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A pair of new acts on Chicago’s Trouble in Mind imprint update scrappy 90s indie rock with shaggy pop melodies

This double bill of recent signees to Chicago’s invaluable Trouble in Mind imprint reflects the label’s knack for locating bands that evoke the heyday of 80s and 90s indie rock and convey a shaggy charm and melodic generosity that’s often missing in today’s underground scene. Chicago’s Ethers features four musicians who’ve been banging around for […]

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With their stark but powerful melodies Ethers are much less subtle than they may seem

Though reckless garage-rock foursome Heavy Times weathered several mutations, one consistent component of the band was the subtle, yet heady hooks in underrated frontman Bo Hansen’s songwriting. A second was his charming, cynical onstage banter. Luckily, with his newest venture, Ethers, both of these qualities remain firmly intact. More solemn and dare I say reflective […]