ISSUE #63 / june 6, 2019

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Crime Pays

Freddie Gibbs is back working with the legendary producer Madlib following their collaboration on Piñata. “Crime Pays” is the third single released from their upcoming album Bandana, and with the release comes a drop date for the album: June 28th. Madlib is at it again with his unique way of producing amazing beats through sampling. What would be a Freddie Gibbs song without talking about his past as a cocaine dealer and adding to the feud between him and Young Jeezy.  


Freddie Gibbs is playing Pitchfork Music Fest on July 20th.

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Oliver Hazard

With a bond formed from growing up together in Waterville, Ohio, the trio Oliver Hazard as a chemistry that shows through on every tune, and “Dandelion” shows just how close to the chest they carry their tunes.

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Lower Dens
Young Republicans

A synth-pop explosion Lower Dens have released one of our songs of the summer with “Young Republicans.” Danceable and social commentary in one?? Sign us up!! The second single from their new record The Competition due out on September 6th.


Good For You

Born from an embracing Minneapolis hip-hop scene as part of groundbreaking crew Doomtree, Dessa has now branched into an expansive pop sound that is as expressive and substantive as pop gets. “Good For You” is the second stand-alone single from the thoughtful artist this year.  

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Self - Immolate

The most prolific band out there, Australia’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have put out stand alone single, “Self-Immolate,” less than a month from their latest record Fishing for Fishies.

The Aragon is hosting these psych rockers on August 24th. Tix are $35.


Split By EP

Swedish duo lennixx creates gorgeous indie pop full of hooky melodies and hummable tunes. Their second EP Split By is neo-soul at it’s finest.



A rocking single from Japanese punks NOT WONK who just yesterday put out full-length Down the Valley. (More on that one, next issue!) “Count/Elation” is an emotive romp that borders on emo without ever falling into the trap. This trio is one to watch this year.


Chew Toy

Chew Toy” is a lovely little ditty from Minneapolis grunge punks Sass leading up to their full-length of the same name, (Chew Toy,) dropped this Sunday.


Hurry on Home

Any new music from indie legends Sleater-Kinney is sure to turn heads, and first single, “Hurry on Home,” from their new record (produced by St. Vincent), set to drop August 16th, is classic S-K!

They are coming back to Chicago on October 18th. Tix go on sale Friday June 14th at 10am!

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Brighter Days

Have Mercy” happens to be the lead single from the steel guitar maverick Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s new record Brighter Days, due August 23rd. A gospel-infused number that showcases the soul this man has been slinging for years.


Aute Cuture

A hot dance number from the current queen of latinx pop. “Aute Cuture” shows off Rosalía’s chops to perfection.

She’ll be in Grant Park for Lollapalooza on Sunday August 4th. Tix are still available for the massive fest starting at $130.

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Sufjan Stevens
Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart

To commemorate Pride month, indie stalwart Sufjan Stevens released “Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart.” Two tunes on the subject of love. This is just . . . yeah . . . if you can’t enjoy this, you’re just dead inside.  


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