new releases

ISSUE #74 / august 29, 2019


Lala Lala / Sleepyhead / Hardly Art

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Lillie West’s full length Lala Lala debut Sleepyhead is finally getting a full scale physical release from her label Hardly Art. Available on CD, cassette, or vinyl the now classic record is a must own.


Modern Nature / How To Live / Bella Union

A new project from Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting, Mazes) and Will Young (Beak, Moon Gangs), Modern Nature had produced a deeply affecting debut in How To Live.


Shannon Lay / August /Sub Pop

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We’re not sure if there has ever been a gulf of dichotomy between a solo career and the artists band but Feels fronter Shannon Lay has always embraced the wide breadth between her folky solo efforts and her bands rocking indie fuzz. Her third effort August is a beautiful record full of quiet wonder and personal thought. 

She is opening for Mikal Cronin at Lincoln Hall on November 15th. Tix are $16


Ottoman Turks / Ottoman Turks / State Fair

Texas Honky-Tonk doesn’t get any better or more inventive than the Ottoman Turks. The Dallas quartet’s first full length is a damn heavy drinking, hard punching debut.


Ghost Orchard / bunny / Orchid

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Written in a flurry after Sam Hall moved in with his partner, bunny is stuffed with young love tunes and Ghost Orchard’s bedroom trap beats and charming rhymes and outlook. 


Joyero / Release the Dogs / Merge

Release the Dogs is the debut full length from Wye Oak drummer and multi instrumentalist for hire, Andy Stack; who has played with Helado Negro, Lambchop, Madeline Kenney and more. Joyero is an exploration between “the natural and the man-made” and it’s one of our favorite discoveries of the week.   



Moon Palace / Shadowcast / Moon Palace

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Twin sisters Cait and Carrie Bell lead this Seattle dream pop band full of blissed out psych jams and two part harmony that is bound to leave you breathless. Shadowcast is a strong sophomore effort from Moon Palace, showing excellent songwriting chops and a real knack for a strong hook.


City Calm Down / Television / I OH YOU

Melbourne’s indie renaissance is well documented and one of the mainstays is post-punk new wave harbingers City Calm Down. With third record Television they return to provide a run down on all things technological and how it’s eating our humanity. Sounds about right.

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The Walker Roaders / The Walker Roaders / Ginger Man , Beverly Martel

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When James Fearnley, the legendary Celtic-Punk accordian player for The Pogues. teams up with Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly) and Mac Orrell (Dropkick Murphys) for a project, it’s best to take notice; and The Walker Roaders don’t dissapoint. Expect plenty of shanty joints that explore pubs, lasses, and the Irish countryside.  


Hearts and Rockets / Power / Psychic Hysteria

Pumping out excellent indie acts is a Melbourne specialty and electro dance rock duo Hearts and Rockets are no stranger to the big stage. Their second record Power delivers hooky production from Kurt Eckardt and the sassy swagger of Kalindy Williams vocals.

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Lunch Lady / Angel / Upset The Rhythm

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One of our debuts of the week comes from L.A. post-punk quartet Lunch Lady. With Angel they produce an early Sonic Youth meets Joy Division epic.


Horsebeach / The Unforgiving Current / Alone Together

Insanely compelling layered guitar indie rock straight from the working class lairs of Manchester, Horsebeach’s fourth record The Unforgiving Current is for anyone who appreciates lovely gauzy grace.



Ceremony / In the Spirit World Now / Relapse


Hardcore band turned classic new wave punk, Ceremony have a golden release on their hands. Infectious and downright addictive In the Spirit World Now is a must listen. 

Ceremony will be at Thalia Hall “In The Round” next Tuesday September 3rd for an All Ages show. Tix are $16.


Oh, Rose / While My Father Sleeps / Park The Van

A tribute record to Oh, Rose fronter Olivia Rose’s late mother, While My Father Sleeps, is a deeply affecting record from this Olympia, WA quartet.

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David Wax Museum / Line of Light / Nine Mile

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Folk rock of the highest order fills David Wax Museum’s latest release. The Charlottesville duo has been producing gorgeous tunes for over a decade now and Line of Light is a beacon of the genres highest order. 

David Wax Museum will be at Schubas on November 10th. Tix are $15.


Lina Tullgren / Free Cell / Captured Tracks

One of the most beautiful records of the week, NYC bedroom pop artist Lina Tullgren has hit again with the fabulous Free Cell. We’ve had this one on repeat all week. 

They will be at Thalia Hall opening for Frankie Cosmos for an All Ages show on September 23rd. Tix are $17

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other notable releases

We’d write about them if time weren’t relative . . .


Infinity Shred / Forever, A Fast Life / 3DOT

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Instrumental Post Rock out of NYC


Noah Gundersen / Lover / 80BPM , Cooking Vinyl

Emotional Alt R&B out of Seattle.

Lincoln Hall   October 4th $18

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Leslie Stevens / Sinner / LyricLand , Thirty Tigers

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Laurel Canyon style Country from L.A. (where else)

SPACE w/ Half Gringa September 17th ALL AGES $10 - $18


CRX / PEEK / Headless

Inventive Electro Rock Supergroup



Queen of Jeans / If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid / Topshelf

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Philly indie at it’s finest.


Seratones / POWER / New West

Genre blending as only Louisianians can do.

Empty Bottle w/ Baby Money September 7th $13



The Black Wizards / Reflections / Joana Brito

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Portuguese Psych Rock!


Red Kross / Beyond the Door / Merge

Cali Rock legends

Metro opening for Melvins September 26th $27

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band / Brighter Days / Mascot , Provogue

The most Gospel record yet from the steel guitar phenom.


Sheer Mag / A Distant Call / WILSUN RC

Rock N Roll, Philly style.


The Mizzerables / Whatever... This Sucks / The Mizzerables

P U N K! Doesn’t get anymore so than these local boys!

Liar’s Club  opening for Season To Risk  September 12th Cover


The Radio Dept. / I Don’t Need Love, I’ve Got My Band / the radio dept.  

Indie Rock straight from Sweden.