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Energetic. Raw. Powerful. Melodic. Intense. Rock.

These are words that have been used to describe Algren, a fresh rock band from Chicago that has burst onto the local music scene with their unique blend of introspective lyrics, searing guitar riffs, grooving rhythms and dynamic songwriting.

Algren formed in late 2006 and hit the ground running, quickly building a strong repertoire of alternative/indie rock songs. Known for their inspiringly energetic sets, Algren played gigs at numerous Chicagoland bars and clubs throughout 2007 and 2008, including highlight performances at Double Door, Cubby Bear, Elbo Room, and the Downers Grove Heritage Fest. The band is quickly building up a devoted fan base with the help of various media outlets, such as Q101, 97.9 The Loop, Fearless Radio, the Red Eye, Rock Chicago on CANTV-19, and The Local Tourist. Algren is also a member of Chicago Noise Machine, the consortium of local bands that also includes A Birdsong Valentine, Bullet Called Life, Echoson, Heavy the Fall, Lucid Ground, Reverie, 72 Hours, and Simplistic Urge.

All four members are dedicated and driven musicians, performers, and promoters looking to make a name for themselves in the regional and national market while performing the music they love. The group just finished recording their first full-length album, "A Wayward Sound Floods the Streets," and will release it in May 2009. More information on the album and band can be found at www.waywardsound.com.
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Algren Farewell Show
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 27 Oct 2009 06:46 PM
After much consideration and deliberation, Chicago rock band Algren has decided to call it quits. The split is completely amicable and we remain close friends but the time has come to go our separate ways. We had a great run and will take a load of wonderful memories with us. We appreciate the support, friendship, and love you have given over the years and would like you to celebrate with us once more. Algren will play a farewell show on Friday, November 20 at Elbo Room, our favorite and most frequented venue, where we always feel comfortable and play like there’s no tomorrow. We will be performing with our good friends and fellow Chicago Noise Machine members 72 Hours.

I AM Fest 6/13/09
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 06 Apr 2009 12:53 PM
Chicago Noise Machine presents I AM Fest, an all-day celebration of LOCAL musicians, artists, and filmmakers taking place at the Congress Theatre. Check www.iamfest.com for more info and tickets. Congress Theatre 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 312-276-1235 www.congresschicago.com

Album and Graphic Novel Release Show 5/9/09
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 06 Apr 2009 12:53 PM
Algren releases their debut album, “A Wayward Sound Floods the Streets” at the Double Door playing along with Makeshift Prodigy, The Evening Redness, and Arma. Check www.waywardsound.com for more info about the album and accompanying graphic novel. Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL www.doubledoor.com

Valpo Spring Weekend 4/25/09
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 06 Apr 2009 12:51 PM
Algren returns to Valpo to rock the university’s Spring Weekend. Free show with great drink special at this campus joint. Guitarist Jonathan Iseman once broke his hand punching out a car window in the parking lot. Good times. Duffy’s Place 1154 Axe Avenue Valparaiso, IN 46383 www.myspace.com/duffys_place

Algren Album and Graphic Novel Release 4/4/09
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 14 Feb 2009 03:25 PM
Algren’s album and graphic novel release show at Reggie's Rock Club (www.reggieslive.com), 17+. More info TBA. It will be huge.

St. Baldrick's Pediatric Benefit 3/21/09
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 14 Feb 2009 03:23 PM
Algren will be performing at a St. Baldrick’s pediatric cancer benefit show hosted by the Indianapolis Jaycees. It will be taking at Earth House, a new arts collective in in downtown Indy, and also feature music by Borrow Tomorrow (www.myspace.com/borrowtomorrowband) and 1 more TBA. There will also be some head-shaving of course in St. Baldrick’s tradition. There is no cover charge, but there is a $5-10 suggested donation. The Indy Jaycees are hoping to raise even more this year so let’s help them out! More information can be found at www.indyjaycees.org. If you can’t make the show but would like to help, the Indianapolis Jaycees will have a donation page set up soon.

St. Patty's Weekend Show at Bobby McGee's 3/13/09
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 14 Feb 2009 03:22 PM
Algren is playing with A Friend Called Fire, Assimilation, and Rain at this southwest side pub (which used to be Lot 4). Algren plays third at about 10:30pm. No cover! St. Patty’s Day weekend!

Algren, Echo Son, 72 Hours at Elbo Room 2/27/09
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 14 Feb 2009 03:20 PM
Algren plays with fellow Chicago Noise Machine members 72 Hours and Echo Son as well as Glittermouse and Oakley Skim. Many of you know that the Elbo Room (2871 N. Lincoln in Chicago) is one of our favorite venues and we always play our best shows there. Plus, it’s our first show back after the album recording so we’re pumped to be playing again. We’ll be debuting 2 brand new songs! 21+ www.elboroomchicago.com)

Algren at Red Line Tap on Dec 13
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 29 Nov 2008 10:55 PM
Algren will be field-testing a number of brand new songs in preparation for their January album recording. They are fresh off their sell out Cubby Bear show with Chicago Noise Machine. Also performing are Audiobon, Commodes, and Sincerely Calvin. Red Line Tap is located at 7006 N. Glenwood Ave in Rogers Park, near Loyola University, just steps from the Morse stop on the Red Line. Show starts at 9pm, $5 cover, 21+

Algren at Cubby Bear on Friday, Nov 14
POSTED BY: Algren POSTED ON: 14 Sep 2008 03:54 PM
Chicago Noise Machine begins..... Algren is pleased to be part of the inaugural Chicago Noise Machine showcase, taking place at the Cubby Bear on Nov 14. This is the start of a huge Chicago music scene that will explode in the next year so experience it from the beginning. Algren will join Lucid Ground, A Birdsong Valentine, Simplistic Urge, Echoson, Reverie, Bullet Called Life, 72Hours, and Heavy the Fall to rock your faces off all night long and officially start the movement that will become Chicago Noise Machine. That’s 9 incredible bands for just $10 at a great sounding venue. We’ll be handing out a compilation album featuring the bands with some other goodies as well. Even more info to come! Venue: Cubby Bear Address: 1059 W. Addison St. in Chicago, IL Cost: $10 Time: 8:00pm Directions: 90/94 to Addison exit, head east; Red line to Addison stop; Clark or Addison bus

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