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RedEye Rock 'n' Vote 2012 Top 10

April 25, 2012|By Matt Pais | RedEye Sound Board

Secret Colours
Home base: Ukrainian Village/South Loop/St. Charles
Need to know: After forming in late 2009, the band’s self-titled 2010 album quickly earned attention from publications including Nylon, as well as a Pitchfork video premiere. The sextet, whose name was inspired by the Beatles’ song “Tomorrow Never Knows,” will soon release an extended version of their previous “EP3” on vinyl and already has a full-length record, “Peach,” finished and ready to go. It’s neo-psychedelic with a touch of Brit-pop, says lead guitarist Dave Stach, 24. “A lot of the reviews we got, everyone just says Pink Floyd. Which we don’t necessarily agree with, but that’s not a bad thing.”
Influences: The Pretty Things, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Stone Roses, Blur, Oasis, The Black Angels, Tame Impala, The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Live show: “Pretty groovy,” says Stach of the show, which includes plenty of late-‘60s-inspired jamming, dancing and psychedelic colors and shapes projected onto the stage.
Claim to fame: Being invited to represent Chicago (along with fellow local rockers Disappers) at the upcoming Austin Psych Fest


Sister Crystals
Home base: Lincoln Park/Bucktown/Humboldt Park
Need to know: Before the group even had enough band members or songs to play a full set, the guys from rising locals Yawn asked Sister Crystals—previously called Magic City, until the TV show took all their Google results—to open Yawn’s record release show last year at Schubas. “I guess we’ve been tagged as dream-pop and indie rock,” says singer/guitarist Lauren Whitacre, 21, of the group’s “Little Bits” EP. That’s a fitting description of Sister Crystals’ mix of fragile vocals and hazy guitars.
Influences: Best Coast, Grizzly Bear, Beach Boys
Live show: A “detail-oriented” mix of ballads and songs that are “really rocky,” says Whitacre.
Claim to fame: Praise from blogs including I Guess I’m Floating

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