ISSUE #49 / february 28, 2019
NEW RELEASES WE MISSED:
Steady Flow / Louder. / Steady Flow
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.
THIS WEEK’S NEW RELEASES:
Good Fuck / Good Fuck / Joyful Noise
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
Du Blonde / Lung Bread for Daddy / Moshi Moshi
Emilie Kahn / Outro / Secret City
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
Minors / Abject Bodies / Holy Roar
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
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
Our Native Daughters / Songs of Our Native Daughters / Smithsonian Folkways
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 Way Down Wanderers / illusions / The Way Down Wanderers
Kim Lenz / Slowly Speeding / Blue Star
Half Japanese / Invincible / Fire
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
Moving Panoramas / In Two / Moving Panoramas , Modern Outsider
The Burnt Tapes / Never Better / Wiretap
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.
Drenge / Strange Creatures / Infectious
Alex Chilton / Songs from Robin Hood Lane / Bar None
Curtis Mayfield / Keep On Keeping On: Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970 - 1974 / Curtom
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.