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February 5, 2013


Kevin Rieg's Many Places will be following up their excellent debut LP, Another Oath, with a new EP, titled Home + Departed, on February 12 via local label Tandem Shop Records. In search of a bigger sound, Rieg and co. headed to Humboldt Park studio Minbal to track the album, but it's no less intimate than their self-recorded Another Oath. The rich-voiced frontman howls over raw-yet-full accompaniment, reminding me of exactly why their debut frequently makes its way into my rotation. You can take a listen to Home + Departed in its entirety (via Chicago Reader) at the bottom of this post.

Many Places don't have any upcoming local shows at the moment, but I doubt it'll be all that long before they announce some. They'll also be heading to SXSW in Austin, TX in March.

A complete stream of Many Places' forthcoming Home + Departed EP is below...

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July 17, 2012

How To Dress Well - Total Loss LP

As mentioned, Chicago-based crooner How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) is set to welcome his new album, Total Loss, on September 18 in North America via Acéphale. You've already heard the album track "Ocean Floor for Everything" and now you can check out another called "Cold Nites." The song, which is available to stream at the bottom of this post, features a smooth guitar-like riff, understated beats, and Krell's ever-present falsetto vocals. He also said he's in the process of making a video for "Cold Nites" so stay tuned for that.

How To Dress Well does not have any live dates scheduled at the moment. Maybe that will change when we get a bit closer to Total Loss' release date?

Head below to listen to "Cold Nites" and check out Total Loss' tracklist.

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July 9, 2012

Auggie the 9th @ a bvChicago show in February (more by James Richards IV)

Chicago MC Auggie the 9th, who may be best known as ShowYouSuck's ever-present hype man, dropped his debut mixtape People's Court Complete today. People's Court began as a weekly installment of tracks, featuring Auggie rapping over beats selected by the public (hence the title). That collection of 10-tracks, which includes his overlays on Jay-Z's "You Don't Know," The Roots' "Get Busy," and more is available for free download HERE. You can also stream the mixtape in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

Auggie is currently working on a new project, dubbed #SWAG, featuring Stefan Ponce behind the boards. Stay tuned for that, and catch him live with ShowYouSuck.

A full stream of People's Court Complete below...

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June 14, 2012

photos by James Richards IV

The Beach Boys @ The Chicago Theatre on 5/22/2012
The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are now streaming their new album, That's Why God Made the Radio, which hit stores on June 5 via Capitol Records. You can take a listen to the LP in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

In late May, the group came through Chicago on their 50th anniversary tour, playing two nights (5/21 & 22) at The Chicago Theatre. A full set of pictures from their second Chicago show are in this post.

A full stream of their new LP and pictures from the Chicago show below...

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June 8, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Chicago's own Like Pioneers, a supergroup (well, we think so) featuring members of Bound Stems and Chin Up Chin Up, released their new album Oh, Magic this week which you can stream below. You can hear it -- or most of it, maybe all of it -- live tonight at the band's record release show at The Burlington Bar with The Runnies. $5 at the door, starts at 10PM.

The band will then pack up their gear and head east for their first ever NYC shows. Good luck! Album stream is below.

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May 24, 2012

by Parker Langvardt

DOWNLOAD: Many Places - "Helmet Hug" (MP3)


Singer-songwriter Kevin Rieg had been performing around Chicago for several years before putting together Many Places, his folk project that includes members of the indie rock group Honest Engines. Their self-recorded debut album, Another Oath, will be released on Tuesday (5/29) via local label Tandem Shop. Preorder a copy of Another Oath via the label's webstore.

For being recorded at home, Another Oath sounds surprisingly studio-quality. It's a bit on the lo-fi side, but there is a great ambience that helps contribute to the relaxing and serious tone. Rieg began writing the songs for this album as far back as 2009 before shaping them during the recording process. The instrumental interludes frame the album well, from the ambient opener "No One & Everyone," to the mid-album acoustic guitar experiment "Blankenship," and the gently bouncing "Brontosaurus" prior to the closer. Download the album's lead single "Helmet Hug" at the top of this post and stream Another Oath in its entirety below.

Many Places will be celebrating the release of this album on June 10 at The Whistler with folk singer-songwriter Zapruder Point. As always, shows at The Whistler are FREE.

Stream Another Oath below...

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May 7, 2012


As mentioned, Chicago's Touch and Go Records are back in action and will release a new CocoRosie 7" on June 5. Take a listen to the A-side "We Are On Fire," produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, below...

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London via Chicago singer-songwriter One Little Plane (aka Kathryn Bint)'s sophomore effort, Into The Trees, is out TODAY (May 7) via Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet)'s Text Records. Much of the album features Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood and production/various instruments from Hebden. Into The Trees' first single "She Was Out In The Water" was released in March, and you can now stream the album in its entirety via a widget below. Purchase Into The Trees via Bleep, boomkat, and iTunes in digital format. Both Piccadilly Records and boomkat are carrying the CD.

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May 2, 2012


As mentioned, Heather Smith's Bone & Bell project are set to release their new EP, Organ Fantasies, on May 25 via local label Knife Fight Records. Take a listen to side A of the album, consisting of "Serpentside" and "Colony Is Good For Me" at the bottom of this post. This new set of songs sees Bone & Bell taking more of an ethereal turn than on Loom, with layers of lush vocals and warm organ. The EP is up for preorder in both digital and vinyl formats.

Catch the group's record release show at Schubas on May 25, with support from Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass and The Columbines. Tickets are still available.

New song streams below...

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May 1, 2012


Kentucky hardcore outfit Xerxes are here to play 4206 N. Western Ave. (a new space) TONIGHT (May 1), with support from Cut Teeth, Lord Snow, and Noumenon. The show begins at 7PM "no punk rock time" and admission will be a small fee at the door. Xerxes' most recent album, Our Home Is A Deathbed, hit stores in March via No Sleep Records. Stream the 11-track LP in its entirety, below...

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