WLFM brings acclaimed bands from Chicago, Milwaukee

Alex Schaaf

Three nationally known bands will make their way to the Riverview Lounge this Saturday, Jan. 6 thanks to the efforts of staff of WLFM, Lawrence’s online radio station.
The student-led radio station will be hosting Baby Teeth, Chin Up Chin Up and Cedar A.V. WLFM Program Director Paul Karner hopes that the event will give WLFM more of a presence on campus. “Events like these give other people a chance to get more students involved with WLFM and hopefully help build our listenership,” Karner said.
One of the bands, Baby Teeth, is already familiar with Lawrence. The band, which hails from Chicago, performed in the Underground Coffeehouse last year. The band claims a unique disco-pop-rock sound that combines pop influences, such as Elvis Costello, with those of classic rock, such as Queen.
Jen Cox, another WLFM organizer, explained that Baby Teeth has “a sound that is delightful – poppy and rock at the same time.” Baby Teeth will be releasing their third disc, “The Simp,” this spring.
Chin Up Chin Up is a nationally touring indie rock band from Chicago. “They made a pretty big stir in the college radio charts this past year,” Karner noted. The band has released records on the Flameshovel and Suicide Squeeze labels.
Their latest album, “This Harness Can’t Ride Anything,” came out in October 2006 and earned them positive reviews in Spin magazine. The band is coming off of a national tour that saw them perform at Chicago’s indie-laden Pitchfork Fest in July, as well as a performance with The Hold Steady this past New Year’s Day.
Cedar A.V. will also perform Saturday night, bringing their brand of electronic music from Milwaukee. This band has special connection to Lawrence: Lawrence alumnus Erik Schoster (’06) is on laptop and sequencing.
The WLFM concert will take place Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. in Riverview.