new releases

ISSUE #49 / february 28, 2019


Steady Flow / Louder. / Steady Flow

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With a mix of funk, soul, metal, and heavy jam influences Peoria natives Steady Flow have been delivering the instrumental funk for a few years now and Louder. just shows how incredible they’ve gotten at honing their sound into a sonic knife ready to cut through any crowd.

They are coming to Concord Music Hall opening for Boogie T.Rio on March 17th. Tix are $25.




Good Fuck / Good Fuck / Joyful Noise

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Chicago indie rock and New York electronic smash into each other on Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Capn’ Jazz) and Jenny Pulse’s new project Good Fuck. Their self titled debut is all electro groove with Kinsella raving while Pulse provides gauzy moments of blissed out vocals and the synthy beat driven tracks she is known for. It’s a combo that shouldn’t work, but sometimes expectations can be shattered by what artists can achieve.

Good Fuck is playing the SXSW Sendoff at The Hideout next Saturday. $10 at the door.


Bayonne / Drastic Measures / Mom+Pop

Synth pop from the Austin scene. Rogers Sellers richly layered tunes, a mixture of minute overdubbing and effect laden field recordings. Drastic Measures is sure to insert Bayonne into the indie consciousness.

He is coming to Schubas on April 26th. Tix are going for $13 ($15 doors).



Du Blonde / Lung Bread for Daddy / Moshi Moshi

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Beth Jeans Houghton is Du Blonde. An English tour de force who just slays on Lung Bread for Daddy, her sophomore full length that is the definition of revelation.

She’s not making the trip across the pond anytime soon.


Emilie Kahn / Outro / Secret City

Montreal harpist Emilie Kahn has put out a magnetic record with Outro. It’s an honest and intimate portrait of exiting youth and how we’re never really ready to grow up.

She has no Chicago dates as of now.

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SpelLling / Mazy Fly / Sacred Bones , SpelLling


Dripping with sultry synths and ethereal rhythms, Spellling’s sophmore LP Mazy Fly is one of those records that only gets better the more you listen. So throw this one on repeat, lay back and jam out.  

She has no tour dates right now.


Faux Ferocious / Pretty Groovy / Burger

This Nashville quartet produces psych heavy garage rock that is right up our alley. Faux Ferocious’ third LP Pretty Groovy is a loose rocking affair that just kills from moment one.

They are playing Milwaukee Psych Fest on April 12th at The Cooperage. Tix are $75 for the two day fest.

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Minors / Abject Bodies / Holy Roar


Hardcore from North of the border, Minors is Windsor’s heavy hitters; and Abject Bodies is a terror of a record, absolutely destroying from start to finish.

They have no U.S. tour dates planned.


Sunwatchers / Illegal Moves / Trouble In Mind

Sunwatchers are a self described “mystical free rock,” ensemble that fuses heavy riffs with insane effect laden “gonzo” guitars and synths to create complex compositions of mythic proportions. Illegal Moves continues the New York groups crazy work with the right mixture of precision and improvisation.

They are also on the bill for Milwaukee Psych Fest on April 12th. Tix are $75 for the two day fest.



Pom Poko / Birthday / Bella Union

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These Norway based art punks full length debut is a fantastic voyage through their off kilter and rhythmic jams. Birthday is one of the best debuts this week and shows a real promise for the future of Pom Poko.

No stateside dates for them yet, but we expect that to change when people get a load of this one.


FLING / FLING OR DIE / Dance to the Radio

Another great debut, this one from Bradford, UK poppy indie collective FLING. Pure fun with a dose of substance, FLING OR DIE is infectious.

Also not making it to the states anytime soon.



Our Native Daughters / Songs of Our Native Daughters / Smithsonian Folkways

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A folk supergroup of African American women with Rhiannon Giddens and Lelya McCalla (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago, Po’ Girl) and soloist Amythyst Kiah, Our Native Daughters is as inspiring as they are excellent. Songs of Our Native Daughters is something any fan of music must check out.

It doesn’t seem that they are touring together in support of this one.


Cochemea / All My Relations / Daptone

The Dap-Kings saxophonist releases his first solo record. Combining his love of jazz and his roots in Yaqui and Mescalero Apache ancestry, All My Relations is Cohemea’s masterpiece.  

He’s sticking to the Northwest for now, but we wouldn’t doubt if a national tour is on the horizon.



The Way Down Wanderers / illusions / The Way Down Wanderers

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Illinois based jamgrass outfit The Way Down Wanderers have been a solid fixture in the local scene for years and their second proper studio record illusions is clean, crisp, and a joy of a listen.

They are hitting Lincoln Hall this Saturday, March 2nd. Tix are $15.


Kim Lenz / Slowly Speeding / Blue Star

The queen of rockabilly returns for her sophomore studio record with all the swing and twang you’d expect. Slowly Speeding shows just how truly bad ass Kim Lenz can be.

She has no Chicago dates at the moment.

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Half Japanese / Invincible / Fire

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Their first recordings date back to 1977, when the two brothers offically formed their purposfully amatuer art rock group. Over fourty years later they’re still putting out art rock full of their melodically disonent touches. Invincible is Half Japanese’s seventh studio release this decade, making them possibly the most prolific forty year plus band ever.

They have no extensive tour dates set for this one.


MXMJoY / P.E.A.C.E. / London Field Recordings

The debut record from the British collective who have risen out of the ashes of the 80’s genre bending act Maximum Joy. MXMJoy continues the experimental sounds on P.E.A.C.E., a monumental release from true innovators.

They have no plans to tour the states at this time.



Moving Panoramas / In Two / Moving Panoramas , Modern Outsider

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The Austin, by way of Brooklyn, based dream rock of Leslie Sisson is contagious. In Two just grabs you by that bubbly center and never lets go. Deliciously infectious, Moving Panoramas could underscore any party they want.  

They are currently not playing outside of Austin.


The Burnt Tapes / Never Better / Wiretap

Emo punk (or as they describe it “regret punk”) out of London, The Burnt Tapes debut Never Better is a solid first effort that shows tons of promise and a couple really great tunes.

As most of our featured English groups this week, they have no dates in the states planned. We wouldn’t come here right now either, just saying.

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Drenge / Strange Creatures / Infectious


Brothers Rory and Eoin Loveless are Drenge. Strange Creatures takes English punk and turns it on it’s head, combining it with math and art rock influences to create a decimating sound that is all its own.

Nope, not coming over here either.


Alex Chilton / Songs from Robin Hood Lane / Bar None

The second posthumous release from Bar/None Records from this very influential 90’s musician. Songs from Robin Hood Lane brings together a collection of his interpretations of standards that has a jazz based feel. Showing Alex Chilton’s utter versatility.

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Curtis Mayfield / Keep On Keeping On: Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970 - 1974 / Curtom

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This two and a half hour collection brings together the late great Curtis Mayfield’s recordings of the early 70’s. His pioneering of urban funk and soul paved the way for countless other stars including contemporaries Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and George Clinton. Motown’s unsung hero, Mayfield is finally getting his due, years after he passed on to the great Hitsville in the sky.


other notable releases

Desperate Journalist / In Search of the Miraculous / Fierce Panda

The High Strung / Quiet Riots / Paper Thin

Funeral Advantage / Nectarine / Funeral Advantage , Sleep Well

Bellows / The Rose Gardener / Topshelf

China / And Then Nothing Happened / Royal Oakie  

Thelma / The Only Thing / Thelma

Luther Russell / Medium Cool / Luther Russell

Telekinesis / Effluxion / Merge
He is swinging through Schubas on April 8th. Tix are $15.

Benny Sings / City Pop / Stones Throw

Noble Kids / Messy Pretty / Rain Hat

Martin Frawley / Undone At 31 / Merge

Threatmantics / Shadow on Your Heart / Threatmantics

Semaphore / Leave with the Season / Siddharth Anandalingam

Michael Sackler-Berner / Short Stories / GMB

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt / The Fun in the Fight / Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

Lily & Madeleine / Canterbury Girls / New West
These sisters are coming to Schubas on March 2nd. Tix are going for $15.

John Mayall / Nobody Told Me / John Mayall , Forty Below
The British Blues legend is doing two shows in the area this summer. At SPACE on May 31st (Sold Out), and City Winery on August 1st ($35 - $58)

José González & The String Theory / Live In Europe / Imperial
They are coming to Chicago Theatre on March 28th. Tix are $29 and up.  

Julian Lage / Love Hurts / Mack Avenue

Andy Frasco & The U.N. / Change of Pace / Fun Machine
He’s bringing his show to Martyr’s this Saturday, March 2nd. Tix are $15 ($18 doors)

Vandoliers / Forever / Bloodshot
This Texas alt-country outfit is coming to The Hideout on March 8th. Tix are only $10!

Modeselektor / Who Else / Monkeytown

Noga Erez / RADAR Reworked / City Slang

Chris Welch & The Cicada Killers / Shook / Goliad

Emily Scott Robinson / Traveling Mercies / Emily Scott Robinson , Tone Tree
She is opening for Ron Pope at City Winery on March 8th and  9th. Both shows are Sold Out.

Yearnin’ / Take a Look / Wise Baby Records

Che Noir / The Thrill Of The Hunt / T.C.F.

Susto / Ever Since I Lost My Mind / Rounder

Bilderbuch / Vernissage My Heart / Maschin

Adia Victoria / Silences / Atlantic

Black Emoji / Kumi / BenaBenaBena

Cyrille Aimee / Move On: A Sondheim Adventure / Mack Avenue
She’s coming with these tunes to City Winery on April 5th. Tix are $28 - $38.

Clear Soul Forces / Still / Fat Beats

Higher Brothers / Five Stars / 88rising , 12 Tone
This Chinese hip hop collective is coming to the Concord on May 10th. Tix go on sale this Friday: $20+

CUT_ / A Small Group of Individuals /  CUT_ , [PIAS]

Hejira / Thread Of Gold / Lima Limo

The Young Gods / DATA MIRAGE TANGRAM / Two Gentlemen & The Young Gods

Kerli / Shadow Works / Seeking Blue

Buck Gooter / Finer Thorns / Ramp Local

Dead Witches / The Final Exorcism / Heavy Psych Sounds

Last In Line / II / Frontiers
From the ashes of Dio rise Last In Line! Coming to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on March 22nd. Tix are $15 - $35.

X / Los Angeles (2019 Remaster) / Universal X , Fat Possum

Overkill / The Wings of War / Nuclear Blast

Badflower / OK, I’m Sick / Big Machine , John Varvatos
Badflower is opening for Shinedown at Tinley Park on Sunday July 14th. Tix are $18 - $145 and up.