Rising Chicago Musicians Offer Throwback Sounds

Four local acts put a twist on a timeless style—and all hit the stage this summer

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Maria Jenkins and Emma Hospelhorn of Hollows

THE MODERN-DAY SHANGRI-LAS

MARIA JENKINS, 28, and EMMA HOSPELHORN, 31, of HOLLOWS
“We never had this intention of being a girl group,” says Jenkins, whose band, Hollows, is four-fifths women (drummer Jason Davlantes rounds out the quintet that also includes Megan Kasten and Hannah Harris). In 2007, founding members Hospelhorn (right) and Jenkins met via Craigslist and discovered a shared love of harmonies. “That’s when we started having fun with music,” says Hospelhorn.

Their infectious songs transport you to the swinging sixties—and the sound roped in retro-minded fans when the Chicago band opened for Zooey Deschanel at Millennium Park in 2010. That showcase in front of a crowd of 10,000 led to a second LP, Vultures (Trouble in Mind), which came out in April. The album introduces elements of punk and its members’ classical roots—Hospelhorn is a classically trained flutist and Kasten works as a CSO administrator—while staying true to the Hollows’ vintage pop ethos. “It’s more honest and personal this time around,” says Jenkins.

SONG TO SAMPLE: “V Is for Vulture”
SHOW TO SEE: Taste of Randolph on June 17. For info, tasterandolph.com
 

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The Perfect Summer Playlist | Inside the Mind of Pitchfork Impresario Mike Reed

 

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Photograph: Lisa Predko; Hair and Makeup: Martina Sykes; Photo Assistants: Joanna Patterson, Lauren Butterfield, Lyndon French; Intern: Katie Donajkowski

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2 years ago
Posted by beekeepercorp

Kelly Hogan is not playing Lollapalooza on August 4, but she is playing here:
6/8/2012 Kelly Hogan in Evanston, IL @ Space
6/9/2012 Kelly Hogan in Berwyn, IL @ Fitzgerald’s

2 years ago
Posted by Elizabeth Riley (Chicago magazine)

Hi BeeKeeperCorp,

Thanks for commenting! The article was correct in print. The mistake was made when it was posted online. We've amended the article to reflect that.

Best,

Elizabeth

2 years ago
Posted by MrJM

Kelly Hogan is also playing at the Hideout Block Party on September 15 and the City Winery with Mavis Staples on November 23 & 24.

-- MrJM

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