ISSUE #43 / JANUARY 17, 2019

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Lala Lala , WHY?
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This collab track from local rocker Lillie West (Lala Lala) and Yoni Wolf, the leader of WHY?, is an earworm that’s thick bass-backing and light piano fills dig their way into your conscience. While West’s lilting vocals draw you into her story, Wolf’s echo-repeat responses give the track a hauntingly ethereal edge. A rather great video adds to the experience.  

Lala Lala is opening for Snail Mail at The Metro this Thursday, January 17th as part of TNK Fest. That show is sold out and launches her U.S. and European tour. WHY? was in town a couple months back but don’t have any future dates.


What Chaos is Imaginary

The title track from the new record from duo Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker which drops February 1st. It’s their first record since Tucker’s transition (more on that in this profile from i-D magazine) which has affected their range in an interesting and compelling way. The tracks they’ve released from What Chaos is Imaginary have given a whole new aura and depth to their sound.

Girlpool is playing Lincoln Hall on April 18th. Tix are $18. ($20 door)

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Gary Clark Jr.
This Land

An essential and poignant track from the Austin blues master. We’re not going to ruin it, just listen here. Or more importantly, watch here. The title track off his new album due out March 1st. Pre-order it here.

Mr. Clark Jr. is doing a two night run at The Chicago Theatre March 15th. Tix are $49.50 and up. March 16th is sold out unless you want to shell out the big, big bucks to sit up front.


By Myself

In anticipation of their album debut on January 25th, American Punk Rock/Rock band FIDLAR released new track “By Myself” with serious lyrics that almost come off as a cry for help, but with a very fun, upbeat melody and tone.  Like prior albums, we hope new album “Almost Free,” has the fun punk rock spirit and attitude that FIDLAR is known for.


FIDLAR is touring across the US, Mexico, and Europe. Unfortunately they won’t be in Chicago, yet.


The Seduction of Kansas

A pumping new wave flavored title track off the indie rock upstarts new record, set for an April 5th release on Sister Polygon. The arty video directed by frontwoman Katie Alice Greer adds another level to this compelling tune.

Priests will be at Lincoln Hall on April 22nd. Tix are $15.

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Old Man

The first single from this Australian songstress’ debut ,full-length Beware of the Dogs, releasing on March 8th. As always, her plain spoken lyrical protests hit home. Check out the video and then go pre-order the album! You know it’s going to be freaking great!

She’s swinging through Chicago again at Schubas on March 29th. Tix are $12 ($15 doors).  

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Layers of fuzzy guitar and a destructive drum beat drive this track across your ears. The second single off their upcoming Stuffed & Ready, coming February 1st comes with this absolutely crazy video.

Clem Creevy and company are hitting Bottom Lounge on February 23rd with Palehound in support. Tix are $15.

Lana Del Rey
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Following compelling singles from last year comes this piano ballad that channels songs of ‘90s greats like Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan. The NYC native transplanted herself across the country in LA, and the city’s vibes seem to be bringing her to a whole new musical level. New record Norman Fucking Rockwell doesn’t have a solid release date yet, but it’s one of the most anticipated albums of early 2019.

No U.S. tour planned yet but if the album is as great as her latest releases, we expect her to be at either Pitchfork or Lolla for sure.

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ex hex
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We’ve been waiting patiently for a follow up to 2015’s Rips, and we’re finally getting it on March 22nd when they put out sophomore LP It’s Real. If this first single is any indication, it’s gonna be rocking!

They are coming to Thalia Hall on April 10th. Tix are $20.


Juanes (ft. Lalo Ebratt)
La Plata

Colombian native Juanes brings an instrumental tribute to his roots with new track, “La Plata.” The track features Colombian reggaeton artist Lalo Ebratt and juxtaposes older traditional folkloric Colombian cumbia beats and rapping from current music genre.  “La Plata” is a song about getting over heartbreak, something Juanes is no stranger to sing about, but paying homage to traditional Colombian instruments, singing style, and melody is completely new to the artist.


Sharon Van Etten

A deeply moving track that evokes all of the personal ’80s rock of our youth. If this is any indication of how Remember Me Tomorrow (set to hit this Friday) will sound, we are a hundred percent hooked. The video just adds a whole other level.

She is swinging into Thalia Hall on February 14th and 15th. Both shows are Sold Out!

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Miss Grit
Talk Talk EP

A four song debut EP from front-woman Margaret Sohn and company that is sure to make a splash this winter. Already an accomplished musician, she developed Miss Grit during a winter break in the NYU dorms. Joined by a full band, her atmospheric indie-pop crafted tunes have everything from the harmonic beginning of “Please, Be Quiet” to the expansive guitar rock of “The Bride,” she’s got the unexplainable appeal that can make a star.

No tour plans on the horizon as of yet.

other notable JAMS THIS WEEK

  • Deerhunter / Plains

  • Broods / Hospitalized

  • Lali Puna / Being Water

  • frumhere / a lover’s wishlist

  • Mujo / Fengshui

  • The Murder Capital / Feeling Fades


  • SASAMI / Jealousy

  • Galactic (feat. Princess Shaw) / Going Straight Crazy

  • Spendtime Palace / Offshoot

  • Catfish and the Bottlemen / Longshot

  • zebrahead / All My Friends Are Nobodies

  • Puppy / Bathe In Blood

  • Lauren Jenkins / Running Out Of Road

  • Betty Who / I Remember

  • Guided By Voices / The Rally Boys