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ISSUE #72 / August 15, 2019


G&D / Black Love & War / SomeOthaShip Connect , eOne


A partnership made in protest funk heaven; Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime have joined forces yet again as G&D for the excellent effort Black Love & War. Ultimately thought-provoking and moving all at once, these two outstanding solo musicians are even more potent together.


half•alive / Now, Not Yet / half•alive , RCA

Inventive pop trio half•alive’s debut full-length Now, Not Yet had enough steam to grab them a Lolla set without even dropping yet, and it was worth the wait. Catchy, emotive, and all-together impressive. 


Crushed Beaks / The Other Room / Clue

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These London indie rockers return with a second, excellent full-length in The Other Room. With plenty of fuzzy guitar and echoey vocals, Crushed Beaks hits all the right buttons for us to get our groove on.


Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama / Work To Do  / Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama , BMG 

When you combine the talents of the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama with the marvelous songwriting of Marc Cohn, you get magic, and the live Work To Do is certainly musical sorcery. 

Marc Cohn will be at City Winery on November 13th. Tix are $48 - $65. The Blind Boys of Alabama have no current Chicago dates. 


Dirty Heads / Super Moon / Five Seven

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The latest album from alternative rock group Dirty Heads, Super Moon, arrives as an unabashed stoner buffet.  With their newest album, Dirty Heads is constantly throwing as many crunchy and mellow beats as they can while committing to experimentation and exploration. The California outfit's blend of rap, rock, and reggae is just what you were looking for to underscore late summer hangouts with your buds and your bud. 



Cheschi / Sans Soleil / Fake Fou

A musical amalgam of genre-mashing, L.A. musician Cheschi takes every influence available from hip-hop, to folk, to punk, and a keen sense of pop culture and combines them into the crazy excellent Sans Soleil



Pete Yorn / Caretakers / Shelly

A vetern road dog and indie rock maverick, Pete Yorn has seen it all, and Caretakers has that roughshod, well-worn feel that makes you feel instantly comfortable and right at home.


Touché Amoré / Dead Horse X / Touché Amoré

It’s been ten years since L.A. post-hardcore outfit Touché Amoré blew up with their second album...To the Beat of a Dead Horse, and to celebrate, they’ve put out an anniversary edition with two versions of the excellent and influential record with Dead Horse X.

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Fionn Regan / Cala / Fionn Regan , Abbey

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A wonderfully mellow and gorgeous effort from Fionn Regan. His latest record, Cala, finds the Irish singer/songwriter leaning even farther into his folk roots.


Purple Pilgrims / Perfumed Earth / Purple Pilgrims , Flying Nun

New Zealand sister duo Clementine and Valentine Nixon have made Purple Pilgrims an act to follow. With Perfumed Earth they have produced a dream pop gem that will be tough to top.

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Andras Jones / All You Get / Pop Oracle

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Musician and writer Andras Jones has seen a lot in his day, and he gives portrait after song portrait of his life experiences in All You Get.


Lilith / Safer Off / Take This To Heart

Truly formed from a Band Camp friendship, Boston indie pop rockers Lilith formed over four summers at the titular musical right-of-passage, and their debut, Safer Off is one of those special records you can tell a ton of care and effort went into producing.



Murs & 9th Wonder with The Soul Council / The Iliad is Dead And The Odyssey is Over / Jamla Records , EMPIRE


The second album this summer from the legendary emcee Murs and his producer 9th Wonder. If you enjoyed Brighter Daze in any way, The Iliad is Dead And The Odyssey is Over is everything you could want. 


Barney Artist / Bikes Are Bikes / Banana Bus

The newest EP from English rapper Barney Artist finds him at the top of his game. Bikes Are Bikes is self-expressive hip-hop at its best.