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From Our Open Blog: The Sometimes Family

Listen to these sweet soul sounds! Have you ever heard anything like them!? Well, perhaps if you've been to see the Sometimes Family live and in concert it will all seem like some kind of deja vu. There's just something about the Sometimes Family's music that gets into that ear canal and wiggles and jiggles around, reaching down, DOWN, until it hits the deepest parts of your soul. It latches on with its clawed tentacle and pulls your body into positions and postures of dance and wild movements you didn't have in you before. At the end of the song, you are left with a longing and a feeling of despair, quickly remedied by the simple act of replaying it. It is a painful experience to leave the concert, but you are bettered by it, and it was all worthwhile.

On June 10th The Sometimes Family will play at The Abbey Pub.

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Newfound Resolutions

Chicago’s File Thirteen Records announced a few details this week regarding the new album from The Poison Arrows. Their new album will be called Newfound Resolutions and will be released on August 3rd. The album will be available on CD, but will also be released as an impressive 2xLP gatefold with digital download. The first single from the album is called “Unveiled In Sequence”, and it is an epic and heavy tune that will force your head to move up and down.

The Poison Arrows are a part of Do Division Street Fest this weekend and will be playing tomorrow (June 5th) at 3:10pm on the Leavitt Stage. For the full Do Division line-up visit their website.

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Dear Marc

Our newest poll winners, The Clams, have released a new video for their song “Dear Marc”. The song comes from their 2009 ep, Mindbanging. Both of their eps can be downloaded here by naming your own price.

The Clams are performing tonight (June 4th) at Cole’s Bar (2338 N Milwaukee Ave).

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Last Minute Plans: Distractions @ Empty Bottle

The self-titled from Distractions was released this week by the local cassette label Plus Tapes. The first thing that jumps out at you when consuming the sounds of Distractions is the deep rich baritone sounds of Tom Owens. I feel his delivery can best be compared to that of Matt Berninger (The National), but when combined with eclectic sound of his band mates it really sets this band apart. Musically, the band draws from a variety of sources as diverse as British Invasion era rock to spaced-out psychedelic fuzz. The tempo and depth of sound shifts often, and through that shifting draws the listen in the many layers of distracting bliss. 

They are celebrating the release of their new tape tonight at Empty Bottle with Bird Names, Zelienople and Ken Camden. The show starts at 9pm and tickets are just $5.

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Maps & Atlases on Wild Honey Pie

 

While in New York promoting their new album Perch Patchwork Maps & Atlases performed an impromptu acoustic version of “Solid Ground” for Wild Honey Pie.

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