This week’s band has received a wealth of great press, ranging from The Reader to The Onion to NPR. They’ve headlined Metro and Double Door. They played SXSW and sold out shows at Schuba’s. They recently performed at the Obama fundraiser with Wilco, Macy Gray, and 3rd Eye Blind. And you’ve probably never heard of them.
Canasta’s a sextet that plays “ultra-melodic, orchestral pop music,” according to singer Matt Priest. Their sound goes beyond “it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” It’s fun and light, yet layered and varied. I prefer to let the music speak for itself, so listen to Microphone Song from their “We Were Set Up” CD below.
Like it? So do a lot of Chicago’s other artists, who have remixed songs from the CD for the just released “We Were Mixed Up”. The whole thing’s available for download, and the release show is this Saturday at Beat Kitchen.