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Born in 93, Vic Mensa is an independent recording artist from Chicago, Illinois who released his mixtape INNANETAPE online last year to critical acclaim. Vic has toured North America with J Cole and Disclosure and Danny Brown on his recent European Tour. Vic is also the leader and co-founder of the SAVEMONEY collective.


Don’t bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion (out August 5th on The Grand Jury) isn’t as spooky or surreal as David Lynch’s short-lived TV show. It’s more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

If combining the influence of so many classic artists seems like a lofty goal for a group of 20 year olds, just remember that Twin Peaks’ core quartet—frontman Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan and drummer Connor Brodner—has roots that reach back to elementary school. And while their friendships were forged long ago, James also learned the ins and outs of the local Chicago scene with his last project: Teenage Dream, a minimal-yet-mean duo with his older brother Hal.

“We played our first show when I was a freshman,” says Cadien, “and of the three people who came out, one was Alex White of White Mystery. She loved it. Alex has taught me a lot about being business smart and taking things slow, about being grateful and expressing thanks where due, and about being a gracious musician. The generosity of all the bands in the scene out here is pretty amazing.”

The only problem? Hal was asked to join the Smith Westerns, and since Cadien didn’t want to go the solo route, he found the perfect outlet in Twin Peaks. Having quickly cut their debut LP, 2013’s Sunken, so they could sell it on tour, the band was excited to spend more time developing Wild Onion, a record that reveals a level of maturity beyond all the amp-singeing solos, ragtag rhythms and dizzying voices of three distinct singer-songwriters. Unlike acts who let their egos get in the way, Cadien, Clay and Jack share the spotlight and play to one another’s strengths as Connor keeps things moving with a steady beat.


Gemini Club is Dan Brunelle, Tom Gavin, Ryan Luciani and Gordon Bramli, a four-piece indie-electronica band from Chicago, Illinois. Far from the conventional live performance, Gemini Club has a specially designed rig that allows for on-the-fly remixing of its own songs — meaning each show is different from the last.

As a featured Red Bull Sound Select Artist, Gemini Club has been tearing up the electro-pop scene with “Sparklers” on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation and a college tour across the Midwest. Not only did Gemini Club support The Sounds in sold out shows on its fall 2013 tour, but has opened the stage for the likes of AWOLNATION, Panic at The Disco, Metric, Chromeo, A-Trak, Two Door Cinema Club, Who-Made-Who, Dj Falcon and Chateau Marmont.

From the mid-west to the Orient, Gemini Club’s own remix chops are in demand online and across the globe. Their remix for Australian band The Vanish went straight into the top ten of Hype Machine’s charts. The band’s spin on “Cold Dust Girl” entered the same top ten charts on five different occasions within a month – and their remix for Shinichi Osawa has been a mainstay on the iTunes dance charts in Japan. The gents of GC’s remix of Chilly Gonzales premiered on the RCRD LBL blog as the most downloaded track of the week.

As a talent on the rise, Gemini Club has been hard at work recording a new EP that is to be sure to keep people’s feet moving on dance floors everywhere for the rest of the year.


In the late 70’s through the early 80’s, all the brothers were born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Their family had a strong musical legacy that span the city. In 1986, their father formed “Phil Cohran and th Youth Ensemble”. The eight brothers performed with their mothers, older brothers and sisters, as well as their father, Kelan Phil Cohran ( co-founder of AACM, Sun Ra’s lead trumpeter, mentor to “the Pharoahs”, later known as ” Earth Wind and Fire”). The brother’s decided not to present their original work in local club’s. They believed to become a force in music, performing in club’s would stifle their growth, and their talent needed proper cultivation. So they began marketing and promoting in the shopping district of their hometown Chicago. Soon after achieving success, and becoming a tourist attraction at popular spots within the Loop and Water Tower areas. The band began traveling to other cities, Los Angeles, New Orleans, but New York City enticed the brother’s the most.

In 1999 the brothers combined their efforts and began performing a new style of brass music they called “Hypnotic”. After recording their first album “the Flipside” they won the 2001 CPS Young Author’s Award for the title track on the cd “Satin Sheets”. This success propelled them on to perform for “WNUA Jazzin at the Lake”, “State street Live”, and “Metamorphosis of Jazz” all on behalf of Chicago department of Tourism and Special Events. In 2005 Hypnotic released their sophomore album “Jupiter” reeling off the success of the freshman LP’s 325,000 units sold independently (Merc Records). In the past few years, they have traveled all over the world playing for audiences of all genres; opening up for the B52’s at Chicago HOB, Talib Kweli at Harold Washington Cultural Center, headlining along with Mos Def at Lincoln center in NY, and backing up Maceo Parker at Apollo Theater in Harlem. This talented family of performers wrote every song on their sophomore release while at the same time recording collaborations with artists such as GhostFace Killah and Tony Allen. Since then the band of brothers has released their third,and fourth LP independently with two 10 inch vinyls being distributed in Europe and Japan. Hypnotic also released a best of album “Hypnotic Brass Ensemble” 2009, a joint venture deal “Honest Jons/My Publishing Group” proved to lift the bands profile


Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.

The group’s five members (Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Peter Maestro Vale) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.


World renowned rocket ship connoisseurs, Leather Corduroys are comprised of SaveMoney emcee’s Kene & Joey Purp.