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Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild

To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

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Luno is gentle and artful bedroom pop of Christopher Gilbert. Today marks the release of his new album, Null Life.

You can help Luno celebrate the release on October 4th at The Whistler with Homme.

October 01, 2015

Sunjacket has spent the last year focusing on their debut LP, which will be released in 2016, and are now emerging to perform at Lincoln Hall on October 17th. They will be opening for BRONCHO and Twinsmith and the show is a part of the Bonnaroo's Spotlight Series. The band will be put up against four bands from four other cities for a chance to play at Bonnaroo in 2016.

Below is the band's entry to the recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert challenge.

October 01, 2015

J Fernandez has released a new video for his track "Between The Channels". The song comes from his 2015 album Many Levels of Laughter (Joyful Noise).

Fernandez will be touring the world over the next four months and will be performing at Empty Bottle on Dec. 10th with The Hecks.

September 30, 2015

Justin Klass is a musician and label owner and has been performing and recording around the Midwest for the last 10 years. His latest album, These Strings Will Sing, is a collection of songs that he has been honing over the last four years. The are songs about love, sadness, and loneliness. There are three tracks available for preview on bandcamp where you can also preorder the album.

September 30, 2015

The local label Bloodshot Records announced yesterday that they had signed local singer/songwriter Al Scorch. They also announced that Scorch will be releasing his second full-length studio album and label debut this Spring. Below is Al's appearance on Audiotree from 2013.

You can catch Al Scorch at The Hideout on October 9th, SPACE in Evanston on October 21st, and at Lincoln Hall on Nov. 27th.

September 29, 2015

Wet Ashes have released an emotional new video for the lead single from their latest album, The Acoustronic Tales, "Spot It In The Sun". The indie pop band splits time between Chicago and Guadalajara.

September 28, 2015

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