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Jan 12

The Laureates on Daytrotter

We recorded a session at Daytrotter in 2011, and it’s live on the site today! Sign up for a free trial at to listen and download the session. Also on today’s playlist are the incredible Laura Marling and Part 3 of Daytrotter’s “Best of 2011″.

Download the Daytrotter session here »

Also, keep your eyes peeled for our debut video from Spells for “Robbers”, coming out soon.

Don’t forget, Spells is available for free download at Candy Dinner.

Finally, we have a show coming up at the Double Door on January 27th with Victorian HallsFly Over StateThe Black TapeEiffel Tower. That’s 5 bands on one night, wow! RSVP HERE »

Oct 11

Beat Kitchen Next Week

We’ll be back at the Beat Kitchen next Thursday! Last show there was the record release party for Spells, and it was a blast. This time, we’ll be sharing the stage with Chicagoans On Again. Off Again and Channel Four as well as Portlandians Blue Skies for Black Hearts. Make sure you get out early…we’re on 2nd.

October 20, 2011 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
w/ On Again. Off AgainBlue Skies for Black HeartsChannel Four
Doors 8 PM | Show 8:30 PM

RSVP at Facebook here »

And as always, head over to Candy Dinner to grab a copy of our record or download Spells before the show.

See you there!

Jun 11

Spells out today – FREE download at!

Our new LP, Spells, is out today! You can grab the MP3s for free over at Candy Dinner, and you can purchase the vinyl over there as well. Go check it out here:.

Here’s what a few folks have had to say about the record so far:

“Lo-fi, brash and loud as hell, the Chicago band’s latest record proves that they can still write slick and sinister rock.”- AOL/ Spinner

“The Laureates stick to their strengths – rough-and-tumble garage rock with a power pop sheen. The songs on Spells are energetic and wild, but the band never lets things get too out of hand.”- Loud Loop Press

“Undeniable!”- Casy Meehan, Chicago Mixtape

Jun 11

Stream the new album today, get it tonight at Schubas is running a full stream of Spells today in their Listening Party section. Go check it out here:

Tonight, we’ll be at Schuba’s with Sleeper Agent and Sergio Leone. Hope to see you there!

Apr 11

MP3 Premier: Alarm Press

Listen to the track and read the original here »

“You might recognize one of The Laureates‘ multi-instrumentalists, Adam Penly, as a member of fellow Chicago rocker Paul Cary‘s band.

The song featured here, ‘Don’t Lose Your Cool,’ appears on his other group’s upcoming full-length album, Spells, which was recorded “old school” on an 8-track tape machine. It shakes off any traces of the harsh Midwest winter during which it was recorded and comes out swinging with a summery pop-rock riff replete with resonant harmonizing.

In 2010, The Laureates undertook a year-long project, recording and releasing a cover each month as part of its ‘Year of The Covers’ experiment. All of the tracks, including covers of Dinosaur Jr.,  Yo La TengoWire, and more, are available for download on the band’s website.”

Apr 10

May Cover – Sugarcube (Yo La Tengo)

Hey, it’s getting warm out so we decided to pick one of the best summer songs from one of the best summer albums of all time. I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One was a huge record for us, as I’m sure it was for a lot of you. I can remember vividly the first time I saw Ira shred a guitar on stage at Gabe’s Oasis in Iowa City. It was truly a life-changing event. Here’s our take on Yo La Tengo’s great tune, “Sugarcube”.

Listen to the right >>

Apr 10

WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: Live set recap

Evan Davies over at WFMU just posted this great entry on the WFMU blog about our live set at the station:

You can get all the links there, but if you haven’t heard the WFMU set yet, it’s available for free download at the Free Music Archive right here along with the first 7″ EP and No Kontrol. There are a few unreleased tunes on there as that will probably become a part of our next LP. You heard it from Evan’s show first!

Apr 10

Soft Boys + NY Shows

Well geeez, we forgot to post about the new cover for April! It’s The Soft Boys’ classic I Wanna Destroy You, and you can listen to it and download it right over there >>. Or if you’re looking at this from anywhere but the website, go to the website and then look over here >>.

Also, we’re getting ready to hit the road for a few shows in New York. Hope to see a lot of good friends along the way and meet some new ones too. Come out to one of the shows if you can.

Mar 10

March Cover – With a Girl Like You (The Troggs)

The cover tune for March is here, this time exclusively via Chicagoist for the first week of March. Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The Laureates don’t seem to believe in taking things easy. They just celebrated the release of their new EP No Knotrol over the weekend, and they’re currently amidst a run of releasing a free MP3 cover song to fans every month throughout 2010. January found them putting their own spin on The Velvet Underground’s ‘I Can’t Stand It’ and February’s offering was the creeping Breeders nugget ‘Do You Love Me Now.’

This month the band tackles ‘With A Girl Like You’ by primordial garage stompers The Troggs and they are releasing it exclusively through Chicagoist for the first week of March! So snag it below and kick the week of with their raw guts-n-blood take on the tune.”

Go grab it at Chicagoist now!

Feb 10


Seriously, totally free. We had a great time making this record with our friends, and we just wanted to remove another barrier to getting our music out there so more people could hear it.

Head over to to download No Kontrol for FREE!

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