Chicago rock band State & Madison released the long-awaited "We Are Two Parts of the Same Thing" on major streaming services Tuesday. - Courtesy of Chris Mullins

Sound check: New music from State & Madison; Bandcamp’s fee-free Friday

New music from State & Madison, fee-free Friday purchases at Bandcamp and finding livestreams through Facebook.

‘Two Parts’

Alternative rock band State & Madison dropped the much-anticipated “We Are Two Parts of the Same Thing” full album Tuesday on all major streaming services. The band, which has been releasing the album in parts over the last year and a half, put together a solid collection of music heavy with late-90s rock influence and exploring the interconnectedness of people and events in life. Watch for upcoming videos to accompany a couple of the songs, too.

Fee-free Friday on Bandcamp

In March, Bandcamp waived its revenue share on all music purchases for a day, giving local artists 100% of the proceeds from purchases. From midnight to midnight Friday, May 1, the online music retailer is once again waiving fees in response to lost shows and canceled tours due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So grab your wallet, beef up your music collection and help support your favorite local artists.

Chicagoland Musicians Facebook Live Broadcast Calendar

Artists from across the Chicago area are scratching that performing itch — and helping you satisfy your music cravings — with livestream performances. Musician Brian Kovacs created the Chicagoland Musicians Facebook Live Broadcast Calendar group to help performers schedule and promote live events with a regular listing of upcoming at-home shows throughout the day. Check out the group to find an artist to settle in with.

Social Distancing Presents …

Journalist Mark Guarino jumped right on the livestreaming trend as soon as venues started locking down. Since mid-March, he’s been keeping track of and sharing some great livestreamed performances from around the world, as well as having a hand in bringing some Chicago-area events straight to your devices. Visit the Social Distancing Presents Facebook page to see who’s going live soon.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at, find him on Facebookor follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).

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