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Empires Perform “Night Is Young” For Fender At Lollapalooza

Posted in Empires by Jaime Black on August 13th, 2012


Following the group’s (rescheduled) set earlier this month at Lollapalooza, video has posted of Empires performing “Night Is Young” for Fender‘s Airstream series. Watch that acoustic clip below, immediately following frontman Sean Van Vleet’s CVU podcast interview, recorded on the grounds at Lollapalooza 2012. And catch Empires live in Chicago again on September 21st at Lincoln Hall (tix).

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New CVU Podcast Album: Lollapalooza 2012!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,Dynasty Podcasts,Empires,Kid Color,Lollapalooza,Purple Apple by Jaime Black on August 9th, 2012

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The Lollapalooza 2012 Album, featuring interviews recorded at and around this year’s Lollapalooza! Host Jaime Black checks in with Purple Apple, Empires, and Kid Color! Stream or download those podcasts above.

Dynasty Podcasts: The Lollapalooza 2012 Album

CVU203 – Purple Apple

On day one of Lollapalooza, Liv, Madi, Nonie and Devin of Purple Apple sit down with the CVU podcast at Angels & Kings to give their take on playing Lollapalooza, talk about balancing their music lifestyle with being in high school, discuss plans for a new album, and hint at an upcoming name change for the band.

CVU204 – Empires

On day one of Lollapalooza, Empires frontman Sean VanVleet discusses the band’s tireless work ethic, why he prefers being in a rock band when that scene can be viewed as the minority, and new Empires music on the way.

CVU205 – Kid Color

The night after Lollapalooza, Kid Color reflects on his Lollapalooza 2012 set the day before, weighs in on why he eschews trends in order to sound like himself, and gives his thoughts on why Chicago has embraced him as an artist, since arriving from California.

Lollapalooza Brings Chicago’s Empires, Kid Color, & More To 2012 Festival

Posted in DJ Zebo,Empires,JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound,Kid Color,Lollapalooza 2012 by Jaime Black on April 11th, 2012


After a series of leaks both false and legit, the final, official Lollapalooza line-up has been announced. As with years past, local talent is present at this year’s event, though seemingly less than when compared to previous incarnations of the festival. This year’s Chicago-centric talent includes JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Empires, DJ Zebo, and Kid Color. Watch for more coverage of Chicago’s presence at Lolla here at CVU, and check out Empires’ Audio Tree session below.

Empires Post New Three-Song ‘Can’t Steal Your Heart Away’ EP As Free Download

Posted in Empires by Jaime Black on March 27th, 2012


Earlier this month, CVU reported on straight-ahead rock outfit Empires‘ new EP, Can’t Steal Your Heart Away. Now, the three-song effort, which features two melodic rockers and one more introspective and breezy ballad, has hit the web as a free download. Stream or download the Can’t Steal Your Heart Away EP below, followed by a video trailer for the acts’ forthcoming Garage Hymns full length, which drops June 12th.

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Empires Announce ‘Can’t Steal Your Heart Away’ EP In Advance Of Sophomore Effort

Posted in Empires by Jaime Black on March 8th, 2012

Though the group’s long-awaited Garage Hymns full length isn’t dropping until late spring, Empires will be releasing an EP at the end of March to tide fans over. Entitled Can’t Steal Your Heart Away, the three-song effort will see digital release on March 27th. Find that effort’s cover art above and tracklisting below, followed by footage of the band’s Audio Tree session. And watch CVU for more on Can’t Steal Your Heart Away as it becomes available.

Empires – Can’t Steal Your Heart Away
1) Can’t Steal Your Heart Away
2) Surrenderer
3) Homewrecked

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Empires Look Towards Second Full Length, Rock Audio Tree With Live Audio And Video Performance

Posted in Audio Tree,Empires by Jaime Black on September 20th, 2011


Chicago’s Empires might not have made it to the cover of Rolling Stone, but that hasn’t stopped the raw rock group from keeping busy as of late. First up is the announcement that the band has finished its second full length, which carries a tentative title of Garage Hymns. The effort came together during downtime in the group’s touring schedule. No further details are known yet, but CVU will deliver updates and music as they surfaces.

More immediately available is the group’s recent Audio Tree live session. Listen to audio from that performance here, or watch “Night Is Young” and “Hells Heroes” below, with the full video performance here. And catch Empires live on October 20th at Subterranean.

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Middlewest Fest 2011 Rolls Out More Local Talent, Including Maps & Atlases, Empires, & Kid, You’ll Move Mountains

Posted in Empires,Flatfoot 56,Kid You'll Move Mountains,Middlewest Fest,The Tossers by Jaime Black on June 28th, 2011

Middlewest Fest

Earlier this month, CVU reported on the 2011 edition of Middlewest Fest, with Chicago’s The Felix Culpa revealed as one of the festival’s initial reveals. Now, a number of subsequent Chicago groups have been announced as part of the two day event, including Maps & Atlases, The Tossers, Flatfoot 56, Empires, and Kid, You’ll Move Mountains. Middlewest Fest happens September 9th and 10th at a number of Dekalb venues. Keep watching CVU for more coverage of the festival.

Come To The Show: Jon Walker: Saturday May 21st @ Beat Kitchen!

Posted in Come To The Show,Empires,Jon Walker by Jaime Black on May 20th, 2011

Jon Walker

Though Empires‘ admirable campaign to make it to the cover of Rolling Stone has just this week come to a close, the band is still set to headline Beat Kitchen this Saturday night, May 21st. Playing as support on that bill is singer-songwriter Jon Walker, previously known for his work in The Young Veins and Panic! At The Disco. Earlier this year, Walker released a stripped down set of songs titled Home Recordings, demonstrating the musician’s acoustic sensibilities. Catch Walker tomorrow night for his first Chicago solo performance, and stream two folksy Home Recordings cuts below, including the quirky “Growing A Beard” and the jaunty “Sun And Moon.”

Empires / Jon Walker Live

Empires Close Out Third Round Of Rolling Stone Voting With A String Of New Videos

Posted in Empires,The Road To Rolling Stone by Jaime Black on May 13th, 2011


Voting ends today in the third and next-to-last round of the ongoing Rolling Stone cover competition, and Chicago contest candidate Empires have been keeping busy with plenty of new videos as of late. Check out the group’s latest three videos from the magazine’s site, including the members of Empires discussing their inspiration, getting interviewed by Rolling Stone contributing editor Touré, and being critiqued by a panel of industry professionals, including Patrick Stump. Watch those clips below, find an acoustic version of new song “Hells Heroes” at the group’s Facebook page, and catch Empires live Saturday, May 21st at Beat Kitchen, And don’t forget to vote through the end of the day for Empires to make the cover of Rolling Stone!

Empires Live

Empires Post Download, Live Performance Of New Song “Hells Heroes”

Posted in Empires,The Road To Rolling Stone by Jaime Black on May 5th, 2011


Fresh off advancing to the final four round of Rolling Stone cover contest, a new Empires song and accompanying live performance have hit the web. Download the raucous new track “Hells Heroes” below, followed by a clip of the band playing the song live. And don’t forget to catch Empires live Saturday, May 21st at Beat Kitchen.

Empires – “Hell’s Heroes”

Empires Live