Dave Davison

Dave Davison Live video “Vampires”

Thanks to Made of Chalk for making this fine live video of Dave Davison playing “Vampires” from the October 2013 show in Chicago at Schubas.
Dave is on tour now as direct support to Anthony Green so make sure to catch his last few stops.


What a great night of music and family we all had at The El Rey this past Friday. Dave Davison is currently out with Anthony Green on his Young Legs album tour joined by the fantastic Good Old War  as his band (they also play on his albums) and they even come out and play a few tunes with Dave too. Thanks to Restless Cities for posting great pictures from the show. CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL

Dave Davison taking it back out on the Road for tour with Anthony Green


Dave Davison aka Cast Spells will be playing a whole load of shows playing some old and new material coming from his upcoming full length album. First, he will play on October 25th in Chicago before heading out to meet up with good friend Anthony Green for a portion of his Young Legs tour.


Dave Davison aka Cast Spells Live 2013
Oct 25 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern w/ Into It. Over It. & Cloakroom

Nov 12, 2013 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater +
Nov 13, 2013 - Murray, UT @ Murray Theater +
Nov 15, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon +
Nov 16, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre +
Nov 18, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall +
Nov 19, 2013 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brewing Company +
Nov 21, 2013 - Pomona, CA @ Glass House +
Nov 22, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre +
Nov 23, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom +
Nov 25, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Trees +
Nov 26, 2013 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk +
Nov 27, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s +
Nov 29, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre *
Nov 30, 2013 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
Dec 1, 2013 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits *
Dec 3, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Loft *
Dec 4, 2013 - Nashville, TN  @ The Mercy Lounge *
Dec 5, 2013 - Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar *
Dec 6, 2013 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre *
Dec 7, 2013 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
Dec 10, 2013 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall *
Dec 11, 2013 - Cambridge, MA  @ The Sinclair *
Dec 12, 2013 - New Haven, CT@ Toad’s Place *
Dec 13, 2013 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Dec 14, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

+ w/ Anthony Green & Brick + Mortar
* w/ Anthony Green & Psychic Babble

Bandcamp’s Best Discovers: “Bright Works And Baton”

Dave Davison
, frontman of one of the most eccentrically addictive musical acts of the decade, released his creative juices full-bore on the first EP of his solo project Bright Works and Baton.  At the time, Maps and Atlases had only released a couple of EPs, likely on their way to recording the impeccable Perch Patchwork.  I had initially missed this release, discovering its quirky loveability only a few weeks ago.

By no means should Cast Spells be construed as a diet version of M&A.  Davidson’s characteristic warble is alive and well, adding a timbre that is virtually impossible to replicate.  In fact, Cast Spells doesn’t deviate too far from the quirk of M&A, but highlights Davidson’s folk subtleties over the complex instrumentation and composition found in previous and subsequent M&A records.

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Light & Noise Acoustic Videos from Mexico

Some videos shot in our hotel room while down in Mexico playing some Maps & Atlases shows, thanks Light & Noise.

SPIN Premiere: Maps & Atlases “Fever’

When Maps & Atlases hit the road early last year with Barsuk Records labelmates Menomena, the pairing was more than clever indie synergy. Like their Portland-based comrades, the Chicago quartet anchors its slightly bent pop tunes with impressively intricate drumming. The first track to surface from Maps & Atlases’ upcoming Beware & Be Grateful (out April 17), “Winter,” saw the Dave Davison-fronted band taking a more focused approach to its buoyant, fleet-fingered guitar-pop. Latest advance track “Fever” similarly forgoes the occasional Latin-brass or campfire-folk left turns of 2010’s Perch Patchwork, instead allowing Davison’s rounded, distinctive bray to float triumphantly over a direct, breezy concoction that feels, indeed like a fever passing. Pre-order the album here and get a bag of Maps & Atlases coffee to help you keep up with those busy rhythms.


Israeli Caves featuring Good Old War / Sargent House Glassroom / Terroreyes TV

Dave Davison performs the Maps & Atlases track “Israeli Caves” at the Sargent House Glassroom accompanied by Good Old War who also performed on the album version of the song from Perch Patchwork. Video courtesy of Terroreyes.TV

Rolling Stone Premiere Download: “Winter” the first New Track from Maps & Atlases “Beware and Be Grateful”

Interview with The AV Club


Dave Davison and Erin Elders 
The band members discuss their biggest influences 

Maps & Atlases formed in 2004 at Columbia College, and soon gained notoriety for their frenetic musicality, impressionistic lyrics, and lead singer Dave Davison’s unique vocals. The band’s experimental math rock-influenced sound gave way to a less abrasive folk approach on its debut full-length, Perch Patchwork, released last year on Barsuk Records. While the band may have scaled back its overt musical flair over time, it remains one of the tightest, most interesting musical acts going.

The A.V. Club caught up with Davison and Erin Elders, (guitarist-lead singer and lead guitarist, respectively) in advance of their set at A.V. Fest this weekend, to talk about some of their favorite local bands, as well as their experiences as musicians and music fans in Chicago.

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Light & Noise LIVE - Maps & Atlases - Austin TX

Thanks to Light & Noise for the session - CLICK TO SEE TONS OF PHOTOS

[live tv] #44 Pt. 2-4 - Maps And Atlases - The Sounds They Make / Artichokes


Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan and Grant MacAllister for the photos of Maps & Atlases from Lollapalooza - Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Link: To Serve The Song Above All Else Maps & Atlases Move in a New Direction

It’s pretty common that bands known for technical ability will push the limits of their playing with each new release, but Chicago’s Maps & Atlases latest work strives to flex both creative muscles and the ones in their fingers.

“I don’t think we were ever heavy in any way,” said lead singer, guitarist and most-bearded member Dave Davison when talking about how the band used to share the stage with the post-hardcore group Russian Circles. The band’s early work bared the signs of math rock, but now Maps & Atlases more closely resemble a folk band.

Perch Patchwork came out last summer and was the band’s first full-length offering, filled with rich, subtle instrumentation and an increased focus on Davison’s voice. Being their debut LP, Maps & Atlases spent the time to make a cohesive piece of work that builds upon their technically proficient sound.

“It was a really fun and productive way to allow the songs to take shape,” said Davison about the more experimental process to songwriting the band took with this record.

“On previous work with Maps & Atlases we would spend a long time getting ideas together to play live, and then the recording process became mostly a way of documenting that live experience,” he said.

“It was the prospect of recording and letting whatever happened happen, like if something started seeming a certain way or going in a different direction, to just allow it to go that way was only possible through this type of recording. It was really exciting for everybody in the band. Jason made everyone excited to explore more.”

Jason Cupp produced Perch Patchwork, and a warm, complex sound was formed – one which draws influence from as many directions as genres in their hometown music scene. Cupp worked with Davison in 2009 for his solo work under the name Cast Spells, and after exploring these new approaches to writing brought the artfully arranged sound to a full band context. The result builds off the Cast Spells EP, with engaging, unorthodox percussion and melodic form catchy enough for a pop song.

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Maps & Atlases cover “Summer Breeze”

Maps & Atlases cover “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Croft at the Threadless warehouse

What better way to kick off Undercover: Summer Break than with a pair of Chicago institutions? Here, Maps & Atlases—a Chicago band that released its excellent full-length debut, Perch Patchwork, on Barsuk last year—met us at the massive Threadless warehouse. The T-shirt giant’s headquarters is maybe even more fun than you’d expect: They have a basketball court, a grill, and a giant robot. The band absolutely nailed Seals & Crofts’ 1972 hit “Summer Breeze,” and it made us all feel fine. Special thanks to Lance and Colleen at Threadless for hosting the taping!

Pigeon Live from SXSW / Invisible Children’s Silver Series

Maps & Atlases playing the song ‘Pigeon’ for the Take Away Shows. Filmed at SxSw festival, for Invisible Children’s Silver Series

Filmed by Derrick Belcham
Produced by Sarah Schutzki for la Blogothèque
and Nada Alix, Kenny Labbacher et Alex Collins for Invisible Children

(Source: vimeo.com)

Bright Works And Baton Free Download All Week

Sargent House is featuring the Cast Spells EP as their “May We Introduce You" feature as the free Download all this week so now you can get Bright Works And Baton for FREE . While you are at it you can check out the split EP with Good Old War. In other news Maps & Atlases will be going on tour with  RX Bandits and Zechs Marquise in June/July. Dave will  be performing Cast Spells songs for the July 21st show on that tour in Chicago.  SEE ALL TOUR DATES HERE
Just click Download to get for free.