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Last Minute Plans: Inchworm @ Schubas

Inchworm has taken a bit of a hiatus from the show scene the last few months, but lucky for us, they're back and ready to rock. More specifically, they're ready to rock Schubas, Wednesday night, as part of Amplify's New Music Series. The band plans to unveil the new material they've been working on over the past few months, in a glimpse at what will inevitably become the follow-up to their '08 EP, Sheep in Wolf's Clothing.

Inchworm has also recently taken to Bandcamp.com, uploading their previous EPs to music's newest publishing platform. Following suit to recent preferred methods of music purchasing, Bandcamp promotes a name-your-own-price doctrine, allowing customers to donate as much (or as little) as they see fit. Visit Inchworms' catalog on bandcamp.

Tonight's show at Schubas begins at 9pm, with openers Sissy Mena and fellow locals, Save the Clocktower. Sponsored by Amplify, Beer Nuts, and UR Chicago, the show is 21+ and tickets are $5 at schubas.com. – Neph Basedow

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Brighton MA Session

The Deli is sponsoring the upcoming two-night stay at Schubas with Brighton MA. We are excited to be working with such a great Chicago band. The other sponsor for the show is Coach House Sounds and they recently posted their live session with the band. Through out the week we will be featuring a different band playing at Schubas on Jan. 22nd and 23rd.

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Songs For Haiti

Chicago’s Andrew Bird and Umphrey’s McGee are among the 200 plus artists who have donated MP3s (many unreleased) to this new charitable music site established by Paste Magazine. 100% of money contributed through “Songs for Haiti” will be spread among three charities active in Haiti: Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. If you have already donated you can tell “Songs For Haiti” where you donated and still gain access to site. Although we are a music site, this is not as much about the music that you will gain access to, but the act of giving in this time of need.

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CD Review: Bullets In Madison

It’s too easy to compare Bullets In Madison to bands like Coldplay and Radiohead. Besides when you listen closely you will find that the band is not as pretentious as Coldplay and hungrier than Radiohead. On their latest album, We Became Your Family When You Died, the band does an exceptional job of creating and sustaining a complex and heavily textured atmosphere. The album opener, “Impossible Grave” is the perfect example of their craftsmanship, a mixer of aggressive drummer, angelic violins, rhythmic guitar, and floating vocals.

This album is remarkably well put together for a self-released project, and it shows how dedicated the band is to their sound. All too often young bands are still searching for their sound and try to do too much, but Bullets In Madison have perfected the orchestral atmospherics like no other. My favorite track on the album has to be “Riots”, it encompasses all the many elements that really make this album one of the first standout albums of the year. You can download the album for free at Bullets In Madison's website

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Jonny Rumble van stolen!

Sad news for the boys of Jonny Rumble. According to their Twitter account, the band's van was stolen today, and they are asking for your help. If you spot a 1994 green Dodge Caravan with the license plate number 804 0214, please report it to the police. Good luck, JR! - Neph Basedow

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