Sleepy Kitty / Jungle Fires / The Lighthearted
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Sleepy Kitty began as an experimental sound project for a class when frontwoman Paige Brubeck was enrolled as an undergraduate at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Brubeck and Evan Sult (ex-Harvey Danger) began layering field recordings of the "L" and Wicker Park street poets with '60s-style harmonies and crashing drums. Sult was playing drums in the math-rock indie-pop band Bound Stems at the time, and Brubeck was playing guitar in the girl group trio Stiletto Attack, but as the two bonded over Pavement and the Fall, they began writing their own post-punk, showtune-inflected songs and Sleepy Kitty went from side project to full-on band.
Now, two self-released EPs and a full length album later, "the duo plays up '90s rock while still keeping it fresh," says Paste Magazine. Their live show is a whirlwind: Brubeck loops her vocals live, crafting walls of girl-group harmonies above the tube-driven blast of her vintage Super Reverb. Sult plays at the edge of the stage with her—when he can contain himself to his drum throne. Sleepy Kitty is a tenacious act that exudes an energy you will not want to miss.
Jungle Fires was born at 3:49 a.m. on a March morning. The two soon-to-be bandmates had written their first song, "Hold," entirely by accident. From the late eve to the wee morning, Kéren and Manasseh played strings and sang like a faulty fire hydrant that's vigorously spewing out water with no end. Manasseh did not bend down on one knee when he asked Kéren to be in a band, but she still experienced flutters in her heart and envisioned a bright future.
The Lighthearted is a unique mixture of piano-based, singer-songwriter contemporary pop written by Sarah Samuels of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Louise Rademakers of Antwerp, Belgium. The two women met in their first semester at Berklee College of Music, and over time starting collaborating and writing together. They released their first EP last Valentine's Day, and are in the process of record their first full-length album.