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Maps & Atlases: Good for directions, and also sweet tunes

In Jesse, the Rippers, and their contemporaries on March 4, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Last night marked the fourth time I have experienced numerous auditory orgasms at the hands of the math rock geniuses who perform under the band name Maps & Atlases.  Listening to their EPs or myspace is great, but when you actually see them they play their instruments, well, it’s enough to take your breath away.  And make you feel like a complete failure that you pretty much suck at any level of guitar hero above easy.  And by you, I mean me.

Bringing new meaning to kicking ass on a Tuesday night, they completely brought down the house at Southpaw, a fantastic venue that is conveniently located a mere five minute walk from my apartment.  Of course, I use the phrase “brought down the house” very loosely here; it is impossible to bring down a house when the crowd is mainly comprised of Brooklyn hipsters.   But there was often enthusiastic clapping after songs, and even several ironic high fives.

The four man band, who have been using their guitars and drums to make beautiful, unorthodox sounds since forming in Chicago back in 2004, have been a favorite of mine since my buddy Corrigan introduced me to them two years ago.

It's hard to play acoustic when your guitars are made of electricity

It's hard to play acoustic when your guitars are made of electricity

Maps’s extremely pleasurable guitar sounds are mixed wonderfully with the eccentric percussion, unleashing a sound that is in the vein of bands such as Minus the Bear and Battles, who are both fantastic themselves.  In fact, Minus the Bear’s “Absinthe Party at the Warehouse” is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.  Besides Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you,” obviously.  That’s a no brainer.

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  1. Sean

    I’m sure you enjoyed that concert almost as much I enjoyed Wang Chung at the Cumberland County Civic Center back in ’99.

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