ISSUE #74 / august 29, 2019

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Happy Face
Happy Face EP

New local psych trio Happy Face has dropped their debut self titled EP and it’s got some chilled out vibes to bring on the end of Summer. Perfect for those windy Fall days wandering the streets before the cold drives us all indoors, Happy Face digs deep into a mid 60s groove that keeps the tunes rolling along in the all too brief four track burner. 

Check em out at The Owl on October 7th opening for Diagonal and Bear Call! It’s FREE people!


Animal Kingdom

New super heavy lead single “Animal Kingdom” from duo Djunah (guitarist Donna Polydoros and drummer Nick Smalkowski) is a “must turn up to 11.” It has this harder grunge exterior while Polydoros’ guitar screeches and riffs against her lower vocal tones and Smalkowski’s heavy drumming makes it one badass tune. This new jam will have your head banging all the way to its abrupt end making listeners crave more. Thanks god, Ex Voto drops November 1st! 


The Empty Bottle is hosting their Record Release party on November 4th. It’s freaking FREE! Get There!

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Twin Peaks
Ferry Song

Another excellent single off local indie kingpins Twin Peaks new record Lookout Low, due September 13th. Showing off a songwriting maturity that has been developing for years, “Ferry Song” has shades of The Band mixed with the signature jangle rock that have propelled this acts star.    

Coming home to The Riv, Twin Peaks will be hitting the historic venue for an All Ages show on November 29th. Tix are $30

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Set Me On Fire

This song belongs in a video game. Flashes of synths and ‘80s industrial-inspired dance music with whispering vocals give this creepy element to the song. The Chicago duo NONE OF YOUR CONCERN create a reminiscence of overlapping beats and tones, bringing back an old yet new style to dance music with new tune “Set Me On Fire.”

NONE OF YOUR CONCERN will be at the Empty Bottle on Monday September 2nd. It’s Free!


FINKEL (featuring Nnamdi Ogbonnaya) 
J Walk

Los Angeles based duo FINKEL has joined forces with local phenom Nnamdi Ogbonnaya for this funky, electro track that is sure to get your dance party moving to its deep groove and shimmer.



The bonus 7” included in the hard hitting Toronto trio’s collection of B-Sides and rarities, Automat is now available digitally. M.E. includes excellent covers of Sparklehorse’s “Pig,” the Urinal’s art-punk opus “I’m a Bug,” and the seminaly Gary Numan’s “M.E.”; showing off Metz’s eclectic tastes.  

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Courtney Marie Andrews
Downtown Train

Coming November 22nd is a covers collection of Tom Waits tunes from a who’s who of women in the music industry. Come On Up To The House contains selections from Amiee Mann, Phoebe Bridgers, Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Corrine Bailey Rae and the gorgeous vocals of one of our favorites Courtney Marie Andrews giving “Downtown Train” all she has; turning Waits’ smokey ballad into a full on country epic. 

She is opening for Tyler Childers at Aragon on Halloween night. Tix are $36.

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Molly Sarlé 

“Twisted” is a stunning ballad from North Carolina songstress Molly Sarlé. The fourth single from upcoming release Karaoke Angel, set to drop September 20th.


Amanda Palmer
Everybody Knows Somebody

A brutally honest song with the calming tune of a ukulele describing today’s troubles politically and how everyone is connected through tragedy.  Palmer’s “Everybody Knows Somebody” talks about the recent gun attacks, but she keeps it light as she sings about these events ending with a heavy message: “everybody knows somebody until everybody is gone.” She even has a Youtube sing-a-long, addressing listeners to help her sing the chorus; it’s powerful seeing her try not to tear up.   


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Charley Crockett
5 More Miles

Prolific Americana master Charley Crockett is putting out another record and if this little burner “5 More Miles” is any indication The Valley is going to be another epic album in the Texas troubadours collection.


Strugill Simpson
Sing Along

After tasting mainstream success with some extraordinary work in country music, Sturgill Simpson is turning to rock with new record Sound & Fury. Lead single “Sing Along” is more electric blues than Simpson has ever displayed, but who said evolution wasn’t a good thing.

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Your Smith
You Could’ve Told Me

A catchy break up tune from L.A. songstress Caroline Smith. “You Could’ve Told Me” is the latest single from Your Smith after dropping her debut E.P., Bad Habit last year.  

Your Smith will be opening for K. Flay at The Riv on September 19th. Tix are $29 - $59.

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Toro y Moi
smartbeats EP

Smartwater has launched a new campaign to build a bridge between science and music with smartbeats. They couldn’t have chosen a better musician to open the experiment than Oakland electro pop genius Toro y Moi. The four track EP enlists the help of guests Empress Of, Washed Out, and Madeline Kenney to provide vocals over his gorgeous compositions.  

Toro y Moi is coming to The Riv and bringing Channel Tres on November 1st. What a show! Tix are $30.