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Concert Wed Jan 05 2011

Start Your New Year Off With Some (Nether)friends.

I first saw Netherfriends some four years ago in my hometown of St. Louis, MO. Their style was original, vocals were spot on and performance was just downright fun. But, after keeping up with the band's goings ons, what began to stand out to me the most was Netherfriends' tenacity. In a city like Chicago--flooded with indie poppers--relentless touring and promotion is what elevates Netherfriends above others in the local music scene.

Fresh off his "50 Songs 50 States" project, Netherfriends' mastermind Shawn Rosenblatt is back in the Midwest and ready to rock his hometown. Rosenblatt spent the majority of 2010 traveling to all 49 continental states with the dream of writing a song in each U.S. state. Now Rosenblatt is celebrating his homecoming tomorrow night with a Netherfriends performance at Subterranean. Due to touring, this will be the last time to hear Netherfriend's psychedelic pop tunes live in Chicago until May. Joining the Netherfriends on stage will be The Loneliest Monk, Dozens and Wolf In A Spacesuit.

Below is Netherfriends's video for "Bret Easton Ellis Novel" off their debut LP Barry and Sherry.

Following tomorrow night's show and upcoming touring plans, Rosenblatt will complete his ambitious "50 Songs 50 States" undertaking this April when the band travels to Hawaii. Sales from the band's Bandcamp page will help fund the trip.

Netherfriends play tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 6) at Subterranean. Music starts at 8:30pm. This show is 21+ and tickets are $8. Subterranean is located at 2011 W. North Ave.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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