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Mahjongg Announces Summer Tour

Mahjongg has announced their summer tour which will correspond with the release of their new LP on K Records. The tour kicks off at Subt on July 9th. You can find all of the tour dates here.

   

Last Minute Plans: Harpoon @ Ronny’s

This video is from last year, but Harpoon is currently recording a split album with The Muzzler for Hewhocorrupts Inc.

They will also be at Ronny’s Bar tonight with Iron Reminders (last show), Locks, and Winters in Osaka.

   

Laminated Cat with Apples in Stereo and Generationals at the Middle East Downstairs TONIGHT!

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Laminated Cat is an eclectic band originally from Boston but says their roots are in Coastal Maine. They carry a sound with includes the strangeness of Daniel Johnston, the rock of The Velvet Underground and the creativity The Flaming Lips. Laminated Cat is just what indie music needs, something completely different. Their songs range from calm space-songs like "Grenadine", a sweet song with light, flowery harmonic vocals to the hard-hitting, ingeniously written "Kill 'em Shorty" with angry keys, angst-ridden 70's garage guitar and creepy, desperate vocals. Laminated Cat is playing tonight with Generationals and the m'f'in' Apples in Stereo at the Middle East Downstairs. I highly, highly recommend this show. Honestly, Laminated Cat is one of the best bands I've heard since I started the Deli New England.

--Meghan Chiampa

   

Brown Recluse at Danger Danger Gallery April 23

Brown Recluse serves up gorgeous, shimmering indie pop, equal parts jingle and jangle, the kind of sound that you haven't really heard since the golden era of 90s twee, or perhaps the Elephant 6 collective at its height. The band is on Slumberland Records (the birthplace, essentially, of twee pop, and now home to acts like the Pains of Being Pure at Heat and Crystal Stilts), so it would seem that they're right at home. If you want to put it as simply as possible, most of their songs could be described as delicate acoustic ditties wrapped in warm, atmospheric synth, but you only have to listen to the giddy trumpet solo of "Rainy Saturday" and then the electronic psych of "Meridian Sound (Part Three)" to be affirmed that these guys are anything but one trick ponies. Their music is much more welcoming than the creepy, venomous spider with whom they share a name. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages - Joe Poteracki
 

 

   

Album/Concert Review: The Dirty Rooks

The Dirty Rooks are a six-piece rock and blues band that draws their influences from classic rock acts such as The Faces, The Black Crowes and Led Zeppelin. The band’s sophomore album Sugar Mama is filled with blues influenced classic rock tunes from start to finish. The album is a perfect combination of classic rock songs and some slower, more blues influenced ballads. On Sugar Mama, The Dirty Rooks take the often-played out genre of classic rock and give it a booze filled boost. Some highlights of the album include the amped up “Larry’s Blues”, which is complete with classic guitar riffs, catchy hooks and just the right amount of horns. The band turns it down a few notches on the slower and more soulful “Stranger These Days”, proving they can hold their own at a variety of tempos.

The Dirty Rook’s music is the kind best heard live and on stage. Luckily for me, on Friday, April 16th, the Rooks took to the stage at the Red Line Tap in Rogers Park. Roughly forty people packed into this small North side bar to hear the sounds of the Dirty Rooks. The band opened up their set with the lively tune “Old Mill Creek”, which instantly proved this music is best heard up close and personal. Next up was the bluesy “Skeleton Key”, with lead singer Dan Stalilonis singing“ 3 AM, find you crying on the bathroom floor. Don’t love you no more.” By the 3rd song of their set, the Dirty Rook’s enthusiastic and energetic stage presence had the crowd up and dancing. The Rook’s “I Don’t Mind” showcased the band’s ability to step outside the classic rock genre and add a nice touch of country influence to their sound. The band did their own take on Paul McCartney’ s “Maybe I’m Amazed”, adding their own unique sound to the classic song. The Dirty Rooks provide a breath of fresh air to a genre that often sounds old and outdated. Be sure to check out their website for free song downloads and tour dates. – Tim Mannion