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CD Review: Bullets In Madison

It’s too easy to compare Bullets In Madison to bands like Coldplay and Radiohead. Besides when you listen closely you will find that the band is not as pretentious as Coldplay and hungrier than Radiohead. On their latest album, We Became Your Family When You Died, the band does an exceptional job of creating and sustaining a complex and heavily textured atmosphere. The album opener, “Impossible Grave” is the perfect example of their craftsmanship, a mixer of aggressive drummer, angelic violins, rhythmic guitar, and floating vocals.

This album is remarkably well put together for a self-released project, and it shows how dedicated the band is to their sound. All too often young bands are still searching for their sound and try to do too much, but Bullets In Madison have perfected the orchestral atmospherics like no other. My favorite track on the album has to be “Riots”, it encompasses all the many elements that really make this album one of the first standout albums of the year. You can download the album for free at Bullets In Madison's website

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Jonny Rumble van stolen!

Sad news for the boys of Jonny Rumble. According to their Twitter account, the band's van was stolen today, and they are asking for your help. If you spot a 1994 green Dodge Caravan with the license plate number 804 0214, please report it to the police. Good luck, JR! - Neph Basedow

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Year End Best of Chicago Readers' Poll results are in!

1
 I Fight Dragons
2
 King Sparrow
3
 Makeshift Prodigy
4
 Daniel Knox
5
 Jerome Holloway
6
 Treaty of Paris
7
 Hudson Branch
8
 Kid You'll Move Mnts
9
 Loyal Divide
10
 The Fold
The results of the reader’s poll are in and the winner by a slim margin was the superhero tee sporting, NES freaks, I Fight Dragons. In fact, the margin was so close that we have decided to let the second place winner, King Sparrow, share our top banner. The final results of all the polls, jury, open poll, reader’s poll, and so on will be released on Wednesday win the overall winner is announced, so stay tuned! - The Deli's Staff

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Widow Wake My Mind

Smashing Pumpkins have released another track from the 44-song project, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. The track is called "Widow Wake My Mind". This is the second release from the album and will be available for download through the bands myspace for the next 24 hours.

 

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Last Minute Plans: Partners in Health Benefit @ The Hideout

With all of the tragic reports of the devastating earthquake is Haiti many people around the world have stepped up to help. I am sure many of you reading this have already contributed in some way, but even if you have you should consider stopping by The Hideout tonight. Local bands Waco Brothers and Eleventh Dream Day play this special show benefiting Partners in Health, which has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. That’s right, two great Chicago bands, a soild and reputable charity, and you stepping and helping the people of Haiti… You really can’t lose. Tickets are $20 and the event begins at 8:00pm.

 

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