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September 2014
"Great Pine
With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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G "Outer Space"

G is the new collaboration between Jimmy Giannopoulos (LOLAWOLF, Reputante) and Genevieve (Company of Thieves). The duo's first single is called "Outer Space" and the duo released the single and video this week. Their debut EP will be released later this year via Innit Recordings.

The sound is a beautiful change of pace for Genevieve musically into a much more electronic and beat driven sound.


Tom Schraeder & His Ego "Gush"

Gush is the forthcoming release from Tom Schraeder & His Ego. The album with be released on October 10th and Schraeder has released two singles from Gush thus far. Last month the band performed the album in full at The Hideout to give fans a sneak peak at the refreshing Brit Pop sound on the new project.

The record release show for Tom Schraeder & His Ego's new album "Gush" will take place on October 10th at Schubas with Ryan Joseph Anderson


Tyler Sjöström

Folk musician Tyler Sjöström will be releasing his new EP What We Say We Are on Sept. 30th. You can preorder the release now. Tyler's style is both simple and authentic in sound and complex is songwriting and lyrics. It is a beautiful balance that is well represent on the lead track "Red River".

You can catch Tyler at Quenchers Saloon on October 18th with Abbi Rajasekhar.


The Lauren Wolf Band "Rise Up"

The Lauren Wolf Band is returning with a new album called "Rise Up". This is the follow up to the band's 2011 debut album "All My Secrets" and finds the band venturing into a more soul and blues rock sound. The album features ten original songs and a solid Bee Gees cover and will be released by CAU Dog Records on September 20th.

You help The Lauren Wolf Band celebrate the release of Rise Up on Sept. 20th at 27 Live in Evanston. The band will also be premiering a video for their new single "Run Daddy Run" at this event.


LWKY "No Sleep"

Last month we shared the first single from the new EP, No Sleep, from electronic music duo LWKY. Today their new EP is out and available for free download via soundcloud. This is the duo's second release and now it is time for you to "Make You Move".


Kid Sister is Jane Jupiter

Jane Jupiter is the secret or not so secret identity of Kid Sister and as Jane Jupiter she has released a new mixtape called Dusk2dawn. The video finds her dressed as a human disco ball and taking a on a more pop and dance friendly persona. The mixtape features contributions from Different Sleep, Dam-Funk, Bukkwheat Bill, and more. 


Ryan Powers and The Secret Weapons

The latest single, "Mr. Sunshine", from Ryan Powers and The Secret Weapons is super catchy and is accompanied by a well-shot video.




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