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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chicago band The Congregation releases first album


By ERIC SCHELKOPF
 
Chicago garage soul band The Congregation got its music out to more people this summer by opening for the likes of Wilco, The Flaming Lips and Garbage.

Now, The Congregation is likely to keep those people in their seats through the release of their first full-length album, "Right Now Everything."

The CD kicks off in celebratory fashion with the rollicking title track, where lead singer Gina Bloom gives listener a taste of her explosive and expressive vocals.

"Right Now Everything" showcases the band's myriad of influences, with enough soul and rock to keep all music fans happy.

The Congregation will celebrate the release of the new album by performing Sept. 28 at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

Chicago bands The Shams Band and The Sometimes Family also are part of the bill, with DJ sets by DJRC. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $12, available at www.martyrslive.com.