Live Chicago: Damien Jurado at Schubas

Damien Jurado doesn’t sound like a modern singer-songwriter. While others draw from their favorite late ’60s and early ’70s artists, Jurado sounds like he’s living the era. That wouldn’t normally appeal to me but there’s something so earnest, gritty and raw about Jurado’s music. His new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, is excellent.

Jurado plays a pair of sold-out shows at Schubas Saturday night.

The week in music: Dum Dum Girls release Too True

Hands down, the best album of this week (and possibly this year) is Dum Dum Girls’ Too True. With great songs and killer hooks, it should take you only two or three listens to fall in love with this album. Just try to resist the opening track, Cult of Love. I highly recommend this one.

Live in Chicago: Bass Drum of Death

The mighty Bass Drum of Death plays Empty Bottle Thursday night. After delivering a blast of punk energy on last year’s self-titled album, the band is playing some Midwest and Canadian shows before heading East and then eventually back to home state Mississippi. The album is honestly one of the most fun releases I heard in 2013. It’s recommended if you like Ty Segall, Wavves, Thee Oh Sees and the scores of other great cave-stomping rockers.

A pair of Chicago bands open: Blasted Diplomats and the Lemons. Both are worth checking out. The Lemons are playing a release show.

The week in music: Damien Jurado, Hold Steady, Palehound, My Gold Mask

Damien Jurado released an excellent new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, this past week. While Together Pangea’s  Badillac was my favorite new release, I thought Mogwai’s Rave Tapes and Jack Name’s Light Show were also interesting albums.

The Hold Steady gave us a taste of its new album, Teeth Dreams, with the song I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You. The new album is due out in late March.

Palehound shared Holiest, half of a 7-inch planned for next month.

And Chicago’s My Gold Mask has a new song, Battles.

Mac DeMarco releases song, announces new album

Mac DeMarco will release a new album, Salad Days, April 1. (He also plays a pair of Empty Bottle shows the day after the release.) The song, Passing Out Pieces, will be one of 11 tracks on the new record.

DeMarco is a lot of fun live. He jokes around a lot. You get a feel for his sense of humor in a promo video he just put out for Salad Days, his second full album.

The week in music: Together Pangea, Cass McCombs and Karen Black, Girl Band, Gardens & Villa

About nine months before she died, actress Karen Black recorded the song Brighter! for Cass McCombs’ 2013 album Big Wheel and Others. McCombs released this video last week as a tribute to Black.

Together Pangea shared the title track from its killer album Badillac, which is out Tuesday. (More on this one later.)

There was a crush of new videos and song releases last week. Here are a couple that caught my ear:

Dublin’s Girl Band shared a song, Lawman, off a 7-inch released tomorrow.

Gardens & Villa shared the song Colony Glen off an upcoming album, Dunes.