WHAT WE’VE BEEN JAMMING TO
ISSUE #49 / february 28, 2019
Isn’t It Funny (feat. Sophagus)
The lead single from the local art rock collective The Curls’ new record Bounce House, features plenty of Jen Marshall’s smooth sax and a call and response between vocalist Mick, Anna Holmquist and guest Sophagus. “Isn’t It Funny” is an all around excellent track that is sure to get fans fired up for the new record!
You can catch The Curls next week at The Hideout’s Annual SXSW Sendoff. March 8th starting at 4PM. $10 at the door. And this Saturday at Cafe Mustache at 10PM.
This new wavey track from locals, and impossible to pin down act, Woongi is the first single off Rip’s Cuts, their new record on local imprint Sooper, due out May 10th. “Fire’s Dead” seems straight from the eighties but in typical Woongi style begins to break down and become something totally different by the tunes end.
He has no hometown shows planned as of now.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Flat Tummy Tea
A new swirling track from Chi-town born hip hop vet Freddie Gibbs, once again teaming up with his resurgence producer partner Madlib. Political, visceral, and hard hitting, “Flat Tummy Tea” hits in all the right ways. A first taste of what’s to come on their new record Bandana.
Gibbs was just at Park West in December, and these two currently have no tour plans.
a modern tragedy vol. 2
grandson owes much to those that came before, but he is carrying on the protest rock flag with abandon and a sense of purpose. a modern tragedy vol. 2 is a fitting companion to the first volume, continuing his berating of society and the systematic oppression that drags us all down.
He’s coming to Reggie’s on March 12th. No surprise here that it is Sold Out.
They are opening for Big Thief at The Metro on October 18th. Tix go on sale tomorrow at 10am.
Too bad they aren’t swinging through on their way to SXSW!
We couldn’t locate any show dates for Avenade but if any crop up we’ll let you know.
An inspiring bit of beauty from this Michigan indie rock trio, Lafayette is six tracks of demo material and a few finished tracks they recorded in a house in Grand Rapids while songwriter Jacob Bullard was “discovering his voice.” Major Murphy is bound for indie darling status after last yeas excellent No. 1.
Major Murphy doesn’t have any Chicago dates planned as of now.
Currently on tour, she sadly has no Chicago dates on her slate.
What You Heard
Grammy award nominated and R&B singer Brent Faiyaz alongside producers Atu and Dpat collaborate and create R&B group Sonder, a group that merges R&B beats with Faiyaz’s soulful vocals. The newly release song “What you Heard” is a blend of a smooth melody, Faiyaz’s lustful lyrics and vocals enticing a woman into intimacy. About halfway into the song, the melody changes into a nostalgic traditional 90s R&B beat, slower than what artists use now, creating a song fans from different musical generations can recognize.
Sonder will not be in Chicago, but they are touring the U.S and hope to see them here sometime soon
A gorgeous, calming tune from the Big Thief guitarist. Buck Meek has shown before that he can capture the same tender moments as his band, and “Halo Light” is truly something special.
He was just at Schubas last Tuesday but he’ll return with Big Thief in October at The Metro. Tix go on sale tomorrow at 10am!
We’re positive she’ll schedule a headlining Chicago stop as soon as the album comes out; however, she did just open for Sharon Van Etten at Thalia this month.
Utter Disbelief EP
A second haunting EP from Sawyer Gebauer, who has been putting out tunes as Catch Pritchard since returning after a stint in Europe headlining Brittsommar. Part gothic synth pop and part balladier, Utter Disbelief reflects Gebauer’s mixture of influences with perfect appeal.
It doesn’t look like he is hitting the road for this one quite yet.
Rat City (feat. Isak Heim)
Kind of Love
European EDM DJs Rat City warm up winter blues with new single, “Kind of Love” with collaborating vocals from Isak Heim. The group bring a more techno/dance upbeat melody typical of EDM music. The intense bass and range of sound flares are dropped, and a more techno-pop beat, (the kind that gained popularity and in the late ‘90s and early 2000s,) is brought into the mix of Isak Heim’s soulful vocals. “Kind of Love” is a man stuck in a woman’s lustful trance, and he wants something more meaningful with her than she does, but he won’t accept it if she can’t give it to him. This song has all the right elements to steer away from traditional EDM and open up the floodgates to different types of sound waves within the genre.
No tour announced. Hopefully they will be in the states this summer.
They don’t appear to be making it out of New Orleans anytime soon. Would you leave?