ISSUE #54 / april 4, 2019

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Divino Niño
Coca Cola

Pedal-soft psychedelia that tears pages out of Michael Nesmith’s song diary to ingest them with a chaser of The Beach Boys, Chicago’s Divino Niño has delivered another jangly bag of treats for all the kids out there who still have a Galaxie 500 poster on their bedroom walls. Coca Cola is fizzy and not too sweet with a satisfying aftertaste. A perfect, light snack for an early spring day.


They are opening for Durand Jones and The Indications at Thalia Hall next Thursday, April 11th. Tix are $16.


On My Side

A gorgeous rolling little ditty from one of our favorite local indie trios. The second single they’ve shared from upcoming record Water, coming on May 10th. Check out the video and preorder the record on their Bandcamp page! Support local music!

Dehd is throwing a record release on May 10th at The Empty Bottle. Tix are $10.


Cautious Clay
Table of Context EP

Another excellent EP from the hottest name in indie R&B. Cautious Clay just keeps the cool grooves coming in Table of Context. The multi-instrumentalist can officially add dope songwriter to his resume.

He is one of our most anticipated artists on this year's Lollapalooza lineup.


Thick EP

The Brooklyn punk rock trio’s first release since joining Epitaph’s slate is a tight three-song number that’s over before you know it. Thick continues to make career out of producing sharp-witted tunes that bob and weave their way into your heart. This self-titled EP may be their first on a “major label,” but it hasn’t softened their sound one bit.

We’re hoping to see them appear on a Summer Fest lineup any day now.


Is An Island

Outspoken, black queer artists don’t come around every day, but MaHaWaM may be the once-in-a-generation artists who transcend labels and appeal to the mainstream, opening doors for their peers. Is An Island is a revelatory EP, transcending genre and appealing to the good at the heart of the music’s joy.

They are currently not on tour.

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Tank and The Bangas
Nice Things

Our favorite New Orleans songstress hits again with the band in tow. “Nice Things” provides a chilled-out summer-time feel, just in time for spring! Tank and The Bangas for life!

They hit Chicago twice last year, so we don’t expect them back soon. (Though we would def go if they were!)

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Courtney Marie Andrews
May Your Kindness Remain (Acoustic) EP

Last year’s May Your Kindness Remain was one of our favorite country records of the year. Now, Phoenix-based singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has gifted her fans with acoustic versions of four of the album’s best tunes. This is an artist that deserves all the praise in the world.

She is opening for Deer Tick at Thalia Hall on May 7th. Tix are $25.

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Bad Bad Hats
Wide Right

Three catchy tunes from the indie trio out of Minneapolis, Bad Bad Hats. Fuzzy indie rock ditties that really let Kerry Alexander’s vocals shine, Wide Right shows that the promise delivered by last year’s full- length Lighting Round was far from unfounded.  

They are coming through Dekalb at House Cafe on April 12th! Road trip it! It’s only $12!

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Slingshot Dakota

The first single from indie rock duo Slingshot Dakota’s new record Heavy Banding, out May 24th, is a solid fuzzy pop number that really gets us in the mood to hear more.

They are playing downstairs at SubT on June 9th. Tix are $10.

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Cage The Elephant
Night Running

This fun track mixes Beck’s electronic beats and Cage’s instrumental melodies. While blending lead vocals from Matt Shultz and Beck, a super musical baby is born and named, “Night Running.” With hints of rock, reggae, electronic, and dance, the collaboration foreshadows an upcoming tour between the artists and, YES- they are coming to Chicago!


The Night Running tour will be at Northerly Island on July 31st. Tickets start are already all at verified resale and start at $250.

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Kevin Morby
Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild

Indie folk rocker Kevin Morby has yet another release coming our way with Oh My God, set to drop April 26th. “Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild” is the gospel-tinged second single, and it only wets our palette for what is sure to be a great record.

He’s doing a two night stand at Thalia Hall on June 7th and 8th. Tix are $25 - $30.

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Middle KIds
Real Thing

“Real Thing” is the second single off Australian trio Middle Kids’ new EP New Songs For Old Problems. Can you wait ‘til May 24th? We can’t either!

Middle Kids is opening for Local Natives at Thalia Hall on Thursday May 23rd and Friday May 24th. Both shows are SOLD OUT!

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The Veronicas
Think Of Me

A post-breakup song. Sister duo The Veronicas sing of the exactly five months, nine hours, and 42 seconds since the romantic breakup. The upbeat, yet crude song, “Think Of Me,”  gives breakups a fun spin in remembering the nostalgic moments of being in a relationship. Towards the end of the song, the sisters turn it around and express how they remember, but do not miss the negative moments in the relationship. Sounding better for the new state of reflective clarity, this song makes listeners get over their break up and instead, break out in dance.


No shows currently for the sisters in Chicago.

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Filthy Friends
November Man

Corin Tucker (Sleater Kinney) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) are returning with a follow-up of their acclaimed 2017 effort Invitation with Emerald Valley, set to drop on May 3rd. “November Man” is the hook-filled second single, and it gets us gearing to go.

They have yet to release a Chicago date on their current tour slate, but Riot Fest seems just the place.


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