WHAT WE’VE BEEN JAMMING TO
ISSUE #48 / february 21, 2019
Jason Statham, Pt. 2
The Chicago hip hop collective’s second proper single dropped on Friday with a great video. Made up of Saba, his brother Joseph Chilliams, MfnMelo, brothers FrshWaters and SqueakPIVOT, and producers daedaePIVOT and Dam Dam, they’ve been dropping Soundcloud tunes for years. But with Saba breaking out and losing member John Walt (aka DinnerWithJohn) in 2017, Pivot Gang has a renewed spark that drives this track.
Still on a world tour, Saba isn’t playing Chicago anytime soon, and we couldn’t find any listings for the other artists. We’ll just have to hope they all get together for a show once their star comes home.
A rolicking five tracks from this Brighton, UK quartet who combine the rolling beat of ‘50s rock with an indie-rock aesthetic to create a modern time-machine quality, FUR lies somewhere between dream pop and rockabilly- a mixture that works surprisingly well!
It doesn’t appear they are making their way stateside soon.
She just played Midwinter last weekend, but we expect a return after the new record drops April 5th.
She is rolling through The Riv on March 30th. Tix are $35.
Silver Moon EP
Swedish singer/songwriter Marlene Oak produces a very effective debut studio EP with Silver Moon. Her low husky vocals fit the dreamy country-tinged folk like a glove. These are love songs for the hopeful hearted.
She doesn’t seem to be on tour at the moment, but we could see her swinging through Schubas soon.
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen understand the countless nights performing and working as artists trying to make it in the world. In this lifestyle, successful relationships (especially intimate ones) are rare. Catfish’s new song, “Fluctuate” is a dedicated love song as lead singer Van realizes what love is as his significant other is stays up waiting for him on those late nights. With an amazing guitar solo, a harder rock melody, and Van’s singing loudly to match the band’s tone, “Fluctuate” is a man coming to find love, and the good it has done him, even with a busy schedule.
Catfish and the Bottlemen won’t be in Chicago any time soon, but they release their new album, The Balance, on April 26
Additional Futures EP
Matt Hales returns with his first new collection of tunes in four years. The British songwriter known as Aqualung has produced a rather stunning EP with Additional Futures, an electro pop opus that ends just as it gets rolling, leaving us wanting more. Nice trick Hales. What’s next?
Aqualung is currently not on tour.
Here’s hoping this quality release leads to some shows stateside.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see them pop up on the Pitchfork lineup, which is due out anytime now.
We’re hoping a summer festival picks this righteous nine-piece up for a set.
Lincoln Hall is hosting them on March 28th. Tix are $20 ($25 doors).
Social Club Misfits
Christian rap duo Social Club Misfits release airy, fast-paced hip hop single “Everytime,” just in time for their tour across the United States. Although they heavily reflect on their pasts, losing friends, and the struggles of keeping up with their faith, each verse ends on a positive note of finding inner peace, celebrating their rap careers, and the circles they keep. The song is fun and has a lot of underground hip hop influences from the beat to the style as well as incorporating mainstream influences.
Social Club Misfits will be in Elgin, IL at the Discovery Church on March 23rd. Tickets are sold here and range from $20-$40.
Two legends of the game, Slimkid3 (The Pharcyde) and DJ Nu-Mark (Jurrasic 5) team up to form TRDMRK. Their debut EP features Austin Antoine on the mic and is an old-school jam if we’ve ever heard one.
(Praying for a slot at Pitchfork or North Coast this summer. These are two cats we need to see live!)