Bear Claw is a three piece, Steve Albini-produced rock band from Chicago
consisting of two basses, drums and vocals. They rock in the grand
tradition of midwestern bands like the Jesus Lizard and Albini's own Big
Black. The new album, Refuse This Gift, is out on Sickroom Records, Oct.
Self-Evident from Minneapolis are a long-running tour machine that deliver
math-rock that travels between jazzy and noisy in a heartbeat.
The United Sons of Toil are a collective deeply rooted in the grinding
noise and math rock that bubbled up from the Midwest during the mid '90s.
This is not suggest that the Sons are a retro band in any sense, simply
that the hoarse vocals, guitar damage, starts and stops, and
sometimes-convoluted arrangements and time signatures hark back to a time
when labels like Touch and Go, AmRep, and Dischord lorded over the
Mr. Gnome recorded with Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age) and should
get the all the hipsters' panties in bunches.