It takes a minute and a half for the first song,
Falling In, to kick in on GØGGS‘ self-titled debut album. But when it does, the payoff is phenomenal. This is the type of song that works people into a frenzy at live shows. It’s quiet, then it builds and boom! The pit explodes.
, his longtime collaborator Ty Segall ( Charles Moothart ) and Fuzz frontman Ex-Cult Chris Shaw make up the band, which plays primarily vintage hard-core punk married with classic rock elements. It’s also very melodic.
I’ve listened to a lot of great albums this year but this is, hands down, the most exciting.
Shaw’s severe singing, Moothart’s guitars and Segall’s brutal drums (that’s right — Ty drums on this album) add up to a great release that clocks in just under 26 minutes.
If you like hard rock, if you love punk and if you like rock, period, this album is worth a listen.
Also, check out the band for two nights at
Empty Bottle July 19 and 20.
There are a number of interesting acts playing
Pitchfork festival in Chicago next month. Among them is the multi-genre artist Thundercat.
Check out his new video for
Song for the Dead, which is on last year’s release The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam.
Entertain Me is a new song from the great Memphis band . Nots
The track appears on the upcoming album
Cosmetic, which is expected out in September.
The album is the follow-up to the band’s debut
We Are Nots. The 2014 album was re-released last year. It’s also very highly recommended.
The Nots also play
Riot Fest Chicago in September.
Gap Dream is Gabe Fulvimar of Orange County California. He’s a one-man band who plays cool stuff.
College Music, a track off his upcoming album This is Gap Dream.
This is Gap Dream is out July 22.
If you’ve read this site over the past year, you know that
(aka Palehound Ellen Kempner) is a favorite. Her debut album, Dry Food, was a top five pick for best releases of the year.
She just released a new video for the song
Cushioned Caging, one of the many highlights on Dry Food.
is GØGGS Ty Segall, his Fuzz collaborator Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult.
The band’s self-titled debut is out July 1, and, like everything Segall, Moothart and Ex-Cult put out, this promises to be a scorcher.
These guys just added a second night in Chicago next month. The band plays
Empty Bottle July 19 and 20.
Check out album track,
Needle Trade Off.
opens two shows for the Cure this weekend at UIC Pavilion but you can catch these guys playing their own show at The Twilight Sad Lincoln Hall Thursday.
In late 2014, the Scottish gloom rockers released
Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave.
It Never Was the Same from that LP.
is a band from Spain that provides a nice twist on alternative and garage-inspired rock from the U.S. Mourn
As a fan of Mourn’s self-titled debut, I can recommend the follow-up, sophomore release
Ha, Ha, He, which was just released this past week.
The production is very slick on this new album but don’t let that scare you off. This is music that will appeal to fans of
Speedy Ortiz and like-minded artists.
Check out Mourn below:
is a young singer songwriter from Australia who mixes folk and electronic. Gordi
She is worth your attention.
She’s also playing
Schubas on Monday night.
The best albums released this past week that I’ve heard:
Whitney’s debut, Light Upon the Lake and Mourn’s Ha, Ha, He.
Whitney’s first album is a pop dream.
Mourn’s sophomore effort recalls ’90s alternative but sounds very modern.