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August 14, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Pillars and Tongues - "Points of Light" (MP3)


Chicago experimentalists Pillars and Tongues are slated to welcome their new album, End-dances, on September 17 via Empty Cellar Records. The trio have previously shared its lead single "Knifelike" and another album cut called "Points of Light" makes its premiere in this post. Frontman Mark Trecka's even baritone glides above a thick bass line, as he's colorfully countered by co-vocalist Beth Remis. Grab a download of the track above and/or take a listen to it at the bottom of this post. Cover art and tracklisting for End-dances can also be found below.

Aside from a string of fall tour dates with fellow Chicagoan Angel Olsen, P&T also have a pair of upcoming Chicago gigs. The first is a free show at The Chicago Cultural Center on September 20 with Suns and Santah. Then, they'll headline The Burlington on October 12. Additional details on that performance are forthcoming.

All Pillars and Tongues dates, album info. for End-dances, and a stream of their new single lie after the jump...

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August 12, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Landmarks - "Cuscutta" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Landmarks - "Overflown" (MP3)

Landmarks -- Cuscutta 7"

Chicago's Color Radio parted ways in the spring of 2012 and more or less morphed into a new outfit called Landmarks. With a new direction and a pair of additional members in the fold, the quintet quickly began to play local shows. They put out a couple of tunes this past winter and then headed to Logan Square's The Public House to track their debut 7" for the studio's monthly Public House Sound Recordings series in May. "Cuscutta" b/w "Overflown" came out of that session, showcasing both how spacey and how tightly-wound the group can awesomely be. The motorik "Overflown" is easily my favorite of the two, echoing Micrcocastle-period Deerhunter (see "Nothing Ever Happened"). Frontman Stephen Simko's high-register vocals sit deep in the mix, taking a backseat to the pulsating bass and meandering keys. Then, almost to remind you where they started off with "Cuscutta," the quintet bust the track wide open with a charge of overdriven guitars around 02:30 in. You can grab both sides of the 7" at the top of this post and/or take a listen below.

Landmarks' next upcoming show will be an opening slot for Crystal Stilts at the Empty Bottle on October 10. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available.

Stream both sides of Landmarks' Cuscutta 7" after the jump...

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August 6, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Acquaintances - "Learn To Let It Go" (MP3)


As discussed, Acquaintances is the project of Jered Gummere (Bare Mutants, The Ponys), Justin Sinkovich (The Poison Arrows, Atombombpocketknife, Thumbnail), Patrick Morris (Don Caballero, The Poison Arrows), Stephen Schmidt (Thumbnail, Chino Horde), and Chris Wilson (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Shake Ray Turbine). Today, they're celebrating the release of their self-titled debut via Epitonic/File 13 Records. You've already heard "Skin" from the LP, and we've got the premiere of the Sinkovich-lead "Learn To Let It Go." It opens with opposing, nervy guitar lines and then the drums later blast to the front of the mix as Sinkovich sneers the hook. Grab a download of the track at the top of this post and/or take a listen to it after the jump.

Acquaintances don't currently have any live performances scheduled, but they are planning on touring throughout the East Coast and Midwest soon. Stay tuned for more details on that front.

Streams of "Learn To Let It Go" and "Skin" are below...

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July 12, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Potty Mouth - "The Spins" (MP3)


Northampton, MA rockers Potty Mouth are set to welcome their debut album, Hell Bent, on September 17 via Old Flame Records. So far, they've shared two tracks from the album -- "Damage" and "The Spins" -- both of which are available to stream at the bottom of this post. Cover art and tracklisting for Hell Bent are also below, and you can grab a download of "The Spins" above.

The four-piece will be embarking on a summer North American tour later this month. That tour includes a performance at the Empty Bottle on July 30 with Heaven. Advance tickets are on sale now.

All Potty Mouth dates, those song streams, and album info. for Hell Bent are below...

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July 10, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Obits - "Taste the Diff" (MP3)

Obits @ the Bell House, December 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)

Obits are slated to release their third album, Bed & Bugs, on September 10 via Sub Pop Records. You can grab the LP's scorching lead single "Taste the Diff" at the top of this post, and it's also available to stream after the jump. Bed & Bugs is up for preorder in a variety of formats via Sub Pop's webstore.

The band will also be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of their forthcoming album. That tour includes a performance at the Empty Bottle on October 8. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (7/12) at 10AM CST.

All tour dates and a stream of "Taste the Diff" are below...

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June 26, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Speedy Ortiz - "Tiger Tank" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Speedy Ortiz - "No Below" (MP3)


Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz are gearing up for the release of their debut LP, Major Arcana, which is due out on July 9 via new home Carpark Records. So far, you've heard the discordant "Tiger Tank" and slow-burner "No Below" from the album, and they've just shared a mangled third single called "Plough." You can grab the first two above and take a listen to all three at the bottom of this post. Preorder a copy of Major Arcana via Carpark's webstore.

Speedy will be embarking on an extensive summer U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming LP. That tour includes a performance at Chicago's Coach House on July 13 with Geronimo!, Shores, Cattle Drums, and My Dad. Admission is $8 at the door for the three touring bands.

All Speedy Ortiz dates and those song streams are below...

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June 24, 2013

DOWNLOAD: The Oarsman - "First Flight" (MP3)


The Oarsman (aka Chicago's Marcus Christopher Maloney) is slated to release his debut LP, Writing House, on September 24 via local label Tandem Shop Records. The album was composed, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Maloney in his own Ethnomusikology Studios. He played all guitar, piano, and some bass on the album, and was accompanied by Joel Heinrich (bass) and August Ogren (drums). We're pleased to be premiering Writing House's lead single, "First Flight." You can grab a download of the track above and/or enjoy a stream of it at the bottom of this post.

Maloney and co. have a bunch of U.S. tour dates lined up for this summer, but no Chicago shows at the moment. We'll keep you updated on that front.

All tour dates, a stream of "First Flight," and Writing House's cover art are below...

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April 10, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Brass Bed - "I'll Be There With Bells On" (MP3)


Louisiana-based indie poppers Brass Bed are gearing up for the release of their new album, The Secret Will Keep You, which is due out on April 23 via Crossbill Records. You can grab the album's sunny lead single "I'll Be There With Bells On" at the top of this post. The track is also available to stream after the jump, along with another LP cut called "A Bullet For You." Preorder a copy of The Secret Will Keep You via Crossbill's webstore.

Brass Bed will be heading out on tour with fellow Louisiana natives Generationals later this month. As discussed, they'll play Lincoln Hall on May 4. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available.

All Brass Bed tour dates and those song streams are below...

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March 26, 2013

DOWNLOAD: A Lull - "Try Anything" (MP3)

"Try Anthing" cover art

Chicago indie rockers A Lull are back with a new single. It's a bit of a slow jam called "Try Anything" and that's its cover art above. "Try Anything" is their first new material since releasing Meat Mountain in June of 2012, and hopefully that means a new album is on its way. While you wait for more, download "Try Anything" at the top of this post and/or stream the track below...

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March 8, 2013

DOWNLOAD: Twin Peaks - "Stand in the Sand" (MP3) (Rolo & Grady Session)


Young Chicago dudes and Orwells affiliates Twin Peaks self-released their debut album, Sunken, back in July. It's a strong collection of glam-influenced garage rock that DOESN'T sound as if a bunch of youngsters made it. You used to be able to listen to the whole album via their bandcamp, but they've recently inked a deal with Autumn Tone Records (congratulations, guys!), and it disappeared. AT say they'll be releasing a Twin Peaks album in June, so maybe a reissue of Sunken is first on the docket? Twin Peaks recently recorded Sunken's "Stand in the Sand" for a Rolo & Grady session, which you can watch at the bottom of this post. You can also download an MP3 version of the session above.

As discussed, Twin Peaks will be playing our FREE joint SXSW day party with Epitonic on Wednesday, March 13 at Swan Dive // Barbarella Patio. Their set is at 3:45PM at the outdoor Barbarella Patio stage, and is not to be missed if you'll be down in Austin, TX. The guys are also playing the Hideout's SXSW kick-off party on Saturday afternoon (3/9), and then the NineteenTwenty House at night with Sister Crystals, Method Air, and Bell Labs.

All Twin Peaks tour dates and their Rolo & Grady session are below...

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