ISSUE #51 / March 14, 2019
THIS WEEK’S NEW RELEASES:
Amanda Palmer / There Will Be No Intermission / Amanda Palmer / Cooking Vinyl
A stunning achievement. There Will Be No Intermission is Amanda Palmer’s first solo record in six years and at well over an hour, The Dresden Dolls artist is at the peak of her powers with observational songs that rival the most accomplished songwriters. This is a must-listen.
She is appearing at The Chicago Theatre on April 12th. Tix range from $29.50 - $45+.
Heartscape Landbreak /The Remedy / Cosmic Dreamer , Heartscape Landbreak
Leggy / Let Me Know Your Moon / Sheer Luck
Foals / Part 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost / Foals , Warner UK
The UK foursome’s first of a two part record (part 2 is coming in the fall) Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, is a synth rock master class highlighting the lamentable state of the world. Leave it to Foals to give their dour English perspective to our social state.
They are rolling through The Riv on April 27th with Preoccupations and Omni opening. Tix are $33.50.
SASAMI / SASAMI / Domino
L.A. scenester Sasami Ashworth has played with various indie acts for years now including Dirt Dress, Cherry Glazerr, Hand Habits, Vegabon, and more. SASAMI is her first solo effort. A break up album that is as intimate lyrically as it is soothing musically. Another must-listen from this week.
Schubas is hosting her on April 23rd. Tix are a mear $12.
Youth Fountain / Letters To Our Former Selves / Pure Noise
Vancouver-based emo-punk outfit Youth Fountain’s debut full-length is jam packed with troupes of the genre, but sometimes screaming along to anthemic beauties is just what is needed for life to feel good again. Letters To Our Former Selves is full of sing along rockers and tear-jerking power ballads.
They are playing downstairs at the Sub T tonight. Thursday March 14th. Tix are $15.
Bencoolen / Daydream / Bencoolen
Indoor Pets / Be Content / Wichita , Indoor Pets
Drinking Boys and Girls Choir / Keep Drinking / Damnably & DBGC
Nick Waterhouse / Nick Waterhouse / Innovative Leisure
Justus Proffit / L.A.’s Got Me Down / Barn/None
Consumate L.A. scene mainstay Justus Proffit has been around for years, but this is his first true solo effort. L.A.’s Got Me Down is everything it’s namesake city contains: a bit disjointed, a bit odd, but all-around cool.
It doesn’t appear that Proffit is making it off the West Coast anytime soon.
Money For Rope / Picture Us / Cheersquad
Tredici Bacci / La Fine Del Futuro / NNA
Composer Simon Hanes brought together this 13-piece ensemble in 2013 as an avenue to bring his retro lounge compositions to the stage. La Fine Del Futuro is as eclectic as it is interesting and Tredici Bacci feels straight out of a ‘70s film soundtrack.
To our knowledge they have never performed outside of New England except for a few SXSW shows.
Clara Baker / Things to Burn / Clara Baker
Rosie Tucker / Never Not Never Not Never Not / Sunshine , New Professor
After releasing new songs “Gay Bar,” “Bad Habit” and “Lauren,” indie singer and songwriter Rosie Tucker releases her second album, Never Not Never Not Never Not. The album is full of Tucker’s unique vocal levels, ranges, and quirky personality with a soft electric guitar and drums, themes of freedom, love, and honesty. The album is very light and upbeat and Tucker’s voice is powerful but doesn’t overshadow the melodies- they almost seem to make a partnership when setting the tone for her songs. Since her first album released in 2015, Tucker as an artist has grown from her acoustic guitar and has created a musical set using a full band and her lyrics.
Rosie Tucker won’t be in Chicago any time soon, but hopefully we will see her in the summer.
Kyle Dion / SUGA / Kyle Dion
Fuse ODG / New Africa Nation / Off Da Ground
The British/Ghanaian rapper’s second record bringing together hip hop, reggae, and African beats into an amalgamated original sound. New Africa Nation doesn’t forget to have fun while it preaches its important messages.
There are no tour dates on his slate.
Meat Puppets / Dusty Notes / Megaforce
American Rock band Meat Puppets release their 15th studio album Dusty Notes, that is a continuation to their well-known rock style. With a folk/country/rock mixture, the album has a “catching up with an old friend” feeling to it. Dusty Notes, has a variety of slower, more traditional country melody in songs such as “Warranty,” “On,, and “Sea of Heartbreak. The album also has faster mix of contemporary and classical American Rock melodies in songs such as “Dusty Notes” and “Vampyr’s Winged Fantasy” that mix acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and a faster drum beat. Although Meat Puppets have been around for decades, it is good to hear they haven’t lost their style over the years.
The Meat Puppets are coming to Sub T on June 1st at 9PM. Tix go on sale Friday March 15th.
OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES
Patty Griffin / Patty Griffin / PGM , Thirty Tigers
The folk star will be at The Vic Theatre on April 16th. Tix are $40 - $50.
The Antlers / Hospice (10 Year Anniversary Reissue) / Frenchkiss , Transgressive
Thalia Hall is hosting The Antlers April 5th and 6th. Both shows are Sold Out.