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Mars Volta Tickets Onsale Tomorrow

The Mars Volta have spooked us all with their new album The Bedlam in Goliath. A creepy back story involving evil spirits and a ouija board may be real to you or not, but it's effect on the sound of the album is indisputable. Ever-increasingly recently the album and the band have been berated for being self-indulgent and unnecessarily outrageous. But with the indie genre seemingly stuck in a rut of one guitar and a crooning, slightly caustic voice, please, please, give me the outrageous.

That outrageous can be found in the Mars Volta live act, an intense experience you will never be able to pull yourself out of. Prepare to be annihilated by the music performed to it's fullest extent. And with the new album of dark spirits, the coloring of the show should be even more extreme. The Mars Volta arrives in Chicago on their lastest tour on April 20 at the Aragon Ballroom, and tickets, going on sale tomorrow morning, will run you a mean $32.50.

Shows for this tour have been selling out quick, so you might want to pull a Ticketmaster-page-refreshing session tomorrow morning when they go on sale to the general public to ensure your opportunity for the possible haunting and guaranteed outrageous.

Show: The Mars Volta @ Aragon Ballroom, Sunday, 4/20, 7 PM
Tickets: $32.50, Onsale tomorrow, 2/16, via Ticketmaster @11 AM CST

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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