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Ezra Furman & The Harpoons' rollicking pop tunes

As I listen to Chicago/NYC based Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, I can picture Mr Furman's childhood as aspiring indie rocker, the colorful sounds of early Beatles and the nasal voice of Bob Dylan on a portable record player filling his bedroom. You can hear these influences in the band's best songs such as “Take Off Your Sunglasses” with its harmonica reminiscent of “Love Me Do" or "From Me to You," and the expressive, pressing vocals, telling everyday stories with a two notes melody. Ezra's charming naivete is evidenced most as he squeals lyrics such as “I dove into your heart like a pool...” (it goes on to rhyme with “fool”) in “The Stakes Are High.” As their music evolves, this band needs to raise the stakes, listen to early John Darnielle and focus their energy on what they do best--rollicking pop tunes. Ezra Furman and the Harpoons next show will be in Chicago at Belmont Harbor on September 3. - Whitney Phaneuf

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Sarah VonderHaar @ Schubas

The album from the lovely Sarah VonderHaar is called P.D.L. Some of few (maybe one of you) might recognize Sarah from season eight of America's Next Top Model, but don’t let that distract from her music. P.D.L. is a four track ep that was recorded at three different studios, and is pure pop rock. If you are looking for a better description of Sarah’s sound look at the shows sponsor, the tween site Girl 360. The first track from the ep is called “Howling at The Moon” and is a filled jazz undertones.

VenusZine is currently running a contest that could net you two tickets to her release show on 9/2 at Schubas and a professional photo shoot.

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Kmang Kmang Debut Show @ Abbey Pub

It’s always exciting when a band makes their official stage debut, and that is what Barney Ung and Bret Swenson (aka Kmang Kmang) will be doing at Abbey Pub on August 28th. Kmang Kmang combines classical guitar with electronics and live drums. You can stream several of their demos on their myspace page, and try to get a sense of what you can expect.

Also appearing on the 28th will be 1/2 Mad Poet, Static Republic, Eiffel Tower, Remington Pettygrove, The Nobodies, and Matt Morgan. The show starts at 6pm and Kmang Kmang goes on at 9pm.

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Video: Mirror, Mirror

Unicycle Loves You released a video for the title track of their new album Mirror, Mirror. The band is celebrating the release of their on Sept. 11th at Schubas

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Songwriter's Night @ Chopin Theatre

Tonight, August 24th, Dedicated Ears presents its first Songwriter's Night at the lovely Chopin Theatre. Performers include: Brendan Losch, Gia Margaret, Paperplant, McKenzie Toma, Dan Price, Sarah Holtschlag, Musikanto, and Adem Chapman. This 21+ event gets started at 8pm and a $5 donation is suggested.

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