new releases

ISSUE #61 / may 23, 2019


JEMS / Jems / JEMS


Successful solo folk artists Emily Colombier, Jessica Rotter, and Sarah Margaret have combined their powers to form JEMS. With heartrending harmonies, they run fully into their collaboration on their self-titled debut.


Mike Killen / Ghost / Mike Killen ,  Saturn 5

Alt-country veteran Mike Killen has done it again with Ghost. A luminescent record form the Athens, GA native who enlisted Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) to produce this gorgeous work.  


Matt Surfin' & Friends / Matt Surfin' & Friends / Community / Muscle Beach

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Matt Seferian got a bunch of his fellow New Orleans cohorts together to record this “anti-band” album. Matt Surfin’ & Friends straddles the line of folk and indie rock with the precision only a Crescent City veteran can attain.


Com Truise / Persuasion System / Ghostly

This L.A. electronic producer has been laying out his signature grooves for years and Persuasion System may be Com Truise’s best work yet.  

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Tyler, the Creator / IGOR / Columbia , Sony


The most inventive and controversial hip-hop star of his generation is back with new album IGOR. No matter how you feel about Tyler, the Creator, his genius cannot be denied.


Blue Jeans / Adult Hits / Bobo Integral

The second record from the indie-pop trio Blue Jeans is a rough and ready tumbling gem. Adult Hits will be on our playlist all summer long.

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Kissing Party / Mom & Dad / Kissing Party

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Denver’s kissing party is where it is at! Mom& Dad is mellow indie pop art at its finest.


Institute / Readjusting the Locks / Sacred Bones , Institute

Rough and ready for consumption, Austin dark punk heros Institute are here to rock you silly, and Readjusting the Locks is the prescription.

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Dommengang / No Keys / Dommengang , Thrill Jockey

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No stranger to indie rock, Los Angeles has been producing some killer bands for years, and Dommengang is one of the best. Pop on No Keys and prepare for an indie rock juggernaut that isn’t afraid to tone it down when necessary.  

They are opening for Dead Meadow at The Empty Bottle on June 13th. Tix are $15.


Crooked Colours / Langata / Sweat It Out! , Warner

Sydney-based indie-electro trio Crooked Colours have cooked up a beautiful sophomore effort with Langata. It’s a must listen for any fan of the genre.

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Imperial Wax / Gastwerk Saboteurs / Saustex

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Out of the ashes of The Fall rise Imperial Wax, and their debut Gastwerk Saboteurs is everything any fan could ever hope for.


Glassing / Spotted Horse / Brutal Panda

In a rush of black metal-influenced hardcore, this Austin, TX combo hits hard on new record Spotted Horse. Glassing is everything a fan of Deafheaven or Minors could want.

Sleeping Village is hosting these Austin black hardcore wonders on July 9th. Tix are $5.

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Superet / How To Work A Room / Rob The Rich

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A wonderful debut from Superet, a Los Angeles-based electro-pop act that makes How To Work A Room the most danceable release of the week.


Theo Croker / Star People Nation / DDB Productions , Sony

One of jazz’s most adventurous musicians, trumpet master Theo Croker has outdone himself on Star People Nation.

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Son Step / Fossilillies / Grind Select

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A guitar-less quartet out of Philly, Son Step delivers crazy melodic pop numbers that scream to be broken out into the world. Fossilillies does just that, releasing their beautiful tunes into the ether.  

Son Step is playing at The Observatory, one of Chicago’s many DIY spaces, on June 15th. No address info available yet.


Yak / Pursuit of Momentary Happiness / Third Man

Psych-rock perfection awaits on every turn of Yak’s sophomore LP, Pursuit of Momentary Happiness.

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Siskiyou / Not Somewhere / Constellation

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Formed out of Canadian, folk pop collective, Great Lake Swimmers, Siskiyou has been delivering off-kilter art pop for years and continue the excellent output with new record Not Somewhere.


Black Nile / Sounds of Color / World Galaxy , Alpha Pup

Brothers Aaron & Lawrence Shaw form the jazz duo Black Nile. Sounds of Color is their fantastic debut full length that shows off what these two awesome cats can accomplish.

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Sam Cohen / The Future’s Still Ringing In My Ears / 30th Century


With slick production and an ear for the perfect melody Sam Cohen has produced a lush psychedelic experience with The Future’s Still Ringing In My Ears.


Saint Vitus / Saint Vitus / Season of Mist

After a comeback album that no one saw coming in 2013 and a live record a few years later, the doom-metal originators come back with a self-titled record that once again places Saint Vitus atop the metal heap.


other notable releases

Umphrey’s McGee / Anchor Drops Redux / Nothing Too Fancy
The South Bend jam rockers are playing many, many sets at Summer Camp this weekend in Chillicothe, IL.

American Sharks / 11:11 / The Beginning Media , The End

Jon Bryant / Cult Classic / Jon Bryant , Nettwerk

Operators / Radiant Dawn / Last Gang
Lincoln Hall is hosting the electro pop trio on May 28th. Tix are $16 ($18 doors).

Broke For Free / BFF / Tom Cascino

Noseholes / Ant and End / ChuChu

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram / Kingfish / Alligator , Christone Ingram

Kota The Friend / FOTO / Fltbys
The funky hip hop phenom is hittin SubT on June 2nd. Tix are $15.

Injury Reserve / Injury Reserve / Seneca

Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets / Shake, Stomp and Stumble / Primal Beat

Brad Mehldau / Finding Gabriel / Nonesuch , WEA

Lucette / Deluxe Hotel Room / Rock Creek
This excellent record, produced by Sturgill Simpson, and written and performed by the unparalleled Lucette can be caught at Schubas on June 20th. Tix are $12.

Rich Aucoin / Release / Rich Aucoin , Haven

Seba Kaapstad / Thina / Mello

Black Label Society / Sonic Brew (20th Anniversary Brew) / Wylde Wreckordings

FRENSHIP / Vacation / Counter
This epic pop duo are set to perform at Thalia Hall May 29th. Tix are $18.

Erika de Casier / Essentials / Independent Jeep

Alex Lahey / The Best of Luck Club / Dead Oceans
The Australian singer/songwriter is visiting Lincoln Hall on August 27th. Tix are $15.

Kurt Travis / There's A Place I Want To Take You / Esque , Blue Swan
Straight from Northern Cali this folk rocker is hitting Wire in Berwyn on May 25th. Tix are $12.

Josephine Wiggs / We Fall / The Sound of Sinners

Massy Ferguson / Great Divides / Massy Ferguson

Preston Lovinggood / Consequences / Last Gang

Biffy Clyro / Balance, Not Symmetry (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / 14th Floor , Warner

Hey Colossus / Four Bibles / Alter

Paul Den Heyer / Everything So Far / A Turntable Friend

The Cash Box Kings / Hail To The Kings! / Alligator

Cat Princess / Forbidden Items / Rama Lama

Josh Nolan / Kind Heart to Follow / Shaker Steps

Isma / Health / Cascade , Isma

Narco Debut / Strange & Ever-Changing Depths / Narco Debut

Rahsaan Patterson / Heroes & Gods / Shanachie

An R&B veteran, Rahsaan Patterson will be at City Winery this Friday, May 24th. Tix are $38 - $48.   

Chris Crack / Never Hated I Just Waited / New Deal

slowthai / Nothing Great About Britain / Method

The Manor / Free The Geezer / Universal , Virgin

Ludovico Einaudi / Seven Days Walking (Day 3) / Ludovico Einaudi , Decca , Universal

The celebrated modern composer is at the Cadillac Palace on June 6th. Tix are $46.50 and up.

Nil Ciuró / Inwards / 1631

Nadia Tehran / Dozakh: All Lovers Hell / YEAR0001

Não Não-Eu / Pureza e Perigo / Não Não-Eu , PWR

Masakatsu Takagi / Marginalia II / Masakatsu Takagi , Milan

Jair Naves / Rente / Jair Naves

Helm / Chemical Flowers / PAN

Tipper / Jettison Mind Hatch / Tippermusic

William Ryan Fritch / Deceptive Cadence: Music for Film, Vol. I & II

The National / I Am Easy To Find / 4AD

These indie legends from Cincinnati are hitting Northerly Island on June 28th. Tix are $39.75 and up.

Rammstein / RAMMSTEIN / RAMMSTEIN , Universal , Vertigo , Capitol

Antony Carle / The Moment / Antony Carle , Bonsound

The Head and the Heart / Living Mirage / Warner Bros.

The popular folkers are coming to The Chicago Theatre on September 13th. Tix are $49.50 and up.

Carly Rae Jepsen / Dedicated / Schoolboy , Interscope

Pop princess Carly Rae is hitting The Chicago Theatre on July 9th. Tix are $41.40 and up.

Paul Gilbert / Behold Electric Guitar / Mascot , Music Theories
This guitar master will be at Reggies on May 28th. Tix are $20.

Jimmie Vaughan / Baby, Please Come Home / Last , JLV
The legendary blues man is playing SPACE on June 28th. Tix are Sold Out.