ISSUE #41 / JANUARY 3, 2019

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Sen Morimoto
Audiotree Live

One of Chicago’s most impressive acts of the year gives a stirring Audiotree session. It capped a successful year for the young artist whose funky genre mash is as endearing as it is listenable.

Morimoto is headed out on a short tour opening for Lala Lala at the end of January. We’re hoping for a homecoming show!

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Beach Bunny
Audiotree Live

A highly successful year from Lili Trifilio and company ended with this excellent six-tune set for Audiotree. Opening for countless touring acts, a romping set at Riot Fest and the release of the excellent EP Prom Queen all bode well for the indie rockers to have a massive 2019.

Beach Bunny is always playing in the area. They are headlining Lincoln Hall next Thursday January 10th. Tix are $13.  And they are opening for Alkaline Trio at The Metro this Sunday. The show is sold out.

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American Football

A seven-minute plus first single from the Chicago emo legends’ upcoming new record due out March 22nd on Polyvinyl Records.

The emo legends are playing the Metro on March 30th, right after their new record drops. Tix are $28.

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Slow Mass x Nnamdi x Sen
On Christmas

We’re sure that all Chicago indie rockers Slow Mass wanted for Christmas was Nnamdi Ogbonnaya and Sen Morimoto jamming with sax and sleigh bells to their debut full length On Watch that dropped this May. On Christmas is a test in musical patience and on Nnamdi’s body as he is shaking those sleigh bells for 44 minutes of pure madness!

Check out the full video of this crazy experiment.


The Raconteurs
Sunday Driver / Now That You’re Gone

After an odd, year it’s good to hear Jack White back at his old rock riff best. The Raconteurs’ first new music in over 10 years proves he’s still one of the best guitarists out there. Just reported is a new album coming this year with a tour in support.

We’ll keep you posted on when the album and tour are announced!

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Jay Som
Turn The Other Cheek

A dreamy pop beauty from the L.A. based Jay Som originally released on a benefit compilation from Polyvinyl on May 1, 2017. The track is now available everywhere.

She was just at Schubas last month and probably won’t return till the summer.


other notable JAMS from THIS WEEK

  • Saba / Where It’s At

  • Greensky Bluegrass / Like Reflections

  • Kid Koala / Allotropic

  • Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Naked Shortsellers / The Best of Folks / Harbour Men

  • Robbie Williams / I Just Want People To Like Me

  • Robert Ellis / Passive Aggressive

  • gnash / t-shirt

  • Mercury Rev (feat. Hope Sandoval) / Big Boss Man

  • Kina Grannis / When The Party’s Over