Listen to a track, Suffering Season, below.
Chicago band NE-HI plans to release its second album Offers February 24.
Check out the video for Stay Young off the new release.
(Above: The Blind Shake)
The Blind Shake’s new album, Celebrate Your Worth, is a real cave stomper, a lot of fun and irresistibly catchy. It leads this week’s five recommended albums to grab now.
Australia’s Chook Race makes great upbeat pop music that reminds me of the best indie bands from the 1980s.
Purling Hiss draws from classic rock and gritty garage influences (watch the epic Everybody in the USA below). Ultimate Painting draws from a range of sources, from folk to psych to the Velvet Underground.
Luke Roberts is seriously earnest country and sullen folk.
Here are your five albums to grab now.
The Blind Shake – Celebrate Your Worth
Chook Race – Around the House
Purling Hiss – High Bias
Ultimate Painting – Dusk
Luke Roberts – Sunlit Cross
Split Single is led by Jason Narducy, a veteran Chicago musician who has played with Bob Mould, Superchunk and others.
Narducy fronts his own bands, of course, including the well-regarded Chicago group Verbow.
Catch him at Evanston’s Space this Saturday as he promotes his just-released album, Metal Frames.
Inherently Low appears on the new Nots album, Cosmetic.
Here’s the just-released video for the song. The album is another strong one from this great Memphis band.
Roberts is a Nashville singer-songwriter who will appeal to fans of early Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo and, of course, traditional country.
Check out this song, Silver Chain, which gets an assist from the great Kurt Vile. The song appears on Roberts’ latest album, Sunlit Cross.