ISSUE #52 / march 21, 2019


Glitter and Blood

Sweltering, queer, heart-beat R&B from Chicago’s SuperKnova. Searing guitars kiss, nip, and slap at back-talking synths over a billow of foggy, puckering beats. A hot jam to get you through the cool opening weeks of spring.


SuperKnova will grace the stage at Cafe Mustache on March 29th with Ovef Ow and Blackglass. Show starts a 9pm. No cover!

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Jamila Woods

Eartha” is a beauty of a track from Chicago’s current R&B Queen. Yet another fantastic single from Jamila Woods upcoming record Legacy! Legacy! set to drop May 10th.

She is appearing at Thalia Hall on May 26th. Tix are $26 and going fast!

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Pan Amsterdam
Elevator Music, Vol 1  

The pop culture referencing master of indie hip hop, Pan Amsterdam has put out a head-scratcher of an EP that is as compelling as it is interesting. Elevator Music, Vol 1 contains guest spots from Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle and the esteemed rocker Iggy Pop.

He doesn’t perform much and we couldn’t find any dates outside the U.K.

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Frankie Cosmos
Haunted Items #1 & #2

Straight from the mind of Greta Kline, the brainchild of Frankie Cosmos, comes four new tunes released in classic single style with an A and B side- one last week and another this week. Haunted Items #1 and #2 are simple tunes in the typical, observational Frankie Cosmos mold which means they are damn good!

Currently gearing up for a short spring Europe run, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them appear on a bill in Chicago this summer.

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Twin Shadow

A singles machine, George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow) has been cranking them out for a couple months now, and “Truly” is a compelling electronic ballad in his downplayed style that hits just right.

So far there are no summer dates for Twin Shadow in Chicago.

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Anderson .Paak
King James

Funk-filled grooves have become a staple of Anderson .Paak’s music and “King James” is no exception, laying on the retro-soul vibe thick as hell.

He’s hitting Northerly Island with local standout Noname and Thundercat on June 4th. Tix are $39.50 and up.


Fake News

Fake News” is just what you would think from the title, a rebuke of the push and pull of social media in all of our lives. The young duo out of Berlin just keeps the hits coming. Gurr is clearly a force to be reckoned with.  

Lincoln Hall is hosting them as they open for Priests on April 22nd. Tix are only $15 for these two awesome acts!

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Bouncing Souls
Crucial Moments EP

Some things never get old, and the catchy pop punk of New Jersey’s Bouncing Souls will always hook its fangs into our teenage souls. Crucial Moments follows 2016’s Simplicity with the same bouncy three-chord rock they’ve been shelling out for thirty years now.

What a lineup! They are headlining a show at The Metro on August 17th with The Bronx, Swingin’ Utters, and The Bar Stool Preachers in support! Tix are $28.50.

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Tierra Whack

A slow jam from the queen of short tunes. Part of a slew of singles during this month, “Wasteland” is the fourth tune in as many weeks to hit streaming services. No one can say Tierra Whack isn’t prolific.

She’ll be at Lollapalooza this summer. Tix just went on sale this week!

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Joan As Police Woman
What A World

A societal condemning tune from Joan Wasser who has been putting out her brand of indie soul as Joan As Police Woman since 2006. “What A World” finds her torn between her emotions and the outside world- a position she has often found herself reflecting on. Part of JOANTHOLOGY, a triple LP compilation album set to drop on May 24th.

None of her tour dates so far this year are bringing her to the U.S.

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Fishing For Fishies

A subdued psych-folker of a tune from the Australian rockers who took the world by storm with Nonagon Infinity in ‘16 and Murder of the Universe in ‘17. “Fishing For Fishies” is the title track of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s new record due out April 26th.

They are swinging through Aragon Ballroom on August 24th. Tix run $35.

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Daniel Norgren
Let Love Run the Game

Swedish songwriter Daniel Norgren has crafted an Americana classic with “Let Love Run the Game.” Conjuring up the spirit of The Band with its loose country blues swagger, this is the second single off his new record Wooh Dang, set to release April 19th..

It doesn’t look like the Nordic rocker is hitting the states anytime soon.


other notable JAMS from THIS WEEK