A Tale of Monsters and Men

written by: Jenn Beening on December 21, 2011

If Sigur Rós and Björk have championed a majority of what we hear from Iceland’s music scene, OMAM are up-and-coming contenders.

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Rites and Their Accidental Electronic Destiny

written by: Ian Dick Jones on December 16, 2011

Justin Gilman and Juan Galindo are the two founding members of Chicago indie duo Rites. Their sound draws from bands like MGMT, James Blake, and Passion Pit, ones that mix traditional rock and electronic music. They pull from other, more subtle influences like heavy metal, early 2000s punk/emo/hardcore, Grizzly Bear and Radiohead. How do all of these eclectic influences fuse together in harmony? Let’s find out.

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Treehouse: Making a Mark

written by: David B. Anthony on December 15, 2011

“I’ll be happy when we make a footprint in the evolution of the genre, then I’ll be a happy man,” says Mike Ruby. For Treehouse, leaving behind just a footprint won’t be a problem.

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YAWN Chicago Band portrait

YAWN: Chicago’s Worst-kept Secret

written by: Tom Crawford on December 13, 2011

Fans of Animal Collective with find YAWN’s debut record, ‘Open Season,’ to be a familiar sound. YAWN won’t be a Chicago secret for long.

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Is Dance Music Sexist? Not After Ducky

written by: Ian Dick Jones on December 2, 2011

Ducky knows her way around both the artful studio production side of electronic music as well as being able to command a stage with go-go dancers, or behind the DJ booth.

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Desert Echoes

written by: Tyler Remmert on November 23, 2011

While their name may give the distinct impression that they’re repeating information back to the listener, Jackalope Saints are doing anything but.

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The Go Round’s Ongoing Epic

written by: Ian Dick Jones on October 6, 2011

The Go Round are now a four-piece and their songs couldn’t sound more alive than they do now when compared to just two guys who met on the side of the road both holding guitars.

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We Are Hex band portrait at Abbey Pub in Chicago

Patient Group Creates Music for Patient People

written by: Craig Bechtel on August 6, 2011

“For this album we’re focusing on stuff that is slow, and I dare you to not fall asleep,” Frontman Ryan Brewer dares listeners about Good Night & Good Morning’s album in the works.

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