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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Guerilla

Guerilla has released the first single, "Royal American", from their forthcoming debut full-length, Everyone's An Idiot. The sound on the new single has a nice nostalgic '90's grunge sound.

Everyone's An Idiot will be released on April 20th.

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Varsity

The garage pop trio Varsity are releasing their EP, "Thanks For Nothing", via Jurassic Pop digitally and on Cassette on April 8th. The band has released the incredibly catching track "New Wave" for all to listen to.

Varsity will be celebrating the release of "Thanks For Nothing" at Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee) on April 8th with The Peekaboos. They will also be performing at Beat Kitchen on April 19th with Owel, Moxie Movie, and Dream Version.

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The Cheyenne Line

Suburban Pop-Punk band The Cheyenne Line have released their debut EP, "Kid I Used To Know" digitally, and are still working on the physically product. The EP is energetic and seems to put a subtle new twist on the '90's Pop-Punk style.

You can venture on into the suburbs and catch The Cheyenne Line on April 26th at McHenry Moose Lodge #691.

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NE-HI @ Empty Bottle

The Psych-Pop band NE-HI will be releasing their new self-titled debut 12" via Manic Static in early April. The band has been building stream lately including being included on the their Revolution Brewing compilation CD for the release of their latest brew JukeBox Hero. The lead single for the 12" is called "Since I've been Thinking".

You can catch NE-HI at Empty Bottle on April 6th with The Rubs.

 

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Mint Lab Astronauts

Mint Lab Astronauts (M.L.A.) have been very active in 2014. The duo, j.pak and pak.one, released an ep last month called "Return of the Astros". Since then they have dropped another three outstanding tracks, "Lyle", "Hocus Focus" and the most recently the Nate Dogg tribute "Blue Dream".

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Robot Hilarious

Robot Hilarious is the off-kilter hop hop of 2bones, Hound Dog, and Gamma Ray. The group dropped their latest album, It's Official, digitally back in January, but now have physically copies ready to be sold. The album is mixture of experimental hip hop styles each more inventive then the last.

The CD release event for It's Offical will take place on April 11th at Elastic (2830 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor).

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Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress, Mike Russell & Matt Lemke (Suns), Bobby Burg (Love of Everything/Joan of Arc) and Christian Dawson (Gypsyblood), signed to Lovitt Records at the start of 2014 and have been working on their debut full-length album. The band has a single, "Loom" b/w "Heavy Earth", and a video ready to be released. The album is due out this fall.

Wedding Dress will celebrate the release of their new single on April 18th at Empty Bottle.

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Hotbreath Tea & The Invisible Branches

Hotbreath Tea & The Invisible Branches have released a new single, "All Night Jewel". It is the first released track from a forthcoming LP the band is currently working on.


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