Empires (Chicago)
Post-Punk/Glam/Indie Rock

Empires enters MPMF 2014 building something close to its namesake this summer. It started with strong showings at Bonnaroo and the Hangout Music Festival, continued with a June appearance on a little program called The Late Show With David Letterman, followed by a well-received four-song EP, all building toward the band’s major-label debut, Orphan, freshly released on Chop Shop/Island Records. The album was produced by John Congleton, who has worked with St. Vincent, The Black Angels and Explosions In The Sky, among others.

YDIIYD: A more up-tempo The National, an artsier The Killers, a less dramatic The Horrors. (BW)