Maps & Atlases
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There's something to be said for a band that utilizes its musical powers for good and not for evil, in that the music is devoid of self-indulgence. In the case of Maps & Atlases, songs largely based around guitar tapping are pulled off swiftly and tastefully. With masterful guitar work played over one of the most solid rhythm sections heard within the past few years, this Chicago-spawned quartet successfully bridges the gap between indie and progressive rock. Maps & Atlases spares the pretention and gives its listeners a sound that is clean and pleasant, while stimulating as well. By doing so, Maps & Atlases has claimed its throne as one of the most prominent gems in Chicago's local music scene.

Maps & Atlases performing live at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago on May 14th, 2009.