ISSUE #66 / june 27, 2019

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Kevin Krauter
Pretty Boy

Our favorite single of the week comes from Muncie, IN indie rocker Kevin Krauter. With “Pretty Boy,” the singer/songwriter shows off his sensitive side and catchy guitar hooks.

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Hackensaw Boys
A Fireproof House of Sunshine

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Hackensaw Boys present a new collection of originals with A Fireproof House of Sunshine. These Virginia pickers have been entertaining hoards of fans for years, and this five-tune EP shows how much they have grown as songwriters.

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Chelsea Wolfe
The Mother Road

Chelsea Wolfe has given us the gift of a creaky, earth-clogged folk-rock monstrosity with “The Mother Road,” the first single off her forthcoming album, Birth of Violence. The track has a wind-twisted dreary and rain-batter PJ Harvey vibe to it, which is to be expected, but what grabs the ear even upon a cursory listen, is the confessional approach to the songwriting, placing it more in the camp of Kate Bush or Cat Power. A welcome departure for the looming goddess of doom and a sure sign of her evolving style. I have a very good (bad?) vibe about her new album, out this September.  


Chelsea Wolfe will be at the Metro on October 24. Tix are $21.

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Far Caspian
The Heights

A glowing indie rock gem from this Leeds, UK trio. Far Caspian’s new EP The Heights is their second short release in two years showing a promise that far exceeds the bands youth.

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Tropical Fuck Storm

“Paradise” is the second excellently odd single of this Melbourne art rock collective’s new record Braindrops, coming August 23rd. Their followup to last year’s essential A Laughing Death in Meatspace. If you haven’t checked out Tropical Fuck Storm, now is the time!  

They are bringing their talents to The Empty Bottle on September 14th. Tix are $15.


Frankie Cosmos

We have to wait till September 6th for Frankie Cosmos’ new record Close It Quietly, but at least Greta Kline teased out this little ditty titled “Windows” this week. 

And of course they are coming through directly after the release with a date at Thalia Hall on September 23rd. Tix are $17.

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Crush the Altar
Abhorrent Oblation

Crush the Altar is an east-coast death-thrash band that has learned the craft of filthy, bolt-locked grooves through the unlikely practice of studying the tomes left behind by the masters of old school death and second-wave black metal (because this is a multi-disciplinary credential you can have in 2019 and the ‘90s were a VERY long time ago). Abhorrent Oblation is Crush the Alter's debut EP and makes its presence known from the outset on opener “See Mortality” with a bruising, knee-buckling gallop of whipping crosscut grooves and punishing beats that pick up after a minute of cold, eerie sample of rustling wind, a track that only breaks pace long enough to catch its breath for another punk-muzzle blow. “Demonizing the Ancient Lore” has a Death-devouring Slayer ethos that motivates it to ever higher echelons of extremity, as it tears through the vestiges of smug, sanctimonious hypocrisy that thrive in this world. The EP closes out with “Discastery Ruin,” a blitzing, blackened spiritual sire to Nuclear Assault and Sepultura- a gale god searing ire that could have only been forged in the wastes of post-industrial Americana. Some folks whose opinions I respect have declared thrash DOA in recent years, but I think Crush the Altar has the haters dead to rights on Abhorrent Oblation.  


No Chicago shows scheduled at this time.



Michigander (Jason Singer) was born to perform and the Michigan native hits again with the indie opus “Poplar.” 

Singer and company are opening for the Arkells at Sleeping Village on August 3rd. Tix are $15

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Golden Dawn Arkestra
AlLo Allo Boom

A funk lover’s delight, Golden Dawn Arkestra is coming with Darkness Falls on the Edge of Time on September 6th. “Allo Allo Boom” is the first single off the highly-anticipated release from these Tulsa, Oklahoma wonders.


Check Engine Light

“Check Engine Light” is the latest single from GOON’s newest release Heaven Is Humming (out July 19th on Partisan). The L.A. indie quartet’s loose harmonies and killer guitar work on this one makes the anticipation grow!

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The Bloody Beetroots

Rocking dance grooves is The Bloody Beetroots game and new EP Heavy delivers with solidly crafted jams, perfect for your next late night impromptu living room dance party.


other notable JAMS from THIS WEEK