Campdogzz – In Rounds (album review)

August 4, 2018

Credit: Stephanie Bassos I’ve always enjoyed Chicago (or any city for that matter) after a big storm; especially as the night deepens. The ominous clouds still linger as the city starts to quiet down; almost foreboding in nature. The feeling and energy teetering between hope and despair I can’t really explain why but the new […]

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Adeline Hotel announces Away Together for 10/26 release

August 3, 2018

Photo by Chris Bernabeo Adeline Hotel is the project of Dan Knishkowy. We had posted a track of his a couple of years back, and he’s showing some nice growth on this one. Away Together will see the light of day on 10/26 via the fine folks at Ruination Record Co. Here’s some more info […]

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Lucero – Among The Ghosts (album review)

August 1, 2018

Photo by Dan Ball Among The Ghosts is an album by a band trying to rekindle the magic of their youth, and for the most part pulling it off. Ten years into career, starting with 2009’s 1372 Overton Park, the band began working in a Memphis soul influences into their sound. While I loved the […]

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Clearance – At Your Leisure (album review)

July 31, 2018

Granted I am an old suburban fucker but I can’t remember a time in Chicago when so many young bands were releasing quality albums. At Your Leisure is another excellent release during such a wealth of excellent releases. The elevator pitch I made in describing them to a buddy was, imagine Stephen Malkmus recording an […]

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Phosphorescent announces C’est La Vie for 10/5 release

July 30, 2018

Rejoice, for there is new music by Matthew Houck and Phosphorescent. It has been five years from Muchacho, one of the best albums of the last 20 years. The first track, New Birth In New England, is everything you’re looking for in a Phosphorescent tune. Get very excited for this one, as I sure am. […]

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Waxahatchee announces Great Thunder EP

July 27, 2018

Waxahatchee, the project of Katie Crutchfield, has had a damn good last 12 months. Out In The Storm was a big ol success in 2018 and then she did this – covering two Jason Molina songs w/ Kevin Morby. Now she’s taken another turn and is set to release an EP of tunes produced by […]

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Swearin’ announce Fall into the Sun for 10/5 release

July 26, 2018

Photo – Ali Donohue Fresh off her impressive solo debut, Allison Crutchfield, decided to get the band back together to record a new album. And that band is Swearin’ and that includes Kyle Gilbride, Jeff Bolt, and Amanda Bartley. Fall into the Sun will be out on 10/5 via the fine folks at Merge and […]

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Rayland Baxter – Wide Awake (album review)

July 26, 2018

Photo – Shervin Lainez It’s been five years since I came across Rayland Baxter at SXSW. This is his second album that he’s released since then (third overall) and the growth he continues to show is a joy to behold. Wide Awake is his best album to date, combining his Americana roots with a Beatlesesque […]

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Molly Burch announce First Flower for 10/5 release

July 25, 2018

Photo By Kelly Giarrocco Molly Burch wowed me with her 2017 debut, Please Be Mine. Burch has this wonderful retro delivery and her bandmate, Dailey Tolliver continues to deliver tasty guitar licks. First Flower will be out on 10/5 via the fine folks at Captured Tracks. Unlike Please Be Mine, which focused on the contentious […]

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Phantastic Ferniture – s/t debut (album review)

July 23, 2018

PHOTO CREDIT: CATE HARMAN Phantastic Ferniture is a beautifully simplistic album of garage pop made by four friends after making a a drunken pledge to record together. As much as I am fan of this album, it probably wouldn’t have landed on my radar without my unbridled love of Julia Jacklin’s Don’t Let The Kids […]

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