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Stage Buzz: Local H, Metric, Wardruna, Turnstile, Ultra Q

| October 17, 2022

Local H (Ryan Harding and Scott Lucas)


Throughout the course of their career, Metric has evolved from just another indie rock band to fully craft a sound of their own, incorporating elements of synth rock, new wave, and post-punk. Hot off the heels of their new album Formentera, Metric will bring their “Doomscroller Tour” to the Chicago Theatre this Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30. Get tickets here.

Chicago Alt-rock giants Local H come to Metro Friday, October 21. Founder Scott Lucas’ beloved duo was powered by the strength of the inescapable anthem “Bound for the Floor,” which dominated alternative radio in the ‘90s. On Friday they’re performing their 20th-anniversary album Here Comes The Zoo in its entirety and other classics. Some tickets are still available.

Led by co-founder Einar Selvik,  known for composing the score of the hit TV show Vikings, Warduna‘s menacing folk metal combines natural atmospherics and Nordic history to its fans. Buoyed by their acclaimed 2021 album Kvitravn, the pandemic delayed their Chicago performances twice, but they finally arrive at the Auditorium Theatre on Friday, October 21.

In a few short years, TURNSTILE went from a hardcore band on the rise to one of their era’s biggest, most innovative bands. Their performances are reaching legendary status as singer Brandan Yates flails on stage while the entire venue floor turns into a massive mosh pit. They already delivered an unforgettable set at Lollapalooza, and now they return to Chicago to deliver another unforgettable performance at the Aragon Ballroom with JPEGMAFIA and Snail Mail this Sunday, October 23rd. Get tickets at the link.

Jakob Armstrong may be the offspring of punk rock king Billie Joe Armstrong, but he’s been standing firmly on his own with his band Ultra Q. Rising from the ashes of Armstrong’s previous band Mt. Eddy, the band has now reached their “mature” chapter, leaving behind some of their jangly punk rock, for a new twist on indie rock. Now, the band returns to Chicago to support Barns Courtney at Park West on Monday, October 24th at 7:30. Tickets are available here.

– Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

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