Ty Segall drops a new song

Meaning is a brand new song from the prolific Ty Segall.

Despite his vast catalog, it’s always exciting to hear new material from Ty.

Check it out!

Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile make beautiful music together

It seemed like it may be too much of a good thing. Australia’s quirky singer songwriter Courtney Barnett teams up with Philly indie god Kurt Vile.

But the duo’s Lotta Sea Lice is really a special album. It feels more like a Kurt Vile album but Barnett’s contribution is, of course, invaluable and incredible.

These are two of the best singer songwriters on the planet right now. So, should you grab the album? Uh, yeah.

These guys play three sold-out Chicago shows next week at Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall and University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel.

Torres plays Chicago, tours new album

Torres recently followed her excellent 2015 album Sprinter with another fine release, Three Futures.

If you’re not familiar with Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), her music will appeal to fans of St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten and — on this latest release — Patti Smith and early Liz Phair.

Torres’ music is solid. Check out the album and, if you’re in Chicago, catch her at Subterranean Thursday, October 5.

Wand releases new album, plays Chicago

I’ve been a big fan of Wand ever since the release of the band’s first album several years ago. The albums are instantly catchy and likable on first listen.

And while there’s plenty of that charm on the band’s latest album, Plum, some of the music demands a little more attention.

The last two songs on the album, Blue Cloud and Driving, clock in at a combined 15 minutes. It’s a departure from the irresistible three or four minute psychedelic nuggets from previous releases but no less satisfying. These two jams show a desire to stretch musically and that’s a welcome change.

Check out Wand at Lincoln Hall Saturday night.

Against Me! hits Chicago this weekend

As anthemic mainstream punk bands go, Against Me! is solid: Good songwriting, raw emotion and a great sound.

The band has one of the more interesting back stories, too.

Lead singer Laura Jane Grace started performing as Against Me! as a 17-year-old boy in the late ’90s. After forming a full band and achieving some commercial success a decade later, Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as a transgender woman in 2012.

On last year’s Shape Shift With Me, Grace throws down good songs.

Catch the band this Saturday at Concord Music Hall. And bonus: Bleached opens!