ISSUE #61 / may 23, 2019

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V.V. Lightbody
Baby, Honestly

A new tune from one of our favorite Chicago solo artists. V.V. Lightbody gifts us “Baby, Honestly,” a brutal breakup tune that is unflinchingly, well…  honest.

Her next show is opening for Divino Niño at Empty Bottle for their record release party, as Valebol (a duo with Daniel Villarreal) on June 21st. Tix are $10.

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Elton John Cena
All Rats Go To Heaven EP

Retirement Party fronter Avery Springer’s side project Elton John Cena has a new EP out, and it’s got all the cynical joy that RP is known for. All Rats Go To Heaven showcases a lighter, more bedroom-pop style side to Springer’s persona that we dig just as much as the full band madness of her full-time project.

You can catch Elton John Cena this weekend at Schubas on May 26th, opening for Shortly and Small Talks. Tix are $10 ($12 doors).


Chance The Rapper and TisaKorean

A moody beat backs Chicago’s favorite son’s newest track “GRoCERIES.” Can Chance do wrong? Hasn’t really so far. Just saying . . .  

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The Everafter
Where I Came From EP

Just the right combo of pop-punk and millennial earnestness that doesn’t drown in self pity makes Yonkers, NY quartet The Everafter’s new EP Where I Came From a must listen for any punk rockers out there.

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The Beaches
The Professional EP

An infectious pop-rock combo from Toronto that hits all the right chords on our radar. The Professional follows The Beaches 2017 debut Late Show, bringing the sister-based group to catchy new heights.


Like Satellites
Nothing Left To Say

Another Toronto foursome that caught our ear this week. Like Satellites’ debut is nothing new sonically, but they pull off Nothing Left To Say like pros. If our prediction wheel is in full steam, it says to watch out for these alt-emo rockers.

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Emanuel Casablanca
It’s Getting Strange EP

The smooth soul stylings of Emanuel Casablanca makes It’s Getting Strange into a love-making EP for the ages. This is where it’s at! If you’re with your lover, pull this one up, and just try to resist: It’s impossible!


Love & Loss EP

Pop rock has seen many like Sam Haas, but there is something endearingly catchy about her debut EP Love & Loss that we just had to share.


Slow Pulp
Big Day EP

Madison, WI has produced plenty of quality acts, but Slow Pulp is something special. With Big Day, they launch their campaign to take over the country with their dream-pop jams.

Slow Pulp is opening for Remo Drive at Bottom Lounge on May 31st. Tix are $17.

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Small Moves EP

Dream-inducing indie rock from Brooklyn’s finest sister duo Anna and Catherine Wolk. Verdigrls’ second EP Small Moves just does everything perfectly.


Crisàlida EP

Spanish native and Brooklynite Gisela Fulla-Silvestre (aka NOIA) concocts gorgeously inventive indie pop that blends plenty of her native land with spare imaginative beats and synths putting Crisàlida on top of this week’s must listen heap.

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Wu-Tang Clan
Of Mics and Men EP

Nothing can be said about the legendary hip-hop crew that hasn’t been said. Just hit up this epic EP Of Mics and Men, and be prepared for classic Wu-Tang obsession.

Get ready Chicago, cause the Wu returns to Aragon Ballroom on June 1st. Tix are $79.50.


Kelly Moran
Origin EP

One of the most adventurous modern composers out there, Kelly Moran returns with an inventive new EP, Origin.


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