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Urbanites Announce Impending Break-Up, Final Two Shows

Posted in Urbanites by Jaime Black on May 23rd, 2012


Valparaiso, Indiana act and frequent Chicago scene performers Urbanites have announced their impending break-up. The group will play two final shows, with the first happening on Friday, June 15th at the Beat Kitchen (tix), while the second and final farewell show happens August 19th at County Line Orchard in Hobart, IN. Find the group’s farewell statement below.

With a sense of heartache – eased only by a greater sense of hope for our individual futures – we’re announcing that our band, Urbanites, is breaking up. Thank you, wholeheartedly, to so many. Thank you to all who came to experience us live, bought our albums, wore our t shirts, put our stickers on your vehicle, invested in us with overwhelming generosity, sang along with us and shared the music that we so loved making over these past years. Thanks for staying up late with us in darkened theatres, bars and barns. For buying overpriced drinks. For standing so close to the stage – waking up the next morning with ringing still in your ears. For encouraging us with quick online messages and / or in hour after hour of conversation – at the times we needed it most. Thank you for dreaming with us. Before we call it a day, we are playing just a few more shows, including a farewell show at County Line Orchard (see dates below). We hope you’ll come out and sing these songs with us one last time. This is the end of Urbanites, but also the beginning of new musical endeavors for each of the four of us. We’re very excited to say that there will be new music. Lots of it. New projects. New sounds. We hope that you, who made Urbanites so extraordinary, will be singing with us again in the very near future.
Much Love,

Bradley, Steven, DJ, The Verge

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New CVU Podcast: Urbanites | Come To The Show: Scattered Trees, A Lull, & Urbanites: Friday, November 25th @ Lincoln Hall

Coming Alive

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Bradley Briggs of Urbanites! The artist visits CVU at The Music Garage to discuss his band’s new Coming Alive EP, working with The Fray, and why the group releases a few songs at a time when its catalogue is ever growing. Stream or download that brand new podcast below, followed by video of the band’s travels to Denver, CO to recording Coming Alive, a teaser studio clip, an acoustic performance video, and the official treatment for the band’s latest single, “Walking Away.” And catch Urbanites live tonight, Friday, November 25th at Lincoln Hall with A Lull and headliners Scattered Trees. (Tickets still available online.)

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and produced by Leyla I. Royale, and  recorded out of The Music Garage in Chicago. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

Chicago’s A Lull also plays tonight, coming off a year that saw the group drop its long awaited full length, Confetti, as well as a companion EP, Confetti Reprise. Both releases made good on previous promises of the band’s percussion-heavy, psychedelic ambitions. The act will be touring the West Coast in January of 2012, so tonight’s show is a perfect chance to catch A Lull’s captivating and rhythmically hypnotizing live stylings before the group hits the road. Preview the outfit’s live show with a stream of its recent Knitting Factory set, a snippet clip of the band’s CMJ performance, and its full set for Audio Tree live, all following by the group’s CVU podcast from earlier this year in support of Confetti.

Finally, closing out tonight’s bill is headliners Scattered Trees. 2011 served as a breakout year for the band, including an appearance on Lakeshore PBS series Live at the Alley and a Daytrotter Session, all in support of the act’s achingly vulnerable full length Sympathy. Preview the former and latter musical ventures in the clips below, as well as footage from the band’s Living Room Session, all following frontman Nate Eiesland’s CVU podcast interview from earlier this year and the Barbaric Merits remix of the band’s “Four Days Straight.”

Scattered Trees – “Four Days Straight (Barbaric Merits Remix)”

Scattered Trees

A Lull Audio Tree Set Posts Online, Band Looks Towards CMJ, Lincoln Hall

Posted in A Lull,Audio Tree,Scattered Trees,Urbanites by Jaime Black on October 10th, 2011

A Lull

Local live performance site Audio Tree has posted an audio and video session from A Lull, with that set featuring selections such as “Some Love,” “Weapons For War,” and “Sidemen.” The full video, in addition to interview segments, can be seen below, followed by a flyer for the group’s CMJ schedule. And catch A Lull live in Chicago on Friday, November 25 at Lincoln Hall performing alongside fellow CVU regulars Urbanites and the evening’s headliners Scattered Trees.

A Lull

Urbanites Post Video, Free Download For New Single “Walking Away”

Posted in Urbanites by Jaime Black on September 6th, 2011


Mature indie act Urbanites have posted the official video (via Consequence Of Sound) and an accompanying free download for their new single, “Walking Away.” The track will appear on the band’s forthcoming Coming Alive EP, set for release later this fall on November 22nd. Watch that track’s cinematic and confrontational clip below, and download the clean and catchy cut for free via the group’s Facebook.

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Urbanites Post Impressively Stylized Studio Videos

Posted in Urbanites by Jaime Black on August 1st, 2011

(No, we promise – that’s the band’s promo image. This isn’t just a random image of a well dressed man.)

Two new studio clips from Urbanites have hit the band’s Urbanites TV channel. First up is an acoustic and emotive performance of a song titled “Electric; City Of The Future,” followed by a bass-line preview of the group’s forthcoming single, “Walking Away.” Look for CVU to report on new Urbanites music as it surfaces.

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Across The Chicagoverse 02/13/11: Lupe Fiasco, Mat Devine, The Felix Culpa, & More!

Because no one outlet can cover the entire Chicago music landscape, here’s what the premier tastemakers across the Chicagoverse and beyond have been up to lately.

Lupe Fiasco

-Heave Media has posted the new single from Lupe Fiasco (above), entitled “Words I Never Said.” Find that here.

-Tonight’s Local 101 features show host Chris Payne interviewing My Gold Mask, Secret Colours, and Fashion Bomb. Catch that tonight at 9PM on Q101.

Tonight at 9PM on Q101′s @Local101: interviews with @mygoldmask, @SecretColours, & @xFashionxBombx!
Local 101

-A new episode has gone up at the JBTV site, featuring a live performance from Chicago’s own Urbanites. Watch that now.

-Long running scene staple Alternative Press has premiered the haunting new video for The Felix Culpa‘s “Our Holy Ghosts.” Catch that clip at their site.

-Chicago event calender site Do312 has posted an interview with Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine about the much ballyhooed Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical. Read the singer’s thoughts here.

-On a related note, Buzznet has posted an interview between Mat Devine and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. Find out what the two Chicago artists talked about here.

-Local hip hop source Fake Shore Drive has posted Hey You Guys!, the new mixtape from The Electric, a young grouping that features Chicago MC Pugs Atomz. Get on the new sound here.

-Loud Loop Press recently reported on the new album from White Mystery, and posted an interview with Disappears.

-Speaking of Loud Loop Press, site editor Richard Giraldi was recently a guest on local DJ and Chicago music enthusiast Jesse Menendez‘s Music Vox program on Vocalo, as seen below. The Music Vox has lift off. @rgiraldi of @loudlooppress joins me a lil later.
Jesse Menendez

-Chicago Mixtape is looking for music submissions from local artists. Get familiar with the site today in advance of its big Valentine’s Day launch tomorrow.

-Ruby Hornet has released a Closed Sessions video for “Something New,” featuring Freddie Gibbs and Chicago’s own YP. Watch that now, and download the session here.

-Local live music video haven Secret Note Shows has posted a new set of live clips from The Lifeline‘s recent record release event at Metro. Those are up for viewing here.

-And finally, Columbia College Chicago label Aemmp Records has a new web home. Follow along with them on Tumblr, and look for more on Aemmp this week, right here at CVU!

The CVU 2011 Forecast: Urbanites!

Posted in CVU Cover Story 01/11,Urbanites by Jaime Black on January 21st, 2011

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Urbanites!


In 2010, Urbanites released The Years, a soaring and searing offering of introspective mature adult rock that could hold its own against anything on XRT. Simultaneously earnest and ambitious, the record cemented Urbanites as Chicago talent to watch. Yet the band is already making moves on a new effort, as announced in a recent posting at the group’s site, where The Years is still available as a free download.

We are very pleased to announce that we are now in the process of recording new music, which is being produced by Isaac Slade and Benjamin Wysocki of The Fray. We completed primary tracking in Denver, CO during the first week of January. We’re planning to release the new recordings in 2011, preceded by a tour of the Midwest.

Urbanites Recording

Speaking with CVU, guitarist Jeremy “Verge” Schering confirmed that band was “in the studio from December 31st through January 8th,” promising “New music in progress and plenty of excitement on the horizon.” Expanding on the mood within the sessions, Schering added “We’re very excited about the new material we’ve been working on and feel like it’s a huge step forward for us.”

For those looking for something a bit more immediate from the band, Urbanites play live tonight at Schuba’s with fellow Chicago act Scattered Trees, who received their own CVU 2011 Forecast write up earlier this month. The group will also perform a live set for JBTV this coming Thursday, January 27th. No word yet on an air date.