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We’re stoked to announce that Peter will be hosting an “In The Round” Songwriter Circle at Uncommon Ground (Devon location) every Monday in the month of August.  Each evening features artists that have been invited to perform by members of Molehill.  Each week you can hear Peter and three other talented songwriters tell stories and share music in one of the best listening rooms in Chicago.  This is an experience that is going to be quite different from your Molehill concert.  We invite you to call ahead and reserve a table for a great night of entertainment.

8.4.14

Peter Manhart
Jessica Paige
Jack Brett (of As Fourty Sleeps)
Kate Quinby

8.11.14

Peter Manhart
Jeff Klemm (of Maid Myriad)
Stephen Francis (of Model Stranger)
Paul Gulyas (of The Shams Band)

8.18.14

Peter Manhart
Lesleigh Arratia (of Ariada)
Bobby Minelli
Josh Lava

8.25.14

Peter Manhart & Molehill – Special Acoustic Set
Kevan Eftekhari (of Robot Lounge)
Patrick Gemkow
Danny Surico (of The Future Laureates)

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We’re stoked that our friends and purveyors of great music over at Pop ‘stache are premiering our new animated music video for our song “Money Life”.  Check it out HERE

The Story Behind “Money Life”
I wrote Money Life the day I got a job offer for a trading job in downtown Chicago, and played it that night at an open mic.  It’s about the fear of pushing aside your dreams for the sake of making money, and pretending you’re somebody you’re not, and maybe eventually getting so far along in that pretend life that you can’t get back to your true self and true passion.  The monkey in the video represents any person with a passion for something who feels forced to work in any job/corporate setting/whatever.  He is taken out of his native environment where he can do the thing he loves (for him, swinging from a vine, for someone like me – creating art), and he is trained to sit behind a desk and make money and eventually run some huge corporation.  Whenever he sleeps, he dreams that he is back in the jungle doing what he loves, but he continues with his journey up the corporate ladder.  When he is old and filthy rich, he finally decides to go back and give his dream a try – grabbing a vine and trying to swing like he used to.  But it’s too late, he can’t swing from trees like he used to, and he falls to his death.  In theory, he could have tried to escape back to the jungle years ago, but he bought into the “money life” and pushed aside his dreams, and died old, alone, unhappy, and unable to make his dream a reality.  This is what I am afraid of doing myself, so the video helps to remind me what my priorities in life should be when I find the hunger for money and power getting a little too strong.

-Peter

 

 

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Chicago Mixtape

June 16, 2014

We’re stoked to have our song “No Reprieve” featured on the Chicago Mixtape this week! Chicago Mixtape is a free weekly mixtape curated by Casey Meehan that features Chicago music and musicians.  We’ve been subscribed to this for several years and it’s a great way to discover up and coming Chicago acts.  Subscribe here.  Purchase tickets […]

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6.20.14 | Lincoln Hall | Chicago

May 20, 2014

Chicago, Chicago, Chicago…..We’re so pleased to announce that we will be premiering a brand new animated music video for our song “Money Life” at the illustrious venue Lincoln Hall on Friday, 6.20.14 || Purchase Tickets ||  We hope you will spend this unique night with us in one of the best venues in the country.

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2014 Summer Tour

May 20, 2014

Heyo!  We’re stoked to be back on tour this Summer.  We hope to see many of you out!  Even if you can’t attend please pass along the info!  If ya do, let us know by e-mailing us at molehill@molehillmusic.com and we’ll send you an audio treat.

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Chicago Radio this Week

March 30, 2014

We are stoked to be debuting two new songs from our Live in Chicago EP that will be released later this year. This Wednesday (4.2) we’ll be on UIC Radio at 3pm and WIIT 88.9FM Chicago on the Midday With K Show at 4:30pm CST and on Thursday April 3rd we’ll be on Fearless Radio at […]

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