Dilly Dally annouce debut LP, Sore 10/9/15

September 11, 2015

Many a morning, I wake up and can barely make my way to take a piss. Bones creek, joints ignore my pleas and my back refuses to straighten up. Ah, the joys of getting old. Then I’ll hear a couple of tunes from a band like Toronto’s Dilly Dally and I am reminded of a [...]

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Phil Cook – Southland Mission [album review]

September 9, 2015

I’ve always thought Phil Cook to be freakishly talented during his time with Megafaun. Seeing him in Hiss Golden Messenger’s touring band this year, as well as an opening set at Schuba’s hammered that belief home. So when he made mention of this debut at Schuba’s, I was all sorts of excited. And I am [...]

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Marrow – The Gold Standard [album review]

September 8, 2015

Photo by Charles Nolis Anderson I always take a little bit of pride when reviewing a Chicago band on HearYa. Chicago’s been my home for over 20 years and when a band fires off a debut as good as this, I feel the need to celebrate it with the masses. Fronted by vocalists Liam Kazar [...]

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Summer Flake announces Time Rolls By EP

September 3, 2015

My love affair with Australia continues. Next up is Summer Flake, the project of Stephanie Crase. Crase hails from Adelaide, Australia and she’s releasing her EP Time Rolls By on October 9th on Rice is Nice records. Summer Flake also adds another notch in my year of female artists inspired by 90′s college-rock. Here’s a [...]

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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages live in Chicago

September 2, 2015

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages has just released their second album on Bloodshot after reuniting in 2011. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing them live, local people in Chicago will have two chances – Tonight at Schubas and tomorrow at Space. It is a high energy show that will leave you sweaty and [...]

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Car Seat Headrest signs to Matador, Something Soon video

September 1, 2015

Car Seat Headrest, aka Will Toledo, has signed to the legendary Matador Records. Toledo started this project back in 2010, recording in solace in the family ride back in his hometown of Leesburg, VA. Recording a slew of album over his teenage years, his catalog deals with youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties [...]

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Pony Boy – Blue Gold [album review]

August 31, 2015

I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile. My anticipation only increased when I read that Pony Boy (aka Marchelle Bradanini) was going to record in Nashville with Adam Landry. They’ve subsequently started their own label, Cosmic Thug of which Blue Gold is the first release. The collaboration really paid dividends as Landry helped [...]

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The Domestics – s/t (album review)

August 28, 2015

I caught wind of The Domestics on Spin’s site when they likened them to Wilco and From a Basement on the Hill-era Elliott Smith. Um, yes please, I’ll have some of that. The Portland based quintet is fronted by songwriters Michael Finn and Leo London. This album is good old-fashion American rock and roll. The [...]

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Whiskerman announce NOMAD 10/9

August 26, 2015

I have been so busy lately that the emails have been piling up. And truth be told, I only opened this email because I liked the band name. Once opened, there was a quote from The SF Chronicle – “When they’re revved up, Whiskerman sounds like a gospel and soul band that can make you [...]

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Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy [album review]

August 21, 2015

There was a great article on NPR regarding the challenges of digesting super-sized albums. As a father of 3 with a full-time job, 80 minute albums provide quite the challenge as it is tough to find the time during car pools and phone calls. The big 80 minute album in my life now is The [...]

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