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I always worry about the sophomore effort for a band or artist whose debut made them considerably more popular than I anticipated; placing them into the mainstream. My nerves were calmed when I heard that Jonathan Rado and Brad Cook co-produced the album but upon hearing these first two tracks, I’ve gone from nervous to unbridled excitement. This is going to be a good one. Forever Turned Around will see the light of day on 8/30 via the fine folks at Secretly Canadian. Here’s some info from the PR squad.

Forever Turned Around is an album about partnership — romantic, familial and communal, but most importantly a love in friendship: the bonds between two best friends and creative partners and the joy and stress that comes with it. The album was co-produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Hand Habits) and Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Father John Misty), who produced their much-beloved debut, 2016’s Light Upon The Lake, and features Chicago musicians Lia Kohl and OHMME’s Macie Stewart.

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Somehow it feels longer than four years since Joe releases an album. Yet after listening to the first two tracks, our first session with Joe back in 2008 feels like it was yesterday. He’s one of the best songwriters around and I’m happy that he’s got a new album coming out in two weeks. Here’s some info from the PR team.

Joe Pug’s new record “The Flood In Color” is nearly four years in the making. But that betrays the fact that the making of the album was one of the most natural and rewarding processes of his career. Produced by Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang , the album started with the goal of focusing on the simplicity of musicians playing together, live, in the same room. Recently relocating back to his childhood home in Prince Georges County, Maryland after many years spent in Chicago and Austin, Pug wanted take a new approach. The partnership with Pattengale proved to be an irresistible opportunity to do just that.

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Seattle’s Chastity Belt are back with their fourth LP. This going to sound weird but their last two albums have become staples when I take the dog for long walks on cloudy days. It’s almost weird how I gravitate to them on certain days. Anyway, the new album will be out on 9/20 via the fine folks at Hardly Art. This first track is everything I’d want out of a Chastity Belt track. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

Their fourth record, Chastity Belt, comes out of that safe space. After a restorative few months on hiatus in 2018, each member worked on solo material or toured with other bands. “So much of the break was reminding ourselves to stay present, and giving ourselves permission to stop without saying when were gonna meet up again,” says guitarist Lydia Lund. “It was so important to have that—not saying, ‘we’re gonna get back together at this point,’ but really just open it up so we could get back to our present connection.”

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John Calvin Abney is following up on 2018’s excellent Coyote. In the unfinished review I started back then, I wrote that while Coyote was a solid debut; I truly believe we’re going to get some real special music from him in the future. We might be here now as this first single is lights out. Here’s some info from the PR team.

Like “Turn Again,” many of the songs on Safe Passage tend to look for the light in the face of tragedy, worry, or self-imposed struggle. “Kind Days” touches on 1950s and ‘60s tropical folk instrumentation and offers a sweet, swaying lesson in patience: “Bad days are leaving / No use in grieving / Here come those kind days.” He reminds us to bring that kindness onto ourselves in “When the Dark Winds Blow,” a harmonica-laden standout where he and his album-making cohorts belt during the chorus, “Can’t be everything to everyone you know / Give yourself some grace when those dark winds blow.” These poignant lyrical moments are complemented by memorable instances when his studio band really stretches its legs. Like on the plucky, fun, rock ‘n’ roll number “Days of Disconnect” where drummer Will Johnson (Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk), violinist/vocalist Megan Palmer, and bassist/vocalist Shonna Tucker (Drive By Truckers), as well as Abney himself on keys, sound as cohesive as a band that has toured together for decades.

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Column announce debut 7″ for 8/16 release

July 15, 2019

Photo Credit: Marie Renaud Column is a new project comprised of Cadien James from Twin Peaks and all the fellas from Post Animal. They’re kicking out a 7″ via Grand jury on August 16th. Here’s the scoop how this Chicago concoction came together In February 2017, Twin Peaks took Post Animal on a short tour […]

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Dry Cleaning announce debut EP, Sweet Princess for 8/16 release

July 15, 2019

Photo Credit: Hanna Katrina Dry Cleaning joins the long list of young post-punk bands coming out of London. Their debut EP will see the light of day via the fine folks at It’s OK. This lead track gets under your skin in a good way. Here’s some more info from the PR squad. Firm friends […]

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Lillie Mae announces Other Girls Out August 16 on Third Man Records

July 12, 2019

Photo by Misael Arriaga Lillie Mae is set to release the follow up to release the follow up to 2017’s excellent Forever and Then Some. Lillie plays an honest brand of Americana and is one of the better fiddle players you’ll come across. I caught a set that year at SXSW and came away a […]

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Queen of Jeans announces If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid for 8/23/19 release

July 11, 2019

Queen of Jeans is set for their follow-up to Dig Yourself. If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid will see the light of day on 8/23 via the fine folks at Topshelf Records. Get ready for another quality LP of “crockpot pop. Here’s some info via the label. On If you’re not afraid, I’m not […]

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Titus Andronicus – An Obelisk (album review)

July 10, 2019

photo by Ray Concepcion An Obelisk is the sixth album by Titus Andronicus. Fronted by Patrick Stickles, a man who is constantly in search of the perfect piece of art. I know most musicians and writers suffer from this but Stickles strikes me as the type who is a bit of a mad scientist; at […]

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Necking – Cut Your Teeth (album review)

July 9, 2019

What are they putting in the water up in Vancouver this year? First Club Nites by Dumb and now Cut Your Teeth by Necking. I’m sure I’m forgetting some but I don’t recall any Vancouver bands hitting my radar since Japandroids. EIther way, it is nice to see the town kicking out excellent albums this […]

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