Chicago’s Pink Frost just released this video for Traitors, the title track to the band’s EP last year.
These guys have a great psych-rock sound and are worth checking out. The band plans to release a new album either end of this year or early next year.
This week’s Five Albums post is the Pitchfork edition, featuring bands who just played the Chicago fest this past weekend.
Chicago’s most beloved band surprised us last Thursday with a new album and then surprised the crowd at Pitchfork the next night by playing all of Star Wars, which sounded great.
I’m hooked on this debut from the PJ Harvey-loving band from Spain.
Bully, a group of Nashville rockers, also just released a debut. Despite the shiny production, this is a nice, gritty album.
I mentioned this solo album from Jamie Smith of The xx in a summer music post. It reminds me of some of the best songs that came out of the ’90s electronic music boom.
I also highlighted this debut album some months ago. It’s menacing and awesome — one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.
I’ve said many times that some of the best and most interesting sets at Pitchfork Music Festival are the early bands.
Opening up Friday is Chicago’s own Ryley Walker, whose music is a throwback to late ’60s and early ’70s psychedelia, folk and jazz. Check him out at 3:20 p.m. Friday.
Here’s the full lineup.
The Pitchfork Music Festival (this weekend) boasts a great lineup — one of the strongest in years for the Chicago fest. Check out the full lineup here. It was hard to produce a list that narrows the 10 must-see acts but here’s what I came up with:
Kurt Vile and the Violators
Run the Jewels
There was a great batch of new albums released before the summer slowdown. They include a psych-rock treasure from Thee Oh Sees and a country-rock burner from T. Hardy Morris. Metz and Institute turned out a pair of punk rippers. I also love the collaboration between Wavves and Cloud Nothings.
Here’s a short list of five albums that I think are killer. They all come highly recommended.
Every summer needs a soundtrack. Here are 10 recently released albums that I think make a great foundation for your hot-months’ playlist.
Jamie XX – In Color. Believe the hype. This solo album from The xx’s Jamie Smith will grab you and pull you in. I was immediately hooked.
Eternal Summers – Gold and Stone. One of my favorite releases of the past few months, dreamy pop that has bite.
Crocodiles – Boys. Crocodiles’ sound is insanely catchy. A noise pop band, these guys become more accessible with each new record.
Calexico – Edge of the Sun. I almost forgot about these roots rockers from the desert but I’m glad I found them again.
Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer. Hello ’90s music. Welcome back. Speedy Ortiz draws from the best influences of the decade.
Michael Rault – Living Daylight. Rault made one of the best power-pop albums of the year. You know the influences: T. Rex, Alex Chilton, the usual suspects.
No Joy – More Faithful. Another one of my recent faves, No Joy turned in a great album, which is still inspired by My Bloody Valentine, but also shows a band continuing to mature — a solid, original and modern album.
Jeff the Brotherhood – Wasted on the Dream. I saw a review that panned this album. But why? It’s so much fun.
Miami Horror – All Possible Futures. This is your summer night party album.
Malportado Kids – Total Cultura. Tapping a rich blend of world, dance and punk sounds, Total Cultura is both challenging and uptempo. This is a must-hear album.