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An Interview with Houses

I caught up with Dexter and Megan from Houses at SXSW last month after their performance at the Mohawk. The band’s second album “A Quiet Darkness” has been released today and is worth a listen. You can purchase the album here. Read on to learn about the inspiration for the album, the band’s most awkward comparison as well as their favorite spot in Chicago.

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Kids These Days – Traphouse Rock (Download)

The long awaited Traphouse Rock has finally dropped. Featuring production from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, the album has 15 tracks highlighting the different talents of the group, lead vocalist/guitarist Liam Cunningham, emcee Vic Mensa, vocalist Macie Stewart, bassist Lane Beckstrom, drummer Greg Landfair, trumpet player Nico Segal, and trombone player J.P. Floyd. Chance the Rapper gets the sole guest verse. Make sure to give the band some love and download the album!

A Letter From Liam Cunningham to the Listener


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Kids These Days “Bud Biliken”

Another track off the sure to be classic, Traphouse Rock. Name another band currently killin it like Kids These Days… not even 20, touring all over the US after shutting down Conan, with incomparable-to-anyone music. It can’t be done. If Derrick Rose is Chicago’s Bull, Kids These Days are slowly growing into Chicago’s band. Check it out!

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Pygmalion Music Festival: An Interview With Founder Seth Fein

Although writing about the final festival of the summer season brings me down a bit, just looking at the Pygmalion 2012 lineup makes it all better. Festival founder Seth Fein has jam packed the 3 day festival with the big name likes of Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells, and Best Coast, along with local acts Common Loon, Elsinore, and Santah. 54 bands will make their way to the Champaign-Urbana area overall, and you can catch all of them for the price of $100. To buy a festival pass, click here.

The great man that brings all of this to the generally quiet (maybe not quiet anymore) college town is Seth Fein. The Smile Politely founder (Champaign-Urbana’s independent online magazine) and Nicodemus Agency owner is a very busy man, as the titles show. Luckily he answered a couple questions for ACITM, which should help you learn more about the festival and CU’s musical savior himself. Check it out after the jump!

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Week that Was (6-14-12 to 6-20-12)

A real “Week that Was” for the first time in nearly a month. Keep the music flowing in, we’re loving the stuff we’ve been getting. Enjoy this horrid humidity with some new music from some of the best artists currently doing it.

Noosa – Sail

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The Temper Trap/Empires @ Lincoln Hall (Pictures & Review)

When you have someone that flew in from Hawaii just to see a band standing to your left, and someone visiting from San Francisco there for the same reason to your right, you know you’re in for something special. That was the case Saturday at the sold out Lincoln Hall, where the Temper Trap was in town for the second straight night.

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A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Schubas March 23rd (3/23)

In town this Thursday is Brooklyn’s very own A Great Big Pile of Leaves. Fresh off playing 8 shows in 4 days at South by Southwest, the New York indie-rock band stops by Schubas Tavern with friends Mansions and Young Statues. With tickets only $8 in advance and $10 at the door, make sure to stop by at 9 for a night filled with great tunes from an up and coming band.

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Week that Was (2-16-12 to 2-22-12)

You know the deal…except this time I have a little more variety for you to choose from. Busy week for music, let me know if I missed anything! The starred songs were my favorite from the week that was. Enjoy!

*Santigold – Disparate Youth

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VOTW: Kids These Days-Clear Eyes

Not much needs to be said about this weeks video of the week. Embodies every part of what we look for in this weekly segment. Make sure you check it out.

Kids These Days – Clear Eyes

Directed and shot by Austin Vesely of Elephilms. Take a look at their Vimeo page, a lot of good stuff.

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