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Record Store Day 2014 In-store Events

Record Store Day 2014 is fast approaching, and with it swarms of vinyl-enthusiasts will find themselves spending a lot of time waiting in lines. Beneath all of the fancy reissues, Record Store Day is about buying local and supporting your neighborhood record shops.

As an incentive for those browsing their shelves in person, record stores across the country host special events and in-store performances just for RSD. We’ve rounded up a few of our most anticipated in-store performances from Milwaukee, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Chicago to point you in the right direction this Saturday.

Exclusive Company – 1669 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin independent record store, Exclusive Company, will be hosting in-store performances and special events at all seven of their WI locations. We’ll be focusing on the Milwaukee shop here, so be sure to check their website and event page for details on their other six locations.

Exclusive Company Milwaukee has a full day of music planned starting at 2:30 PM with North Carolina’s Lost In The Trees and wrapping up with a set from MKE glam/party rock group Tigernite. Also playing at 5:45 PM will be MWA favorites, Animals in Human Attire.

Lost In The Trees – 2:30 PM
Mark Waldoch – 3:30 PM
Midnight Reruns – 5:00 PM
Animals in Human Attire – 5:45 PM
Mike Benign Compulsion – 6:30 PM
Paper Holland – 7:15 PM
Tigernite – 8:00 PM

Music Saves – 15801 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH

Texas alt-rockers The Toadies will be in-store at Cleveland’s Music Saves signing CD and vinyl copies of the 20th Anniversary reissue of their 1994 debut, Rubberneck. Grab the details on the event page and catch The Toadies live at Grog Shop that night with Supersuckers and Battleme.

The Toadies – Meet & Greet – 3:00 PM

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Six Days of Vinyl Giveaways: The Fatty Acids

We’re counting down to Record Store Day, a major holiday for vinyl nerds and casual music listeners alike. Between April 14th and April 19th, Midwest Action is hosting Six Days of Vinyl Giveaways, a celebration of both Midwestern musicians and records. We gathered some vinyl, a mix of 7″s and LPs, from a few of our favorite artists. Each day, we’re giving away a single copy of an album, and on Record Store Day, we’re giving away all 5 records as a combo pack.

DAY THREE: THE FATTY ACIDS’ FULL-LENGTH LP BOLERO

The synthy lines and energetic, erratic composition of “Airsick” made it an instant favorite. Released in September of 2013, The Fatty Acids’ ambitious album Bolero is a collection of ten songs equally as catchy as the single. The outfit is arguably one of Milwaukee’s most popular, and the record is one of Milwaukee’s most blue and most marbled. Not sure what that means? Neither are we. Enter below.


The Fatty Acids Official | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
*winners will be selected and notified on April 20, 2014.

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The Peekaboos premiere new video for “Heaven’s Gate”

Even though it’s been out for over a year now, Stay Positive by The Peekaboos still finds it’s way onto my turntable fairly regularly. It’s fun, energetic, catchy, but also a little rough around the edges (in all the right ways).

The band just celebrated their two year anniversary, and they did it in style. To start off the celebration, they premiered a new video for their song “Heaven’s Gate”, complete with a big screen TV and a live show at Emporium Arcade Bar last Tuesday. They continued the festivities into the weekend with a birthday performance at Distractions/Distortions, a yearly gathering of amazing local acts that The Peekaboos helped kickstart a couple years back.

With a new album in the works and plenty of fresh material finding it’s way into their live set, their showing no sign of slowing down. Even with the anticipation of the album, it’s great to see this Peekaboos classic get a video treatment. Check it out below and get a glimpse into the 4 unique personalities that make up The Peekaboos. And of course, stay tuned for the new album coming soon.

Upcoming Shows:
May 4th @ Township
May 27th Midwest Action Party @ Empty Bottle w/Daikaiju, MAMA, & Alright Panther

The Peekaboos Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

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Six Days of Vinyl Giveaways: Saintseneca

We’re counting down to Record Store Day, a major holiday for vinyl nerds and casual music listeners alike. Between April 14th and April 19th, Midwest Action is hosting Six Days of Vinyl Giveaways, a celebration of both Midwestern musicians and records. We gathered some vinyl, a mix of 7″s and LPs, from a few of our favorite artists. Each day, we’re giving away a single copy of an album, and on Record Store Day, we’re giving away all 5 records as a combo pack.

DAY TWO: SAINTSENECA UPPERCUTTER 7″

Columbus outfit, Saintseneca, seamlessly merge folk and country motifs with soaring vocals, creating a vibrant and unique post-punk energy. This past season was filled with touring, SXSW, and their newest album, Dark Arc, out April 1 2014.

The Uppercutter 7″ was released in October of 2013. The A side features their track, “Uppercutter”, with “Visions” gracing the B side. Enter for a chance to win this album*, and then sit back and enjoy some music below.


Saintseneca Official | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
*winners will be selected and notified on April 20, 2014.

Photo by Chris Hershman.

Six Days of Vinyl Giveaways: Minor Characters

We’re counting down to Record Store Day, a major holiday for vinyl nerds and casual music listeners alike. Between April 14th and April 19th, Midwest Action is hosting Six Days of Vinyl Giveaways, a celebration of both Midwestern musicians and records. We gathered some vinyl, a mix of 7″s and LPs, from a few of our favorite artists. Each day, we’re giving away a single copy of an album, and on Record Store Day, we’re giving away all 5 records as a combo pack.

DAY ONE: MINOR CHARACTERS s/t 12″

In the three short years since their inception, Chicago’s Minor Characters have had no problem making a name for themselves. With two EPs already behind them and an LP on the horizon, the indie/pop group is only going up from here. In preparation for the rapidly approaching release of their full-length, Minor Characters teamed up with Jurassic Pop Records to put out a fantastic piece of wax.

Out last August, this 12″ is a deluxe reissue of the group’s first two EPs – 2011′s Minor Characters and 2013′s Heal Me, Healing Times. Enter below for your chance to win this double-EP on gorgeous clearwater blue vinyl.



Minor Characters Official | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
*winners will be selected and notified on April 20, 2014.

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Vinyl Thief release live music video – “Slow Down”

Last month Nashville electro-rock group, Vinyl Thief, released Stop Motion. The EP acts as a preview to the band’s upcoming full length, Fathoms, which was recorded after a successful Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2012.

In support of the EP, the quartet released a live performance music video for the track “Slow Down” filled with all of the pallets and blue/purple light you could ever need. The moody track, led by synth and piano interplay, builds slowly with the help of Grayson Proctor’s vocals to usher in its powerful third act.

You can grab a copy of the Stop Motion EP online for just $7, and if you’re in Nashville tonight, Vinyl Thief will be at The High Watt with Phin and INTL for a hometown show. Doors open at 8:00 PM and tickets to the 18+ show will cost you $7.

Vinyl Thief Official | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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FIVE x FIVE: Bonesetters

5 bloggers, 5 questions, 1 band, hand-picked by the MWA writers. Welcome to FIVE x FIVE. This week: Indianapolis surf pop quartet, Bonesetters.

Bonesetters and their brand of surf/pop/rock are no strangers to MWA – we’ve been seriously digging their latest LP, Figure It Out since it’s release. A follow-up to their Kickstarter-funded 2011 debut, SAVAGES, Figure It Out was released January 31st on vinyl and cassette through In Store Recordings and Red Rholl Recordings. Guitarist and lead vocalist, Dan Snodgrass was kind enough to answer a few of our questions for this week’s FIVE x FIVE.

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How did you get hooked up with In Store Recordings and Rhed Rholl Recordings for the release of Figure It Out? How did the process differ from the self-release of SAVAGES? | Eric Slager

We’ve been friends with both labels for awhile, now. Derek used to run a music blog called InStore which I did a few videos of acoustic songs for, and he started a label with the same name (check out S.M. Wolf and Sun Country). Thomas has released several of our friends albums and projects through Rhed Rholl (check out Shiloh and Bears of Blue River). Releasing it with a couple labels in partnership has been an easier process than SAVAGES was. We all send out to blogs and book things where we can. It’s really great being partnered with a couple of guys that believe in something, and see value in the work, and who help each other mutually.

What does the writing process look like for an average Bonesetter’s song? | Alyssa Welch

Usually Sam or I, or Sam and I, come up with a basic idea or whole song and bring it to the group. From there we get the beats for it down, make comments and change things. We’re a pretty open group. We’ve known and worked with each other for a while, so we trust one another to do what’s best for the song.

Lately, we’ve been taking a few months to hone the songs down to their best structures and parts, but in the past we’ve taken less time. When a song is what it wants to be you have to respect it!

Where does your surf/rock influence come from? Are there any specific acts, new or old, that you draw from? | Dan Jarvis

I’d say Sam is kind of the impetus for the surf influence, dating back to the track SAVAGES. Everyone comes from various backgrounds when it comes to what we listen to, though. Weezer and Beach Boys are probably the best through lines when it comes to that, with pepperings of Wilco and Broken Social Scene for good measure ( at least for Sam and I). I’ve been listening to a ton of Duane Eddy, lately. I’m trying to get better with those guitar-line melodies.

You’ve released records on just about every major format: digital, CD, vinyl & cassette. Do you have a preference or favorite format when it comes to listening to or releasing music? | Dan Fiorio

I love vinyl! The first format I’d ever listened to and the dearest to my heart. All of the formats are just as good as another, but I feel with vinyl you have the best artifact. Maybe one day we’ll release limited edition figurines with download codes, or perhaps just feed it into our brains. Until then if we can afford to press it in vinyl, we will! :)

How does your surf/pop/blues sound separate you from some of the pop rock music that is out there today? | Patrick David

Some pop songs are hooks waiting to happen, as with a lot of music now. I feel like a lot of our tunes rely on patience, and building to an interesting high point. We play the dynamics pretty hard for most, include interesting harmonies to play with the ear, and we’re constantly challenging ourselves to do something more adventurous.

Every good artist strives to differentiate themselves from recording to recording, that’s a given. We’re building the next record now, and it has roots in Figure It Out, but it’s really a different animal. We may take a little more time with where the music travels to in a song, but we want our listeners to enjoy the experience and journey with us!

You can catch Bonesetters live tomorrow night at Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL. They’ll be playing with Urbana-Champaign’s Grandkids as part of Bright Future Band Frenzy. The show kicks off at 7 PM, and you can grab tickets online for just $8.

Bonesetters Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp

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Filligar release “Photos of Madrid” 7″ Single b/w Kent Rockafeller Remix

Chicago alternative rock group Filligar have been very busy. In the last few years the guys put out their fifth studio album, Hexagon, were hand-picked by the Counting Crows to join their Outlaw Roadshow tour, and more recently traveled to Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Guyana and more as officially appointed cultural ambassadors by the US Department of State.

Seemingly not satisfied with that impressive list of milestones, the quartet is gearing up to release their first ever vinyl record – a 7″ single for the one of their newest tracks, “Photos of Madrid”.

Out just in time for Record Store Day, Filligar is pressing a limited 100 copies of the 45 in a joint release with Decade Records and Random Records. Not only is the single only going to cost you $6, but each of the 100 available pieces will be signed by the band. You can’t beat it!

The 7″ is backed with a dance remix of the track by Booklyn-based producer Kent Rockafeller, and the result is Filligar like you’ve never heard them before. Each purchase comes with an instant digital download of both tracks. So what are you waiting for?

Filligar Official | Facebook | Twitter | Order the 7″

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MWA Approved: Mitch McLaughlin at House of Blues – 4/13

Chicago’s House of Blues may be known for hosting national touring acts, but on Sunday night the venue will be filled with local Illinois talent. The show features a packed bill with six different bands/musicians taking the stage. Among them will be MWA favorite, Mitch McLaughlin.

The Homer Glen singer-songwriter released his debut EP, Mitch McLaughlin is My Best Friend, in February and the acoustic EP’s four blues and folk influenced tracks do an excellent job of showcasing McLaughlin’s storytelling and vocal abilities. Back in February, we recommended giving the track “Dove” a spin and if you missed it then, there’s no time like the present.

Playing second to last on Sunday night will be Chicago instrumental post-rock group, Rhone. In late 2012, the quartet released their debut EP, Inter Sidera. If you dig ambient and moody instrumental rock, you can’t go wrong here.

Closing out Sunday’s show will be Shorewood indie-rockers, Loud Loud. The group released their six-track debut, Solace, last February, and the album stands as a sampling of the some of the genre’s best features complete with driving percussion, ambient guitar work, and building vocals that culminate in powerful and memorable choruses.

Rounding out the six-band bill will be The Waves, Chinatown Security, and One Way. The all ages show kicks off at 5:00 PM on Sunday at the House of Blues Chicago – 329 N Dearborn. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance of the show. You can order tickets online directly from Mitch at this link.

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Remembering Kurt Cobain

Written by Chantelle Moghadam.

How does the music world pay tribute to one of the most influential people in music history, who tragically committed suicide just 20 years ago from yesterday? The answer is, in a number of ways.

Recently, photos from the crime scene where Kurt Cobain was found dead were released. Without question, these photos were a heartbreaking reminder of his death. Even those of us who weren’t even born yet are affected by such a tragedy.

But we can find solace in the fact that the music world has paid Kurt the tribute he deserves. Many artists, even those who we might not think have been influenced by him, have come forward to show respect for everything Nirvana did for the music industry and to show that we will never forget Kurt Cobain.

Here is St. Vincent covering my personal favorite from Nirvana, “Lithium”:

Regardless of what you think of 30 Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto has done some pretty great stuff with film. Here is a short clip of him playing Kurt Cobain, which he did a few years ago: