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Heavier late than never

Anatomy of Habit’s delayed debut hits stores this week. Plus: Marketa Irglova and Tim Iseler wrap up their season in Chicago, and I Fight Dragons levels up to the majors

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Heavy-as-fuck five-piece Anatomy of Habit has been one of the city's best live units since its inception nearly three years ago. The group includes several local luminaries—among them vocalist Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded), guitarist Greg Ratajczak (Plague Bringer), and drummer Dylan Posa (Three Cheers for One Dead Man, ex-Cheer-Accident)—and they bash out furious, doomy hate metal that sounds like it's been crossbred with postpunk dirges and gothic torch songs. The band expected to have its self-titled debut on hand for its show with Secret Chiefs 3 at the Empty Bottle last weekend, but the records didn't arrive in time. Anatomy of a bummer! The guys tell Gossip Wolf that they've got the vinyl now, and that local record stores should have copies later this week. It's totally recommended!

Another one flies the coop: Marketa Irglova's time as a Chicagoan lasted, well, roughly a season. This week the Swell Season front woman and her new husband, longtime Soma engineer Tim Iseler, moved to Irglova's home in Brooklyn, but the two will spend much of the rest of the year on the road. On October 11 Anti- will release Irglova's solo debut, Anar (which the couple produced), and Iseler plays bass in her backing band; this winter Irglova also became a member of Iron & Wine.

For some reason, Chicago chiptune-rock group I Fight Dragons signed to Atlantic subsidiary Photo Finish early last year. Didn't they hear that major labels are dead? And hasn't what's left of the record industry decided that bands who crib sounds from Nintendo games like Legend of Zelda and plop them into mediocre pop-punk songs are a poor investment? Apparently not! On October 25 the band will release their debut album, Kaboom!, which they spent the past year recording with producer Matt Mahaffey (he's played with Lupe Fiasco, Beck, and Har Mar Superstar) and imaginary guest engineers Mario and Wario. Don't forget to blow on the end of the CD before you put it in! —Jessica Hopper and J.R. Nelson

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