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The Legendary Pink Dots - Angel in the Detail (Metropolis Records)

21 September 2019

The Legandary Pink Dots release album number 39 Angel In The Detail, while announcing 40th anniversary tour dates

Yates And Young - Splinters Ep (Self-Released) 

20 September 2019

On September 27, the pairing of Peter Yates and RISE release the Ep Splinters, the result of two visionary talents colliding on an artistic plane

In Deed - Everest | Expanded Edition (Big Stir Records) 

19 September 2019

Swedish outfit In Deed present an expanded edition of their 2017 Everest album, a playful and well executed album, with a sharpness which showcases the very chemistry within the band.

Riot Fest: Day 3 - Douglas Park (Chicago, IL) - September 15, 2019

18 September 2019

Premier punk rock festival Riot Fest returned to Chicago for its 15th anniversary. Coverage of Day 3 includes Guided By Voices, the B-52s, Patti Smith, Nick Lowe, the Raconteurs, unlikely mosh pit instigators the Village People, and more.

Super Marine - Decadent Flowers (Self-Released) 

18 September 2019

On October 4, Super Marine, a very interesting band, release a very interesting debut single in “Decadent Flowers”.

The Grief Brothers - Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street (Country Mile Records) 

18 September 2019

The Grief Brothers release Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street, the exceptionally executed sound of working mans music, dug straight from the soul.

Crooked Ghost - Colors Bleed Ep (Crooked Ghost Records)

16 September 2019

This coming Friday, September 20, Crooked Ghost unleash their latest Ep, Colors Bleed

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Edition) (ABKCO) 

14 September 2019

On November 1st, the classic Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones gets the lavish anniversary treatment. Writer Kevin Burke discusses the box set release, both the good and bad points respectively.

The Hangabouts - Who Wants Cilla? (Big Stir Records/Futureman)

13 September 2019

The Hangabouts return with a reminder of how Detroit still produces bands of vivacious brilliance with the digital release of “Who Wants Cilla?“  b/w “Mrs. Greene”. 

Grip-Like Vice - Fegin Martyr (Self-Released)

13 September 2019

Released today, September 13, Grip-Like Vice present “Feign Martyr”, the first preview of their upcoming Place//Circumstance album.

David J - Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure (Glass Records Modern)

12 September 2019

On October 18, David J Haskins of Bauhaus examine his own mortality, his love and influences in Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure,

Armstrong - Under Blue Skies (The Beautiful Music/ Big Stir Records)

11 September 2019

Armstrong have re-released their 2007 debut Under Blue Skies, whilst they could not improve on the sound they have added eight bonus tracks.

Adam Ant w/Glam Skanks – Vic Theatre (Chicago, IL) – September 7, 2019

9 September 2019

British New Wave icon Adam Ant took fans at the Vic Theatre on a time warp 37 years backward to 1982, performing his top-selling solo album Friend or Foe. [Updated 9/9/2019 with approved photos.]

The Black Watch - Crying All The Time! Ep (Hypnotic Bridge) 

9 September 2019

In October, *The Black Watch release the “Crying All The Time!” Ep, a limited seven-inch vinyl containing the title track and two more effervescent numbers.

Alice Cooper - Breadcrumbs Ep (EarMusic) 

9 September 2019

On September 13, Alice Cooper is due to release a tribute to the heyday of Detroit Rock in the Breadcrumbs Ep

Robert Smith at Pasadena Daydream by Cecilia Fonseca

Pasadena Daydream Festival – Brookside at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) - August 31, 2019

7 September 2019

The Cure delivered a celebratory performance at the Pasadena Daydream Festival last weekend, along with stand-out sets from Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses and The Joy Formidable.

The Waterboys - Out Of All This Blue Ep (Cooking Vinyl) 

7 September 2019

The Waterboys release the “Out Of All This Blue” Ep, the compassionate standout number from Where The Action Is deserves a pedestal such as this.

Iwan Gronow - In The Mire (Self-Released) 

6 September 2019

Iwan Gronow, bassist for Johnny Marr, is set to release a digital single, “In The Mire” on September 13th.

My Life Story - World Citizen (Exilophone Records) 

5 September 2019

My Life Story return with World Citizen, ten-tracks which show a maturity, also containing a nod to past glories.

Various Artists - Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-79 (Rhino)

5 September 2019

This October 11, Rhino will release Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979 box set, a celebration of Factory Records including the first 10 Fact releases

Live - Throwing Copper Super Deluxe 25th Anniversary box set (Radioactive/MCA/UMe)

5 September 2019

With standouts including “Selling the Drama,” “I Alone,” and circle-of-life ode “Lightning Crashes,” Throwing Copper struck platinum in the space between alternative rock and grunge. This anniversary reissue includes includes Live’s landmark set before 200,000 people at Woodstock ’94.

Jay Som – Anak Ko (Polyvinyl)

4 September 2019

Melina Duterte frets over friends and lovers on a bedroom-pop masterpiece.

Stargazer Lilies - Living Work Of Art (Rad Cult)

4 September 2019

Pennsylvania’s Stargazer Lilies return faithfully with a new single and news of a new album.

Redd Kross - Beyond the Door

Redd Kross - Beyond the Door (Merge)

4 September 2019

Los Angeles’ all-encompassing rock’n’roll legends Redd Kross deliver another timeless gem on Merge Records.

Cabaret Voltaire - Chance Versus Causality (Mute)

3 September 2019

After forty-years, Cabaret Voltaire release Chance Versus Causality, an album of electronic magnificence.

Mark Knopfler – Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL) – September 1, 2019

2 September 2019

Mark Knopfler has consistently defied the conventional definitions of guitar hero and rock star – while earning his reputation at the top of the heap. Knopfler brought worthy new songs from Down the Road Wherever to Chicago.

Drowning Effect - Drowning Effect (Vibraphone)

2 September 2019

Drowning Effect comes out as a stunningly strident and original debut in an already overcrowded genre.

The Blackheart Orchestra – Mesmeranto (Esoteric Antenna/Cherry Red Records)

2 September 2019

The next long-player by The Blackheart Orchestra titled Mesmeranto drops to earth 11th of October. Already the temperature gauges for the ultra prowess are hitting a high. 

The Awakening - Back To Wonderland (Intervention Arts)

2 September 2019

As The Awakening release a new video and single “Back To Wonderland”, vocalist Ashton Nyte commences a tour across Europe.

Beauty In Chaos Ft. Wayne Hussey & Rolan Bolan - 20th Century Boy (33.3 Music Collective)

1 September 2019

Michael Ciravolo’s Beauty In Chaos return with a new video featuring Rolan Bolan and Wayne Hussey.

Squeeze – Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL) – August 31, 2019

1 September 2019

The Squeeze Songbook Tour date celebrated the band’s 45th anniversary and a rich back catalog that long ago earned appellations naming the songwriting engine of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook as the Lennon and McCartney of their generation. It’s a heavy crown for any songwriters to bear, but Difford and Tilbrook have done their best to keep it gleaming.

Oh, Rose – While My Father Sleeps (Park the Van Records)

Oh, Rose – While My Father Sleeps (Park the Van Records)

31 August 2019

Olivia Rose taps into dark places of the soul with well-tuned empathy.

Amy Rigby - Girl to City: A Memoir (Southern Domestic)

31 August 2019

This October 8th sees the release of Girl To City:A Memoir, the autobiography of cult icon Amy Rigby.

The Damned - Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology (BMG)

30 August 2019

The Damned announce a questionable compilation in Black Is The Night ; The Definive Anthology

Killing Eve - The Demos May 2019 (Self Released) 

29 August 2019

New outfit Killing Eve, the latest project by Andy Cousin and Anne Marie Hurst , present a Demo Ep along with interest of what is to come.

Death Valley Girls - Dream Cleaver (Suicide Squeeze Records)

28 August 2019

Death Valley Girls return with a new single of incendiary ear candy in “Dream Cleaver”.

New Model Army - From Here (earMUSIC)

27 August 2019

New Model Army unleash album number 15, From Here, an album of ideas, executed beautifully.

Klammer - Being Boiled (Under Dogz Records)

26 August 2019

Klammer give an insight to the future with the release of “Being Boiled”

Young Goats - Goat Life Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

25 August 2019

The production could use a little more polishing, but over all Goat Life Vol. 1 shows a duo that easily could ascend to the ranks of similar artists like Drake with more time.

Ikebe Shakedown, Kings Left Behind

Ikebe Shakedown - Kings Left Behind (Colemine Records)

23 August 2019

The impeccable groove carries forth with a lesson in the sovereignty of instrumental funk-bent Soul.

Iron & Wine and Calexico - Knitting Factory (Boise) - August 22, 2019

23 August 2019

With minimal purple and pink hues lighting the stage, the camp fire-esque performance was all about the music (well, and Beam’s award-worthy beard) and the gentle sparks that crackle and pop between mutually admiring musicians.

The K's - Aurora (Creation23)

23 August 2019

Today, August 23, pre-order begins for the upcoming single by the band to watch, The K’s and their incendiary “Aurora”.

Iron Maiden - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Tinley Park, IL), August 22, 2019

23 August 2019

One of the world’s premiere heavy metal bands of the 20th century, British powerhouse Iron Maiden continue to be a force in the new millennium. The sextet returned to the Chicago area on Thursday, bringing its “Legacy of the Beast” tour with dazzling spectacle, virtuoso playing, and relentless energy.

Rude Audio - Street Light Interference (Zirkus Records)

21 August 2019

London-based electronic pioneers Rude Audio have just released their debut album Street Light Interference, a release which is both blissful and atmospheric

Ride - This Is Not a Safe Place (Wichita Recordings)

20 August 2019

Ride return, delivering their sixth album, and second since their 2014 reunion, This Is Not a Safe Place at times surpasses their previous release.

The Alarm – House of Blues (Chicago, IL), August 16, 2019

19 August 2019

Mike Peters has written anthems to match the best of them, and the Alarm’s recent output and performances suggest more rousing sessions to come.

Mister Rogers - It's Such a Good Feeling (Omnivore), Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (Omnivore)

19 August 2019

Kids from ages one to at least 53 will welcome these utterly charming companion albums featuring Fred Rogers’ gentle truths and Johnny Costa’s sometimes-mellow, sometimes-stunning jazz piano.

The Stray Cats - Meijer Gardens Amphitheater (Grand Rapids, MI), August 15, 2019

19 August 2019

The Stray Cats revived rockabilly for generations of music fans in the ’80s, and the trio’s own songs continue to resonate. The band has returned with worthy new material from its 40th anniversary album.