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Best New Music – White Mystery

White Mystery is basically Miss Alex White and The Red Orchestra with a shorter name and less band members. Two, to be exact. And to be even more precise, (Miss) Alex White and brother (Mister) Francis. On their self-titled debut the Windy City relatives put up walls of sound that are louder, faster, heavy, fuzzier, and altogether dirtier than anything we've heard from the Red Orchestra.
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Maps & Atlases: Scene Through A Lens

Maps & Atlases appear to have been around much longer than one would think of a band readying their debut release, Perch Patchwork. The Chicago based quartet (who have a tendency as being labeled as “Math Rock”) originally met at a school in Chicago, ultimately leading to the forming of M&A. They have become a true cult favorite, building a following from live performances and a couple of self released EPs, and just recently signed to Barsuk.
Braid Interview Kevin Corazza History Reunion Re-issues

Braid Interview – History, Reunion, Re-Issues

Braid was a highly influential emo/post-hardcore band from Illinois that helped define the genre in the mid to late 90s. The band played four final shows in 1999 before disbanding. They reunited for a reunion tour in 2004 playing US, Canada, and Japan dates. After much demand, in April 2010 Polyvinyl re-issued their first two full lengths as well the Movie Music volumes. I got a chance to discuss with the band their history, DVD release, influences, vinyl collections, those re-issues and so much more.
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Owen w/ Rocky Votolato – Show Review & Photo Gallery @ Lincoln Hall

Those who have never been to an Owen show take note: When Mike Kinsella, the sole creative force behind the project, takes the stage, he does what he wants -- especially in front of a home crowd. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, riffing on audience members, telling shameless jokes about the Ben Roethlisberger sex scandal and putting the mental image of a dog getting a tattoo into the collective head of a room full of people.