By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 16, 2007 2:15PM
UNKLE has had a number of big-time producers walk through its revolving door — the highest-profile foray probably being the star-studded debut helmed by DJ Shadow — but the one constant throughout the years has been the brains behind the outfit, James Lavelle. Oddly enough, given the number of folks providing input into the music, UNKLE's sound has remained remarkably consistent throughout the years. The group came to a head defining the Mo' Wax sound, keeping headz bobbing the world over. One wouldn't really call it trip-hop, unless one was incredibly lazy, but it the music is a heady mix of beats and atmospheric ticks and tricks.
UNKLE has also been marked by its willingness to cross over into rock and/or roll terrain by employing a passel of guest vocalists one would not immediately associate with dance music. Most recently Queens of the Stone Age mainman Josh Homme and The Cult's Ian Astbury made appearance on the group's War Stories, released earlier this year. UNKLE has hit the road to promote that album and appears at Metro this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets to that show are still available, but we've got our hands on a pair to give to some lucky Chicagoist reader for free! Enter for your chance to win, and good luck!