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Gentleman Auction House

Bands containing many members — we're talking enough to populate a football team here — are still in vogue in the indie-rock world. And while the seven-member collective Gentleman Auction House is only large enough to populate a smallish basketball squad, its orchestral indie-rock is making incredibly loud noise outside of St. Louis. The buzz began at this year's SXSW, when a prominent Texas blogger at caught their set and waxed ecstatic about the band's live sound and their EP, The Rules Were Handed Down. (Want the bottom line verbatim? "This single performance was, by far, the most captivating, fun, entertaining and brilliant performance of the entire 5 days.") Appearances at Arizona's annual TapeOp Convention and at the Pygmalion Festival in Champaign-Urbana followed. Perhaps most impressive, however, is Gentleman Auction House's fall recording itinerary: The septet will decamp to Silver Sonya Studios, which is adjacent to post-rock/hardcore/punk mecca Inner Ear Studios — to record its debut full-length.

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