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Album Review: Impulsive Hearts – Cry All The Time

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By Ryan Jameson Weaver Not many people know this, but Smith Westerns were an incredibly special band.  They crafted delectable teenage gospel in a way that was almost purposefully harking back to their past but proud and boastful enough that it lived on its own.  They were snotty Chicago kids encapsulating the hype machine of …

Seems there’s a burst of activity in the camp of Chicago quintet Tortoise, with the news that the band will be releasing a new album, titled ‘The Catastrophist’ and out on January 22nd next year via their label, the brilliant Thrill Jockey. They’ve garnered the support of friends such as Maple/Dead Rider’s Todd Rittman who …

It’s been three years since singe songwriter Owem Ashworth released his debut album under his Advance Base moniker, A Shut-Ins Prayer. Since then, he’s been busy on projects including a book of drawings, making beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recoding the debut single by psych-folker Mulie Byrne, contributing to Sun Kil Moon’s Beni album, and …

If, after you’ve listened to Hard Enough, the opening track on Chicago Garage Rockers The Rubs (essentially the solo project of a certain Joey Rubbish, in that he sings, writes all the songs and plays all the instruments on the record), then you’re a better person than I. Surrounding himself with Chicago’s finest DIY Garage …

We’re suckers here at Backseat Mafia for noises duo’s, and so when we discovered Chicago two piece Brontosaurus, aka Nicholas Kelley and Nicholas Papaleo, that mixed up prog, math, chamber pop into one glorious sound, we had to take a look. Well, listen. The duo have a new record, Our Animal Ways out June 9th, …

It’s difficult to imagine now. Not since Punk exploded a decade before had there been such an outcry, such a controversy in popular music. Like Punk, it was vilified in the press, accused of dragging ordinary teens into drug culture, and the inevitable casualties of the scene were accentuated for shock effect on front pages …