Featured Artist: The Ivorys
From a long and glorious line of tuneful, Illinois-bred bands (Cheap Trick, Urge Overkill, Material Issue) comes The Ivorys, a kinetic Chicago trio with a knack for delivering powerful hooks. Their gritty early sound has given way to melodic riffs that remind us of what we like so much about the last couple Walkmen records, but the Ivorys are still brash -- and perfect for blasting at all hours! They're also known to mount self-booked tours around the Midwest and along the East Coast, so don't miss their incendiary live show if it rolls through your area.
Watch Kanoa Igarashi's happy birthday video dedicated to Kelly Slater, soundtracked by an instrumental version of the Ivorys' "Far Away." And don't sleep on grabbing their new single, "It's Over Now," available as a free download on the band's website.