We Carol Lot: Downwrite Holiday Show with Matt Pryor, William Beckett, Mike Kinsella, Tim Kasher, Mark Rose, Bob Nanna, Jon Walker, Bob Morris, Daniel Wade, Daniel Castady | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

We Carol Lot: Downwrite Holiday Show with Matt Pryor, William Beckett, Mike Kinsella, Tim Kasher, Mark Rose, Bob Nanna, Jon Walker, Bob Morris, Daniel Wade, Daniel Castady 18+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Dec. 20, 8 p.m. 2014

Chicago songwriter-for-hire network Downwrite has blossomed since Bob Nanna (Braid) and Mark Rose (Spitalfield) launched the site in February 2013. The bulk of the musicians available to write and record songs for clients come from the realms of punk, emo, and pop-punk, and the options within those worlds have varied and diversified as Downwrite has grown. You can hire Chris Conley of Saves the Day, Susie Ulrey of overlooked second-wave emo act Pohgoh, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya of genre-shattering underground bands aplenty, and Jon Walker, who used to play in pop-emo outfit Panic! at the Disco. Walker is on the stacked bill for this holiday show, which includes founders Rose and Nanna, the latter having just released the City on Film’s La Vella, a great solo album made of songs he created through Downwrite. Two of the performers on the bill I’m looking most forward to aren’t with Downwrite (at least not yet): Tim Kasher of Cursive and the Good Life (which plays Abbey Pub on New Year’s Eve), and Mike Kinsella, who recently released a warm, easygoing covers album under his Owen moniker. Dudes, if any of you want a Hanukkah song to cover get at me. —Leor Galil Participating players include Matt Pryor, William Beckett, Mike Kinsella, Tim Kasher, Mark Rose, Bob Nanna, Jon Walker, Bob Morris, Daniel Wade, and Daniel Castady.

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