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Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.


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Travis Lee Wiggins and Essex Chanel have released a new album, Some Strange Fantasy, their first since 2009's Love Is Proximity. The album was constructed to follow the drastically changing midwest seasons. The band recommends the listener do the following; Listen while sipping a fresh cup of medium-roast coffee. Kick back on a Saturday afternoon at home as the warm spring sun peeks in through half-drawn shades. Flavors are highlighted with a little Mary Jane. Perfect for long drives with the windows cracked. 

You can pick up a physical copy of Some Strange Fantasy here

 

April 20, 2015
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Loppa Albon is the lo-fi dream-pop persona of Alex Lappin. He released a new cassette last week called Plumblossums via Hellhole Supermarket Records.

April 20, 2015
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Rapids are teaming with the local label Artistic Integrity to have their debut EP, Traction, released on vinyl on May 5th.

You can catch Rapids at Beat Kitchen on May 10th.

April 17, 2015
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Last month we announced the new live EP from Jason Narducy and Split Single. He recently released a video for his track "Fragmented World".

You can catch Split Single at Schubas on May 1st with Furry Things.

April 16, 2015
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Weatherman is the trio of Jason Toth, Annie Higgins, and Joshua Dumas. They are releasing their next single, "Night Games/Dopamine" via La Société Expéditionnaire on May 12th. This is the second of three single that will be combined into an EP this Fall.

"Night Games" finds Annie Higgins shining on both vocals and piano, while "Dopamine" is churning electronic instrumental track.

You can catch Weatherman at the CimmFest/Chicago Mixtape 4-Year Anniversary Party at the Hideout on Saturday, April 18 with Santah, Pet Lions and more.

April 14, 2015
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Signal-to-Noise is the moniker of the thought dream-pop musician Michael Downing. He released his amazingly lush and introspective debut album I Won't Let the World Become a Prison last week.

Downing will be performing a few of the tracks for the album acoustically tonight, April 13th, at Kafein Coffee in Evanston.

April 13, 2015
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