ISSUE #55 / April 11, 2019

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Tara Terra
Couch Surfer, Lover

The indie rock band fronted by Chicago electro-pop sensation Emily Blue have released their first new music in several years with couch surfer, lover. An excellent, far too short, five tunes that are hopefully a peek at what’s to come from Tara Terra.

They just had their EP Release Show at Sleeping Village on Monday and do not have any more dates at the moment.


Song 32

Adding to her excellent catalog, Chicago rapper Noname cuts addictive “Song 32.” With her distinctive flow and abstract storytelling, she once again strikes lyrical gold.

She is opening for Anderson .Paak at Notherly Island on June 4th. Tix are $39.50 and up.

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Pixel Grip
Soft Peaks

The last single from Chicago’s dark electro-pop masters Pixel Grip before their record Heavy Handed drops this Friday!

They are having an Album Release show at Sleeping Village this Saturday! Tix are only $10!


She Says EP

This indie duo from Berlin has struck again with She Says. Gurr just keeps the catchy hits coming!

Chicago is welcoming them to Lincoln Hall as they open for Priests on April 22nd. Tix are $15.


Gamma Gardening EP

Flying out of Brooklyn, NYC, this energetic trio has everything you need to get your feet and skull moving along. Gamma Gardening follows 2017’s Tsuki to perfection and solidifies Sharkmuffin as a force to be reckoned with.  

Sharkmuffin is currently not on tour.

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Big Thief

The excellent second single from Big Thief’s upcoming record U.F.O.F., due May 3rd. Put this one on the list as the springs most-anticipated new release!

Big Thief is coming to The Metro on October 18th. Tix are $25.

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Frankie Cosmos
Haunted Items #4

The fourth installment in Gretta Kline's continuing Haunted Items series. Frankie Cosmos can just do no wrong.

Currently in Europe, Frankie Cosmos has no summer dates in Chicago so far.

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Miss Eaves
Sad EP

The irreverent Brooklyn rapper Miss Eaves returns with Sad. Three hard-hitting tracks that are sure to get your booty shakin’!  

She will be at Caliwaukee this Saturday April 13th. DM for invite.

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Tory Lanez
International Fargo

Since his album release, hip-hop and R&B singer Tory Lanez releases new up-beat, hip-hop song with his well-known, auto-tuned vocals. “Freaky,” a song bolstering the rapper’s sex drive and how rich he is creates another hit for the hip-hop artist that listeners can dance to. This is a very fun song to start 2019 with, especially with summer around the corner.  Hopefully fans will get a new album drop or at least more songs fans can dance to.




A pop, electronic, and techno ballad about never giving up on passion, regardless of the obstacles: Malaysian singer Yuna bring this dance-heavy tune for fans to hear before her 4th album releases.  Shooting the music video in Malaysia, capturing its beauty and culture and rich Buddhist influence, “Forevermore,” portrays her love for her country so listeners can relate with their own beauty and battles.   


The singer is not on tour at the moment.


Saturday The 14th EP

The stoner-rocking Canadians of Partner slow things down a bit with new EP Saturday The 14th. All the fun is still there with just a bit fewer rocking guitar solos. Trust us, Partner is the shit!

They will be at The Hideout on May 5th! Tix are $10.

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Jelly Boy
Everybody Is A Universe EP

Post Happyness, Benji Compston has turned to Jelly Boy. Far more mellow than his previous work, but just as excellent, Everybody Is A Universe deserves more attention than its likely to receive.

Jelly Boy is currently not on tour.



“Aaron” is the second single from Palehound’s new record Black Friday, out June 7th! Plug this one in to our most-anticipated-records-of-the-summer list!!!

She happens to be opening for Big Thief on October 18th at The Metro. Tix are $25.

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The Lumineers

In anticipation for their new album that is rumored to release in September, the Colorado-based acoustic folk band The Lumineers gives fans a taste of what’s to come in new song “Gloria.”  The band has grappled with songs about love and life, have introduced fans to their more up-beat folk style with their self-titled album, then simmered the tone down into their sophomore album about aging struggles of the past.  Their new song, as the band continues with darker themes, talks about what seems to be a mother dealing with addiction who is trying to raise her children. As singers Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites sing in the perspective of the children, drums and a piano play, giving this song a traditional folk sense.  The song may be dark in the lyrics, but the melody of the music is still traditional to the band’s style.


Lumineers will be at Q101’s Piqniq in Tinley Park on June 15th. Tickets range from the $20 (lawn) to $150 pit seats. They can be bought here.


Vampire Weekend
This Life / Unbearably White

The New York rock group returns with a six-track EP This Life/Unbearably White , an album that not only has their funk punk style, but has integrated melodies that create more of an instrumental variety for the band. While the newer songs such as, “This Life” and “Unbearably White” are together in the EP with previously released songs such as “Harmony Hall” and “2021,” hearing a new put-together concept from the band is six years overdue.  The band’s faster-paced songs such as “This Life” and “Sunflower” show off the band’s melody for what they are known for. In the song, “Big Blue,” almost sounding like a ‘70s rock jam, bring out the band’s lyrical tradition similar to older songs such as “Ottoman” and “Horchata.” Hopefully fans will hear more from the band and release a long awaited album.


Vampire Weekend will be performing at Northerly Island on Jun 16. Tickets start at $26 and can be bought here.


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