new releases

ISSUE #66 / june 27, 2019


Bedouine / Bird Songs of a Killjoy / Spacebomb


Bird Songs of a Killjoy is Bedouine’s beautifully graceful follow-up to her self-titled record. The L.A.-based nomad has the knack for a gorgeous melody. 

She’ll be at Schubas on October 5th. Tix are $15.


Lightning Born / Lightning Born / Ripple

Long live rock ‘n’ roll! Lightning Born bring the heavy tunes with their self-titled debut. Based out of Raleigh, NC, this supergroup features Corrosion of Conformity guitarist Mike Dean and The Hell No’s vocalist Brenna Leath for a throwback combo that’ll make you want to break out those old tank tops from your ‘90s metal phase.


Bad Breeding / Exiled / One Little Indian

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Irreverent, fast, and pissed off is exactly how we’ll take our hardcore and Bad Breeding, straight out of Stevenage, England speeds through Exiled like their lives depend on it.


Agua Viva / El Hechizo de La Luna / Agua Viva

A compelling indie gem from Josi Arias, a Brooklyn based Argentine who crafts lovely brooding pop tunes as Agua Viva, El Hechizo de la Luna is her first record since making the jump to NYC from Buenos Aires.


Air Review / How We Got By / Velvet Blue

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This Dallas quartet develops finely made, low key tunes that fill their second record, How We Got By, with a hazy feeling that captures a finely fabricated mood.


Georgia Anne Muldrow / VWETO II / Mello

VWETO II is an instrumental record from one of the western states’ most talented musicians, Ms. Georgia Anne Muldrow. She is an incomparable talent who bridges genres as consistently as you get up in the morning.

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Aaron Whitby / Cousin From Another Planet / WhitTunes , Ropadope

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Funky, colorful and downright delightful, Aaron Whitby’s debut effort Cousin From Another Planet is a jazz-fueled opus of epic proportions. A must-listen for any fan of the genre!


Scone Cash Players / As the Screw Turns / Flamingo Time

Organist Adam Scone brings together and all-star lineup for the Scone Cash Players whose second collection of tunes, As the Screw Turns, is flavored with jazz, soul, funk, and a love for the ripping organ solo.

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Blick Bassy / 1958 / NO FORMAT!

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French-Cammeroon musician Blick Bassy has dedicated this record to the memory of revolutionary politician Ruben Um Nyobè who was killed by French troops in 1958. Sung entirely in his native language, it is a haunting tribute and a gorgeous listen.


Ethnic Heritage Ensemble / Be Known Ancient/Future/Music / Spiritmuse , EHE

Legendary Chicago percussionist Kahil El’Zabar has put out this impressive and endlessly listenable record with the Ethinic Heritage Ensemble. Be Known Ancient/Future/Music just never quits as the one-of-a-kind El’Zabar takes you on a sonic journey for the ages.

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Meursault / Crow Hill / Common Grounds


A highly interesting genre mashup from Meursault, out of Edinburgh, UK. Crow Hill takes sounds of Americana mixed with traditional Scottish folk and sets them to tales of “urban horror.”


Willie Nelson / Ride Me Back Home / Sony

Ride Me Back Home continues the legend that is Wille Nelson. Do we need to say more? It’ll be a sad sad day when he . . . we can’t even think about it. 

You can catch Willie at the Outlaw Music Fest at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater this Friday, June 28th. Tix are $29.50 and up.

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Pony Bradshaw / Sudden Opera / Rounder , Concord

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Pony Bradshaw is a shining example of the phrase: “It’s never too late to follow your dreams.” Sudden Opera is the 38-year-old’s debut record, and his songwriting shows a maturity only living a hard life can bring.


Jim Lauderdale / From Another World / Sky Crunch , Yep Roc

The Nashville troubadour’s newest effort From Another World brings a spacey feel to the Americana he’s so well known for. Jim Lauderdale’s influences are far spread, but he brings it all together into a gorgeous melding of American music. 

He is opening for Chuck Mead at City Winery on July 18th. Tix are $22 - $32.

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The Smoking Flowers / Snowball Out Of Hell / Bandaloop

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Kim and Scott Collins have been doing the husband and wife duo thing for years now as The Smoking Flowers, and their new record Snowball Out Of Hell hits all the right notes.


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis / Beautiful Lie / Motel Time

Old time country from one of the best at it, Bruce Robison and his wife Kelly Willis return to their fantastic duo form with Beautiful Lie.

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Chuck Mead / Close to Home / Plowboy

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Coming to fame as the co-frontman of country swing outfit BR549, Chuck Mead moved on to a solo career and Close to Home is fourth solo record from the country music star. 

City Winery is hosting the BR549 frontman on July 18th. Tix are $22 - $32.


Reckless Kelly / Bulletproof Live / No Big Deal , Thirty Tigers

A vastly entertaining live record from Oregan alt-country rock outfit Reckless Kelly. However you put it, Bulletproof Live is one hell of a good time. 

They’ll be rolling through FitzGerald’s in Berwyn on September 21st. Tix are $20.

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Drivin N Cryin / Live the Love Beautiful / Drivin N Cryin

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Atlanta Georgia has spawned many rock bands in its day, and Drivin N Cryin is one of the gems. Over thirty years of southern-tinged rock graces new live record, Live the Love Beautiful

They’ll be swinging through Joe’s On Weed Street on July 27th. Tix are $20.


Possum / Space Grade Assembly / Garment District

The debut full-length from the awesome jam-fueled psych rock outfit Possum. Straight from Toronto, they tear it up with Space Grade Assembly.



Taiwan Housing Project / Sub-Language Trustees / Ever Never

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Philly’s Taiwan Housing Project deliver a devastating punk jazz combo that is incomparable, with their second record Sub-Language Trustees.


Russian Girlfriends / In the Parlance of Our Times / A-F

Russian Girlfriends is punk as it should be: messy protest music that isn’t afraid to offend. In the Parlance of Our Times is twelve hardcore tunes from the deserts of New Mexico.

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JOB / Meaningless / Forge Again


Chicago trio JOB hits you over the head repeatedly on debut LP Meaningless. Holy crap you have to listen to this right now! We said right now!


State Faults / Clairvoyant / No Sleep

Hardcore fans rejoice the third record from State Faults is here. Clairvoyant is track after track of punishing screams and drilling drums. 

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The Callous Daoboys / Die on Mars / Daoboys , Acrobat Unstable , Dark Trail , Pattern Recognition

When metal and math rock meet you get Atlanta matchcore insanity The Callous Daoboys. With Die on Mars the one-of-a-kind band (they have a violinist, yes- hardcore with violin!) stretches their sound to newfound territory.


Holy Ghost! / Work / Holy Ghost! , BMG

With a funk-infused dance spirit, Holy Ghost! returns to put on the moves with their third proper studio record, Work!


Cassius / Dreems / Toilet Paper , Miko Miko , Caroline , Justice , Love Supreme

French techno duo Cassius’ most acclaimed record yet, Dreems shows off their independent spirit and refusal to bend to any genre rules.


Tasho Ishi / Dentsu2060 / Presto!?

A rarely heard sound designer from Tokyo, Tasho Ishi blends symphonic and electronic with ease on Dentsu2060.


Virginia Wing / Pale Burnt Lake / Fire

Experimental pop may seem like an oxymoron, but when you catch a listen of Virginia Wing’s record Pale Burnt Lake, you’ll immediately understand.


wlots / Sempre Piú / Deep Elm

Swedish post hardcore that is as deep and dark as it is thought-provoking. wlots’ debut full-length, Sempre Piú, is an imaginative well of creativity.


The Halo Trees / Antennas to the Sky / Winter Solitude

Another compelling debut LP, this one from Berlin’s The Halo Trees with a gothic rock opus in Antennas to the Sky.


other notable releases


Fell Runner  / Talking / Yes Plz

Merival / Lesson / Merival 

Sanctuary Lakes / Sanctuary Lakes / Cutters

Warmland / Unison Love / Warmland

Hot Chip / A Bath Full of Ecstasy  / Domino
^ The Riv is hosting the icons of dance pop on September 13th. Tix are $35.

Two Door Cinema Club / False Alarm / Glassnote , AWAL
^ The pride of Northern Ireland is hitting The Riv on September 21st. Tix are $45.

Electronic / Synth / Experimental

Kamikaze Space Programme  / Dead Skin Cells / Osiris

Sophia Saze / Self - Part 1 / Kingdoms 

Richard Reed Parry / Quiet River of Dust, Vol. 2 / Richard Reed Parry, Anti

Makala / Radio Suicide / Colors

Daigo Hanada / Ouka / Moderna

Mr. Hudson / WHEN THE MACHINE STOPS / Mr. Hudson

Americana / Folk / Jazz / Blues / Country

Sonoran Rebel Black Magick  / True Western Doom / New Density 

Buddy & Julie Miller / Breakdown On 20th Ave. South / New West 

SPAZA / Spaza / Mushroom Hour Half Hour

Charnett Moffett  / Bright New Day  / Motema

Glen Campbell / The Legacy (1961 - 2017)

Punk / Hardcore / SKA 

Decent Criminal  / Bliss / Wiretap

Buried Dreams / 9 Reasons Not To Live / Triple B

R&B / Hip Hop / Reggae / Soul / Funk

Mach-Hommy / Wap Konn Jój! / Mach-Hommy

WesWill / Summertime Slaps, Volume 2 / On My Way

Benny the Butcher / The Plugs I Met / Black Soprano Family 

Iris Gold / Planet Cool / Playground

Diabolic  / The Disconnect / WarHorse

The Rhythm Method / How Would You Know I Was Lonely? / Moshi Moshi

Rock / Metal

Fernando Viciconte and Luther Russell / Traitors Table / Fluff and Gravy 

Gorilla / Treecreeper / Heavy Psych 

Deepshade / Soul Divider / Deepshade

Collective Soul  / Blood / Fuzze-Flex

Awake At Last / The Change / Outerloop
^ This Delaware new metal act is hitting The Apollo Theatre AC in Belvidere, IL on July 30th. Tix are $18 - $35.

The Raconteurs / Help Us Stranger / Third Man

Prince / Originals / NPG 

Travis / Live at Glastonbury ‘99 / Craft , Concord 

Hollywood Vampires / Rise / Edel Germany

The Rolling Stones / Bridges To Bremen (Live) / Promotone , Eagle Rock