Maps & Atlases’ Erin Elders Talks Focus On New Album

Maps & Atlases
Perch Patchwork

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After reaching some impressive heights with the complexities among pop-like structures on their first two EPs (Trees, Swallows, Houses and You and Me and the Mountain) Chicago indie-rockers Maps & Atlases released their first full-length album, Perch Patchwork on June 29, kicking things off with a raucus, sold-out release show at Subterranean.

Fresh off a tour with Frightened Rabbits and just a few days before embarking on their first headlining U.S. tour, guitarist Erin Elders of Maps & Atlases took a few minutes to talk about the new album, what he’s listening to now and his stint as a tutor at a “rock-and-roll after-school program” with other Chicago musicians.

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Chaos For Silversun Pickups, Confusion For Against Me!

Silversun Pickups w/ Against Me!
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
July 3, 2010


Days after the Against Me! / Silversun Pickups show at the Aragon Ballroom on July 3, I’m still a bit confused about what happened in that venue for the first hour of the set. With the fairly established punk outfit Against Me! opening for Silversun Pickups-still fairly newbies in the progressive rock scene-not only was the billing confusing, but the apathy of the crowd throughout Against Me!’s entire rocking set and for long periods in Silversun Pickups’s impressive live show was downright mindboggling.


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Chicago Sweats It Out With TBS On Reunion Mini-Tour

Taking Back Sunday
Metro – Chicago, IL
June 27, 2010


Despite the mega-success they attained from their debut record in 2002, Taking Back Sunday have always been a bit of a joke for the group’s constant revolving door of members in their lineup throughout their decade-long history. Members have left, guitarists have been fired, and the band’s work ultimately suffered the more this went on, with six members of the group left in the dust along the way.

But seven years after the breakup of the Tell All Your Friends-era lineup, the original members reunited and set off for a limited six-city summer tour before heading back to the recording studio to produce a new album for the fall. The Chicago show at Metro on June 27 sold out almost immediately, and the packed bodies in the venue made for one the hottest, sweatiest, and anticipated shows of the summer-not to mention one with set climbing, banter, and an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction from vocalist Adam Lazzara.

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Maps & Atlases: Last Seen At Chicago’s Subterranean

Maps & Atlases
Subterranean – Chicago, IL
June 26, 2010

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Chicago simply adores Maps & Atlases. This much was evident at the local group’s sold-out record release show at Subterranean on June 26, with fans pacing the sidewalks outside looking to buy tickets and those inside turning the packed venue into a sweaty dance party from the get-go. Playing a mix of material from their new release, Perch Patchwork, out June 29, and their first two self-released EPs, the quartet showed that though their sound has matured and progressed from earlier days of somewhat frenzied math rock, they haven’t slowed down their high-energy live shows one bit.

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Bad Veins Shine Through Tough Chicago Crowd

Bad Veins
House of Blues-Chicago, IL
June 12, 2010

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Armed with a drum kit, a wired analog telephone, a guitar, a classic reel-to-reel tape player and a few thoughtfully placed props, Cincinatti’s latest indie export Bad Veins opened to a slightly underwhelmed crowd on June 12 at the House of Blues in Chicago, all of whom were there to watch alt-rock outfit Thrice rumble the floor with their signature hard and fast guitars. With a new LP out today on Dangerbird Records, Benjamin Davis and Sebastien Schultz are spending the next month on the road with Thrice and several other acts, and anyone slightly familiar with Bad Veins’s self-titled debut album released last year-arguably one of the best of 2009-most likely let out a Scooby Doo-style “Huh?” after reading “Thrice” and “Bad Veins” together in the same sentence. But although most of the room didn’t take too well to the duo’s orchestral, intensely catchy pop-rock set, the truth is that nobody really expected them to.

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