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ISSUE #62 / may 30, 2019


Steve Marino / Fluff / Darling

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The first record that Bloomington, IN resident Steve Marino has released under his own name. Fluff is an addicting collection of low-fi indie beauty.

Marino is playing at Bric A Brac Records this Friday, May 31st, with Claude and The Lipschitz. Its freaking FREE!


pronoun / i’ll show you stronger / Rhyme & Reason

With her proper debut, Alyse Vellturo (aka pronoun), displays an arresting rock force that will go down as one of this year's best premiere full lengths. i’ll show you stronger is a feat of one woman’s strength.

She is appearing with Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties at Cobra Lounge on June 8th. This show is SOLD OUT.


Petrol Girls / Cut & Stitch / Hassle

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Austrian post hardcore that is a complete and utter joy of an audible experience. Petrol Girls sophomore record Cut & Stitch is a punch to the gut and a balm to the brain.


Morabeza Tobacco / Morabeza Tobacco / Luminelle

Soothing synth-pop duo Morabeza Tobacco’s self-titled debut is a stunner. If you listen to nothing else this week, give Morabeza Tobacco a spin.


Toebow / Themes / Toebow


The full-length debut record from New York’s resident oddball instrumentalists Toebow. Half symphony, half funk-fueled video game soundtrack, Themes will capture even the most stagnant imagination.   

Unfortunately we all just missed them as they hit Schubas on Tuesday.


Joan As Police Woman /JOANTHOLOGY  / Play It Again Sam

A three hour-plus compendium of the classically-trained-turned-pop-rock-musician Joan As Police Woman. If you are looking to be inspired, look no further than JOANTHOLOGY.

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Flower Crown  / Sundries / Flower Crown

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Pittsburgh seems an unlikely origin point for dream-pop ensemble Flower Crown, but they capture the Steel Cities workhorse ethos with new effort Sundries.


Meiko / In Your Dreams / Meiko

Born in a small town in Georgia, Meiko is a reason for every singer/songwriter to dream big. With her sixth album, the indie rock/ folk artist is living the dream with In Your Dreams.



Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, and Balazs Pandi / Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, and Balazs Pandi / Trost

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When four experimentalists join forces, you get one hell of a record, and the Jim Jarmusch / Lee Ranaldo/ Marc Urselli / Balazs Pandi combo is a match made in weird music heaven.  


Mike Donovan  / Exurbian Quonset / Drag City

The godfather of San Fran garage punk, Mike Donovan (an Illinois native,) has been at the head of quite a few exuberant projects and Exurbian Quonset is his third solo experiment with Chicago imprint Drag City.

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Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds / Waiting on a Ghost / Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds

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A strong debut record from Sacramento journeyman Ryan Thompson who took awhile to come to terms with his talents before producing Waiting on a Ghost.


The Glow /Am I  / Double Double Whammy

As LVL UP ended, Mike Caridi began to explore his personal self as The Glow. The result, Am I, is a fascinating low-fi adventure of personal questions and  the seeking of answers.

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Swimming Tapes  / Morningside / Swimming Tapes

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Another stunner of a debut this week with London indie pop ensemble Swimming Tapes producing gem after gem on new LP Morningside.


Faye Webster / Atlanta Millionaires Club / Secretly Canadian

This young musician is already a vet at 21. With her third record Atlanta Millionaires Club, Faye Webster has found a voice that is clearly her own.

Ms. Webster is swinging into Schubas on June 19th. Tix are $12.

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Madonnatron / Musica Alla Puttanesca / Trashmouth


Genre-spanning quartet Madonnatron has put out their most jaw-dropping work yet with Musica Alla Puttanesca. This is the future of indie music.


TK & The Holy Know-Nothings  / Arguably OK / Mama Bird

Outlaw country for the drinking ones, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings debut Arguably OK takes a good, long, hard look at how rough life can get and the things we do to cope.

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Trudy and The Romance / Sandman / B3SCI

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Garage punk and ‘50s doo-wop meet in a mash-up of styles in Trudy and The Romance’s; sound that makes new record Sandman one of the most compelling listens this week.


We Are Only Human Once  / The Prettiest Boys In Town / Adalyn McComb

Ohio’s Adalyn “Clarke’ McComb is We Are Only Human Once and The Prettiest Boys In Town is the third LP this year from the phenom. That is an absolutely insane output!

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Plastic Mermaids  / Suddenly Everything Explodes / Sunday Best

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Suddenly Everything Explodes is a fitting title for this psych-rock explosion from England’s Plastic Mermaids.


Guards / Modern Hymns / richie James eaton

Yet another project from Richie James Follin (Cults, The Willowz, CRX, Follin), Guards finds an outlet for his straight up rock leanings and Modern Hymns is a full on heap of rock stylings.



L'Eclair /Sauropoda / Beyond Beyond is Beyond , L'Eclair


Instrumental electro-funk straight from Switzerland is L'Eclair’s bag, and they take on a whole heap of awesome with Sauropod.


Cold Showers  / Motionless / Dais

An L.A. quartet whose ‘80s throwback synth-pop is the perfect euphemism in Cold Showers. Their first record in four years, Motionless finds them at the top of their game with atmospheric levels at peak volume.

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Flying Lotus / Flamagra  / Warp

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The legendary experimental producer and DJ, Flying Lotus has done it again with Flamagra. Do you really need us to tell you to go listen to this right now?!


Skinny Pelembe  / Dreaming Is Dead Now / Brownswood

If you’re a hip-hop head and you haven’t heard Skinny Pelembe yet, drop everything and check this one out. The young London MC/producer/singer does it all, and his debut Dreaming Is Dead Now may be an instant classic.

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Alaska Thunderfuck  / Vagina  / Producer

Straight from the planet Glamtron, Alaska Thunderfuck has dropped her third record of salacious hip-hop party-pop with Vagina. This is a party album for the ages.


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