Steampunk maintenance: Imaginary Cities teases new album with cabaret-style lament

Imaginary Cities: Fall of Romance (Votiv, 5/28/13)

Formed in Winnipeg as a between-sets jam session, indie-rock group Imaginary Cities is releasing its second album, Fall of Romance, May 28 on Votiv. The group, which includes Rusty Matyas (The Waking Eyes, The Weakerthans), has a laid-back, cinematic feel that suits singer Marti Sarbit, who sounds comfortable whether performing balladry or a cabaret-style lament.

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See Chris Force and Sonnenzimmer at Public Works 2 tomorrow!

The Andrew Rafacz Gallery will finish up its weekly Speaker Series as part of Public Works 2: Art Show and Lecture Series tomorrow, Friday September 3, 2010.

Public Works will host another two-piece panel of art-industry professionals, including ALARM’s editor-in-chief Chris Force as well as graphic artists and screen-print studio owners Sonnenzimmer, featured in ALARM 35 and the inaugural issue of Design Bureau. The talks are scheduled for 7-9 p.m., followed by an hour-long reception with free beer and DJ Clerical Error.

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Design studio Sonnenzimmer teams with Insound for “10 for 10”

Chicago screen-printing studio Sonnenzimmer is an ALARM favorite. Its portfolio boasts a long list of tastefully simple poster art for bands including Yeasayer, Vox Arcana, and the Weakerthans, featuring top-notch illustration, packaging, and design. Teaming up with music-merchandise site Insound for its “10 for 10” promotion, Sonnenzimmer is now offering 10 original band posters and T-shirts.

The Insound 10 for 10 succeeds last year’s “Insound 10 Classic” project by Mike Perry, and it features some indie-rock darlings. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Beach House, Neon Indian, Liars, Titus Andronicus, Broken Social Scene, Girls, The Mountain Goats, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and Owen Pallett are all involved.

The limited-edition shirts are made by American Apparel, and the posters are signed and numbered by Sonnenzimmer, limited to 125 copies.

Be sure to check out ALARM’s feature on Sonnenzimmer in ALARM 35.

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