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An artist who writes with the motif of a Space Cowboy, or Gangster of Love, VAGABOND MAURICE’s afrocentric lyricism floats over lofi break beats that blend frequencies between atmospheric Jazz tunes and Hip Hop. Hailing from Minneapolis as a second generation American, with parents relocating from Liberia, his work often contextualizes themes of nerd mythos, Black liberation, enlightenment, and blues inspired narratives.
Vagabond Maurice has performed across the city and out of state, touring with Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D), Ruby Ibarra, opening for Saul Williams, Mega Ran, as well as played the 33rd & 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. His music has been featured on Vocalo’s Music Vox, MildSauce Radio, MishkaNYC, Sofar Sounds Chicago, and has been written about in the Chicago Sun-Times, These Days, Flow for Days, and a plethora of online publications spanning through the US and UK.
Good At Bad, conceived and fronted by Russian-born Chicago native Nika Nemirovsky (guitar and voice), is a genre-bending, continent-crossing, soft explosion of intimate indie, soul, and dirty pop. Nika wrote and recorded much of her music in Australia, but is currently holding a close focus on the blossoming creativity of her Chicago ensemble. The live show is a lush bath of ardent vocal performance, cradling harmonies, and seamless groove changes, which align like aural punctuation around Nika's vivid storytelling and deep, organic vulnerability.
Singer-songwriter lyricism, hypnotic soundscapes, and a loud heart are what ring through Shi la Rosa's music. She experiments with both upbeat grooves to dance to and dreamy croons, beckoning you to look inward.
Originally hailing from Cleveland, the 'Space Queen' singer found her artistic footing in Chicago. Within one year of releasing her debut EP, Sometimes I Think of You, she found herself playing at iconic Chicago venues, such as the Green Mill, Schuba’s Tavern, Subterranean, and Space in Evanston and went on to play during SXSW.
La Rosa’s vocal tone has subtle nods to legends such as Lana Del Rey and Banks, but with an umph more comparable to Etta James. Each song taps into a different flavor of emotional saturation that only surfaces from prolonged introspection. Best defined as indie pop, the artist's soaring vocals will cut you and kiss you in one foul sweep.