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Via Chicago: Urge Overkill returns, Disturbed, Lupe Fiasco, the Sea & Cake

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urgeoversub.jpgUrge Overkill, "Rock & Roll Submarine" -- Those occasional appearances by Chicago's once-storied Urge Overkill during the last several years have been intermittent preparation for this new album, out Tuesday, the band's first since 1995's "Exit the Dragon." The band flamed out after the "Pulp Fiction" exposure ("Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"), but leaders Nash Kato and Eddie Roeser have wisely eased back into things without too much pomp. Now we'll see if the new songs have the same stomp.

In concert: Urge Overkill plays a show May 20 at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake.

New Disturbed song
Chicago hard-rock band Disturbed made available a new song last week, "3," and proceeds from its 99-cent sales support the Damien Echols Defense Fund supporting the case of the Memphis Three. Hear the song and learn more here.

New Lupe Fiasco video
How fitting that Osama bin Laden was taken down the same week beleaguered Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco released a new video to a song in which he says, of Muslim terrorists, "Murdering is not Islam / and you are not observant." A Muslim himself, Fiasco spouts harsh truths and a few conspiracy theories in this song, featuring singer Skylar Grey, from his latest album "Lasers," and the images and narrative are bleak and dystopian -- a mix of Orwell and "12 Monkeys."

Watch it here ...

Tiding over
Chicago's ambitious pop composers the Sea & Cake offer up a "min-album" this week, "The Moonlight Butterfly," six new tracks that step back from the delightful amped-up rock approach on the last album, 2008's "Car Alarm." Other than that, it's the same breezy, breathy pop. A full-length record is still expected later this year or next.

In concert: Hear these true local originals May 21 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western.

BTW, I like these guys
I've raved recently about the new album from Ezra Furman & the Harpoons (such a nice lil' genius). I'll refrain from going on some more, but here's the new video for the title track, "Mysterious Power" ...

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