happens on May 17 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park in Hammond. Bands donating are: TNT Jams (acoustic music), Remember When (doo wop vocal group), Just4That (pop/rock), and Pearl Jam tribute act, Rearview Mirror featuring Steve “Beaver” Lopez. More info call (219) 616-2224.
• Justin King the frontman/vocalist/guitarist of the nationally touring Hebron rock band Open Your Eyes (formerly known as Athel) reports that a full length album with producer Brandon Saller (Atreyu) has been wrapped up and is being readied for release. The CD features guest vocals from Craif Mabbit of Escape The Fire. The first video from the album is for the song “Alive” and is the first to feature the band’s newest member, drummer Sandra Alva (ex-Black Veil Brides).
Catch Open Your Eyes live on Saturday when they headline a multi-band concert at Another Hole In The Wall (3236 Union Ave.) in Steger. Opening the show are the bands — Lost Years, Infinity Pool, Calling The Shots and The Lost Paradigm. Showtime: 6pm/$12 tickets. More: facebook.com/OpenYourEyesMusic.
• Most local music fans know Lou Samaniego as half of the popular region rock duo – Chris & Lou – but Samaniego also has an original music side project called RITO whose debut CD has just been released.
RITO will be in-studio guests 6-7pm this Tuesday (5/17) on “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” via 89.1FM/The Lakeshore. “We’ll play some songs live acoustically and we’ll spin some songs from the CD,” noted Samaniego.
As today, May 8th would have been the 74th birthday of rock ‘n’ roll music pioneer Rick Nelson the late icon’s music legacy will be celebrated tonight at 6pm on 89.1FM with — “Remembering Rick Nelson” – hosted by this columnist with Rick’s son Gunnar Nelson as my special guest. The show repeats Friday at 10pm. All Lakeshore programs are streamed live in real time at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio.
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