Last year, I highlighted the debut from San Francisco’s Pow! The band has another album, Fight Fire, expected out in April. Listen to the song Liquid Daydream.
A Place to Bury Strangers just released Transfixiation, a scorcher and the band’s first full album in three years.
Check out this video for the song, We’ve Come So Far.
I’m a big fan of Memphis punks Ex-Cult. After a solid album last year (Midnight Passenger), the band just released a blistering EP, Cigarette Machine.
Watch a video for Clinical Study off the new EP.
Crocodiles just dropped this new song, Crybaby Demon. The track appears on the new album, Boys, which is expected out in May.
Blanck Mass is the solo project of Benjamin John Power (one half of the duo Fuck Buttons). Listen to the song, Dead Format, which appears on the upcoming release Dumb Flesh. The album is expected out in May.
Lower Dens’ new album, Escape From Evil, is set for a March 31 release. Watch the video for new song, To Die in L.A., below.
In its 10th year, the Pitchfork Music Festival is delivering one of its strongest lineups. Having been there at the beginning and attending every year since, I can honestly say this year’s fest (July 17-19) in Chicago’s Union Park ranks high.
I’ve often wondered why Wilco didn’t play past Pitchfork festivals. Chicago’s best band should play the city’s preeminent music fest. Wilco headlines Friday night and, as I write this, tickets for that day are still for sale. I’d say that won’t last long, though.
The reunited Sleater-Kinney plays Saturday night and that’s one of the more exciting acts to headline the second night in recent years. Sticking with a theme of having a hip hop artist close Sunday night, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper will headline the fest’s final day.
While I’m excited about this year’s headliners, the best part of the festival is watching the earlier acts. Among the highlights: The awesome rap duo Run the Jewels precedes Chance on Sunday. Some of the earliest sets include some incredible bands, including Viet Cong on Sunday and Protomartyr on Saturday. Don’t miss either set! Ex Hex, Parquet Courts, Kurt Vile, Iceage, Steve Gunn, Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee, Ariel Pink and Todd Terje are atop my must-see list.
Buy tickets here.
Going strong over four decades, Wire plans to release a new self-titled album in April. Listen to a new song, Joust & Jostle, below.
Folkie Swede Kristian Matsson, who performs as the Tallest Man on Earth, plans to release his latest album, Dark Bird Is Home, May 12. Watch a teaser video for the new release right here:
Ahead of the band’s new album, Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz this week released the single Raising the Skate. Have a listen below.
The new album is set for an April 21 release.