ISSUE #69 / July 25, 2019


Burr Oak

Southsider” is a haunting folk-song bringing blues rock influences from it’s slow high toned vocals, threading guitar, hard strumming solo and dimming drums in the background. Disturbing yet poetic lyrics describe Burr Oak realizing her relationship is going south when her significant other doesn’t want to try as hard as she does.  


Burr Oak was at Schubas last Tuesday for her single release show. She has plans coming soon for several shows this Fall.

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Dead Rider
The Sale 

These Chicago post rockers slay each and every time and “The Sale” is their latest on local imprint Drag City. Another gut busting burst of brain melting wonder from Dead Rider.

The Hideout is hosting Dead Rider on August 24th. Tix are $15.

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Twin Peaks
Dance Through It

Everyone rejoice, one of Chicago’s favorite rock bands is back with new music, “Dance Through It”, and with the new single release, comes a new album announcement. Twin Peaks are set to release their new album, Lookout Low, which comes out on September 13th. “Dance Through It” has a natural maturity that comes from a self aware band that knows how to keep evolving to stay at the top. Be on the lookout for more single release leading up to the album drop date.


Twin Peaks is playing at The Riviera on November 29th. Tickets are $30.


The Cool Kids & The Alchemist

Local rappers The Cool Kids have combined forces with producer The Alchemist and Hip Hop artists Boldy James and Shorty K, for a 3 track EP. Layups contains Hip Hop beat heavy songs “Layups” and “WTF”, while experimenting with a jazz melody and off beat rapping in “Polanksy”.  The Chicago duo are definitely busy and I’m very excited to hear what they have in store. 


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Russian Circles

“Kohokia” is yet another tease off the forthcoming record from local instrumental force that is Russian Circles. Blood Year is set to drop August 2nd and if this seven minute plus epic is any indication it’s going to be as intense as ever. 

Russian Circles will be at Thalia Hall on September 28th with FACS in support. Tix are $22.



The third single from new record Emily Alone, which sees Emily Sprague strike out on her own, leaving behind the trio format that had defined Florist for many years. The rest of this compelling record drops this Friday. 

She’ll be swinging through Schubas on August 11th. Tix are $10.


Cheschi (featuring Open Mike Eagle, P.O.S., Onry Ozzborn, Factor Chandelier, and Mo Niklz)

From the fascinating artist Cheschi, who has invited some of hip hops most compelling artists to feature on this crowded track that gives some killer verses to each and every contributor. “Incesticide” is a quick burner that hits home.

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King Princess

Another smooth groove pop gem from King Princess, the latest new single off her full length debut Cheap Queen, set to release this fall.

King Princess will be at Lollapalooza at 7:45 on Thursday August 1st on the Lakeshore Stage.


Charlie XCX and
Christine and the Queens

A team up made in pop music heaven, Charlie XCX and Christine and the Queens meet in this electro pop jam that is tailor made for a summer hit.

Charlie XCX is returning to Chicago after her Pitchfork set last weekend, she is coming to House of Blues on October 12th. Tix are on sale this Friday at 10AM.

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Future Teens
Frequent Crier

This Boston quartet combines hooky indie rock with relatable lyrics that hits in just the right way. “Frequent Crier” is the second single off their new record Breakup Season, set to release September 6th.

Future Teens is set to hit Beat Kitchen on September 18th opening for Oso Oso. Tix are $15.


Molly Sarlé

Singer/songwriter Molly Sarlé brings easy listening melodies and vocals single, Suddenly. Her intriguing lyrics alongside strumming guitar, soft beating drums and tambourine give an easygoing life and love to her lyrics. 


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Shannon Lay
Death Up Close

The opening and title tune from this noteworthy singer/songwriters new record Death Up Close, out August 23rd. Out of L.A., Shannon Lay knows what she’s doing and shows it with this compelling track.

She is opening for Mikal Cronin at Lincoln Hall on November 15th. Tix are $16.