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From our Open Blog: Warm Ones

Warm Ones is the brevity that speaks in perfect harmony. Equal parts after-school special, adult film and Polish- style buffet, the Chicago four-piece specializes in aggressively catchy indie rock songs that range from bubble gum pop, found on such tracks as “Small Spies” and “Love For A Week” - to noisy garage riffs like “Bacteriostatic”. The band is as experimental as it is grounded in simplicity and the result has been strong songs, dynamic recordings and memorable melodies. On Jan 21st, 2010, Warm Ones released their debut full length album "Sprezzatura" to a packed house at the Hideout in Chicago. In the two weeks since it's release, the album has already received positive reviews from Tribune writer Matt Pais in Metromix and the Redeye, and received airplay on 93XRT courtesy of Richard Milne, who described the Warm Ones record as one of his favorite releases of the year so far.

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Sonoi on Weathervane

Sonoi is releasing their self-titling debut album on Low Transit Industries in April. Here is another look at the band and the behind the scenes recording of the track “Micro-Colleseum” by the site Weathervane.

Sonoi is performing at The Whistler with Judson Claiborne and Eiren Caffall on March 5th.

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Viet Cling of Laugh

What do you get when you cross found footage from the "metal madness" guitar instruction VHS cassette and Charlie Deets? The results are above, and if you haven’t checked out the new album from Charlie Deets, The Power of Suggestion, do it today.

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Cobalt and the Hired Guns @ the Metro on 2/19

A life is made up of time, some points more definitive than others; for Cobalt and the Hired Guns, opening for State Radio at the Metro on February 19th will certainly be an unforgettable set of moments.

To play on the same bill has been a long time dream of Chicago band, 'Cobalt', a bunch of guys passionate about music and environmentalism. Their upbeat songs and ebullient stage presence has given them the opportunity to tour and share the stage with other big names like Dashboard Confessional and I Fight Dragons.

State Radio, formed in 2002 by former member of Dispatch, Chad Stokes, plays anthemic Americana. A band also bent on using their musical influence to for societal betterment, State Radio has undoubtedly made a stamp on both the sound and mission of Cobalt and the Hired Guns.

Check out Cobalt and State Radio February 19th at the Metro. All Ages, tickets $21. Doors at 6pm and show at 7pm. - Erin Keane

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Ok Go on Fuel TV

You know you’re big time when… It seems like a set up to a punchline, but the truth as soon as Ok Go hit those treadmills they became “big time”. Their latest trick is a partnership with Gibson Guitars that has now found them playing on Fuel TV tomorrow night with their ultra-customized Gibson guitars. Ok Go will be performing song from their latest album Of The Blue Colour of the Sky with their new equipment that have been modified with interactive laser systems that respond to the playing of the strings, which then project abstract images that are graphic interpretations of the music. The group collaborated with artist Moritz Waldemeyer and Fendi to create these incredibly elegant and wholly unique instruments. The instruments will make their TV debut on Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit” tomorrow night (Feb. 18th) at 8:00pm.

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