New York-based singer-songwriter
Natalie Mering, who performs as , creates a solemn, sometimes haunting folk sound on her new album Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earth.
The release is getting some favorable critical attention. Check it out for yourself. Weyes Blood is
playing Monday (October 31) at Hideout.
plan to release their latest album, The Orwells Terrible Human Beings, in February.
Check out a song from the album,
They Put a Body in the Bayou, in this politically themed video.
just released its first new song in two years, the dramatic Foxygen America.
Check it out below.
, a member of Charles Moothart Ty Segall’s band as well as side projects Fuzz and GØGGS, is striking out on his own. He’s performing as CFM (his initials).
Next month, he’s releasing a three-song EP,
Homegrown Paranoia. Listen to one of the tracks, The Stooge.
Big thumbs up.
Moothart makes a stop in Chicago at
the Hideout in late November.
Cass McCombs and Angel Olsen are two of the most interesting American singer-songwriters to emerge in recent years. Fortunately, they both recently delivered new albums that are standouts. These two releases lead the Five Albums to Grab Now.
Also don’t pass by
Preoccupations, the newly named band formerly known as Viet Cong. Cymbals Eat Guitars and the Growlers also recently turned out fine albums.
Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Preoccupations – Preoccupations
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years
The Growlers – City Club
is made up of members of other bands (at least seven, according to the group’s publicity materials). Leather Towel Towel IV is the debut on the mighty Chicago label HoZac.
Fronting the band is
Jake Robertson, who also leads the weird and interesting Ausmuteants. While Ausmuteants is sort of a modern Devo, Leather Towel is a more straightforward punk band. A brisk 12 songs in 18 minutes, this one is recommended.
From the mid- to late ’80s,
Dinosaur Jr. was a phenomenal band but when J Mascis pushed Lou Barlow out at the end of the decade, the group lost its magic.
Fortunately, in 2005, the original lineup reunited and it has been going strong since. The band’s latest album leads this edition of Five Albums to Grab Now.
Also check out strong albums from
Nots, Ex-Cult, the Hecks and Psychic Heat.
Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
Nots – Cosmetic
Ex-Cult – Negative Growth
The Hecks – The Hecks
Psychic Heat – Sunshower
just released the song, Split Single Blank Ribbons, this week.
The track appears on the new album,
Metal Frames, which is set for a November 18 release.
The band, led by Chicagoan
Jason Narducy, also plays a show at Evanston’s SPACE November 19.
Ex-Cult frontman Chris Shaw sounds great on the side project, GØGGS, with fellow rocker . Ty Segall
Shaw also turned out another strong Ex-Cult album this year (with recording help from Segall).
Negative Growth, Ex-Cult’s music feels like a throwback to hardcore punk’s early years. Yet the band’s sound is distinct, immediate and highly compelling.
has mixed up its approach since the stunning debut Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains back in 2009. But each album also has been consistently good.
The band recently released its fourth album,
Pretty Years, and it’s another winner.
Check out these guys at
Empty Bottle Tuesday (October 11).