The Blind Shake, Chook Race, Purling Hiss, Ultimate Painting, Luke Roberts: Five albums to grab now


(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

Luke Roberts plays Chicago’s Schubas


If you score a ticket to see the Rural Alberta Advantage at Schubas Saturday, make sure you check out the excellent opener Luke Roberts.

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.