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New releases from Sun Ray, Shining Light; The Deceptions; and Surrounded by Mice

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Sun Ray, Shining Light
"Columbus Day/Salt March" 7-inch

New instrumental post-rock from former members of Dawn Canon and Lushwell. Both songs are pretty; the A-side, "Columbus Day," is pretty stock math-y post-rock material, but the B-side, "Salt March," is an unfolding beauty. A single should leave 'em wanting more, and this one does.

-- Andy Mulkerin

SUN RAY, SHINING LIGHT 7-INCH RELEASE. 10 p.m. Sat., March 10. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield

The Deceptions
Tall Tales From Green Meadow

Character-driven folk tunes from the local four-piece; sweet songs, and well put-together. The project here was to create songs based on American life, and the goal was met. It's hard, though, to record storytelling songs with a vocal delivery that feels meaningful, and the less-than-strong vocals paired with mostly mid-tempo songs court boredom every now and again. 

-- Andy Mulkerin

THE DECEPTIONS CD RELEASE. 7 p.m. Sat., March 10. Club Café, 56 S. 12th St., South Side

Surrounded by Mice
Surrounded by Mice

Surrounded by Mice seems to draw inspiration from all over the lo-fi map — Joan of Arc, Dino Jr and Sonic Youth come to mind — and, somewhat charmingly, its ramshackle debut record sounds like it's held together with packing tape. There are some strange and jarring moments and, with nearly every unpredictable song clocking under 3 minutes, it's a wild 'n' wooly ride until you land softly in the final, extended freak-out noise jam. 

-- Margaret Welsh

SURROUNDED BY MICE CD RELEASE. 9 p.m. Thu., March 15. Howlers, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield



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