Really Stoked on Michelles

I spend a lot of time wading through emails day after day, always looking for something that’s probably going to get overlooked, unjustly. This Michelles tune, for instance, is a prime example, filling my ears with great energy, though just enough of something different to keep me interested. It almost holds onto a touch of Britpop, and throughout it twists and turns with these perfect drips of ecstasy. Honestly, one of the reasons I think I’m listening repeatedly is there’s not a lot out there that I can compare this Chicago act to, and in saying that, that says enough. Good and refreshing. Dark as a Daisy, the new LP, will be released later on this year. Sample this tasty treat.

Throwback Rocker From Coaster

unnamedToday seems like a great day for some straight up rock music from Chicago based band Coaster. Their new track is called “Cool” and brings to mind some of indie rocks old school greats while mixing in some complex break downs and intricateguitar work. And damn those vocals at the end! Hopefully this will improve what might be a dreary Monday for most of us. Enjoy.

Coaster is dropping a new 7″ EP entitled Deuces on November 11th via Community Records& Sooper Records.

Noisy Pop Punk from Dowsing

dowsingNot going to lie, but this song totally rules from Dowsing. It’s filled with a youthful vibrancy that’s not too serious, and enough hooked employed to keep you interested. It reminds me a lot of super early Say Anything, building swelling guitar hooks and matching them with heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. It’s a fun number to just turn up loud, allowing you to sample the band’s sound as they prepare to head out of their hometown in Chicago with their friends Ratboys. Not only will the two bands tour together, but they’ll be releasing a split EP via Topshelf Records on September 9th.

Premiere: Bubbles Brown Bring Blues Booking on “Sundance”

bubblebrownGive this track a few moments and you’ll probably find yourself lost in the past, stomping your feet to the history of Bubbles Brown‘s soulful boogie. The band broke their teeth working the streets of Chicago for spare change, and it seems that in doing so, they’ve come out brandishing their own unique blend of blues, jazz and the soul of Texas. They recently released their debut Mt. Gilead, andthese B-sidescontinue to prove that some bands have no peers. Seems so simple, yet taking a few listens will reveal just how complex the sounds of the duo have gotten over time. Hope you’ll spend some time here and then go back to listen to the whole of their album.

The Hecks Ready Debut

theheckThis is likely to be my last post about any Trouble In Mind band…at least for this week. But, in saying that, this is just another reason the label has been so consistent lately. They’ve signed on Chicago’s The Hecks for the band’s debut, and you’re not likely to hear much like it, though you’ll hear similarities across the board of the latest indie rock fare. Guitars open dangerously, yet steadied by a polite bit of pop sensibility just underneath. Then they take a turn into the realms of art-punk, just before another right turn takes them into the realm of dissonant noise…closing the track abruptly. It’s a fascinating collection of all things punk and rock, leaving listeners salivating at what’s to come on their debut; the self-titled record is released on September 2nd.

Album Premiere: Jon Lindsay – Cities & Schools

5035One of my favorite things about running this website is when someone asks you to premiere an album you’ve already been spinning on repeat for a week or so. Well Mr. Jon Lindsay, who writes and creates songs mostly on his own, has been kind enough to give me just that opportunity today. Streaming in full below is his brand new album entitled Cities & Schools. One would be very hard pressed to define this music with simple things like indie pop or indie songwriter. No, this album is a profound look into a songwriter who creates at times rock songs with Americana tendencies, but can then throw in some synths here and there to surely cause your body to move. Honestly, I think everyone will find a little something to like about this album.

You can purchase a physical copy of this album on June 10th via File 13 Recordsor purchase physical copies via Jon’s website right now.

More From Earring

unnamedEarring is a Chicago based band Nathan and I have both taken a liking to over the last year or so. Though neither of us seem to able to classify the band’s sound, the boys certainly have received the ATH seal of approval. Today I’m excited to share with you their latest single “Slow Mud”. Imagine if you will that a slow core band melded with one of the best indie psych rock bands and that’s about what you have here. Unique to say the least.

New album Tunn Star will drop on June 10th via Fire Talk Records.

Deeper Sign to Fire Talk

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetMan if every label in the world discovered as much good music as Brooklyn outfit Fire Talk, the world would be a better place right? Well they have found yet another quality act in the form of Chicago based indie pop band Deeper. Now these guys create this sort of interesting take on dream pop but with a bit of an edge to it. As you probably know by now, describing music isn’t my strong suit and I prefer you to just trust me and hit play.

Deeper are currently working on a full release coming in 2017. Stay tuned.

Ne-HI Sign to Grand Jury

nehiThe Chicago scene is getting louder, at least it seems to have had a recent reemergence in the indie blogs, at least with the fandom of Twin Peaks…and now Ne-Hi. The group has just signed on to work with Grand Jury for their next release, and in the meantime, they’ve tossed up a new track to tease us until the record is done. While the song has a bit of a noisy blasting style, I think my favorite part is when the whole song pulls back around the 2 minute mark for a softer approach; it’s a nice dynamic that elevates the song. We’ll keep you posted on the band’s release going forward.

Soulful Pop Vibes from Divino Nino

3-Panel_JCard_FRONT_AIRemember those early Little Joy or Rodrigo Amarante tunes that seemed to dance around nostalgic tropicalia, but with a fresher tone? That’s exactly what I hear in the newest single from Divino Nino, who also have some Latin roots to add…thus the band name. It sounds a lot like a really hip lounge singer who spends his weekends hanging about town playing in a psychedelic band; there’s just little doses of reverb and twangy wash, but not enough to detract from the central focus. Look for the group’s new album, The Shady Sexyfornia Tapes, which comes out on May 13th via The Native Sound.

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