Artist to Watch: Illinois (the band)


I was trying to catch up on my reading about bands featured on WXPN’s My Morning Download and came across a band from Bucks County, Pa., strangely named Illinois. Yep, the band took the name of a state.

Because of my ties to the Bucks County area, I decided to check them out…and you know what? They’re pretty good.

Illinois consists of:

Chris Archibald-guitar,keys,banjo,vocals
Martin Hoeger-bass,backing vocals
Dru Lee-guitar,keys,backing vocals
JohnPaul Kuyper-drums

The band is on Ace Fu Records and has an EP scheduled for release March 6, 2007.

Here’s an MP3 sample: “Alone Again” by Illinois

Also: Illinois on MySpace

Artist to Watch: Midlake

I have recently come across the band Midlake. The song “Head Home” from their latest CD, “The Trials of Van Occupanther,” has been getting decent airplay on Philly’s WXPN 88.5 FM and was getting stuck in my head. I finally heard who performed the song and decided to check them out.

“The Trials of Van Occupanther” is a very solid disc and the music is obviously inspired by 70s rock/folk. To me, “Head Home” sounds like Fleetwood Mac meets Jackson Browne, but with a modern feel.

Anyway, here are a couple of Midlake videos I found on YouTube…enjoy.

“Head Home”

“Young Bride”