No Age releases song, album coming in January

Listen to No Age’s new song, Drippy, which will be on the band’s new album in January.

Said to be recorded over a few days, Snares Like a Haircut is the new record with a release date of January 26.

Chicago’s Drag City is putting this album out, and you can see No Age, the duo of Randy Randall and Dean Spunt, January 20 at Schubas, part of the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival.

Angel Olsen releases Phases, a collection of demos, B-sides

As everything else with Angel Olsen, her just-released collection of demos, B-sides and outtakes has stunning moments.

For instance, on Phases, Olsen treats us to Sans, a surprisingly good demo from 2015.

The standout track on the new release is Special, an outtake from her excellent 2016 album, My Woman.

It says something about an artist when even her cast-off songs are so compelling. Olsen is one of the best American singer-songwriters today.

Catch her live. Olsen plays Chicago’s Riviera Theatre December 9.

Japandroids, Cloud Nothings play Empty Bottle surprise show

It was billed as a mystery show Friday night. Now, Empty Bottle just announced that Japandroids (above) and Cloud Nothings will play a show with no advance tickets and barely any advance notice.

Tickets are $10 — cash only — and will be sold at the door when it opens at 9 p.m. Friday night. No lining up before 7 p.m., according to an email from the Bottle.

One ticket per person.

Both bands released decent albums this year and have strong back catalogs. They are both highly energetic live.

Shilpa Ray plays Chicago’s Hideout

Shilpa Ray is a Brooklyn singer songwriter who melds blues, doo-wop, garage and other musical styles often punctuated by her big, booming voice.

On Door Girl, Ray reflects on life — nightlife in particular — in New York. It’s told from the perspective of someone who actually worked the door of a Lower East Side bar in Manhattan. Her music is original and interesting.

She plays Hideout Saturday.

Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile make beautiful music together

It seemed like it may be too much of a good thing. Australia’s quirky singer songwriter Courtney Barnett teams up with Philly indie god Kurt Vile.

But the duo’s Lotta Sea Lice is really a special album. It feels more like a Kurt Vile album but Barnett’s contribution is, of course, invaluable and incredible.

These are two of the best singer songwriters on the planet right now. So, should you grab the album? Uh, yeah.

These guys play three sold-out Chicago shows next week at Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall and University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel.