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Sick Gazelle "Odum"

Experimental Jazz Trio Sick Gazelle recently released the lead single, “Atlantic”, from their forthcoming debut album, Odum. The album is set to be released via War Crime Recordings on May 3rd, and was fully improvised as good Chicago jazz should be.

Sick Gazelle is the work of long time Chicago musicians and friends Eric Block (Saturna) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) with legendary drummer (Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kil Moon)

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New Track: "Observatories" - Jeff Zeigler & Dash Lewis

“Observatories” is the latest collaboration between Jeff Zeigler (Valley Exit, Inlets, Arc in Round) & Dash Lewis (Gardener). Synth-fueled atmospherics envelope as one explores a pensive, pacifying state. The rhythmic, percussive motion steadies as the soft, bright touches of keys accent. Take it all in - just a little somethin' to help ease ya into your day. You can also find them opening for Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore this Monday, April 29 at Johnny Brenda's.

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New Body Meat Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Body Meat is the musical alias of Christopher Taylor, whose newest release Truck Music represents a radical departure in vision from their earlier rock-oriented works. Backed by an evolving cast of players, the most recent iteration of the project features Mathew Anderegg on percussion. The constant volley of rhythmic samples and synths hammer the listener with the driving force of post-punk played out through an R&B lens. On the whole, Truck Music is more groove than grind - the momentum behind each track favors danceability over thrashing. Recordings like “No Garden” eek out traces of James Blake’s early works, reconfiguring sounds from the post-dub movement of the early 2010’s into music that is absolutely refreshing. Truck Music feels progressive, in that it is creatively expansive with little regard for boundaries, and yet the new direction feels wholly intuitive and natural. (Photo by Daniel Brennan)  - Josh Kelly

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Gina Biver's “Mirror” is 2spooky

The Fuse Ensemble achieves full spookiness on “Mirror” from The Music of Gina Biver. The track features a discordant string/piano thing with Gina Biver intoning, “something looks back each time I move, oh demon mask, sad, turned down mouth” from American poet Colette Inez's poem “Empress in the Mirror.” In all, the creative mixing and pleasantly random improvisation is able to get the spooky sound, or as the liner notes put it, “awakening new shapes and realities while the repetitive nature of the Biver’s electric guitar maintains an underlying continuing, eternal presence.”

I could see some cool audio/visual collab on this one.

-Mike Dranove

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Morgan Pirtle "Muse"

Jazz Vocalist Morgan Pirtle will be releasing her debut EP, “Muse”, tomorrow, April 18th. Sofar Chicago recently released a video of her performing “Not For Me” from the EP live, and it captures perfectly the way Morgan blends Jazz, Pop, and Folk.

You can help Morgan celebrate the release of “Muse” on April 19th The Red Room with Jimmie “JJ” Jeter.

Photo by Orel Cholette

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