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The Knocks to Perform in Chicago Thursday

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The Knocks will take the stage in Chicago this Thursday, Feb. 14, debuting its latest album “New York Narcotic” at the Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Inspired by its home city of New York, The Knocks combines hip hop and electronica bringing a sound reminiscent of late nights out among the busy streets, neon lights and cacophony of city life.  

Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson created The Knocks in 2008. The duo’s name came from its early years, in which neighbors would frequently come by its apartment turned studio to complain about all the noise, according to their profile on AllMusic, a news source for popular artists.

Its single “Classic” featuring Powers came out in 2014 and is listed as number 3 on their top 5 Spotify list right behind “Falls” and “Ride or Die.” It features not only an easy dance mix of funky down beats and uplifting vocals, but a music video replicating the popular game “The Sims” — it’s a song worth adding to any workout playlist or downloading for a walk across Chicago’s city blocks.

The Knocks has also collaborated with artists Katy Perry, Brittany Spears and Chris Brown, and toured with Ellie Goulding, Dragonette and Sleigh Bells in recent years.

The Knocks has more than 49,000 monthly listeners on Spotify in Chicago alone, not to mention a fanbase both across the U.S. and Europe.

Its latest album, “New York Narcotic,” which dropped in September 2018, features collaborations with well-known artist Foster the People, who appears in “Ride or Die.” The album is a tribute to their New York City roots, which inspired the blending of genres including disco, hip hop, electronica and indie pop, according to Billboard.

The Knocks will play Concord Music Hall alongside Young & Sick and Blu Detiger Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the venue’s website at www.concordmusichall.com/calendar/the-knocks-2//.

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