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ISSUE #48 / february 21, 2019


Ivan “Mamao” Conti / Poison Fruit / Far Out

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The drummer of legendary Brazilian, electric-samba trio Azymuth is 70-ish-years-old and still pushing boundaries... Liberating and experimental, Ivan Conti makes every moment of Poison Fruit a joy to consume.

In his old age, it’s possible he’ll never tour in the states again, however, what a marquee event it would be having him at Jazz Fest!



Abjects / Never Give Up / Yippee Ki Yay

What happens when you put a guitarist/singer from Spain, a bassist from Japan, and a drummer from Italy (London transplants all), and a penchant for fast-paced punk together? You get Abjects. The trio’s debut delivers the goods with eleven tracks of pure garage-punk fun.

They play Cleveland in March, and we’re just down the road! (We know, it’s on your way to Austin for South by!)


Anemone / Beat My Distance / Luminelle


Calling themselves “limitless pop” may sound a bit heavy-handed, but spend a few minutes with Beat My Distance, and we think you’ll agree with Anemone.

They are gonna be right down the road at Rozz Tox in Rock Island, IL on March 29th. Tix are $8. Road trip, anyone!?


Good Shade / Way Out / Dirtnap

Columbus native Shane Natalie, Good Shade, has been steadily creating his solo project since 2015, and his newest project, Way Out, is packed with rock solid, punk-influenced jams.

It doesn't appear he is going on tour anytime soon.

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bis / Slight Disconnects / bis


Four years in the making, the Scottish, electro power-pop, punk trio bis finally returns with a new record Slight Disconnects giving the same energy to their trippy sound with just a bit more polish and panash.

No stateside tour is planned as of now.


Savage Mansion / Revision Ballads / Lost Map

Ok, Australia, just stop giving us great bands! Savage Mansion is a product of Perth, led by songwriter Craig Angus, and with songs like, “Do You Say Hello to Your Neighbours,” and “Bring Down the City Hall,” he makes protestations fun again. Revision Ballads is a must-listen if you love Parquet Courts or Foxygen.

They are currently not playing any shows.

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Slenders / Angry Youth / This is Core


Italian punk with solid hooks and a penchant for speed?! Sign us up right now! (But don’t let the European label scare you, Slenders sings so well in English you wouldn’t have even known if we didn't tell you.) Angry Youth is a scorcher from start to finish!

Come on Riot Fest, bring them here! They have to be sick live!


Kel Assouf / Black Tenere / Glitterbeat

Tuareg rock is not a genre very many Americans are familiar with (us included), but when we ran across this glorious record from Niger band Kel Assouf, we just had to share. Black Tenere is so many things, but we’ll just say it’s a must listen if you’re a musically adventurous spirit.

At this time they have no dates in the states.

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Methyl Ethel / Triage / 4AD

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Jake Webb does it again, producing a complex and compelling record for the third time in a row. Triage takes Methyl Ethel’s dream-pop, psych-rock combo to new heights.

They are bringing their trippy-pop sounds to Schubas on March 25th. Tix are $15.


Golden Daze / Simpatico / Autumn Tone

A follow- up to the L.A. duo’s self -titled debut, Simpatico is a quiet revealing record full of falsetto and light-hearted love songs about regret and loss. No, really, it’s a joy to listen to while it tears you apart... (Golden Daze just holds that power.)

They are currently not on tour but we are hoping for a summer visit.

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Betty Who / Betty / Betty Who , AWAL

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It takes a strong will, and tons of guts to leave your label and turn around and release your most personal record in years. Stripped-down pop that leaves the lane clear for Betty Who’s vocals to shine, Betty is a pure pop-confection with actual substance.

Ms. Who is appearing for two nights at The Vic on May 16th and 17th. The 16th is sold out and only VIP tix are available for the 17th.


Stats / Other People’s Lives / Talkshow

A powerful debut from London dance outfit Stats. Other People’s Lives will absorb your brain and spit it out as it gets your feet going to the steady house influenced beats.

We’re the city where house came from! Visit here please!



Woman’s Hour / Ephyra / Practise

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Another London group puts out a fantastic record this week. Woman’s Hour lands a solid punch with Ephyra. The electro-pop, sibling-founded, act has a knack for melting your heart while feeding your brain...

(Of course they have no spring plans to visit Chicago, yet…)


Rina Mushonga / In A Galaxy / Rina Mushonga , [PIAS]

A global citizen (born in India, raised in Zimbabwe, schooled in the Netherlands, and now a resident of greater London,) Rita Mushonga’s music carries the gorgeous weight of the world. It’s pop and electronic and Afrobeat combined in a mish-mash of styles that makes In a Galaxy a completely compelling debut full-length.

Like the rest of our English-based features this week, she has no plans to come to the states right now. Would you come here now? Good question, right?

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The Tiger Lillies / Devil’s Fairground / Misery Gets Music

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A wonderful combination of Gypsy, music hall, and French chanson music, The Tiger Lillies have been around for nearly thirty years; led by the eternally inspirational Martyn Jacques. Devil’s Fairground was recorded live with the BERG Orchestra in Prague; and what a performance it must have been. Right down to the rousing version of “Is That All There Is?”

Someone bring this inventive group to Chicago soon!


Hayes Carll / What It Is / Dualtone

The classic country tunes of Hayes Carll’s What It Is aren’t going to attract the pop radio play of some of his contemporaries, but they do have respect from this staff for their honest depictions of the rural life and the characters that inhabit American life between the sprawling metropolises. (Plus, “Fragile Men” is the best admonishment of the backlash to the #MeToo movement we’ve heard. )

Hayes Carll is playing Lincoln Hall on March 30th. Tix are going for $22 ($25 doors).

other notable releases

Copeland / Blushing / Tooth & Nail
Copeland is hitting Bottom Lounge on April 11th. Tix are $20.

Shook Twins / Some Good Lives / Dutch

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Signs / Swamp Family , Fantasy , Concord

Holiday Gunfire / Holiday Gunfire / Cornelius Chapel

John Fratelli / Bright Night Flowers / Jon Fratelli ,  Cooking Vinyl

Robbie Williams / Under The Radar Volume 3 / Farrell

Chain Wallet / No Ritual / Jansen

Shiny Darkly / Bronze / Crunchy Frog

Millencolin / SOS / Softcore , Epitaph

Dead Pollys / Strummerland / Dead Pollys

The Cowboys / The Bottom of a Rotten Flower / The Cowboys  

Boo Ray / Tennessee Alabama Fireworks / BRRB , Soundly

Bodega / Witness Scroll / What’s Your Rupture

Yann Tiersen / ALL / Mute , Everything’s Calm

Conny Ochs / Doom Folk / Exile On Mainstream

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult / In the House of Strange Affairs / SleazeBox  

Outward / That’s Life / Corey Philpot

The Long Ryders / Psychedelic Country Soul / Cherry Red

Saor / Forgotten Paths / Fortriu

Lisa Frangeur / Ceilings and Floors / Deliberate

Elias Boussnina / Shameboy / Universal

Peter Mulvey / There Is Another World / Righteous Babe
He is stopping by SPACE on April 5th. Tix are $17 - $27.  

C’mon Tigre / Racines / BDC

Airbag / Cementerio Indie / Sonido Muchacho

Lazerbeak / Luther / Doomtree

Folamour / Ordinary Drugs / FHUO

Tourist / Everyday / Monday
Sleeping Village is hosting Tourist on February 21st! That’s tonight! Tix are $18.

Ryan Bingham / American Love Song / Axster Bingham , Thirty Tigers

Jared & The Mill / This Story Is No Longer Available / Jared & The Mill , Tone Tree
Jared & The Mill will be at Lincoln Hall on April 12th. Get your tix for $15 ($18 doors)

Avril Lavigne / Head Above Water / Avril Lavigne , BMG

Quinn XCII / From Michigan With Love / Columbia , Sony
The Riv will be having Quinn XCII on March 20th. That show is Sold Out. But there are plenty of third party tix if you wanna spend the dough.