new releases

ISSUE #54 / April 4, 2019


Okey Dokey / Tell All Your Friend / Okey Dokey

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Nashville psych-pop duo Okey Dokey create off-kilter, earworm tunes that dig themselves into your brain and just won’t let go. Tell All Your Friend is a dreamy adventure through a sonic wonderland: population two.


Chris Rawlings / Bring On The Rain / Chris Rawlings

We overlooked this excellent effort from Chicago folk rocker Chris Rawlings when he put it out in early February, but it deserves more attention. Check out Bring On The Rain and support local music!

He is at Uncommon Ground Lakeview on May 4th. Reservations here.

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Brutus / Nest / Brutus , Sargent House


Belgian noise rock trio Brutus hits in all the right ways. Nest is a multiple-play opus that just keeps on giving, that’s why it’s been on repeat for a half the week!


Clean Cut Kid / Painwave / Babe Magnet

After taking a year off to reinvent themselves, Liverpool’s Clean Cut Kid are back with the excellent indie pop collection Painwave. The first to be recorded in their home-built studio.

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Coughy / Ocean Hug / Joyful Noise , Coughy


Brooklyn duo Coughy specializes in under-two-minute indie pop gems and Ocean Hug is full of twenty of them!

They are coming to the Empty Bottle on Monday April 15th in support of locals J Fernandez. It’s FREE!


Laura Stevenson / The Big Freeze / Don Giovanni

Iconic singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson produces an affecting fifth record with The Big Freeze. No doubt in our mind that the New York-based artist can craft a killer tune.

She is appearing at Beat Kitchen on May 29th. Tix are $15.

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Nightmarathons / Missing Parts / A-F


Another fine full-length debut this week. This one from Pittsburgh punks Nightmarathons. Everything you’d want from pop punk to emo lands here. Missing Parts is one of those debuts that just leaves you itching for more.

The Law Office Pub and Music Hall is hosting Nightmarathons opening for Blind Adam and the Federal League on April 27th. Tix are $7.


LAGS / Soon / Casu Marzu

Italian post-hardcore just has us dripping from the ears! LAGS is one of those rare bands that just feels incredibly real and Soon is fearlessly relentless.



Ohtis / Curve of Earth / Full Time Hobby


Lo-fi indie Americana is a mouthful, but it accurately describes Ohtis, whose full-length debut Curve of Earth is an addictive listen from start to finish.

They are coming to Lincoln Hall in support of The Murlocs on April 20th. Tix are $15.


Randy Randall / Arthur King Presents Randy Randall: Sound Field Volume One / Dangerbird

The L.A.-based guitarist and composer Randy Randall has produced a gorgeous, ambient record in Sound Field Volume One. This is a must-listen for any fan of experimental music.

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Quelle Chris / Guns / Mello Music

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A metaphor of a record from Detroit legend Quelle Chris. Every tune is about Guns in one form or another, and it forms a whole story about our society’s number one obsession.


Epic Beard Men / This Was Supposed To Be Fun / Strange Famous

Sage Francis and B. Dolan combine forces to be Epic Beard Men. Their second full-length collaboration, This Was Supposed To Be Fun is all hard-hitting rhymes set to funky groove-filled beats that have been the norm for both for years now.

They are hitting the Cactus Club in Milwaukee on April 11st. Tix are $12.

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Shafiq Husayn / The Loop / Nature

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A who’s who of talented indie R&B and hip-hop performers cycle through producer/performer Shafiq Husayn’s newest work The Loop. One third of the prolific Sa Ra Creative Partners, Husayn has garnered help here from the likes of Bilal and Anderson .Paak, along with Fatima, Thundercat and Flying Lotus. One of the most musically inventive hip/hop, R&B records so far this year.


Phil Cook / As Far as I Can See / Psychic Hotline

Master guitarist Phil Cook has produced and written for a who’s who in modern Americana and more. On his own he has put out a quietly excellent new record in As Far as I Can See.

Phil Cook is coming to Lincoln Hall on May 16th with Charlie Parr. Tix are $18.

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M. Lockwood Porter / Communion in the Ashes / Black Mesa

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Staunchly political, M. Lockwood Porter’s newest effort Communion in the Ashes is a scathing report on our current social mess.


Amirtha Kidambi & Elder Ones/ From Untruth / Northern Spy

Experimental composer and singer Amirtha Kidambi is joined by a trio dubbed Elder Ones to perform four of her excellent and odd compositions that form From Untruth.  

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The Matthew Herbert Big Band / The State Between Us / Accidental

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A commentary on “Brexit” and the politics that are dividing nations. English composer Matthew Herbert delivers a beautiful effort with The State Between Us.


Mdou Moctar / Ilana (The Creator) / Sahel

With his signature style blending contemporary Saharan and rock and roll Nigerien (from Niger not Nigeria) guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar returns with yet another excellent record in Ilana (The Creator).

He is performing tonight, Thrusday April 4th at The Empty Bottle. Tix are $16.

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Parahelio / Surge Evelia, Surge / Parahelio


Experimental post-rock from Peru. Parahelio’s newest effort Surge Evelia, Surge is as excellent as the genre comes.


Jo Schornikow / Secret Weapon / Keeled Scales

The Australian keyboardist has toured with quite a few acts over the years including Phosphorescent and The National, but Secret Weapon is Jo Schornikow’s debut solo album and it’s worth the wait. Transcendent and truthful, it’s a very personal collection that shows off her gorgeous voice and skill as a songwriter in her own right.

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Steve Earle & The Dukes / GUY / New West

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GUY finds the one-of-a-kind roots rocker Steve Earle and his band The Dukes covering 16 tunes by the legendary Texas songwriter Guy Clark, with plenty of help from his Earle’s contemporaries on vocals.


Garcia Peoples / Natural Facts / Beyond Beyond Is Beyond

New Jersey psych-rockers Garcia Peoples hit it hard with sophomore full-length Natural Facts. This is jam rock its namesake would appreciate.

Garcia Peoples is performing at Milwaukee Psych Fest VII. Check out tix info and the full lineup!  

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Uncle Walt’s Band / Uncle Walt’s Band / Omnivore , Uncle Walt’s Band

The second collection compiling the music of Austin folk legends Uncle Walt’s Band that came to a tragic end when Walter Hyatt was killed in a plane crash in 1997.


Betty Carter / The Music Never Stops / Jazz at Lincoln Center

Finally released as the full live recording. The Music Never Stops serves as a testament to the genius that was the talented Betty Carter.


Marvin Gaye / You’re The Man / UMG , Motown

In celebration of Marvin Gaye’s 80th birthday, Motown has finally released the long lost final record of the legendary soul singers career. Shelved many years ago by a bitter Berry Gordy, You’re The Man is finally seeing the light of day.


other notable releases

Choosey & Exile / Black Beans / Dirty Science

Alex Rex / Otterburn / Tin Angel

Hindu / Scars / MANIMAL

Good Cop Bad Cop / Good Cop Bad Cop / Count To Ten

Joni Void / Mise En Abyme / Constellation

Spice Boys / Speed 2 / PNKSLM

Wet Dreams / Wet Dreams / Black Pop

The Scanners / The Scanners II / Dirty Water

M¥SS KETA / Paprika / Universal , Island

Soia / Where Magnolia Grows / Beat Art Department

OWEL / Paris / OWEL

Chris Cohen / Chris Cohen / Captured Tracks
Mr. Cohen is headlining The Hideout with local standout Not For You in support on April 17th. Tix are $10.

Hands Off Gretel / I Want The World / Puke Pop

R.O.C. / Bile & Celestial Beauty / rocmusic

Edwyn Collins / Badbea / Edwyn Collins

Beth Gibbons and The Polish National Radio Symphony / Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 / Domino

Devin Townsend / EMPATH / HeavyDevy , InsideOut
The guitar master is coming to House of Blues on May 22nd. Tix are $26.

Grupo Fantasma / American Music: Volume 7 / Blue Corn

Joshua Redman Quartet / Come What May / Nonesuch

LOST DOG Street Band / Weight of a Trigger / Benjamin Tod Flippo

The Rayo Brothers / Victim & Villain / Nouveau Electric  

The Strumbellas / Rattlesnake / Underneath A Mountain
They are playing 101WKQX Piqniq Fest on June 15th at Tinley Park. Tix are $20 and up.

Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth / In The Cut / Redwoods

Julian Taylor Band / Avalanche / Gypsy Soul

Lawrence Arabia / Lawrence Arabia's Singles Club / Honorary Bedouin

C Duncan / Health / FatCat

Small Feet / With Psychic Powers / Barsuk

Fennesz / Agora / Touch

Little Villains / Philthy Lies / Heavy Psych

The Midnight Revolution / Burning Clouds / Marie-Jo Buemas , The Midnight Revolution

The Underground Youth / Montage Images Of Lust & Fear / Fuzz Club

AOP / Adult Oriented Pop / Lazy Octopus

Dune Messiah / Moments of Bliss / Third Coming

Rows Arc / High on the Tide / Hawthorne  Street

AKUA / Them Spirits / AKUA
She is opening for the amazing Shy Girls at Subterranean on April 25th. Tix are $15.

Billy Woods & Kenny Segal / Hiding Places / Backwoods Studioz

jautì / Too Fat To Run / jautì