Maps & Atlases, give in to your desires

3 Jan

This past Sunday night, a return to Schuba’s tavern resulted in a 3.5/5 star show by Chicago’s Maps & Atlases.

A summary in 50 words or less: I got the impression they would have liked to play a purely-instrumental jam session and abandoned that whole “lyrics” nonsense. Maps & Atlases, as a member of your audience, I WOULD FULLY SUPPORT THIS DECISION. No-lyric songs = some truly intense music.

The show was opened by Gypsyblood. I spent half the time being impressed by the twist they put on what risked being mind-numbingly generic rock and half the time being impressed by how much their guitar player was into each song.

Check back next Tuesday (Jan. 8) for an interview with the Chicago band Passerines.

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