By ERIC SCHELKOPF
It doesn't matter what label you want to put on Chicago band Maps & Atlases.
The only thing that matters is that the band is willing to tread new musical ground, as it does with its debut full-length record, "Perch Patchwork," released last June on Barsuk Records.
Maps & Atlases keeps listeners literally guessing as they are left to wonder what direction the band is heading in as each track unfolds.
Such an approach is refreshing in this day of pre-packaged music.
Listeners, however, shouldn't be intimidated by the twists and turns the album takes. Because at the end of the journey, they will be thankful that hopped on board.
Maps & Atlases, www.mapsandatlases.org, will perform March 11 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
Light Pollution and Gypsy Blood are also the bill. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $14, available at www.lincolnhallchicago.com.