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March 2014
Hands In
"Ployester Itch
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Portland's Eric Crosby is blessed with musical genious. His brilliance has been showcased in various groups through the years, including Yourself & The Air, and Settlers, but his solo project Hands In is truely on point. Through a combination of loops and live perormance, he creates a blend of lo-fi psych that I could listen to on repeat for days.

The track 'Take Time Enough' off his January 2014 release Polyester Itch floats through a dreamy cloud of punching synth, sampled drums and spaced out soothing vocals that can lift the heaviest of depression on a gloomy Portland day. Listen to the full album here. - Travis Leipzig


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Russian Circles "Empros"

Russian Circles have announced the details of their next album which will be called "Empros" and will be released by Sargent House on October 25th. This will be their fourth studio album, and you can check out the tracklisting below. The band will be touring Australia and New Zealand next month, but do not appear to have any Chicago date's booked at this time.

Track list:
01. 309
02. Mladek
03. Schipol
04. Atackla
05. Batu
06. Praise Be Man

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White Shadow "I'm Killing Me"

The local DJ and producer White Shadow (aka Paul Blair) is mostly known for co-writing and co-producing nine tracks on Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way". However, he just released his first EP of original music, and it is called "I'm Killing Me". The EP is available digitally for free through his website. His is currently on a cross-country tour called IDentity Festival Tour, but does not have any Chicago dates scheduled at this time. 

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YAWN "Acid"

YAWN has premiered the video for their track "Acid" via Rolling Stone. It comes from their new album "Open Season" which comes out August 30th.

YAWN will be performing at Schubas on 8/30 and at Metro with Mates of States on 9/30.

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Dolphins Swimming

The latest project from Travis Lee Wiggins (Essex Channal, The Salts, and others) is called Dolphins Swimming. This is primarily him with help on violin by Allison Trumbo and Elisabeth Victoria Johnson. The thirteen track project will be released on Sept 23rd, but you can stream here now. The album explores the indie-pop side of traditional country western music. The always prolific Wiggins is also releasing a 5-track bonus ep on the 23rd. Once again an abundance of great tunes from this wonderful local musician.

Dolphin Swimming - "Country"

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Rainbo Video Shadow Relics

The debut album for local musician and artist, Rainbo Video (aka Arturo Evening) is beautiful, haunting, and stunning is scope. Over just five tracks, he manages to loop his way through modern electronic music. This minimal trance, or ambient music but with so many layers and texture you will find yourself lost and in love. The epic opening to the album, "Ultraviolet" is the bast of Steve Reich mixed with Aphex Twin. The album as a whole is chilling, but that could be because of the albums core concept. Shadow Relics centers around an expedition to Antarctica and the strange artifacts uncovered there.

You can purchase a physical copy of Shadow Relics here, and you can find it digitally here.

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Ornery Little Darlings

Ornery Little Darlings officially released their first full-length album, O is for Ornery, this past week. The album is available digitally through bandcamp for $0.50, but you can pay more if you enjoy the band's music. The Chicago trio is plays an arousing brand of indie rock is will have you dancing and grinding in no time. They also like to keep in Chicago by recording with Narwhal Audio at EP Theater in the Pilsen neighborhood. The result is beautifully raw, wild, and riot inducing. This is especially true on the lead off track "Prowler". The rest of the album mixes in jazzy elements with retro pop sounds.

Ornery Little Darlings will be performing at VFW Post 540 (240 N. Throop St) in Woodstock on August 20th and at Empty Bottle on August 31st.

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Goodbye Felix Culpa!

After eight years of solid indie rock, Rockford's Felix Culpa have called it a career. The band released two full-length album and few eps over the last eight years, but decided this week to end it. They recent release Sever Your Roots/Bury The Axe was released this year, and below is the video for the track "Our Holy Ghosts". They do plan to perform a final show in Chicago, and we will be you those details when they are available. You can read their farewell note on the front page of their website.

 

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Before the Machinery of Other Skeletons by An Aesthetic Anaesthetic

An Aesthetic Anaesthetic is releasing a new album later this month called, Before the Machinery of Other Skeletons. This is the band's follow-up to the ep they released back in February.

The band is know more for their live performances than their records but they have come closer to capturing the force in their sound on this project. The are throwing a pre-listening party for the album tonight (Aug. 12th) at Transitor (5045 N. Clark St.). You can catch them live at Beat Kitchen on August 26th.

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