Death Ships, “Circumstantial Chemistry”

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Chicago-by-way-of-Iowa band Death Ships returns with their first full length album since their 2006 debut. Circumstantial Chemistry is more of a straight-up pop rock album than their previous efforts. Gone is the acoustic guitar of singer/bandleader Dan Maloney, and for the most part, gone are most of the country folk tinges that . . . → Read More: Death Ships, “Circumstantial Chemistry”

This Week in Great Music: 7/25 – 7/31

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It looks like the heat wave has snapped (for now), so maybe it’s time for me to come out of hibernation. I’m planning on checking out Cass McCombs at Schubas tomorrow night, and there are a few weekend shows that look mighty tempting.

Monday, July 25 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Rachel Ries; Millennium . . . → Read More: This Week in Great Music: 7/25 – 7/31

Marissa Nadler, “Marissa Nadler”

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Marissa Nadler’s latest self-titled release, her fifth full-lenth album, pushes her music further out of her usual box of sparse, dreamy folk and into something a little more fully realized. Stand-out tracks like “Baby I Will Leave You in the Morning” bring a full band sound to the album, yet still fit . . . → Read More: Marissa Nadler, “Marissa Nadler”

The Fine Art Of Disturbing The Guests With Your Racket

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There was a breakup a while ago, and the last straw was a Golden Smog song.

More specifically, the last straw was the inappropriate commentary related to me and the Golden Smog song that he felt it necessary to make in front of our friends. I remember thinking, For the umpteenth time he’s taking . . . → Read More: The Fine Art Of Disturbing The Guests With Your Racket

Recommended Reading: The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Baghdad

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You know how every so often you run across something completely humbling that reminds you how good you have it and how lucky you are?

Meet Acrassicauda, a metal band from Baghdad.

You guys were going against everything there.

Yes. Not only the government, the whole society. But we still did it. I don’t . . . → Read More: Recommended Reading: The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Baghdad

This Week in Great Music: 7/18 – 7/24

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I’ll be at Lincoln Hall to catch the Old 97′s tonight. They’re one of those bands who I always seem to miss when they come into town. No more!

And while I probably won’t be able to make it, everyone else should go to the Timber Timbre/Marissa Nadler show on Thursday. I don’t know . . . → Read More: This Week in Great Music: 7/18 – 7/24