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Pelican’s Forever Becoming is the band’s fifth studio album, and their newest release since 2009’s What We All Come To Need.  It’s also the first album with new guitarist Dallas Thomas, as founding member of the band Laurent Schroeder-Lebec left the group last year.

From the album’s first track, it’s clear that Schroeder-Lebec’ departure led to at least a slight departure from the sound found on the band’s last few albums.  Pounding drums on the album opener suggest heaviness, but its jangling guitars dictate its lighter tone, appearing as if the new album is set up to be an expansion of the group’s lighter, more post-rock-oriented work.  The crushing chords and relentless riffage of “Deny The Absolute” immediately prove that idea to be inaccurate.

Since the Al Capone days and probably before that, Chicago has been a city rife with violence and corruption.  From its incarcerated mayors to its citizens on the streets*, crime abounds in the Windy City.

Last year the city experienced one of its worst flare-ups of drug and gang-related violence ever, earning the nickname Chiraq for its unfortunate amount of homicides.  This disastrous era coincided with the rise of a new breed of gangster-rap.  Artists like Chief Keef and King Louie rose to the forefront of national hip-hop, their violent lyrics mirroring the increasingly violent city that they call home.

The lineup for Hard Summer 2013, the two-day annual event which closes the summer in Downtown Los Angeles’s too-dusty State Historic Park, has been announced.  Hard Summer usually features an eclectic mix of DJs and rappers, as opposed to the more house-oriented events like Hard Haunted Mansion (or Hard Day of the Dead, as it was called last year).

When he emerged, Kanye was all about the Windy City.  After achieving fame, he dipped out quick to globetrot and, among other things, to pursue a fashion career in London.  Sure, he and Chris Martin reminded us of his love for his hometown, but at that point ‘Ye seemed like the guy that’s getting too old to be going to all those Homecoming tailgates.  He’s an international superstar, no longer confined to the Chi-town underground.

GLC has released a video for “Nation Piece,” a new single that’s set to appear on his project entitled Cathedral.  The song is diverse, switching from smooth, jazzy trumpet-assisted soulful hip-hop in the chorus to drum-machine electro bass in the verse.  The track is also wholeheartedly Chicago— the productions arrives courtesy of that city’s Blended Babies, and the live instrumentation was done by Greg and Nico from the awesome Chi-town band Kids These Days.  Also, the woman in the video is “Ms. Jacqui Jackson from the south suburbs of Chicago.”  Blended Babies is also set to provide the production for the entire Cathedral album.

Yes, you read that headline correctly.  Chicago’s Riot Fest can cost you as cheap as $18 per day, while the city’s major festival, Lollapalooza, costs more than Riot Fest’s 3-day admission price for a single day.  That’s a great deal that stays in line with the DIY attitude of most of the bands performing at the punk festival, which also plays (with different bands) in Philadelphia on the same day.

The lineup for the Chicago version of the festival was recently released, and it includes some amazing bands for such a cheap price.  Headlining the festival are hometown punks Rise Against, as well as IGGY AND THE STOOGES and ELVIS COSTELLO.  Other highlights of the lineup include awesome 80s hardcore group Descendents, the reunion of Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio’s ska band Slapstick, The Promise Ring, and the reunion of the original lineup of Chiodos.  That.  Is.  So.  AWESOME.

A 3-day pass costs just $90 while a 2-day pass costs $36.  Fans that choose the 3-day option get entrance to the 2-day festival in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, while those that purchase the 2-day option get just the former.  The full lineup for the festival in Philadelphia hasn’t been released yet, but REFUSED are topping the bill.  Check out more details via the festival’s site.  By the way, there are more bands to be announced soon..

It’s All Coming Back To Me Part 2 from The Promise Ring on Vimeo.

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about Milwaukee early-emo band The Promise Ring’s sudden and mysterious social media presence— including a Twitter account that ultimately escalated to feature the repeated hashtag #tpr2012.  Rumors of reunions spread rapidly as the band posted a strange video on a freshly created Vimeo account and continued sending cryptic tweets.  Unfortunately, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Part 2” (posted above) is even more inconclusive than Part 1.  It’s half the length of the first installment, and it pretty much just features some water, a deer and some trees.

The strangest thing about Chicago indie artist Owen isn’t that his name isn’t actually Owen (it’s actually Mike Kinsella).  Instead, it’s that the artist receives so much support from the punk community.  His latest album, Ghost Town (released November 8th), has been promoted on several punk websites alongside much heavier, louder, and faster new releases.  Fans of hardcore punk bands often consider themselves fans of Owen as well.

Lubriphonic is a 7-piece musical juggernaut hailing from the bluesy underbelly of the Chicago nightlife. Seemlessly fusing Funk, Soul, and good ol’ Rock ‘n Roll, the boys from Lubriphonic aren’t all flash – they’re one of the hardest working bands in the business! Often touring the nation more than 220 days a year, Lubriphonic has one self-appointed duty for all of their shows: to whip the crowd into a funk-fueled frenzy that doesn’t stop until last call.

Scott Feldman got a chance to chat with Lubriphonic front-man and guitarist, Giles Corey. Enjoy the interview! LISTEN to “Mixin’ In the Kitchen (Live)”, from their album, Soul-Solution!

Extended drum solos are usually saved for late in a band’s set, but Lubriphonic doesn’t play by the rules.  “Rhino,” the opening track to the group’s 2010 album The Gig Is On begins with a rapid-fire 30 second drum solo before loud horns and ultra-fast funky guitar kick in.  Just about all of the group’s skills are jam-packed into that 4-minute opening song, soulful, James Brown-esque vocals and a soaring guitar solo included.  The group doesn’t waste any time displaying a wide range of style and skill.  And once you hear what the group can do, you don’t want to stop listening.