Danny Nogueiras is the inspiration behind NO WIN. A founding member of FIDLAR and having produced albums by Mean Jeans and Together Pangea, among others, Nogueiras felt it was time to step out with his own project. The first track rips. Here’s some more info on how the album came to be.

Danny Nogueiras had one simple motivation for the 10 songs that make up downey, the debut album by his band NO WIN – honesty. This candor is evident from the very first notes, but with each subsequent listen the songs digs deeper and deeper, attaching themselves to the listeners own emotions and experiences until its songs become shared memories. “I worked to the bone on this record,” says Nogueiras, “I make this kind of music because I love it genuinely, and I want as many people as possible to enjoy it.”

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This track has a certain grime to it that reminds me of Nick’s first album and I’m all in for this. The self-titled release will be out on 3/8 via the fine folks at Innovative Leisure. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

There’s a reason why Nick chose to name this, his fourth album, his self-titled release. While he has always had a “style is all his own” according to NPR, this album is a deeper reflection of the cultural and emotional firmament that has made Nick the artist he is today: his passions and influences; his love and outrage. The music of Irma Thomas and Chico Hamilton; the films of Robert Siodmak and Adam Curtis. The good old bad days in San Francisco, Detroit, and Los Angeles. It’s an intoxicating world, and this album invites you to get lost in it.

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Our love affair with Tim Showalter’s music is well known. He is one of my favorite musicians to talk to and read about. To read in this press release, that Oaks was almost over until his pals at MMJ wrangled him into a studio left me fraught with concern. But then I hit play on the first track and that was all washed away. Eraserhead will be out on 3/22 via the fine folks at Dead Oceans.

Writer-producer Timothy Showalter has always used the highs and lows of his own life as the source material for his gut punching rock songs. Each of his experiences examined, mediated on and crafted into confessional albums for the world to share. The therapeutic experience of making art this way was often short lived, leading Showalter to bouts of depression and after 2017’s Hard Love, he found himself spent. Empty and determined that he would never write songs again, dark thoughts crept in and Showalter, concerned for his own well-being decided to go on a spiritual pilgrimage – to the Jersey Shore.

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Meg Baird is the woman behind Hand Habits. For those unfamiliar with her work, she is the lead guitarist for Kevin Morby’s band and she ca flat-out rip. Placeholder is the follow up to 2017’s Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void). This new tracks sounds a little more fleshed out, a little bigger and a whole lot better than her debut. Here’s some info from the PR team.

The name placeholder stems from Meg’s fascination with the undefinable. Their songs serve as openings — carved-out spaces waiting to be endowed with meaning. As a lyricist, Meg is drawn to the in-between, and the songs on this new album primarily confront the ways in which certain experiences can serve as a stepping stone on the road to self-discovery. “A big aspect of my songwriting and the way I move through the world depends on my relationships with people. The songs on placeholder are about accountability and forgiveness,” Meg says. “These are all real stories. I don’t fictionalize much.”

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Some quick thoughts on Sharon Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow

January 12, 2019

Photo – Ryan Pfluger Sharon Van Etten has always has always had a voice that buckled my knees. Hell, I’d get emotional watching that Volvo commercial with Every Time The Sun Comes Up. In every article you read about her, she comes across as smart, sexy yet as approachable as the girl next door. As […]

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21 albums that I want in 2019

January 11, 2019

After the inevitable Best Of lists, we get the albums we’re looking forward to in 2019. Like many Best Of lists, they all seem to echo each other. I get it. We all want the new Sharon Van Etten album. Side note (Seventeen is fucking outrageous. My favorite SVE tune to date). So with that […]

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Ex Hex announce It’s Real for 3/22 release

January 10, 2019

Photo – Michael Lavine Last year Ex Hex played here in Chicago and I couldn’t believe that it had been nearly 5 years since their excellent debut, Rips, had been released. But that show gave me hope that new Ex Hex music was on the horizon. And today my hopes were fulfilled. It’s Real will […]

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Priests announce sophomore album, The Seduction of Kansas for 4/5 release

January 9, 2019

photo by Drew Hagelin Priests are in their 8th year as a band and in 2017, their appeal and notoriety really took off with their debut LP, Nothing Feels Natural. I saw them a couple of times that year, including once at SXSW. They’ll be back on the road this year, including a stop in […]

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Stella Donnelly announces debut LP, Beware of The Dogs for 3/8 release

January 9, 2019

photo credit – Pooneh Ghana Sometimes you see someone perform and you say to yourself, “Self, this person has it.” What “it” is is for someone much smarter than me to discuss. But after seeing Stella Donnelly do a solo set last year at SXSW, you absolutely knew she was going to some great things. […]

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Abjects announce debut LP, Never Give Up for 2/15/19 release

January 8, 2019

Abjects is a three-piece from London comprised made up of singer/guitarist Noemi from Spain, bassist Yuki from Japan and drummer Alice from Italy. The title track is below and its a rollicking, rocking track. They’ll be at SXSW and seem destined to play in backyard at Hotel Vegas. Here’s some info from the press squad. […]

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