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After four years Volcano! finally releases a new album. Plus: A changing of the Rabble, news from How to Dress Well, and more

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Volcano! has finished up all its Paperwork with a new album

Volcano! has finished up all its Paperwork with a new album

Stephanie Bassos

Local experimental rock band Volcano! released its excellent sophomore album, Paperwork, back in 2008—that's aeons ago in wolf years—and this Tuesday the long wait for a follow-up finally came to an end. Front man Aaron With says the new album, called Piñata, builds on a style of pop songwriting he and his bandmates have been working toward for a little while. "Paperwork got us halfway there, and Piñata's sort of our next attempt at polishing that up a bit further," he says. Volcano! will celebrate the release of Piñata with a free show at the Empty Bottle on Mon 6/18; Like Pioneers and Songs for Gods open.

How to Dress Well main man Tom Krell was spotted at the Tastee Freez in Logan Square on Sunday night sipping a cold drink—perhaps he was enjoying Gossip Wolf's fave, the strawberry malt. Krell is in the middle of a short tour and recently announced that the next HTDW full-length, Total Loss, will drop this fall on Acephale.

Rabble Rabble announced a lineup change last week via Facebook: guitarist Todd McCafrey is out, to be replaced by Andrew Kettering of the Great Society Mind Destroyers. The remaining members of the band were mum on the reasons for the split, which of course invites close scrutiny of the yearbook-style sign-off they used on Facebook: "We had some amazing times that will never be forgotten. We love you Todd." What, no "Stay cool and have an awesome summer"? The band's first show with Kettering is Sun 6/17 at the Double Door, opening for the Reigning Sound (who are written up in Soundboard).

On Tue 6/19 LiveWire Lounge debuts a monthly series called Night Dreams, geared toward showcasing the latest in "electronic media." The lineup includes Chemtrails, Gel Set, a new project called the Alienists from Panicsville's Andy Ortmann and Sky Limousine's Josh Burke (who's also the series organizer), and Positive Shadow. Ortmann will DJ between sets, and the music starts at 9 PM.

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