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Review: Murder by Death’s Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon

Murder by Death: Bitter Drink, Bitter MoonMurder by Death: Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon (Bloodshot, 9/25/12)

“Lost River”

Murder by Death: “Lost River”

With its sixth full-length album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, Murder by Death has further defined its particular brand of alt-country. The recording is the band’s first for Bloodshot Records, but it marks another notable occasion: the writing contributions of multi-instrumentalist Scott Brackett (previously of Okkervil River and Shearwater), whose work on piano, trumpet, accordion, and backing vocals provide new musical details throughout.

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Concert Photos: Murder by Death @ Subterranean (Chicago, IL)

Indiana-based alt-rock quartet Murder by Death is currently touring the US with Fake Problems and Buried Beds. During the month of February, the band was joined by The Builders & The Butchers and Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets. And on April 4 of last year, Murder by Death released its fifth full-length album, Good Morning, Magpie, on Vagrant Records.

In a recent tour stop at the packed Subterranean in Chicago, cellist Sarah Balliet, clad in genre-appropriate Western wear, infused the band’s freewheeling rock with a shot of electro-country, while vocalist Adam Turla sang songs about zombies, whiskey, and the devil. Photographer Wallo Villacorta was on the scene to capture the action.

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Russian Circles, P.O.S, William Elliot Whitmore to play first Middlewest Fest

Middle-of-nowhere festivals can be real gems, and the first annual Middlewest Fest is doing what it can to get on the map. The two-day, twelve-show event in DeKalb, Illinois is ready to rock the state’s northwestern cornfields with Russian Circles and Born of Osiris recently added to its lineup.

The fest will make its debut on September 10 and 11, featuring a bevy of artists and ALARM favorites such as P.O.S. and William Elliot Whitmore. Other notable performers include Smoking PopesMurder by Death, Maps & Atlases, Mark Rose (ex-Spitalfield), and more.

What We’re Doing This Weekend

Dub Trio, photo by Bryan Sheffield
Dub Trio, photo by Bryan Sheffield

Heading the “mustn’t miss” portion of our weekend, ALARM cover artists Dub Trio return to Chicago. If we have enough time (or the ability to clone ourselves), we hope to also catch Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Calexico, the Melvins, Big Business, and a number of other musical talents.

An Albatross Signs to Eyeball, Announces Fall Release

An Albatross Signs to Eyeball, Announces Fall ReleasePennsylvanian noisecore sextet An Albatross recently signed to Eyeball Records, a label known for “discovering” bands like Thursday, My Chemical Romance, and Murder by Death. In a web exclusive interview with Revolver, vocalist Edward B. Gieda III described their forthcoming full-length on Eyeball, entitled Blessphemy…of the Peace Beast Feastgiver and the Bear Warp Kumite, as being “significantly more listenable, [with] a heavy emphasis on the power of the performances.”