Release Radar 05/14/21 - Wolf Alice vs Django Django

Release Radar 05/14/21 - Wolf Alice vs Django Django
“I wanna live inside your headphones baby/ I wanna live inside a world wherever you are.”- Justin Young The Vaccines return with a summer jam meant for the open road, with the top down, and the wind in your hair. “Headphones, Baby,” should be playing on every radio for the next three months. The new... Read more »

Polyvinyl's "Exquisite Corpse" Is More Than A Compilation Album

Polyvinyl's "Exquisite Corpse" Is More Than A Compilation Album
Polyvinyl’s Exquisite Corpse is not just a compilation album, but a curated selection of artists from their roster that was divided into 11 supergroups, each tasked with writing an original song. All of the songs, as well as the artwork, were worked on remotely, that’s what makes this project especially unique. Rainer Maria’s Kaia Fischer... Read more »

Release Radar 05/07/21 - Modest Mouse vs Caveman

Release Radar 05/07/21 - Modest Mouse vs Caveman
Modest Mouse was the highlight of my Release Radar. After six years off, they return with a number that reminds me of New Order, if you can believe it? “We Are Between” has a metallic, retro sound that has a ton of influences to keep you guessing with each new listen. Caveman showcase another exciting... Read more »
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Release Radar 04/30/21 - Counting Crows vs Teenage Fanclub

Release Radar 04/30/21 - Counting Crows vs Teenage Fanclub
It’s starting to feel like summer in the Chi, and the Counting Crows return just in time for the warm weather! Has it really been seven years since we’ve heard new music from Adam Duritz and company? Their new single is “Elevator Boots,” and it’s classic Counting Crows.” On May 21 they will release a... Read more »

Training For A Half Marathon With iFit's Tommy Rivers Puzey

I’ve just completed training for a half marathon with iFit’s Tommy Rivers Puzey. Over 30 runs, and countless hours together, it was an amazing journey. Wherein, I felt like I made a new friend and an influence that pushed me daily towards new goals and worldly knowledge. When the virus hit and shut everything down,... Read more »

Release Radar 04/23/21 - Yelawolf vs James

Release Radar 04/23/21 - Yelawolf vs James
April showers bring May flowers, so embrace the chilly rain for a few more weeks. Think about all the fun stuff you can do with rain while we have it. De Lux is back on my #RADAR this week with an ode to the Talking Heads, called “What’s Life.” It’s not really an ode as... Read more »
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Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo

Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo
Spring is in the air, tulips are towering, and baseballs are flying. Liz Phair has a new album on the horizon called Soberish. It will be her 7th, released on June 4th. Her latest single, “Spanish Doors,” reminds me of a cut, off of her debut, Exile In Guyville. I think having Brad Wood back... Read more »

Hippo Campus Singer Drops Solo Project "Lupin"

Hippo Campus Singer Drops Solo Project "Lupin"
I saw the Sessions email that Lupin was doing a Livestream when Covid first started, but had no idea who that was and why I was being notified? After my brother sent me the Spotify link to “Vampire,” a week later, I knew I had made a mistake. “Oh,” I thought. “That was Lupin!?” Jake... Read more »

"My Octopus Teacher" Opens Beautiful, Brave New Worlds

"My Octopus Teacher" Opens Beautiful, Brave New Worlds
There is a scene in My Octopus Teacher, a Netflix documentary, where filmmaker, Craig Foster, hugs an octopus. It’s the same octopus that he gets to know intimately over the course of a year, and the one that he followed around a South African, underwater kelp forest. It’s an extraordinary documentary, that every human should... Read more »
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My 81 Week Writing Streak Came To An Abrupt End

My 81 Week Writing Streak Came To An Abrupt End
The combination of Easter and Spring Break foiled my shot at consecutively writing for 100 weeks. I was a bit bummed when I got the weekly Grammarly email blast and it said my 81-week writing streak had come to an end. I love writing my weekly music (Release Radar) blog, and any other beer or... Read more »