Kal Marks's Life Is Murder is one of the more refreshing albums I've heard so far this year. The Boston band began as the solo project of the uniquely-voiced Carl Shane and are now a trio. On Life Is Murder, the three-piece flip flop from rich and scuzzy indie rock to some really pretty sections. When those pretty sections do arise, Shane makes sure transition back to fuzzy riffs with choice lines likes "your feelings always hurt / feelings, fucking feelings" and "one day the sky will open / and on that day I'll be happy." Life Is Murder doesn't hit stores until September 17 via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf, but you can take a listen to the LP in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

Shane and co. will be heading out on a fall U.S. tour later this month in support of their new album. That tour includes a pair of Chicago shows: Wally World on September 30 with Tom Blacklung and a stacked-as-hell gig at The Observatory on October 4 with Geronimo!, The New Diet, Meat Wave, and My Dad. More information on those shows is forthcoming.

All known Kal Marks dates and a stream of Life Is Murder lie after the jump...

Kal Marks -- Life Is Murder (via Stereogum)

Kal Marks -- 2013 Tour Dates
09/19 Bard College @ Root Cellar w/ Lives of the Obscure
09/20 Baltimore @ Club K w/ Two Inch Astronaut & Hive Bent
09/21 Harrisonburg VA. Crayola House w/ Skimask, Malatese & New England Patriots
09/22 Richmond VA. @ BOYZHOUSE w/ Starfish Prime, Lil Huffy
09/23 Greensboro NC. @ TYP HAUS w/ Dumpster
09/24 Asheville NC @ Apothecary w/ Doomster, Onj
09/25 Murfreesboro @ Rack City w/ Boyfriend & more tba
09/26 Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox Tavern w/ TWIN PEAKS, Music Band, Faux Ferocious
09/27-28 Louisville KY Cropped Out
09/29 St. Louis, MO @ CBGB
09/30 Chicago @ Wally World w/ Tom Blacklung and more TBA
10/01 Iowa City Trumpet Blossom Cafe w/ Blues Control, Alex Body, Bleeds
10/02 Minneapolis TBA
10/03 Milwaukee @ Quarters w/ Appleseeds
10/04 Chicago @ Observatory w/ Geronimo! The New Diet, Meat Wave, My Dad
10/05 Kalamazoo MI. @ Milhouse
10/06 Columbus OH. @ Treebar w/ Graves, Churchcamp
10/07 Pittsburgh TBA
10/08 Philadelphia @ Connie's Ric Rac
10/09 New Brunswick Cooler Ranch w/ Knights Templar, Sink Tapes, Harmoos
10/10 BROOKLYN shea stadium w/ LVL UP, Palehound, Frankie Cosmos
10/11 SUNY PURCHASE w/ Poverty Hallow
10/12 Cambridge MA. @ The Elks Lodge w/ Pile, Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks, Krill
10/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery (CMJ)
10/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn (CMJ)

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