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Tin Tin Can @ Beat Kitcken


This past Friday we sent our new friend and photographer Daniel Bartel to the Beat Kitchen to photograph Tin Tin Can. Despite a little guest list confusion Dan was able to make it inside and snap a few shots of these fan favorites. You can find more images from the show at Dan's website.


Lay of Pilgrim Park

Is it too early to name an album the best of the year? Ok, I’ll slow down, but the new album from Pillars and Tongues is something special. Lay of Pilgrim Park was released last month by Empty Cellar Records, and builds upon the bands previous releases but seems more focused. Over this six song vinyl release you will find the signature and vibrant string textures molded by violinist Beth Remis and bassists Evan Hydzik, and the intense percussion of Mark Trecka, but what I love are fluid and layered fluid vocal improvisations by each member of this trio. This is celestial chamber music with dead-can-dance-esque vocals provided by Trecka. There are tribal elements, folk elements, and elements of various cultural influences. My favorite track is the closing track “Made of Sheen”. It slowly opens with what seems like an endless single note, but then explodes open into a whole new realm of sound.

Lay of Pilgrim Park was released on Feb. 9th and is available on vinyl with a digital download by Empty Cellar Records.


Rockie Fresh

Before Rockie Fresh heads to SXSW to take part our Music Tech Mashup event, he will perform Battle of The Midwest at Wild Hare on March 7th. Rockie is the latest in long line of emcees to come out of Chicago in the last few years. Last December Rockie released his mixtape called Rockie’s Modern Life and this mixtape has allowed Rockie to gain radio play and notoriety. If you haven’t heard the mixtape you can download it here.

My favorite Rockie Fresh has to be the Justice-based “Do The Dance”.


Like that of the Coral

Occasionally, you come across a musician that is honestly trying to accomplishment something unique, create something that is different. Warren Buckler, an experimental singer/songwriter, has tried to create his own sound and in many ways succeeded. He starts with a beautiful base of folk music, and adds a touch of technology. He does this by manufacturing his own accompanying instrumentation with a synthetic sophistication. The mixture has so many possibilities and on his debut album Like that of the Coral he explores many of them. What is most exciting about this self-released album are the layers of sound that he builds. It took him a while to complete, but this debut is stunning, complex, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Warren Buckler will be performing at Uncommon Ground on March 26th.


This Too Shall Pass

Are you one of the two million plus viewers that this video has received? Directed by James Frost, Ok Go does it again with inventiveness and creativity. This is the official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off of the band’s latest album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky".


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