Hollows release "Bobby Blueheart" 7-inch

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Hollows are a Chicago five-piece who play throwback, female-fronted pop with an ear for haunting organ that underlays the peppy "sha la la" approach. They mix '60s girl groups with '80s keys, a flair of dance punk, and more than a hint of kitsch. So, how does it all add up?

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Hamburger Help Me deliver 22-song 7"

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Music comes in all shapes and sizes. For Hamburger Help Me, it comes it short, aggressive blasts. While their ridiculous name and equally goofy cover art (consisting of several famed Garys) doesn't imply a serious musical approach, the band, featuring three-quarters of the Fuck Yeahs, aims for a full-on aural assault in a twisted, entertaining, and overtly-meta fashion.

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Tyler Jon Tyler release 7"

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Chicago's Tyler Jon Tyler is an indie pop three-piece. When listening to their New England Street 7", their skeletal approach to songwriting is on full display.

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Naked Raygun release Single #2

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When Naked Raygun was born in 1981, one can only assume the Chicago punks never intended to be releasing records in 2010. Now spanning four decades, the band's career has seen its members change and its sound develop from early hardcore to a more melodic Buzzcocks-styled approach. In that time, they have also seen rampant changes in the music industry around them, leading to the decision to make their first release of new material since 1992 come not on a long-playing CD, but as a series of 7" singles.

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Milwaukee's Drugs Dragons release new 7"

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Usually when you don't know what speed to play a record, it's not a good sign. But with "I Hate Rat People," the second release from Milwaukee's Drugs Dragons, the whole thing comes shrouded in mystery. It arrived in a photocopied, collage-art white sleeve and, upon closer inspection, there was a handwritten "33" scrawled on the one-sided record's label with a ballpoint pen. The B-side is utterly blank.

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Sticks N Stones release debut 7"

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Red Light is the first release from Milwaukee three-piece Sticks N Stones. Their name hints at nursery rhymes and bygone eras, though with also bone-breaking implications. Fittingly, they deliver garage rock that is more focused on melodic, mid-60s hooks instead of the distortion-heavy, loud-for-the-sake-of-loud that is sometimes a part of the genre.

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New Labor to release debut 7"

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Since forming in 2008, the New Labor has played throughout town without any recorded material. That will soon change with a September 4th release show at the Hexagon.

"From time to time," singer Andy Bauer explains, "we'll take a month or two off to fuck around with other stuff like water skiing in Tommy Bartlett's ski show or learning to juggle while riding a unicycle or whatever." That lack of focus on a single subject just may explain the spastic nature of their self-titled debut.

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Dynamiters and Double Bird release split 7"

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Both songs on this split between the Dynamiters and Double Bird may have some exotic elements to their titles, but the music is strictly down-to-earth rock. From the homemade cover art to the basic layout of band/song title only, the record screams that the music is here to speak for itself. While both bands are relatively new, they are comprised of scene veterans.

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Goodnight Loving release 'Nothing Conquers Us'

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The 7" Review blog has seen its share of punk bands of late--in large part because that's a genre that utilizes the short-play format more frequently. This edition brings a little more variety to the table in Milwaukee's The Goodnight Loving. The band just released a full-length companion to their Nothing Conquers Us 7" on Dirtnap Records.

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Canadian Rifle release Facts EP

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On the heels of their full-length Visibility Zero, Facts is a new ep from the DIY Chicago three-piece Canadian Rifle. The 7" is a three song noisy punk affair.

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