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ISSUE #51 / March 14, 2019


Amanda Palmer / There Will Be No Intermission / Amanda Palmer / Cooking Vinyl

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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

Affecting indie rock from the heartland. Kansas native Taylor Holenbeck (The Appleseed Cast, Hospital Ships, Des Ark) started Heartscape Landbreak in 2009 and The Remedy may be his best record yet under the moniker.

As of now there are no tour plans in support of this one.

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Leggy / Let Me Know Your Moon / Sheer Luck


The follow up to their debut self-titled 2017 hit, Let Me Know Your Moon finds Cincinnati trio Leggy at their most raw. A powerful and hard-hitting record that is sure to turn some more heads Ohio way.

Unfortunately they don’t have any upcoming Chicago dates.


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.




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.

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Bencoolen / Daydream / Bencoolen


D.C. jam band Bencoolen’s debut full-length shows off their eclectic talents blending rock, soul and disco to tremendous effect. Daydream is worthy effort from these jam scene up-and-comers.

We’re hoping for a street fest set from these funky boys.


Indoor Pets / Be Content / Wichita , Indoor Pets

Yet another impressive indie rock band from across the pond. Indoor Pets hail from Kent, UK and Be Content is insanely good. Just give it a spin- you won’t be disappointed.

So far they have no U.S. dates planned.

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Drinking Boys and Girls Choir / Keep Drinking / Damnably & DBGC

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Korean skate punk! Drinking Boys and Girls Choir is fast, dirty, and downright addictive. Keep Drinking blows by as MJ, Meena and Bondu slam through their tunes at a million miles an hour.

With an UK tour on the horizon, we’re hoping they sweep through the States sometime this summer.


Nick Waterhouse / Nick Waterhouse / Innovative Leisure

Retro soul man Nick Waterhouse returns with a self -itled fourth effort that is all smooth and glorious grooves.

He’s coming to Lincoln Hall May 8th. Tix are going for $17.50 ($20 doors).   

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Justus Proffit / L.A.’s Got Me Down / Barn/None

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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

The third record from Melbourne five-piece Money For Rope is a chilling work.  Picture Us just grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go. A fine effort from these vets from down under.

It doesn’t look like they have scheduled outside of their native Australia anytime soon.

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Tredici Bacci / La Fine Del Futuro / NNA

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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

Things to Burn comes on slow, but by mid-record, Clara Baker’s tunes have taken root and deep affection has grown tall and leafy. A wonderful second record from a future star in roots music.

She currently has no tour dates planned.

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Rosie Tucker / Never Not Never Not Never Not / Sunshine , New Professor

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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

Digital soul would be a way to describe Kyle Dion. The L.A. based artist has produced a killer record with SUGA. This is pure making love music.

He is currently not on tour.

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Fuse ODG / New Africa Nation / Off Da Ground

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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.

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe / Gnomes & Badgers / Seven Spheres

Patty Griffin / Patty Griffin / PGM , Thirty Tigers
The folk star will be at The Vic Theatre on April 16th. Tix are $40 - $50.

Paul Weller / Other Aspects, Live at the Royal Festival Hall / Solid Bond , Parlophone

Leo “Bud” Welch / The Angels In Heaven Done Signed My Name / Easy Eye

Nothing / Spirit Of The Stairs - B-Sides & Rarities / Relapse

The Black Drumset / Charged / J. Brian Willey

E.B. The Younger / To Each His Own / Bella Union

I Was A King / Slow Century / I Was A King

Alice Phoebe Lou / Paper Castles / Alice Phoebe Lou

Caleb Elliot / Forever To Fade / Single Lock
He is opening for Sean McConnell at Schubas on March 24th. Tix are $10 ($12 doors).

Howe Gelb / Gathered / Fire

Dave / PSYCHODRAMA / Dave , Neighbourhood

Jafaris / Stride / DFL , Jafaris

K.A.A.N. / Gathering / K.A.A.N & Bleverly Hills , U Made Us What We Are

Bárbara Eugenia / TUDA / Bárbara Eugenia

Daniel Blumberg and Hebronix / Liv / Daniel Blumberg , Mute

Jim Jones and the Righteous Minds / CollictiV / MaSonic

Sarah Potenza / Road To Rome / Sarah Potenza

M83 / Knife + Heart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / M83 , Mute

Flight of the Conchords / Live in London / Sub Pop

Sigrid / Sucker Punch / Universal , An Island

Wyclef Jean / Wyclef Goes Back To School Volume 1 / Luna , Heads

David Grey / Gold in a Brass Age / iht , AWAL
He is coming to Chicago Theatre on June 13th. Tix are $35-$75.

The Antlers / Hospice (10 Year Anniversary Reissue) / Frenchkiss , Transgressive
Thalia Hall is hosting The Antlers April 5th and 6th. Both shows are Sold Out.

Townes Van Zandt / Sky Blue / TVZ , Fat Possum