new releases

ISSUE #65 / june 20, 2019

Pin Ups / Long Time No See / Fleeting

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It’s been a long twenty years since São Paulo’s Pin Ups have put out new music but Long Time No See shows they haven’t lost a step.


Jeanines / Jeanines / Slumberland , Jeanines

Brooklyn power pop duo Jeanines self titled debut is a jangle masterpiece that is the perfect compliment for a sunny summer afternoon, if we ever get any of those around here.


Cat Clyde / Hunter’s Trance / Cinematic

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This London, Ontario native has settled into her sound on sophomore release Hunter’s Trance. With her laid back swing and soul roots Cat Clyde is right up our ally.  

She is swinging through Schubas on December 4th. Tix are $12.


Claire Cronin / Big Dread Moon / Orindal

With a haunting countrified flavor the folk or Claire Cronin leaves a lasting impression with her second full length Big Dread Moon.  

Hungry Brain is hosting the Athens, GA musician this Friday, June 21st, opening for Advance Base. Tix are $10.


Brother Son / Goodies / Slide Ogg

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A swinging indie quartet out of Detroit, Brother Son’s new record Goodies floats along the spectrum between Twin Peaks brightness and Whitney esque thoughtfulness.


Hippo Campus / Demos I / Grand Jury

Full of original demo recordings from the Saint Paul indie pop acts latest record Bambi, Demos I shows Hippo Campus at their most raw, before the full synth experience can be laid out on track.

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Los Coast / Samsara / New West

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Funky, bright and all things nice, Austin soul collective Los Coast’s newest effort Samsara just doesn’t quit. An excellent record to get the party started.

They are opening for Lukas Nelson & The Promise of The Real at Thalia Hall on September 26th. Tix are $29.


Butcher the Bar / III / Bobo Integral

If you’re looking for the next great indie rock act Butcher the Bar is it. Joel Nicholson’s once solo project is now a five piece rocker and III shows off all their talents.

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Pinky Pinky / Turkey Dinner / Innovative Leisure

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This L.A. indie rock trio’s debut record, Turkey Dinner, is a blast, solidifying Pinky Pinky as one of our favorite new artists of the week.

They’ll be at The Metro in support of The Growlers for two nights: September 6th and 7th. Tix are $31.50 for each night.


Sizzy Rocket / Grrl / Sizzy Rocket

Embodying the millennial spirit, pop musician Sizzy Rocket hits the generational motherload with new record Grrrl.  

She was just in town last week. Boo. Sorry to have missed her.

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Ramonda Hammer / I Never Wanted Company / New Professor

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I Never Wanted Company is the debut full length from this L.A. quartet led by the enigmatic Devin Davis. Ramonda Hammer pulls from grunge and garage rock to create a solid sheet of sound that is split by Davis’ powerhouse vocals.


Stonefield / BENT / Flightless

Female power reigns supreme with Stonefield’s psych rock triumph BENT. The Melbourne based all Y chromosome quartet rocks our brains out our ears.

Of course King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are bringing their Austrialian psych rock compatriots with them to the Aragon on August 24th. Tix are $35.



SadGirl / Water / Suicide Squeeze


A glowing indie pop gorgeousness resides in SadGirl’s latest release Water. The L.A. trio’s sound captures the laid back restlessness the desert city on the ocean exudes.  

They are opening for Tiger Army at The Metro on October 13th. Tix are $24.


Chico Bernardes / Chico Bernardes / RISCO

Another artist from São Paulo this week Chico Bernardes self titled debut is a killer Portugese language folk record that doesn’t require an interpreter to understand it’s emotive import.

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Bernardo Bauer / Pássaro-Cão / Bernardo Bauer

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The third Brazilian from São Paulo to release a great record this week, Bernardo Bauer’s stateside debut full length Pássaro-Cão is chock full of moody indie folk goodness.


Beshken / Aisle of Palm / 29 Speedway

Bordering between electronic and indie R&B, the moody Aisle of Palm is the debut from New York-based producer Beshken.



Shellac / The End of Radio / Touch and Go , BBC


The enigmatic trio of engineer/musicians Steve Albini, Todd Trainer, and Bob Weston have put out a collection of early live Peel show recordings ten years apart from 1994 to 2004. Shellac is post-rock at its most raw and uncompromising and The End of Radio serves as a fitting epitaph for one of modern rocks most interesting combos.   


Twin Oaks / State of the Art / Twin Oaks

The third record from L.A. duo Twin Oaks sees them pull back a bit from their cinematic soundscapes to a more personal rock aesthetic. See You When I See You is still full-to-the-brim, atmospheric bliss with a more stripped down appeal.

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Calliope Musicals / Color/Sweat / Rhyme & Reason

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A party for the new decade to come, Calliope Musicals is one of Austin’s craziest acts, and Color/Sweat is a masterpiece of inspirational rock.


Cisco Adler / Hippieland / Bananabeat

Singer/songwriter Cisco Adler has concocted a gorgeous record with Hippieland. Caught between what he wants the world to be and what it is in reality, Adler moves toward changing the simple things around him to reflect how reality should be.

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The Jackets / Queen of the Pill / Voodoo Rhythm

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A twisted take on the glam garage aesthetic, Switzerland’s The Jackets are the perfect combination of gender-neutral rock, and fourth record Queen of the Pill absolutely kills.


Baroness / Gold & Grey / Abraxan Hymns

Old-school metal rock with an edge, Baroness should appeal to anyone who grew up with ‘90s radio rock. Gold & Grey is the perfect mix of raw guitar and soaring vocals.

Baroness is appearing with Torche at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on July 23rd. Tix are $25.



Thank You Scientist / Terraformer / Evil Ink

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An impossible act to pin down to a genre, Thank You Scientist has returned with Terraformer, an intense opus of a record with plenty of aural pleasure to dose out.


Mitch Ryder / Detroit Breakout! / Cleopatra

Still riding the wave after all these years, Mitch Ryder has produced a collection of soul classics with a special guest on each tune to make up Detroit Breakout!

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Lettuce / Elevate / Lettuce

Lettuce has made a career elevating instrumental funk to its highest high, so it’s no surprise this Brooklyn collective has titled their latest collection, Elevate.  

Lettuce is returning to The Riv on November 9th. Tix are $31.


Chris Robinson Brotherhood / Servants of the Sun / Silver Arrow

The former Black Crowes frontman has been kicking it with his band Chris Robinson Brotherhood for years now, and their newest effort Servants of the Sun fully embraces their jam scene fan base.


Bruce Springsteen / Western Stars / Bruce Springsteen

The Boss’s best record in years is a sprawling symphonic country gem that many are calling his greatest since 95’s The Ghost Of Tom Joad. It’s not often a man like Bruce Springsteen can make a record like Western Stars. Nearing 70, his creativity just won’t quit.


Keb 'Mo' / Oklahoma / Concord

Legends are in no short supply in the blues, and this record from one of the third-generation geniuses will make you fall in love with Keb’ Mo’ all over again. Oklahoma is a masterpiece of blues perfection with modern twists.    

The classic blues man is hitting North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on September 13th. Tix start at $59.


other notable releases

Electronic / Synth / Experimental

Tusks / Avalanche / One Little Indian  

Yawning Man / Macedonian Lines / Heavy Psych

Christopher Willits / Sunset / Ghostly International

Kill J / Superposition / No 3 , Nettwerk

Frank LoCrasto / Lost Dispatch / Royal Potato Family
Konx-om-Pax / Ways of Seeing / Planet Mu

Mndsgn / Snaxx / Stones Throw
^ The L.A. beat artist is hitting Lincoln Hall on August 10th. Tix are $16.

Pat Lok / Corazón / Kitsuné

ABAKOS / Solar Soldier / Moonshine

Bamboo / Daughters of the Sky / Upset The Rhythm
Livia Nery / Estranha Melodia / Universal MGB , Livia Nery

Pinkish Black / Concept Unification / Relapse

Americana / Folk / Jazz / Blues

Greg Felden / Made of Strings / Greg Felden

Courtney Hartman / Ready Reckoner / Reckoner , Soundly

Michael Fracasso / Big Top / Michael Fracasso , Lucky Hound

David Allred / The Cell / Erased Tapes

Kate Toupin / Magnetic Moves / Katie Toupin

Heather Maloney / Soil in the Sky / Signature Sounds , Midnight Forbes

House and Land / Across The Field / House and Land , Thrill Jockey
Jamestown Revival / San Isabel / Jamestown Revival , Thirty Tigers
^ This folk country duo will be at Lincoln Hall on August 9th. Tix are $20.

Will Beeley / Highways & Heart Attacks / Tompkins Square

Punk / Emo / SKA

The Dangerous Summer / Mother Nature / Hopeless

illiterates / Goddamn Gun-Toting Junkie Camero Enthusiasts / Baby Robot

R&B / Hip Hop / Reggae / Soul

Octavian / Endorphins / Black Butter
Styles P & Noah Styles / Generational Excellence / The Phantom

Pop / Rock / Metal

Richard X. Heyman / Pop Circles / Richard X. Heyman

Clay Rendering / California Black Vows / Hospital

The Darling Fire / Dark Celebration / Spartan

Dressy Bessy / Fast Faster Disaster / Yep Roc , Little Music
^ Tammy Ealom and company are hitting Sleeping Village on June 26th. Tix are $12.

Bastille / Doom Days / Virgin , EMI
^ These London pop rockers are hitting The Chicago Theatre on October 2nd. Tix are $39.50 and up.

Luxury / Trophies / Luxury , Awake

The Minus 5 / Stroke Manor / Scott McCaughey , Yep Roc , MacNor , BMG
^ Catch The Minus 5 with Yo La Tengo at the Out of Space series in Evanston this Sunday June 23rd. Tix are $28.

Noah Kahan / Busyhead / Republic , UMG
^ House of Blues is hosting the young phenom singer/songwriter on October 19th. Tix are $20.