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ISSUE #44 / January 24, 2019


Joe McPhee and John Butcher / At the Hill of James Magee / Trost

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As esoteric and minimalist as jazz gets, this live record from multi instrumentalist Joe McPhee and Saxophonist John Butcher, At The Hill of James Magee  is a trippy adventure through the stripped down squeaks and squawks of two masters playing with genre and texture in a way that just destroys.  

It doesn’t appear that either musician is currently on tour.



Crane Like The Bird / Crane Like The Bird / Crane Like The Bird

Kyle Crane crafts a gentle and melodic folk rock record dedicated to his father who died in a Coast Guard helicopter crash in ‘97. Crane Like The Bird is a beautiful and delicate album that hits all the right chords, heart and music alike.

He is currently not on tour.

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Malibu Ken / Malibu Ken / Rhymesayers

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A collab record from MC Aesop Rock and Black Moth Super Rainbow member and producer Tobacco. The raw, unnerving production of Malibu Ken is the perfect background for Aesop Rock to spin his uncompromising rhymes.

The two don’t have any tour plans in support of this one but Black Moth Super Rainbow is hitting Sleeping Village March 20th. Tix are $20.


Steve Gunn / The Unseen In Between / Matador

A quality indie rock guitar record from a stalwart of the genre. Steve Gunn is closing in on legendary status and The Unseen In Between is a fabulous addition to his storied career.

He’s swinging through Lincoln Hall on April 19th. Tix are $18 ($20 doors).

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Blockhead / Free Sweatpants / backwoodz


Cutting his teeth with acts such as Aesop Rock, Anthony Simon aka: Blockhead has risen to prominence as a producer of indie hip hop beats. Free Sweatpants is the prolific producers eleventh solo record, and with guest spots by Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, Vic Spencer and more up and coming MC’s this may be his best yet.

The native New Yorker has only one US date so far this year, in Wichita KS of all places.


Neyla Pekarek / Rattlesnake / Neyla Pekarek

The ex Lumineers cellist and singer releases a wonderful debut with Rattlesnake. Neyla Pekarek’s warm vocals and hummable hooks really hit home with her country rock tinged tunes.

She is on tour at the moment but has no dates in IL at the moment.

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Whitehorse / The Northern South Vol. 2  / Six Shooter


The second half of this electric blues husband and wife duo’s record The Northern South hits you with the full force of psychedelic southern twang straight out of a Tarantino picture. Whitehorse is full on Canadian groove.

It seems they have no shows planned South of the border at the moment.


KONGOS / 1929, Pt. 1 / Tokoloshe

The four brothers from Phoenix’s latest record is more of the same bouncy electro indie rock they have been shelling out since ‘07. 1929, Pt. 1 is as infectious as it is groovy.

They just played Lincoln Hall last night, Wednesday January 23rd.



Night Beats / Myth of a Man / Heavenly

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This soulful country tinged record from Danny Lee Blackwell and producer Dan Auerbach (yes, The Black Keys guitarist) was recorded in Nashville and carrys the rich tradition of its birth city in every chord and lyrical stylings. Myth of a Man is a sharp shift for Night Beats and shows the range Blackwell has always had up his sleeve.

Night Beats is coming to Sleeping Village on April 12th. Tix are $15 ($18 doors).


Steve Mason / About The Light / Domino

The Beta Band frontman’s fifth solo record was recorded live in studio and the immediacy and rawness shows. About The Light may take its cues from ‘90’s British rock but is as modern as they come.

It doesn’t appear the Scottish singer/songwriter is making any appearances in the US anytime soon.

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George Belasco & O Cao Andaluz / Os Caes Veem Coisas / Mercúrio

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A rocking record straight from Brazil with plenty of verve and driving rhythms. We can’t wait to hear more from these South American rockers. Check out the record on bandcamp its name your price!

We couldn’t find any tour dates.


The Black Heart Death Cult / The Black Heart Death Cult / The Black Heart Death Cult

Melbourne's Black Heart Death Cult has the psychedelic fever down cold. Their debut self titled LP swirls and swooshes through the brain to bring back all those flashbacks!

No US tour dates on the horizon for these Australian psych rockers.

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Altitudes & Attitude / Get It Out / Altitudes & Attitude

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What happens when two legends join forces? Just sign us up for these two bassists teaming up for a melodic rock album. Anthrax‘s Frank Bello on vocals, rhythm guitar and bass and Megadeth‘s David Ellefson on rhythm guitar and bass. The result is quite mellower than their birth bands but still rocks out in a radio friendly manner.

So far they only have a few European dates planned.