On the evening of April 3rd, some of us at JMA went to go see the New Politics at JBTV, a young three-man group from Denmark now living in Brooklyn NY with hit songs like “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Harlem” playing consistently on the radio. With the intimate crowd of the small studio, the trio got the crowd jumping and clapping with their rock and punk inspired songs and lyrics.
Thursday afternoon, a large group of us from JMA headed over to JBTV (some for the first time) to see Alt-J play a live session, an afternoon show before their bigger one that evening. Alt-J, a British indie rock quartet and recent hit sensation in the United States, took the stage with serious and stoic faces as the small crowd before them went wild.
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BOY, a sensational German female duo (one from Germany, one from Switzerland) stopped by Chicago on their North American tour last week. The band played two nights of shows at Schubas on March 20th and 21st, selling out both dates. A relatively new presence in the US, BOY has been slowly gaining steam, their hit single “Little Numbers” finding its way onto popular radio stations like Chicago’s XRT.
Sunday night, all of JMA came out to the Beat Kitchen to support four bands in our New Artist Showcase. The show landed on Sunday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day – and was well received by all who attended. Showcased bands included Living in Pretend, Julian Bell, Rachel McClusky, and The Kuhls.
On Sunday, JMA had the unique opportunity to witness Of Monsters and Men perform an acoustic set at the JBTV studios in downtown Chicago. The intimate venue was packed with screaming fans as the group performed a mix of new music and their hits. The songwriting is definitely what sticks out with this music.