Rainer Maria, Mazarin Pack It In

Two underrated indie bands have decided to say goodbye after years of constant touring and little success. Madison, WI’s Rainer Maria will end their run at the end of the year after 11 years of cultivating a middle ground between indie rock and emo. In a statement the band explained, "For us, this transition can be nothing short of heartbreaking. But for reasons both musical and personal, the three of us have chosen this time to move on.” On the other hand, Philly psych-pop favourites Mazarin have "reluctantly retired” after being forced to surrender their name to a much lesser band. Their website reads: "The whole predicament was so sad and despairing that instead of dragging out a lengthy litigation, which they had neither the time nor money to commit to; fuck it. Clearly, the name is cursed.” Both bands will perform final shows during the month of December.