Indie Rock (Chicago)
Singer/songwriter David McMillan began the songs on The Atlas as a solo side project, but they quickly required an actual band, and so Fort Frances was assembled to describe McMillan’s indescribable compositions. McMillan, Aaron Kiser and Jeff Piper crafted a palpable atmosphere and an elegiac melancholy on The Atlas, marrying Fort Frances’ Beatles influences to a solid Midwestern perspective, coming out of the process with an album that is as powerful and effecting as anything touted by labels or press as eligible for best of year consideration.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: A trio of Beatles historians arranges a summit meeting between eels’ Mark Everett and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)