Go to Maps and Atlases’ website (mapsandatlases.org) and you’ll see evidence that this art rock band from Chicago takes every aspect of their music very seriously. From the handwritten lyric pages to their pastoral album art, and mathmatically precise music, their vision of instrumentally diverse, rustic indie rock is quite thematically cohesive. Though the four piece has been playing music together since 2004, they released their debut full length record, Perch Patchwork, just this past summer on Barsuk Records. The album’s dusty, organic vibe is developed through distant, layered vocals, delicate acoustic and electric guitar tones, and lyrics like “when I slept on the solid ground near your house, I could feel its weary muscles under the dirt,” from “Solid Ground,” a rhythmic, Grizzly Bear-like track about finding hope in another soul. They may not be a household name yet, but their warm, folk-laced indie rock is like comfort food for the ears and will hopefully draw some much deserved attenion to this hardworking group of virtuosic musicians. Catch them when they make their way to Babeville’s Ninth Ward this Friday (April 15), with fellow Chicago indie rockers Gypsyblood. —cory perla
7pm. Babeville’s Ninth Ward, 341 Delaware Ave. (888-223-6000 / babevillebuffalo.com) $13.