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September 2014
Seagulls
"Great Pine
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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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BAATHHAUS

The electro-pop band BAATHHAUS has released cross=dressing high school prom themed video for their single "Ascension".

You can catch BAATHHAUS at Empty Bottle on August 6th.

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Acteurs

Acteurs (Jeremy Lemos and Brian Case of DISAPPEARS) have released a new 12", I W I via the UK label Public Information. Together Lemos and Case create dark, minimal electronic near industrial music.

The 12" import is now available at Reckless Records or online here.

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10,000 Light Years

10,000 Light Years are currently recording the follow-up to their 2013 release "Haunted House". Last month the band released a demo version of a rocking new track called "End of The World" with new lead singer Ally Subak.

You can catch 10,000 Light Years at Township on Thursday July 31st with Videotape and IL Tandre Neu for just $5.

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Modern Vices

Modern Vices is lead by the energetic and compelling voice of Alex Rebek. Their self-titled debut album will be released by Autumn Tone (home to like-minded Twin Peaks and The Orwells) on October 7th. They recently released their first single "Cheap Style". Their sound strikes a charming balance between garage pop, late ’50s croon, The Smiths, and The Drum. High praise, sure, but Modern Vices is already proving they can deliver.

You can catch Modern Vices at Subt on August 3rd with Zoo Brother, Twin Cabins, and Sister Savage and at The Burlington on August 15th with Heavy Times and Dead Gaze.

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Twin Peaks

Back in May we shared the details of the upcoming Twin Peaks album, Wild Onion (Grand Jury, Aug 5th). This week Pitchfork will be streaming the entire album, and below is the video for the lead single "Flavor".

Lincoln Hall announced today that the record release show will be on October 30th with NE-HI and Flesh Panthers.

*Update: You can also catch Twin Peaks at Reckless Records on August 5th for an in-store performance.*

 

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Running "Frizzled"

Last week Chicago-based Drag City released the latest 7" from the noise-pop band Running. The 7" features three tracks "Frizzled", "I've Got It", and the track below "Totally Fired".

You can catch Running with Parquet Courts at Empty Bottle on August 1st.

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Villa Coola

Villa Coola is the new project of Gehring Miller (The Welcome). With The Welcome recently announcing that are "taking a break for the foreseeable future" it seems Miller needs a new outlet for his talent. This is a shift from the sound of The Welcome into a more of an Alt-Folk, lo-fi sound. Miller released his first batch of recording via soundcloud last week. You can stream/download the entire EP here.

You can catch Villa Coola at Beat Kitchen on Aug. 10th with Mike Petruccelli, Jason Swearingen, Hi Ho, and Gar Clemens. 

 

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Bailiff "Golden Hour"

Bailiff has released the first single, "Golden Hour", from their forthcoming EP, Remise EP II.

You can catch Bailiff at Wicker Park Fest on July 27th.

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