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Chaperone's Cripple King

The debut ep from the five-piece Chaperone is called Cripple King and will be released next month. The band mixes lo-fi aesthetics with a strong sense of pop. The band used everything from laptops to untuned pianos to space-heaters to create a interesting texture for this ep. The ep was recorded in various spaces and at various times which it also lends itself to the lo-fi sound.

Chaperone is celebrating the release of Cripple King on October 14th at Subterranean with Dastardly, Elephant Gun, and Dylan Kloska.


The 1900's Return of the Century

It's been three years since The 1900's released their debut album, Cold & Kind, but will officially be dropping their second album on November 2nd. You can preorder Return of the Century through their label Parasol Records, and hear the track "Babies" right here.


Waterstreet's Of Gossip

I was recently sent the latest ep from Waterstreet called Of Gossip. The band released it on July 31st and recorded it here at Kilo Recording Studio. I don't know if it was the band's name or their pictures on myspace, but I was excepting something a little more subdued. What surprised me was mainly the force of Evan Hand's guitar playing and the range and polish of his vocals.

"Psycho" is the first the single from the ep and it finds Hand performing like a cross between Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) and Jimi Hendrix. However, my favorite part of the ep comes in the very first track "Nobody's Ground" when you hear what sounds like tortured piano announce itself over the band's fierce noise. Another highlight is the five-song ep's final track "12" with it's sing-along melodies and youthful imagery. Of Gossip is fine ep from a promising young band.


Kid Static on Coach House Sounds

The latest live session over at Coach House Sounds features the talented Kid Static. With the release of this session CHS makes its first installment to a new series of session presented in collaboration with CHIRP Radio.

Also Coach House Sounds is turning two and celebrating with a show at The Whistler with Zelionople and the Jeff Kowalkowski Trio on October 5th.


From Our Open Blog: Rabble Rabble

Finally the debut album of your favorite flower punk rockers Rabble Rabble, and its on wax! These local heroes give it to you straight with the perfect blend of catchy guitar jangle and pulsing drum grooves enticing the body into primal hypnotic rhythms. The fans have termed "Bangover" for how one feels the morning after a Rabble Rabble show. Self recorded in the group's jam space with the sweat and intensity of their enthralling live performances. This LP includes two tracks recorded by Brian Zieske at the Gallery of Carpet Studio. Limited to 275 vinyl 12" LP's with screen printed covers, b&w copied insert and download card. Out on Chicago's Commune Records this is a must have, it will turn you on. Also available for free stream and name your own price download via Rabble Rabble's website. rabblerabbleband.com.

In other Rabble Rabble news the band will be heading down to Louisville Kentucky the first weekend of October to play Cropped Out Fest 2010. More than a hand full of other Chicago bands such as CAVE, GA'AN and CACAW, just to name a few will join them for the three day long fest. Featuring other national acts like Magic Markers, Moon Duo and Pissed Jeans. Cropped out is a locally and independently developed music festival set to take place in Louisville, KY on the first weekend of October 2010. The fest is designed to highlight the creative efforts of Louisville natives, friends, family, and fellow thinkers from Nashville to Chicago to Brooklyn and beyond.

So Check out Rabble Rabble's new full length album and head south Oct 1st- 3rd for Cropped Out. No better way to show some love for your favorite Chicago Bands than to hit the road with then for a weekend.


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