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Preview: Cults @ Empty Bottle, 4/7/11

[Submitted by Rachel Angres -- a music enthusiast and creative writing teacher. She is also a three time thumb war champion.]

Cults, the boy-girl pop duo, recently announced the release of their highly anticipated self-titled album, which will be available in May 2011. The track titled "Go Outside" off the 7" Cults: Go Outside quickly became an anthem for the indie community. The style is campy, with delicate layering of woodblocks, glockenspiels, marimba and other bells and whistles that add to their distinctive style.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York and signed to Family Forest Records, Cults have cultivated a similar following to Peter, Bjorn & John, with a frenzied single that hooked listeners immediately. This modish movement could be accredited to the catchy harmonies of lead vocalist, darling Madeline Follin, who sings triumphantly to the shock and awe of the audience. Many are beguiled and baffled that her fragile figure can resonate such a strong voice. She sings alongside Guitarist Brian Oblivion, whose vocals amalgamate with Follin precisely. The two are notorious for energetic, poetic and endearing live performances and the cadence alone will generate such immediate warmth to the audience.

Cults will be performing at the Empty Bottle with openers Magic Kids and Superhumanoids on Thursday, April 7th. Tickets are $12. Showtime is 9:30pm. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL, 773-276-3600.

-Rachel Angres

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