ISSUE #53 / march 28, 2019

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BJ The Chicago Kid

Chicago R&B native BJ The Chicago Kid brings a smooth and provocative beat and sensual lyrics about being close with a significant other regardless of who is watching. In a part of the chorus, “as we dance close, come up and kiss upon me slow, as we dance close,” BJ sings in a higher pitch, releasing passion and sensual tensions a couple may have as they dance close together. Hopefully this song is part of an album or ep, but we would love to hear more from BJ.


No shows announced, but hopefully we will see him in a local festival.

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Chicano Batman / Caloncho
Háblame / Corazón de Roca

A combination made in Latinx heaven, the celebrated Mexican singer Caloncho has joined forces with Los Angeles’ resident genre benders Chicano Batman for two glorious tunes that celebrate their roots while bridging into the new territory in which both groups reside.  

Caloncho is not making an appearance in Chicago soon but Chicano Batman is opening for Vampire Weekend at Northerly Island on June 16th. Tix are $26.50 and up.

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Tame Impala

A burst of piano chords, drum beats, and what sounds like an 80s pop beat, Tame Impala releases new song,  Patience, four years after their last album Currents.  Hopefully we will hear more progressive/80s pop music while fans wait for a new album release.  


Tame Impala will be at Lolla this year. No word on what date they’re playing. GA 4-day passes are selling fast!


Lizzo ( feat.  Missy Elliot)

The third single from Cuz I Love You, the new record from sensational artist Lizzo, set to drop April 19th. Tempo features the one and only legend Miss Missy Elliot!

She’s hitting The Riv on May 3rd and girl SOLD THAT SHIT OUT!


temporary tantrum

Another third single from an up and comer. The Brooklyn based pronoun gives us this layered beauty “temporary tantrum” from upcoming album i’ll show you stronger, out May 24th.

Cobra Lounge is hosting them on June 8th, opening for Aaron West. Tix are $19.50.


No Saviors EP

The New York dark electro pop duo CLAVVS has put out more excellent material with their No Saviors EP. Amber Renee and Graham Marsh produce some of the best alt pop out there.

It doesn’t appear they are touring anytime soon.

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Weyes Blood

A final single from the mind of Natalie Mering before her much anticipated new record Titanic Rising drops April 5th. “Movies” is the stylized, ambitious soundscape we have come to expect from Weyes Blood.

She is bringing her show to Lincoln Hall on May 22nd. Tix are $16 ($18 doors).



Scottish act Honeyblood‘s new record In Plain Sight, out May 24th, is rumored to be quite the statement album, and if “Glimmer” is any indication it will be a surefire hit.

They are only hitting New York and L.A. before bouncing back to the U.K.

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Bumpin’ Uglies
Buzz EP

Years of touring and living have informed Bumpin’ Uglies newest effort, the six song EP Buzz finds the punk meets jam band pioneers at their most reflective and self assured.

About to go on a West Coast run it doesn’t look like they are hitting Chicago soon.

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The Range

Named after his hometown of Providence, RI, the new EP from producer James Hinton (aka The Range) is as mixed and hard to nail down as the artist himself. Providence is at once an ode and an elegy. Beautiful and odd in the same instant.

The Range is currently not on tour.



Their new EP Gamma Gardening is coming April 5th and “Fate” is the second track they’ve shared this month. We can’t wait for more Sharkmuffin!

No tour dates are scheduled at the moment.

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Otoboke Beaver
I’m tired of your repeating story

Fast, in your face, and all in screaming Japanese, Otoboke Beaver is a punk rock revelation. Their new record ITEKOMA HITS is coming April 26th and it’s gonna rock your pants off.

Sadly, they have no Chicago stops on their current tour.


other notable JAMS from THIS WEEK