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Friko, a trio that’s cemented itself as a stalwart in the Chicago music scene, is frontman Niko Kapetan, bassist Luke Stamos, and drummer Bailey Minzenberger. Praised by the Chicago Tribune as “perfect slices of indie-pop,” their music is complex and dynamic, flickering between explosive rock, chamber pop, and serene sonics. It becomes even more pronounced in their live performances, where a crowd frenzied by wailing guitars finds itself minutes later collectively holding its breath, enamored by hypnotic strings and Kapetan’s emotive vocals.
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