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Like that of the Coral

Occasionally, you come across a musician that is honestly trying to accomplishment something unique, create something that is different. Warren Buckler, an experimental singer/songwriter, has tried to create his own sound and in many ways succeeded. He starts with a beautiful base of folk music, and adds a touch of technology. He does this by manufacturing his own accompanying instrumentation with a synthetic sophistication. The mixture has so many possibilities and on his debut album Like that of the Coral he explores many of them. What is most exciting about this self-released album are the layers of sound that he builds. It took him a while to complete, but this debut is stunning, complex, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Warren Buckler will be performing at Uncommon Ground on March 26th.

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This Too Shall Pass

Are you one of the two million plus viewers that this video has received? Directed by James Frost, Ok Go does it again with inventiveness and creativity. This is the official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off of the band’s latest album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky".

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Via Tania’s SXSW Party

Among the many Chicago musicians making their way down to the year’s South By South West music festival is Via Tania. Even though it is only March she is already having a great year which has seen the release of her album Moon Sweet Moon, and some very impressive shows. What I have found most interesting about Tania’s year have been the covers she has produced. Her latest cover is of The Presets “If I Know You” and it is beautiful and needs to be heard.

Before heading down to SWSW Via Tania will be playing a show at The Hideout. After SXSW she will be hitting the road with Seabear and arrives back in Chicago on April 2nd for a show at Schubas.

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Last Minute Plans: The Catbirds @ The Hideout

The Catbirds have released their first full-length album Subanimal Sounds, and will be celebrating this release tonight (March 4th) at The Hideout with Baby Teeth. The Catbirds is primarily the work of Baltimore’s Peter Beyer, but the band includes F. James Cooper of our own Detholz!, as well as Benyamin Artes-Miranda and Karl Doerfenmueller of Chicago.

The Catbird sound is somewhat Americana, somewhat psychedelic, and like folk-pop. It’s a pleasant blend that could span a number of decades and influences, namely Belle and Sebastian or The Beach Boys.

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I am Trying to Break Your Heart

This week the soulful JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound released a brand new single called “Get it Together”. The single is back with this incredible rework of the Wilco track “I am Trying to Break Your Heart”. This is the bands first release since last year’s self-released full-length r&b/soul album Beat of Our Own Drum.

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound will be performing at Tonic Room on March 10th.

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