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    ROOKIE Debut Album Released

    ROOKIE Debut Album Released

    Today, Chicago six-piece rock band ROOKIE have released their debut LP, ROOKIE, on all digital streaming platforms and CD and vinyl via Bloodshot Records.

    The album arrives with some stellar coverage from the likes of Audiotree, WGN TV, Billboard, American Songwriter, Chicago Reader, and No Depression, who note that the band’s “blend of lo-fi vocals, slappy hooks, and grungy guitar playing is a potent recipe for pure rock and roll that feels youthful even as it nods to another era.”

    The band’s record release show at Empty Bottle in Chicago, which was originally scheduled for tonight, Friday, March 13, has unfortunately been postponed. Instead, thanks to generous sponsorship from Pabst Blue Ribbon, ROOKIE will now celebrate the release of their debut LP by live-streaming a special event that will take place tonight at 9:00 p.m. CT/10:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 13. Stay tuned to the band’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for more details as well as announcements regarding tour dates.

    ROOKIE Tour Details

    Tickets for the Empty Bottle show are now redeemable for Friday, April 10, at Empty Bottle. ROOKIE will also perform on Saturday, April 11, at Empty Bottle. Support for both shows will be announced at a later date.

    Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the band has unfortunately also been forced to cancel their March tour that was scheduled to celebrate the release of the record. While the group plans to reschedule dates, those who purchased advanced tickets are strongly encouraged to request refunds via the venues and the ticket providers.



    ROOKIE is six matching jumpsuit-clad, shaggy-haired friends from Chicago who play rock ’n’ roll that’s more at home next to their parents’ battered LPs than on their friends’ streaming playlists. Their self-titled, debut full-length album deftly reformats the classic rock landscape with blowtorch hooks, enthralling harmonies, evocative touches of cosmic country, and distinctively indie-minded songwriting.

    Final Thoughts



    ROOKIE’s modern take on timeless American rock ‘n’ roll pulls from all corners of the sonic map; it’s familiar but fresh, lived-in, but blown-out. It’s the ‘70s/’80s pop-rock sheen of Cheap Trick, three-minute precision songwriting of Big Star, loose Neil Young Americana, and hazy, psych-flavored boogie of the Allman Brothers and Thin Lizzy. Though barely able to comfortably fit on most stages, once they’re plugged in and smooshed together, it’s a potent blend of power chords, blistering leads, and performance prowess beyond their years.


    In addition to those dates that were canceled in March, the band has confirmed several live dates through May, many of which will find ROOKIE supporting Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs. Several members of ROOKIE will serve as Benson’s backing band on those dates.


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