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Maps & Atlases

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  • Formed: Chicago, IL
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://mapsandatlases.org
  • Recent Activity: 11.25.16 RT @evansontheradio: Woo! #tshirtday @BBC6Music with @BBC6Breakfast this is my @mapsnatlases t-shirt from when they played in Nottingham. G…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Eccentric indie rock band Maps & Atlases feature Erin Elders (guitar), Shiraz Dada (bass), Chris Hainey (drums), and Dave Davison (guitar/vocals). Although they are based in Chicago, the members of Maps & Atlases prefer to align themselves with the term they define as "new regionalism." Dada is actually the only one who calls Chicago home. Hainey hails from Texas, whereas Elders has soaked up the sun in Maui. Davison had a humble Midwestern upbringing in Indiana. The foursome initially met at a Chicago art school in 2004, combining their individual interests in art, literature, film, and music for an enigmatic post-rock-inspired sound. Maps & Atlases self-released their debut EP, Tree, Swallows, Houses, in early 2006. After signing to Barsuk, the group released its first full-length, Perch Patchwork, in 2010. The Living Decorations EP arrived in 2011, followed by the group's full-length sophomore outing, Beware and Be Grateful in 2012.


  • 11.25.16 RT @evansontheradio: Woo! #tshirtday @BBC6Music with @BBC6Breakfast this is my @mapsnatlases t-shirt from when they played in Nottingham. G…
  • 10.19.16 St Louis! See you this Saturday at #WoopsieFest !
  • 09.30.16 RT @BSHQ: Happy birthday Shel Silverstein! Here's Dave Davison of @mapsnatlases playing "Things I Didn't Say" at BSHQ! https://t.co/cIwQi…
  • 09.17.16 Dayton! Our appearance this evening @DMAFFestival will now be happening @gillysjazz 132 S Jefferson St. We go on last!
  • 09.10.16 RT @DMAFFestival: Next week @Mapsnatlases are in town. Will you be there? https://t.co/nNywkGUybi
  • 08.27.16 RT @cincy_music: TONIGHT: @TasteofOTR featuring @mapsnatlases + more at @WashingtonPark! https://t.co/8GsfbLX569 https://t.co/Sy0t1P1reP
  • 08.27.16 Hello Cinncinati! We are here and playing @TasteofOTR this evening. Let's hang out
  • 08.15.16 See you on September 17th, Dayton! https://t.co/RJedXqSW4Z
  • 08.03.16 No offense taken! https://t.co/juPGblT7nB
  • 07.13.16 This is Shiraz, here's a fun new wavey thing I made with some friends: https://t.co/1ez8TAmuDd Check it out on Spotify/Amazon/iTunes!
  • 07.02.16 See you in October St Louis! 👻 https://t.co/SX1GKsaE5h
  • 07.02.16 RT @DMAFFestival: Tix for #dmaff with @Mapsnatlases on 9/17 are on sale now. https://t.co/nNywkGUybi