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Chicago prog-rock icons Cheer-Accident achieve a new apex nearly four decades into their career with Fades

Cheer-Accident has been Chicago’s most ambitious and versatile prog-rock band for decades, but within the sprawl of its intricate arrangements and bizarre humor the beauty and tunefulness of much of its material can get lost. If anything characterizes the band’s new album, Fades (Skin Graft), it’s those melodic gifts: on opening track “Done,” one of […]

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With Putting Off Death, their first album in six years, veteran art-rock oddballs Cheer-Accident continue to confound

Drummer Thymme Jones has been pushing Chicago’s most unpredictable art-rock band, Cheer-­Accident, in unexpected directions for more than three decades. On Putting Off Death (Cuneiform)—the band’s first album in six years—Cheer-Accident both embrace and mock their prog-rock roots. Jones’s outfit has already explored gorgeously refined piano-driven melodies such as the one that animates album opener […]