new releases

ISSUE #75 / September 5, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEW RELEASES:

All Eyes West / Like Lightning / Jump Start

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Hard rock has always been alive and well in Chicago, and All Eyes West stands as a harbinger of the bloody-fingered riff and hard-nosed emotive growl. The trio’s first proper studio record in four years, Like Lighting, arrives from Philly punk label Jump Start.  

-KPL

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Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet  / Fanm d’Ayiti / New Amsterdam 

Haitan-American composer, singer, and flautist Nathalie Joachim has teamed up with the The Spektral Quartet, the UIC Department of Music’s ensemble-in-residence, to produce her debut album Fanm d’Ayiti. Translating as Women of Haiti in English, the record explores the songs and stories of her native country. Highly recommended listening.   

-KPL

They will be at The Black Ensemble Theatre on September 13th. Tix are $25 and up. Children 18 and under are FREE.

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Black Belt Eagle Scout / At the Party With My Brown Friends / Saddle Creek

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Katherine Paul’s second record under the Black Belt Eagle Scout moniker is just as powerful as her debut. At the Party With My Brown Friends is a testament to the power of indigenous queer feminism and the life that makes us all tick. 

-KPL

She is opening for Devendra Banhardt at Thalia Hall on November 3rd. Tix are $31 and up.

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Parsnip / When The Tree Bears Fruit / Trouble In Mind 

This Australian quartet produces melodically odd indie rock that is exactly what the party people ordered. Parsnip’s debut, When The Tree Bears Fruit is out on local imprint, Trouble In Mind.

-KPL

Parsnip is opening for Cafe Racer and Flat Worms at The Empty Bottle on September 16th. Its FREE!

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Caravan Palace / Chronologic / Le Plan , Lone Diggers 

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With Caravan Palace’s latest album, Chronologic, adds electronic dance music to the list of things the French do better than Americans, alongside neoclassical cinema and soccer. Ironically, this album draws heavily from American swing jazz in both samples and style. While American EDM is still living in the dark ages of heavy drops, Caravan Palace offers a much more diverse array of tracks that offer anything from hip-hop-inspired tracks, to drop free smoothness, and some club ready bangers, too. This is a smart, musically diverse offering that draws from an impressive knowledge of music history. 

-BBO

Next show Oct. 11th at the House of Blues. Tix are $32.50.

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Future Teens / Breakup Season / Triple Crown 

Breaking up is hard to do, and Future Teens knows all about it. Breakup Season follows ‘17’s Hard Feelings for a powerful, emotional wallop of pure indie rock gold.  

-KPL

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Matthew Squires / Visions of America /Matthew Squires 

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Austin’s resident troubadour Matthew Squires produces another excellent effort with the prophetic, wonderous Visions of America.  

-KPL

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Tracy Bryant / Hush / First & Foremost , Taxi Gauche 

Indie Rock artist Tracy Bryant brings third studio album to life with smooth guitar strums, easy-listening vocals, and upbeat melodies in Hush. Resembling a 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll rhythm, Bryant talks about real life emotions and situation, and the melody changes and progresses throughout the album. From sweet and harmonious, to somber and rough, “I Tried” and “Looks Like Gold,”prove Bryant’s gift of narration that sustain the entire album through. 

-NBL

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Boy Scouts / Free Company / Anti

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With a bit more production and gravitas, Free Company is Taylor Vick’s third full-length as Boy Scouts- another excellent effort from the talented Bay Area standout.  

-KPL

Boy Scouts will be opening for Jay Som at Lincoln Hall on October 18th. Tix are $17.

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Shredders / Greatest Hits / Doomtree

When Doomtree members get together, it’s time to pay attention, and when rappers P.O.S. and Sims team up with Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger, it’s a celebration of Minneapolis hip-hop royalty. If Shredders’ latest effort, Greatest Hits doesn’t get you going, check your damn pulse. 

-KPL

Halloween at The Sub T will be Shredders territory!!! October 31st for $20.

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CITY SILOS / Happy Thoughts / CITY SILOS

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Husband and wife duo, City Silos, offer a fresh take on indie rock with their latest album, Happy Thoughts. The album is a tightly wound blend of traditional indie with, of all things, country and pop sensibilities. The Nashville outfit utilize these influences to great effect as this album marks a unique and listenable output that is sure to round out your fall playlists.

-BBO