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ISSUE #55 / April 11, 2019


Shawn James / The Dark & The Light / Parts + Labor


South Side born and raised blues-rock man Shawn James has really come into his own with his fourth solo studio effort. The Dark & The Light is a robust mix of rock, folk, and the blues.   


Something Is Waiting / Songs For The Sally Beauty Pavilion / Learning Curve

Chicago’s metal scene is vibrant, and Something is Waiting is on the up and up. With Songs For The Sally Beauty Pavilion, they balance intensity with a tongue-in-cheek humor that adds a surprising levity to the mix.

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Cherry Pickles / Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples / PNKSLM

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One is from Brazil, the other from the UK. Together they create magic lo-fi indie pop that is wonderfully addictive. Cherry Pickles is where it’s at, and they will most definitely Harden Your Nipples!


Control Top / Covert Contracts / Get Better

Control Top hits on all cylinders with Covert Contracts. The Philly trio just destroys for thirty tight anthemic minutes of hard hitting post-punk.


Lady Lamb / Even in the Tremor / Ba Da Bing!

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Aly Spaltro has been performing as Lady Lamb for years now, and with Even In The Tremor, she is really coming into her own with a style that is strictly hers.

Lincoln Hall is hosting her on April 17th. Tix are $18. ($20 doors)  


Lee Fields & The Expressions / It Rains Love / Big Crown  

Soul musics seminal workhorse Lee Fields has been around since the ‘60s and came into the mainstream with peers Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley (who have both passed from this plain) early in the decade. It Rains Love is his fifth release with his backing band, the ever-tight Expressions.

The last Soulman of the ‘60s is visiting Thalia Hall this Friday April 12th. Tix are $20.

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EPMD / Live Business / Def Squad


Recorded in Chicago, this live record from hip-hop legends EPMD runs through a massive amount of their hits. Live Business is a hip-hop head’s dream!


Wilma Vritra / Burd / Bad Taste

A potent combo of Odd Future standout Pyramid Vritra and producer Wilma Archer produces a compelling listen as Wilma Vritra with their first collaboration Burd.

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Cassia / Replica / Distiller


This English trio combine Afro-pop with indie rock for a sound that’s a bit Talking Heads, a bit Vampire Weekend, and all the way Cassia. Replica is an outstanding debut that just digs its way into your head and won’t go away.


Patio / Essentials / Fire Talk

Post-punk at its most stripped down and low-fi. The trio that make up Patio have outdone themselves with Essentials, a stunning debut full-length that just doesn’t quit.



Sego / Sego Sucks / Roll Call


With elements of early Beck (with some Cake and Superchunk thrown in the mix the late ‘90s), influences are clear, yet Sego’s infectious sounds make Sego Sucks one of the best records of the week.

They are hitting Schubas on May 18th. Tix are $10. ($12 doors)


Whispering Sons / Image / Cleopatra

Belgian post-punk that is right up our alley. Whispering Sons just kills all the way through this live session of four tunes from last year’s excellent Image.

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Raketkanon / RKTKN #3 / Alcopop!


The second full length from this talented Icelandic singer/songwriter Across The Borders is a fabulous blend of genre that brings to mind Father John Misty without the snark and sarcasm. Born Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson and performing under the moniker Júníus Meyvant since 2014, and if this record doesn’t propel his star upwards people are just not paying attention.

We’re hoping for a summer tour, as of now he only has Europe dates through March.


Evan Greer / she/her/they/them / Evan Greer

Bringing to light the pronoun movement with her new album title, she/her/they/them, Evan Greer brings an important modern perspective to a pop-punk rock sound that could use a reboot from a smart and savvy musician.  



Chrysta Bell / Feels Like Love / Meta Hari

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A consistent collaborator with David Lynch, (yes- that David Lynch), Chrysta Bell’s goth-pop would feel right at home in Twin Peaks. Maybe that’s why she starred in the most recent reboot. Feels Like Love works so well you won’t even get the association, but now that we told you, it’s too late.


L’Imperatrice / Matahari / microqlima

This new-wave French disco is as infectious as music gets. L'Imperatrice hits all the right notes with the English version of Matahari.   

They are headed to Lincoln Hall on May 13th. Tix are $15. ($20 doors.)



Shana Cleveland / Night of the Worm Moon / Hardly Art

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The solo debut of La Luz frontwoman Shana Cleveland. Night of the Worm Moon is a contemplative record full of quiet, lovely moments.


Molly Tuttle / When You’re Ready / Molly Tuttle , Compass

With guitar and banjo picking nearly as impressive as her clear, strong vocals and stellar songwriting, Molly Tuttle hits again with When You’re Ready. The 26-year-old is far too young to be this damn good.

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The Infamous Stringdusters / Rise Sun / Tape Time

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The Infamous Stringdusters return with a whole new collection of originals in Rise Sun. Bluegrass to the core, this acoustic five piece just nails it every single time.


Tyler Ramsey / For The Morning / Fantasy , Concord

It’s been eight years since the former Band of Horses guitarist let us in with a new record, and For The Morning was worth the wait. Tyler Ramsey has gifted his listeners with a gorgeous album full of lush soundscapes.

Schubas is hosting him on April 22nd. Tix are $15.

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Son Lux / Remnants / Ryan Lott , This Is Meru

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Ryan Lott and company have let us in with this excellent new collection of rarities spanning nearly a decade of music-making. Son Lux is up there in unique artists, and Remnants is a revelation.


Jimbo Mathus / Incinerator / Big Legal Mess

The latest solo effort from Jimbo Mathus, one of the founders of Squirrel Nut Zippers. Unlike SNZ, Mathus’ Incinerator is steeped in southern blues.

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Ratso / Stubborn Heart / Lucky Number


A music journalist retires and then decides he wants to join the ranks he spent his life writing about. A truly odd, yet interesting effort from former Rolling Stones writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman. Stubborn Heart is steeped in the ‘60s folk Ratso cut his teeth on in the written word.


Johnny Thunders / Madrid Memory: Live / Cleopatra

A live recording of the New York Dolls guitarist in Madrid in 1984. Johnny Thunders was a damn legend who died far too young in 1991 at age 38.  

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New Order / Movement (Definitive Edition) / Warner UK

A new edition of New Order’s seminal debut LP Movement. Do we really have to convince you to give this one another spin?


Professor Longhair / Live On The Queen Mary / Harvest , MPL

The seminal recording of the legendary New Orleans hero Professor Longhair’s performance at the Wings (yes- Paul McCartney’s Wings) album release party on The Queen Mary in 1978. This is must-listen material. No one has or will ever be like Professor Longhair. He was a true one-of-a-kind.



other notable releases

Bella Novela / Incinerate / Bella Novela

Flying Fish Cove / At Moonset / Help Yourself

JAWS / The Ceiling / JAWS

Brass Box / The Cathedral / Dune Altar

Ceschi / Sad, Fat Luck / Fake Four
He is on his way to SubT on April 14th! Tix are $15.

The Dogs / Rid Me of Knives / Drabant

Circa Waves / What’s It Like Over There? / Prolifica , [PIAS]

W.H. Lung / Incidental Music / Melodic

Bohannons / Bloodroot / Cornelius Chapel

Yacht Punk / Ghosts / Killphonic

Datura4 / Blessed Is the Boogie / Alive Naturalsound

I Know Leopard / Love Is A Landmine / Ivy League

Giuda / E.V.A. / BURGER

The Prescriptions / Hollywood Gold / Single Lock

Drunken Prayer / Cordelia Elsewhere / Drunken Prayer

Kendrick Scott Oracle / A Wall Becomes A Bridge / Capitol , Blue Note
Constellation is hosting the accomplished jazz drummer on May 2nd. Tix are $20.

1 Trait Danger / 1 Trait World Tour / Matador

spoony bard / Old Friends / spoony bard

The Suitcase Junket / Mean Dog, Trampoline / Signature Sound

Callum Easter / Here Or Nowhere / Lost Map

Rod Melancon / Pinkville / Blue Elan

Brant Bjork / Jacoozzi / Heavy Psych

Night School / Disappear Here / Graveface

Oginalii / Cause & Affection / Oginalii

Girls On Grass / Dirty Power / Girls On Grass

Charlotte Cornfield / The Shape of Your Name / Outside

Annie Hogan / Lost In Blue / Cold Spring

Rozi Plain / What A Boost / Memphis

Reba McEntire / Stronger Than The Truth / Rockin’ R , Big Machine

Jackie Venson / Joy / Jackie Venson

Femina / Perlas & Conchas / Fémina

Zuco 103 / Tripicalismo / Zuco Sound

Swimming Bell / Wild SIght / Adventure Club , Swimming Bell

Jai Wolf / The Cure To Loneliness / Mom+Pop
He’s bringing his skills to Concord on April 26th. GA is SOLD OUT, but $85 Meet and Greet Package is still available.

GRiZ / Ride Waves / GRiZ

Idlewild / Interview Music / Empty Words

Kitty / Rose Gold / Pretty Wavvy

GIRLI / Odd One Out / Jasmine , Universal , Virgin