Short takes: LCD Soundsystem, Solange, A Tribe Called Quest play Pitchfork

Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival announced its headliners today: LCD Soundsystem, Solange and A Tribe Called Quest.

This is one of the strongest top billings for Pitchfork in years. Read more here.

Elsewhere …

Death By Unga Bunga plays Empty Bottle

Here’s a fun midweek show: The Norway garage rockers Death By Unga Bunga play Empty Bottle March 1.

This looks like a high-energy set. Check out the video below.

Thursday at Empty Bottle is a blistering lineup …

Crocodiles, AJ Davila and Chicago’s own The Bingers play the Bottle March 2.

Meatbodies’ new album is a sludgy psychedelic trip

Meatbodies is the project of Chad Ubovich, a frequent collaborator with fellow L.A. garage rocker and house favorite (here at ATYP) Ty Segall.

On Alice, Meatbodies’ latest album, Ubovich pulls out some great psych-rock garage tunes paired with a sludgy stoner vibe. Fans of Segall will like this new one from his buddy Ubovich.

Like a good portion of Segall’s work, Meatbodies makes music that recalls epic music from the 1960s. Alice is a real throwback.

Here’s a video of Meatbodies performing live last summer.

Priests release excellent debut, play Chicago’s Beat Kitchen

The debut album from Washington, D.C., band Priests, Nothing Feels Natural, is one of the most exciting albums of this young, new year.

Ten songs in a little more than a half hour pack a punch. If you love old-school punk, post punk and new wave, give this album a listen. As a bonus, these guys actually have something to say.

Chicagoans can check out this rising band at Beat Kitchen Thursday night. There are still tickets for sale (at the time of this post).

Ty Segall delivers metal, acoustic blend on latest release

As a solo artist, with his band and his multiple side projects, Ty Segall is an incredibly prolific artist. (He landed two top 10 spots on my best albums of 2016 list.)

Despite the high output, there’s no sign of Segall phoning it in on his latest offering, a self-titled album.

As he’s done on some past releases, this record is a mix of heavy rock combined with easy acoustic numbers.

Here, Segall once again reaches into the vaults to draw from his familiar influences, notably Black Sabbath (Break a Guitar, The Only One) and T. Rex (Orange Color Queen, Talkin’). There’s also a healthy sampling of ’60s folk and psychedelia (Papers, Freedom).

Overall, it’s an interesting album with a few gems. As with some of his past offerings, it feels more like a collection of songs rather than a cohesive album. But that isn’t a knock. This one is recommended.

If you haven’t seen him play live, there’s good news. He’s touring.

Catch Ty Segall in Chicago. He plays Metro May 13 and Thalia Hall May 14.

Cherry Glazerr shreds on new album, plays Chicago

Last week, on the day Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States, a wise-cracking 19-year-old named Clementine Creevy and her band Cherry Glazerr put out the most fierce rock album of the new year.

The album, Apocalipstick, isn’t the most political album you’ll hear in 2017, but it’s a distinct social commentary from a young L.A. woman, who started her band in high school and has already broken into film and TV. It’s a brash, young woman’s statement with guitars. It’s a Trump antidote.

This excellent band will be playing Saturday at Subterranean.

My friend Andersonville Dan and I recently gave the new Cherry Glazerr album a spin. After a Cherry Glazerr cassette release in 2013 and full-length debut album the following year, Apocalipstick, has a much more full, well-produced sound.

Me: I love the first song, Told You I’d Be With the Guys. It sets the tone for the album.

Dan: Yeah, I especially love how she emphasizes “guy-hyees.” I have to say some of the charm is lost in the bigger production, the bigger sound, as opposed to the more teenage raw feel of that demo and first album. But the lyrics are just as funny and endearing. The guitars on Moon Dust sold me. It’s a big rock record.

Me: I’m a big fan of the more polished production. These are great songs that sound bigger and better. This is definitely an album with a sense of humor, too. The band doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Dan: Yeah and they don’t pretend to be more than what they are. (She still sings about wearing underwear three days in a row.) It’s a fun record and a good start to the year. It’ll be an album to keep going back to.

Check out Told You I’d Be With the Guys below.