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Last Minute Plans: The Loneliest Monk At Reggies

By Sarah Cobarrubias in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 8, 2011 7:40PM

2011_07_LoneliestMonk.jpg Today, Chicago art rockers The Loneliest Monk released a new 7-inch single, “Hiding Places.” In the few years since forming, the cello and drum duo have been proving their knack for stunning, orchestral compositions with a stinging bite, and this new single is further proof.

“Hiding Places” is a blood-moving track with a heavy beat, rich and grinding electric cello riffs, and terse, slightly eerie feminine vocals. They slow things down for the vinyl’s B-side with “He Is The Bad One,” a densely layered, acoustic cello piece.

To celebrate the new single, The Loneliest Monk will hold a release party at Reggies tonight. Aside from their distinct sound, the band is known for theatrical live performances, complete with costumes and dramatic gestures aplenty. Also performing will be psych-pop act Stephen Paul Smoker and Flying Cars.

Loneliest Monk plays tonight, Friday, July 8 at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 S State, 8 .p.m, $12 at the door, 18+