Former Cool Kids MC, Chicago native, Sir Michael Rocks hits The Castle this Saturday May 2nd along with openers Robb Bank$ and Pouya. Coming fresh off of his last year release of his album 'Banco' the well established MC has continued following his music dreams releasing multiple videos for the tracks of that release and most recently dropping a video teasing is upcoming project "Populair". Although rap is the genre that defines his music there truly is no way to place a subgenre on the groundbreaking new sounds he puts forth. A perfect example is "Pull Up" -- the video above that presents rap verses with a dreamy, new wave instrumental.
If you are interested at all in hip hop or great music in general be sure to come check out Sir Michael, Pouya, and Robb Bank$ this Saturday. Tickets are only 15$ in advance -- doors open at 7:00PM show starts at 7:30PM.
Also be sure to check the video below to get a taste of all three artists on the bill collaborating to create "Kill Switch".
See you Saturday at The Castle!
This Wednesday, April 29th, The Castle Theatre will host I Prevail, who could very well be the next big thing in the post-hardcore genre, was put on the map in a rather unorthodox way. The Michigan based band started to turn heads in the world of hardcore when they released their hardcore cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." The music video for this song blew up, and currently has almost 10 million hits on Youtube.
However, this is not the only reason I Prevail is getting attention in the music world. I Prevail released their debut EP "Heart Vs. Mind," in December of 2014, which saw lots of critical success. Fans of We Came As Romans, A Day To Remember, or Bring Me The Horizon will appreciate many elements of I Prevail's music such as both clean and heavy vocals, vocal harmonies, heavy guitar breakdowns, and other staples in the post-hardcore world. One thing's for sure, this is ought to be a great show.
If you have a smart phone and have downloaded the app Vine, chances are you've heard of social media superstars Jack & Jack. The 18-year-old Omaha, Nebraska natives have a combined 14 million followers online.
Jack Gilinksy and Jack Johnson started making the 6 second videos the summer before their senior year of high school, but have been best friends since kindergarten. Within 18 months of posting their first Vine, they skyrocketed to internet fame after their Nerd Vandals Vine went viral.
Despite being known for their comedic Vines, they have also raised awareness about a variety of issues--skin cancer, anti-bullying campaigns and safe driving to name a few. Their new found fame also provided the teens a platform to explore another passion of theirs. . .music.
Jack & Jack have released 11 original songs on iTunes, all of which have charted. The two have sold over 1 million songs with nine of those songs trickling onto several Billboard charts. Their resume continues to impress. . .
Last summer they were interviewed by Ryan Seacrest. The duo participated in Seacrest's 2015 Super Bowl #MakeItHappy campaign, which promotes kindness across all social media platforms.
Their hit song "Wild Life" has had major air-play on several stations across the country and their current hit "Like That" is getting spins on KIIS-FM Chicago and POWER 106.5 Omaha.
Jack & Jack will be making their way to the Castle this Friday, May 1st. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and show starts at 8:00 p.m.
The Word Alive will be wrapping up short tour they did in Asia this week, but they have no plans of slowing down once they get back state side. Just five short days after they return from a show in the Philippines, The Word Alive will be gracing the stage of The Castle Theatre.
Since the band formed in 2008, they have taken the metal music scene by storm. All of their albums have been praised by critics and fans alike, including their most recent release, Real. Dubbed by most as the bands most personal album to date, Real, has an overwhelming show of support from its fans. In an interview with The Aquarian the band even went on to state that some of the songs on the new album have given them some of the best crowd reactions they have ever had.
The Word Alive will be at The Castle Theatre Thursday, April 30th sharing the stage with Chelsea Grin. The doors will open at 5:30 for any and all ages.Tickets at the door the day of the show will be $20, or you could head here and purchase them for just $18! It is guaranteed to be a great show, so don't miss out on the experience. In the mean time, check out their song "Life Cycles" in the video below.
Rhett Miller is another alternative country solo artist. Formerly a member of the band Old 97’s, Miller has been recording solo albums for a large portion of his career. He released his first album, Mythologies, in 1989.
Originally from Texas, Miller’s music has much influence rooted in the south. Fans who enjoy country will certainly enjoy his solo performances.
In April of 2014, Rhett Miller released his latest album with Old 97’s entitled Most Messed Up. He recently was interveEwed on VH1 by Nick Lachey to talk about ditching college to pursue music. Watch the interview here.
Then, watch him performs song, “Most in the Summertime” on the VH1 episode here.
Now, Rhett Miller will be on tour with Jay Farrar through most of the summer. Be sure to see them live at The Castle Theatre on Friday, April 24.
By: Michelle Malone
James McMurtry, born and bred in Texas, brings his southern roots to the stage with his amazing performances. The roots rocker has been creating music professionally since 1989 and will now be coming to the Castle Theatre! One of his most reputable accomplishments is without a doubt his 1996 Grammy nomination for Long Form Music Video and there is no doubt why. McMurtry brings his music to life when he steps on stage, translating this through his music videos and of course live shows.
James’ earthy voice warms up his songs, but it’s his talents playing the guitar that really give his music wings. Although his lyrics give his music strong meaning, many of his songs can be uplifting. This show is truly a unique one that you will not want to miss. James McMurtry will be playing at the Castle this Monday, April 27th at 7:30p.m. You an purchase tickets for $20 at our website or at our box office. For now you can listen to one of James’ smash hits below:
Sources: http://www.last.fm/music/James+McMurtry, http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com/bio.htm
Join us on 4/25 for a night of rock n’ roll and dirty blues with a performance by Bloomington-based 3-piece group: Robert Brown Band. The group brings high-energy American rock to the stage, leaving audiences with a night to be remembered.
The band has been jamming together since 2009, creating a brother-like bond that allows them to write and grow as musicians together as a unit. Their influences consist of legendary artists such as: Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and Pearl Jam. This group even dares to take on classic hits from their mentors in their own version during performances.
Robert Brown Band is no stranger to the Castle. The power-trio visited our venue in 2014, putting on a guitar-fueled performance. Check out the footage below and don’t miss them this year on Saturday night! Doors at 7 PM/Show 7:45 PM.
Now based out of St. Louis, Missouri, Jay Farrar is an alternative country singer and songwriter. As a well-rounded musician, he plays guitar, piano, harmonica, as well as vocals.
Farrar got his start in the late ‘80’s with the band Uncle Tupelo alongside Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. He then went on to form the band Son Volt in 1994. Since 2001, Jay Farrar has been pursuing his solo music career.
His music takes on many forms within the alternative country genre. Listeners will experience everything from solo folk songs to full band rock arrangements. Listen to his music for yourself at Rhapsody. Come out to The Castle Theatre on Friday, April 24 and see Jay Farrar play live!
Today marks the kick off of the second leg of Langhorne Slim and the Law's spring tour, a tour that is sure to be filled with high energy and great music for all who attend. The band, who has been together for close to ten years now, have toured all over the world including a recent stint in the UK with The Lumineers. You may recognize their hit song "The Way We Move" from the album of the same name, in the movie trailer for "Admission" starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, or from the opening credits of the hit movie "21 & Over."
Langhorne Slim has been well received by fans and critics a like for his singing and songwriting abilities. Rolling Stone praised their most recent album "The Way We Move" saying that it was, "damn near perfect" and Entertainment Weekly called Langhorne Slim "Your next obsession." Their wonderful sound is contagious once you start listening, and it is rivaled only by the live performances of the songs.
The rest of the spring tour runs from April 20th-June 25th, mostly throughout the midwest region. The Castle Theatre will be Langhorne Slim and the Law's third stop of the tour, on April 22nd. Tickets for the following shows in Columbus and Indianapolis have already sold out so do not wait to get your tickets now! Tickets for the show at The Castle can be found here or can also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 8 pm and the show will start at 9. Be sure to get there early because this is one that you will not want to miss!