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Critics Picks: 20 Favorite Chicago Rock Releases of 2012

By my completely unscientific estimation, a billion rock and/or rock-oriented albums were released by Chicago-based bands in 2012, which means that sadly, in my quest to hear all music released by local rock bands this year, I may have missed two or three titles. Of the remainder, I’ve compiled a list of twenty rock / pop / experimental releases by locally-based bands that made big impressions on me in 2012 (in alphabetical order):

Anatomy of Habit: II (Bloodlust!)
arbogast: I (Nefarious Industries)
Archie Powell and The Exports: Great Ideas In Action (Good Land Records)
Bone & Bell: Organ Fantasies EP (self)
Chandeliers: Founding Fathers (Captcha Records)
Dark Fog: The Seaside Sounds Of Dark Fog At Doctor Officer Quimby’s House (self)
Dawnbringer: Into The Lair Of The Sun God (Profound Lore)
Encrust: From Birth To Soil (Density Records)
Jar’d Loose: Goes To Purgatory (Cassette Deck)
Like Rats: ST (A389)
Locrian / Mamiffer*: Bless Them That Curse You (SIGE/Utech/Profound Lore) *Technically, Mamiffer is not a Chicago-based band, but I’m willing to bend the rules here.
The Marble Vanity: ST (Slow Fizz)
Mako Sica: Essence (La Société Expéditionnaire)
Mayor Daley: Sand Bath (Rotted Tooth Recordings)
ONO: Albino (Moniker Records)
Running: Asshole Savant (Captcha Records)
Verma: EXU (self)
ZATH: Shit Pig (Captcha Records)
Zelinople: The World Is A House On Fire (Type)

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