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by Bill Pearis

Speck Mountain

Chicago's Speck Mountain will release their third album, Badwater, via the Carrottop label on January 22. Says our sister site BV Chicago:

The group's primary songwriters Marie-Claire Balabanian and Karl Briedrick may not be from Chicago, but they've been based here for quite some time now. In fact, their moody, almost brooding, sound suggests they've been here all along.
You can check out Badwater's lead single "Slow So Long" at the bottom of this post in video or audio form.

The band will be going on tour next month with two stops in NYC: February 14 at Ran Tea House in Williamsburg with Natureboy and February 15 at Cake Shop with Cat Martino. All tour dates are below, along with the video and stream.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Sharon Van Etten @ Cameo, 12/15/2012
Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten

This was so so so so so so lovely. What a treat to see Sharon in such a small space again with just a guitar & Heather Broderick on backing vocals for some of the songs. Sharon commented at one point that it was nice to see no one in the room wearing Santa hats and that this was the anti-Santacon. - BV photographer Amanda Hatfield
A not very well kept "surprise," Sharon Van Etten, whose last NYC show was headlining Town Hall, was the "special guest" at the show she presented at Cameo on Saturday (12/15) that featured official sets from She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain. Sharon's was a nice 12-song set, stripping down her backing to just guitar for the rare and intimate appearance. If you missed it, NYC Taper was on hand and already has his recording of the show up for you to download and you can stream her doing "Consolation Prize" below. Pictures are also in this post.

Sharon Van Etten will soon be on tour with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, hitting Beacon Theatre on March 28 - 29. Tickets are still available. More pictures from Saturday night's Cameo show are below.

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Sharon Van Etten at Town Hall earlier this month (more by Chris La Putt)
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten put together a show with her "favorite people in the world," happening at Cameo Gallery on December 15. Though she isn't on the bill (anymore), the venue lists "special guests." And though we have no clue if Sharon will actually play her own set at this, She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain definitely will. Plus there will be DJ sets by Call the Doctor (Christian Schaal and Andreas Knutsen). Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Sharon just played Town Hall with a bunch of guests, and you can check out pics of that HERE.

A stream of She Keeps Bees and Sharon Van Etten's "Cuddle Alone," below.

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Chin Up Chin Up

Windy city avant-pop combo Chin Up Chin Up will play their final show on May 15th at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL.

Here is what Lead Singer Jeremy Bolen had to say about the Break up:

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we really had intentions to keep making music together for an infinite amount of time, but just as this band began in a natural way it is naturally coming to an end. Thank you to the hundreds of people who have helped us along the way, we have been truly lucky, and as cliché as it may sound, we could not have done any of this without you. Much love -Jeremy [Myspace]

Tickets are on sale for that last show, which will feature openers Tight Phantomz and Sleep Out.

VacationsNo-longer-side-project Vacations (made of Chin Up members Bobby Burg, Jeremy Bolen, Greg Sharp) announced on March 27th a "pay what you wish" album titled I Was Bikini/But Rain Afraid, now online through the Record Label record label. The "album" is really a "5 song 7-inch on sunset colored vinyl [I Was Bikini] + a download code for 8 bonus songs [But Rain Afraid]." Physical copies of that 7-inch are on sale at Flame Shovel Records.

Chin Up Chin Up drummer Chris Dye also announced that he's joined Chicago band Speck Mountain.

According to Chin Up Chin Up's site, that'll make the band's February 2007 NYC shows at Mercury Lounge and Union Hall their last ever in the city.

Chin Up Chin Up videos below...

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