The last few weeks have been really exciting for LMB especially here in Chicago where both Mitch and I call home. Not only did the blog get its wish — it has to do with a certain band — but we’ve been ironing out a relationship with Metro Chicago to get more and more great music to this city. And more importantly get more people to see said music. For the foreseeable future, LMB will be promoting shows at the Metro and we’ve got three great concerts on the slate through the end of the year.

What this means for our readers is that we’ll be throwing some tickets around for free — or more accurately for your wonderful comments — showcasing some great bands both old and new on the site, and possibly having some great giveaways aside from the tickets. The three shows that we’ll be supporting in the next three months are Crystal Castles, Lymbyc Systym on 10/25, Calexico on 11/21 and CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) on 12/14. We’re very excited about all three of these shows and if you follow the jump you can hear about the first upcoming date with Crystal Castles and Lymbyc Systym. 

Crystal Castles are a force in electronic music these days and takes on a genre that is aptly called “thrash”; it claims all of the energy and dislocation of punk music while holding dear to the fundamentals of house and techno. They border noise rock on one side and new wave on the other. I had the delight to see them way back in March and they did very little to disappoint. LMB is really excited to present such an up and coming band. Fans of electronic music, punk, and the harder sides of rock would be crazy to miss out on the duo from Toronto.

Lymbyc Systym, who opens for the Crystal Castles, are an old favorite of the site. Brothers Jared and Mike Bell meld drums and keys into a rush of sonic energy. The post rock duo has met much critical acclaim for both Love Your Abuser and Carved by Glaciers. Taking advantage of loops and pure exuberance the two build on textures in much the same way Explosions in the Sky and the Benevento/Russo Duo are know to do. The combination of these two bands are a definitive not miss in this fall’s concert season.