ISSUE #51 / march 14, 2019

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Impulsive Hearts
metood: a benefit for Resilience EP

A timely EP from Danielle Sines, aka Impulsive Hearts, a local indie singer songwriter with a lot on her mind. Resilience is an organization dedicated to “empowering survivors” and “ending sexual violence.” All proceeds from this release will go to the organization so get over to band camp and buy the cassette!

There was a release party at The Empty Bottle last Thursday, but you can catch Impulsive Hearts downstairs at the Subterranean on March 20th opening for Art. Tix are $8.

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Bill MAcKay

Local mainstay Bill MacKay’s latest single from forthcoming album Fountain Fire, due March 22nd,  contains his signature guitar explorations with a brighter palette than some of his previous work.

You can catch the guitar master at The Hideout on March 29th for his record release. Tix are only $10!


Total History

The eight minute plus closer to the Chicago noise rock experimenter’s new record Lifelike, set to drop March 29th. Their much-anticipated follow up to last year’s excellent Negative Houses.

You can catch them opening for Drab Majesty at The Garfield Park Conservatory on May 17th. Tix are $25.

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Totally Cashed
Here Comes The Sun

The new single from party rock crew Totally Cashed is everything we’ve come to expect from the raucous crew. Here Comes The Sun is at once retro, shout along, and most importantly- plain fun.

The Burlington is hosting Totally St. Paddy’s Fest this Saturday, March 16th with CCS favs Bleach Party, Pylons, and of course Totally Cashed and much more. The festivities kick off at 4PM and it’s only $15!


Bird Box

The latest single from Chicago’s most fabulous Emcee. Putting us on the map as a freak rap pioneer, cupcakKe rolls through “Bird Box” like a hot knife through butter.

Currently gearing up for short Euro run, she doesn't have any Chicago dates any time soon.

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Freddie Gibbs / Madlib (feat. Assassin)

The title-track and second single from the new team-up record from the Chicago born Freddie Gibbs and prolific producer Madlib, Bandana is sure to be a scorcher, their long awaited follow-up to 2015’s Piñata.

They are on the bill for Saturday of Pitchfork. Tix are on sale now $175 for three day and $75 a day.

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Nick Murphy / Chet Faker

Singer-songwriter Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) released a new song, “Sanity,” as a teaser to fans who are patiently anticipating his new album, Run Fast Sleep Naked.  Like in Murphy’s other songs, his soulful vocals manage to blend in while standing out in both the high beat melodies such as “Sanity” and slower tempo songs like those about love or sadness. Mixing a piano and an upbeat pop tune, “Sanity” is a sample of what is coming in Murphy’s new album and is exactly what fans expect from the former Chet Faker.


Nick Murphy will be at the Metro on May 29th, tickets are $31 ($36-day of).

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Sports Team
Keep Walking! EP

This Cambridge, UK born six-piece is completely infectious, producing sing-along indie rock with big time production. Keep Walking! might be the best debut so far this year.

They don’t have any Stateside dates as of now.


I Can Fool Anybody In This Town EP

Straight from the L.A. alternative scene these teens have released a hard rocking debut EP. I Can Fool Anybody In This Town shows tremendous promise for such a young band.

Maybe we’ll see these guys in a few years when they can actually play bars!

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Kari Faux

Seventeen minutes, that is all hip hop singer Kari Faux wants from her listeners. Seventeen minutes to take a dive into her life, tribulations, and emotional traumas that are all packed into her 5-track EP: CRY 4 HELP.  Releasing her single, “LEAVE ME ALONE,” weeks before the EP release, Faux foreshadowed her emotional capability within her lyrics and the underlying theme. From songs about addiction, fake friends, and a miscarriage at 15, these are a very raw and emotional seventeen minutes that Faux has gifted to listeners, provided with a slower and serious hip pop and R&B melody.   


No upcoming tour for the artist. Hopefully she will be in Chicago this summer.

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Illuminati Hotties
I Wanna Keep Yr Dog

An easy going, hilarious little number from Sarah Tudzin and company. Illuminati Hotties are the shit and “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog” shows exactly why.

They were just at The Hideout last month. We don’t expect them back till late summer.

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Charly Bliss

The second single from new record Young Enough is due May 10th. A poppy modern technological love tune that could only come from Eva Hendricks and crew. Charly Bliss just never disappoints.

They were just here last month at Lincoln Hall, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see them appear on the Lolla bill soon.



The first taste of the Detroit rockers next record No Passion All Technique, set to drop May 3rd. Protomartyr have been dusting up clubs since 2011 and their all-in brand of rock leaves no prisoners.

Currently they have no tour dates on the books, but we’re sure that will change as soon as this bad boy sees the light of day.


My Name is Izzy / ‘84 300zx (with T-Tops)

A stand-alone 7” from the Memphis country rockers, that is admittedly cute as hell. Lucero is not usually known for having fun, but they made an exception with “My Name is Izzy.”

They don’t have any Chicago dates any time soon.


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