new releases

ISSUE #56 / april 18, 2019


Sarah Bethe Nelson / Weird Glow / Burger

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Sarah Bethe Nelson brings her indie rock swagger to the swinging tunes of her third record Weird Glow. The California native’s jaunty jangles combine with a driving backbeat to create one of the most consistent efforts of the week.  


Jesca Hoop / STONECHILD / Memphis , Hope da Hoop

With elements of traditional English ballads blending with sounds of the American West, Manchester’s resident Califorian, Jesca Hoop, has created a moody opus with her new STONECHILD.


Boy Harsher / Careful Remixes, etc. / NUDE CLUB

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Full of their signature electro goth-pop swagger, with remixes and instrumentals from this year’s excellent Careful, Boy Harsher have released a companion piece in Careful Remixes, etc. that further accentuates the dark beauty of the original.  

Boy Harsher return to Chicago with a show at the Metro on October 9th. Tix are $16.


Bench Press / Not the Past, Can’t Be the Future / Poison City

It wouldn’t be a week without a band from Australia turning our heads, and the latest from Melbourne’s Bench Press just cam hot off the presses. Not the Past, Can’t Be the Future is a  bit Parquet Courts and bit Idles and all the way fracking excellent. 


The King Blues / 38 Minutes / Meatball

On January 13th, 2018 the state of Hawaii received a false text of a missile alert, leading to chaos and panic throughout the island state. For 38 minutes, the threat of imminent death hung over paradise. The King Blues, a celebrated political folk-punk collective out of London, have used this event to tell an affecting tale with their new perfectly-coined concept record 38 Minutes.   


Philary / I Complain / Exploding In Sound

Eighteen minutes of intense indie power rock fills Philary’s debut LP I Complain. The solo project of Stove and Pile bassist Alex Molini, these hard-edged tunes must be his outlet to be able to come back to his two bands’ melodic core. 



Summer Cannibals / Can’t Tell Me No / Tiny Engines , Terrorbird

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Scrapping an entire, finished record after ending a terrible relationship, Jessica Boudreaux and company returned to the studio to deliver this ragger. Summer Cannibals have found a renewed sound in Can’t Tell Me No, that is as infectious and engaging as indie rock gets.

Summer Cannibals is hitting the Subterranean on August 10th. Tix are $10.



Ladrones / Ladrones / Slovenly

One of four excellent albums out these past two weeks from Slovenly records (check out the other three in notable release). Ladrones dub themselves Puerto-Punk, and this Atlanta quartet, by way of San Juan, attacks with Spanish punk rock on their debut self titled LP


Brijean / Walkie Talkie / Brijean Murphy , Douglas Stuart


Dreamy waves of grooves fill Brijean’s debut record Walkie Talkie. The perfect headphones on the  beach record. 


The Aristocrats / You Know What…? / The Aristocrats

Jammy, jazzy goodness populates all of The Aristocrats’ work, and new record You Know What... ? has the live vibe that is so difficult to capture in the studio.

Reggies is hosting these Cali improvisers on July 20th. Tix are $40 and up.

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Dire Wolves / Grow Towards the Light / Beyond Beyond Is Beyond , Dire Wolves

Spacey San Fran jam warriors Dire Wolves return for a third record full of their sonic explorations with Grow Towards the Light.   


Christian Paul Philippi / Gem / Forged Artifacts

L.A.’s Christian Paul Philippi creates some soft vibe indie rock that is not to be missed on debut Gem. 


Mark Mulcahy / The Gus / Mark Mulachy

A master of the everyday story song, Mark Mulcahy has been entertaining fans for nearly twenty years as a solo performer after a stint in the influential Miracle Legion and Polaris, the house band of the legendary Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete and Pete. His new record The Gus continues the compelling legacy.  

Mulcahy is playing The Hideout on September 26th. Tix are $15.


Erin Durant / Islands / Keeled Scales

Erin Durant’s second record is a masterful work of classic folk beauty. Islands is bound to live with classics of the genre.


Graveyard Club / Goodnight Paradise / Graveyard Club , Seafoam

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Minneapolis synth pop throwbacks Graveyard Club’s newest effort Goodnight Paradise will transport you back to the days when light ‘80s melodies met dark crooning vocals. 

They’ll be visiting Sleeping Village next week on July 16th for $1 beer night with Modern Vices and Cold Beaches sharing the bill. Tix are $5.


Black Grapefruit / Fade Forget / Black Grapefruit

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A gorgeously funky and fun record from Black Grapefruit, this New York artist is the epitome of a quadruple threat and Fade Forget is a monster record. 


Gena Rose Bruce / Can’t Make You Love Me / Dot Dash

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Another quality Austrialian putting out some excellent indie rock. Gena Rose Bruce hits it out of the park with Can’t Make You Love Me


Foy Vance / From Muscle Shoals / Gingerbread Man , Asylum

Irish soul man Foy Vance just keeps the smooth grooves coming with From Muscle Shoals. If you listen to one record this week, make it this one, and sway along with a loved one.

Thalia Hall is hosting this one of a kind performer on October 23rd. Tix are $25.


Mustard / Perfect Ten / 10 Summers , Interscope

Producer extraordinaire Mustard’s newest mixtape gathers a who’s who of hip-hop elite and shows why he makes them all better, and Nipsey Hussle’s prophetic posthumous “Perfect Ten” (from which the record draws its title) will bring chills.

Mustard is appearing with YG, Future and Meek Mill at Tinley Park on August 31st. Tix are $35 and up


Low Flying Hawks / Anxious Ghosts / Magnetic Eye

Texas Alt-Metal duo Low Flying Hawks bring their western-tinged oddness back with Anxious Ghosts, and we can’t seem to get enough.

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The Allman Betts Band  / Down to the River / The Allman Betts Band

The sons of Gregg Allman and Dicky Betts have recurited an allstar cast to help recreate the feel of classic Allman Brothers glory in The Allman Betts Band, and Down to the River is their perfect studio debut. 

The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL is hosting The Allman Betts Band on August 29th. Tix are $39 and up.


other notable releases


Outer Spaces / Gazing Globe / Western Vinyl
This project from Baltimore’s Cara Beth Satalino will be at Sleeping Village on August 8th. Tix are $5.
Symmetry Lover / Symmetry Lover / Through Love
Sofia Bolt / Waves / Loantaka
Horse Jumper of Love / So Divine / Run For Cover 
Royal Teeth  / Hard Luck / Round Hill
Steep Leans /Naukeag / Ghost Ramp 
Weird Night / This Is Weird Night / Burger
Sure Sure / What’s It Like? / Sure Sure
The Driver Era / X / TOO

Electronic / Synth / Experimental

Mega Bog / Dolphine / Paradise of Bachelors
Coming to The Hideout on September 18th, this wholly interesting act can be scoped for a mear $10 tix.
Peggy Gou / DJ-Kicks: Peggy Gou / !K7
Gianni Brezzo  / New Magic / Papercup
Private Agenda / Ile De Reve / Lo
Collapsing Scenery / Stress Positions / Metropolitan Indian
Galactic Protector  / Evening / Burning Witches
Thom Yorke / ANIMA / Unsustainabubble , XL
The Parlotones / China / Tha Parlotones , OK!Good
Grebes / House Creature / Broken Circles
Jute Gyte / Birefringence / Adam Kalmbach
Kali Malone / The Sacrificial Code / iDEAL
Rainbow Chan / Pillar / Independent 

Americana / Folk / Jazz / Blues

Preservation Hall Jazz Band  / A Tuba To Cuba / Sub Pop
They are bringing that classic New Orleans style to Chicago on November 4th at Thalia Hall. Tix are $30 - $45
Abdullah Ibrahim / The Balance  / Gearbox
Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band  / Antidote / Chick Corea , Concord Jazz
The Small Glories / Assiniboine & The Red / The Small Glores , Red House , Compass
Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers / No Good Deed  / Pretty Good For A Girl 
City Winery is hosting the Blues Sax master is coming to City Winery on August 16th. Tix are $28 - $38
Austin Plaine  / Stratford / Austin Plaine , Blaster 
Erik Koskinen / Burning the Deal / Erik Koskinen , Tone Tree
Griffin House / Rising Star / Evening
This Nashville singer/songwriter is hitting SPACE on October 4th. Tix are $20 -$40.  
Mark Cline Bates / King of the Crows / Mark Cline Bates
Al Foster  / Inspirations & Dedications / Smoke Sessions
Donnacha Dennehy and Third Coast Percussion / Surface Tension & Disposable Dissonance / New Amsterdam
Third Coast Percussion is playing at the Logan Center for the Arts on October 12th. Tix are $15.  
Chris Stamey / New Songs For The 20th Century / Chris Stamey , Omnivore

Punk / SKA / Emo

Skids  / Peaceful Times / No Bad 
Last Night Saved My Life  / Cherry / Last Night Saved My Life 
Xenu & The Thetans / Xenu & The Thetans / Slovenly
TELEKRIMEN / Culto a lo imbécil / Slovenly
UK Subs / Subversions II / Cleopatra
Woes / Awful Truth / UNFD

R&B / Hip Hop / Reggae / Soul

Jim Stephens / Yellow River / Jim Stephens , Ropeadope
Khary / This / Kousteau , As We Arrive
Jaden / ERYS / MSFTS , Roc Nation
Coming off this loose conceptual epic, Jaden Smith is opening for Tyler, The Creator at UIC Arena on September 4th. Tix are $57.50 and up.
Philip Bailey / Love Will Find A Way / UMG , Verve
Raheem DeVaughn / The Love Reunion / SoNO
Jada / I Cry A Lot / Universal , Virgin
Pouya / The South Got Something to Say / POUYA

Rock / Metal

Ashbringer / Absolution / Prosthetic
Gov’t Mule / Bring on the Music - Live at the Capitol Theatre / Mascot , Provogue
The Appleseed Cast / The Fleeting Light of Impermanence / Graveface
The Appleseed Cast will be at The Empty Bottle on September 5th. Tix are $13.
Doll Skin  / Love Is Dead And We Killed Her  / Hopeless
The Sly Persuaders / Saboteurs / The Sly Persuaders
Yellow Eyes / Rare Field Ceiling / Gilead  
WHITE MANNA / Ape on Sunday / Cardinal Fuzz
Model Zero / Model Zero / Slovenly
Generation Axe / The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live In China) / Generation Axe , Edel ,earMUSIC
Goddys / Ambrosia / Goddys , Ponyphone