new releases

ISSUE #60 / may 16, 2019


Andrew Robert Palmer / Andrew Robert Palmer EP / Andrew Robert Palmer

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Earlier this month Chicago folk rocker Andrew Robert Palmer dropped a self titled EP that is worth a listen or two. His compelling vocals and storytelling chops are on full display with highlights “...To the Lake!” and “Northside Blues Confusion” bringing out the Chicago centric themes that are charming examples of embracing your environment and writing what you know.  



Pottery / No. 1 / Partisan


Gritty and grindy, with a new wave pop aesthetic that is made for the dive bar dance floor, the debut from Montreal five piece Pottery hits on all the right levels. No 1. Is a garage rock slash indie smasher that has a breathtaking pulse that just doesn’t quit.   

Pottery is opening for FONTAINES D.C. at Lincoln Hall on September 15th. Tix are $15.


Mellow Gang / Adjourn / MellowGang

London’s dream pop outfit Mellow Gang has put out their debut long player Adjourn, which is chock full of tracks that sweep you off your feet.


DADDY LONG LEGS / Lowdown Ways  / Yep Roc

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An old school bluesy throwback trio straight from the streets of a New York long past, DADDY LONG LEGS is an aberration of modern music. Part psychobilly, part blues, part old school rock ‘n’ roll Lowdown Ways is all the way entertaining.

Schubas is hosting the blues hybrid trio on July 5th. Tix are $12.


Lowland Hum / Glyphonic / Lowland Hum , Tone Tree

Art folk beauty runs high through Charlottesville’s Lowland Hum. The duos sixth record, Glyphonic finds them at the peak of their powers.

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Doomsquad / Let Yourself Be Seen / Bella Union


Fantastic electro art punks out of Toronto, Doomsquad takes on every issue humans are currently dealing with off the wall and captivation Let Yourself Be Seen.

They are hitting Lincoln Hall as openers for Operator on May 28th. Tix are $16.


Jonathan Rice / The Long Game / Mano Walker

Crooners are hard to come by these days but Jonathan Rice fits the bill. With an oldies rock n’ roll soul and the songwriting chops to back it up The Long Game is a fitting example of the old being made new again.

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Ani Difranco / No Walls Mixtape / Righteous Babe , United For Opportunity

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Put together as an accompanying soundtrack to the folk legend Ani Difranco’s new autobiography “No Walls and the Recurring Dream.” No Walls Mixtape is full of reworked acoustic versions of all her hits from across her career. Do we need to convince you further? Yeah, thought not.  


Rhye / Spirit / Loma Vista , Concord

The alt R&B maverick Rhye returns for another collection of beautifully somber reflections on Spirit.



Boogarins / Sombra Dúvida / OAR


Straight from the Brazilian city of Goiânia comes the psych pop of Boogarins. Sombra Dúvida, which translates to “Shadow or Doubt” is their fifth release of unparalleled strangeness and eager earnestness.


India Tigers In Texas / India Tigers In Texas / India Tigers In Texas

This isn’t your dad’s Psych rock. With a weaving wave of guitar and effect laden vocals India Tigers In Texas make their self titled long player dance along the mind.

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The Mystery Lights / Too Much Tension! / Wick

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It’s no wonder soul autoures Daptone tapped these throwback psych rockers for their rock imprint Wick Records, The Mystery Lights are a throwback to the rock of New York’s Bowery days and Too Much Tension! joins the litany of great records of the genre.

It ought to be a hellava show when The Mystery Lights hits The Empty Bottle on June 25th. Tix are $12.


Radiator Hospital / Sings ‘Music for Daydreaming’ / Salinas  

Philly indie rock mainstays Radiator Hospital have done it again with Sings ‘Music for Daydreaming’, an excellent avenue for songwriter Sam Cook-Parrott’s imagination.  

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Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties / Routine Maintenance / Hopeless

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A hard edged americana act fronted by Wonder Years singer Dan Campbell, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties is an avenue for his softer side and Routine Maintenance fills the gaps between Wonder Years records just fine.  

Cobra Lounge is hosting the AW&TRT on June 8th. Tix are $19.50.


Defeater / Defeater / Epitaph

Always heavy and affecting Defeater returns with a self titled record that finds them at their most focused and hard hitting.

September 29th is when these metalheads will be hitting Beat Kitchen. Tix are on sale this Friday at 10AM.



Guitar Wolf / LOVE&JETT

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Japan’s garage rock mavericks Guitar Wolf lay out the goods on LOVE&JETT.


Archive / 25 / Dangervisit , [PIAS]

A retrospective of the last 25 years of South London’s Archive. This four and half hour collection is not for the faint of heart.



Boztown / Rhodes Trip / Boztown


Magical beat maker Boztown has been searching for years for “an authentic sound and the musical influence of black American culture” for years and Rhodes Trip is a documentation of that journey.


Toth / Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary / Northern Spy

As one half of Rubblebucket, Alex Toth produced art-pop gems but his solo work on debut Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary is far more steeped folk and the ethereal than the grooves of his group.



The Vaughns / F.O.M.O / The Vaughns

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A scorching debut full length from New Jersey’s indie rock darlings The Vaughns. F.O.M.O. just doesn’t quite as the hooks keep on coming all album long!


Ona / Full Moon, Heavy Light / Hickman Holler , Thirty Tigers

Full Moon, Heavy Light is the excellent second record from Huntington, WV indie rockers Ona.  



Indianola / Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye / Indianola


Owen Beverly’s croon lies at the center of Indianola’s dreamy throwback sound that’s Orbison influenced rock is all over Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.


Mating Ritual / Hot Content / Smooth Jaws

The insanely danceable synth pop of Mating Ritual lies at the center of what makes new record Hot Content a sonic success.

This pop duo is hitting Cobra Lounge on October 26th. Tix are $ 13.

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She Keeps Bees / Kinship / Ba Da Bing!

The folk blues roots music of She Keeps Bees has been in the ether for nearly 15 years and new record Kinship shows just how gorgeous the music of Jessica Larrabee and Andy LePlant can be.  



other notable releases

Tim Hecker / Anoyo / sunblind
The journeyman experimentalist was just at Thalia Hall last Tuesday. Be on the lookout for his return.

Carlton Jumel Smith / 1634 Lexington Avenue / Timmion

Ari Lennox / Shea Butter Baby / Dreamville , Interscope
This D.C. R&B maverick will be at Bottom Lounge on June 9th. Tix are Sold Out.

Tanika Charles / The Gumption / Record Kicks

SonReal / The Aaron LP / Black Box
Singer/songwriter/rapper Aaron Hoffman is SonReal and he’ll be at Lincoln Hall on June 22. Tix are $17.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids / TRAPLINE / Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Haviah Mighty / 13th Floor / Haviah Mighty

The Skints / Swimming Lessons / Easy Star , Penny Drop

iLe / Almadura / Sony Latin

Rev Magnetic / Versus Universe / Rock Action


Meat Beat Manifesto / Opaque Couche / Meat Beat Manifesto

Clinic / Wheeltappers and Shunters / Domino

Just Announced! ShitKid is opening for Melvins and Red Kross at the Metro on September 26th! Tix on sale Friday at 10am.

Papir / VI / Stickman

Siobhan Wilson / The Departure / Suffering Fools

Rosie Lowe / YU / Wolf Tone , Caroline

Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria / are SING SINCK, SING / Constellation

Caroline Davis , Matt Mitchell , Gregory Saunier / Alula / New Amsterdam

A.A. Bondy / Enderness / Fat Possum
After eight years away the fantastic A.A. Bondy has returned to music and is hitting Sleeping Village on June 22nd. Tix $18.

Allman Brown / Darling, It’ll Be Alright / Allman Brown
This English folk rocker hit Subterranean on Tuesday. Hopefully he hits Chicago again soon.

Maddie Ross / Never Have I Ever / Sentimental

Bart / Today, Tomorrow, & The Next Day / Idée Fixe

Zig Zags / They'll Never Take Us Alive / RidingEasy

Kathryn Joseph / from when i wake the want is / Rock Action
The late bloomer Scottish musician who put out her first album at age 40 is opening for fellow Scots The Twilight Sad at Sleeping Village on May 18th. Tix are $20! How is this show not sold out Chicago!

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso / Transiberiana / InsideOut , Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso & Karisma

Steve Moore / Beloved Exile / Temporary Residence

Bright Curse / Time Of The Healer / Ripple

Lydia Ainsworth / Phantom Forest / Lydia Ainsworth
Toronto alt pop songstress Lydia Ainsworth is coming to Sleeping Village on July 8th. Tix are $12.

Rob Markman / It’s Too Late at the Wake / Write To Dream

The Woolly Bushmen / In Shambles / Pig Baby

Call of the Void / Buried in Light / Translation Loss

Wildside / Who the Hell Is Wild Side? / Triple B

Maps / Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. / Maps , Mute

Death and Vanilla / Are You A Dreamer? / Fire

The Last Poets / Transcending Toxic Times / Ropeadope

Emotional Oranges / The Juice: Vol 1 / Avant Garden , Island

Polynation / Igneous / Atomnation

SAFE / STAY / Bando

Collard / Unholy / Universal , Lost Ones

Big Bend / Radish / Ohie

VR SEX / Human Traffic Jam / Dais

Konga Dia Ntotila / 360° / Pussyfoot

Phortah / Olua LP / Heimlich

Ludovic Alarie / we’re a dream nobody wrote down / chouchou , Asa Was Kuru

The Planet Smashers / Too Much Information / Stomp

never young beach / STORY / Victor

An American Forrest / O Bronder, Donder Yonder? / Forrest VanTuyl  

POW! / Shift / Castle Face

ASHRR / Oscillator / First Second

Elohim / BRAINDEAD / Elohim
This L.A. based electro pop performer is opening for blackbear and the Aragon on June 15th. Tix are $35.

shey baba / Requiem / Universal , Virgin