We are proud to premiere Sidewalk Chalk’s second single, “Grocery List,” off their upcoming sophomore album release, LeavesSidewalk Chalk’s tight in-the-pocket grooves and jilted drumming drive the ear down a road of soulful-funk and Afrocentric rhythm paved by the likes of  Parliament and  J Dilla. With emcee Rico Sisney and vocals by Maggie Vagle paired with a diverse rhythm section composed of keys, drums, and bass and featuring tap dancer Jumaane Taylor, Sidewalk Chalk is not your run of the mill octet. Between the crisp, layered horn arrangements which are matched by a syntax of powerful vocals, Sidewalk Chalk definitely has us rushing to the record shop.


Leaves, which is set to drop on February 25th, shows Sidewalk Chalk’s development as a band. “The album is about growth, growing pains, and letting go of the past if need be,” says MC Rico Sisney. In contrast with their debut record, Leaves displays a grittier, more subtle musical approach. Sidewalk Chalk both embraces and expands upon a sound originally championed by De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest (A.K.A. the Native Tongue Era). In a crossfade of vintage swagger and contemporary progressivism, Sidewalk Chalk unapologetically express themselves through art, music, and good vibes.


Sidewalk Chalk has shared the stage with ?uestlove, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Jean Grae, Hiatus Kaiyote and other heavy hitting cats. In 2012, Sidewalk Chalk was named the “Most Outstanding Group” in the Chicago Music Awards. This Chicago-based octet is making a lot of noise in the music scene; get ready for what’s coming.

Meet the band: Rico Sisney (MC), Maggie Vagle (Vocals), Charlie Coffeen (Keys), Garrett McGinn (Bass), Tyler Berg (Drums), Jumaane Taylor (Taps), Sam Trump (Trumpet), and David Ben-Porat (Trombone), and guitarist Isaiah Sharkey who recently toured with D’angelo alongside Chris Dave & Pino Palladino.


2 Replies to "Sidewalk Chalk Premiere: “Grocery List”"
David Stern says:
January 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I love this shit. Awesome band and nice review.

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