Release Radar 5/6/22 - !!! (Chk Chk Chk) vs Dawes

Release Radar 5/6/22 - !!! (Chk Chk Chk) vs Dawes
This week we have two huge releases by !!! (Chk Chk Chk) and Arcade Fire. Both albums had us waiting patiently, whittling our fingernails down, while they release single after single, prepping us for the big day. They’re here! The last two songs on Let It Be Blue, “Crazy Talk,” and “This Is Pop,” really... Read more »

Release Radar 4/29/22 - Arcade Fire vs Swedish House Mafia

Release Radar 4/29/22 - Arcade Fire vs Swedish House Mafia
Arcade Fire’s two-part single “The Lightning I & II” was a great return to form, and “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” follows suit. Not that this band really makes bad music, but they’ve gone through phases, and stylistic changes, that have led some astray. Now we are getting a healthy dose of the original pop they... Read more »

Release Radar - 4/22/22 - Bay Ledges vs Wilco

Release Radar - 4/22/22 - Bay Ledges vs Wilco
Who Is Bay Ledges, that is the question? Bay Ledges is the musical brainchild of Zach Hurd, now a Los Angeles native who relocated from a small town in coastal Maine, in 2015. The four songs that make up the In Water EP are addicting slices of pop, to say the least. “In Water,” and... Read more »
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Release Radar - 4/15/22 - Jack White vs Father John Misty

Release Radar - 4/15/22 - Jack White vs Father John Misty
The fuzzed-out fellow we’ve come to know as Jack White has returned with Fear Of The Dawn, an album that picks up where he left off with funk-rock cuts that could use a little more pop sensibility. What I mean is that I love when Jack rocks out, I really do, but we need some... Read more »

Release Radar - 4/8/22 - Wet Leg vs Ryan Adams

Release Radar - 4/8/22 - Wet Leg vs Ryan Adams
So far, Wet Leg has not lived up to the brilliance of their debut single, “Chaise Lounge,” which made us all smile, as we sang, “Mommy, daddy, look at me/I went to school and I got the big D.” I think it might make more sense to listen to the self-titled debut, Wet Leg, as... Read more »

Release Radar - 4/1/22 - Foals vs Red Hot Chili Peppers

Release Radar - 4/1/22 -  Foals vs Red Hot Chili Peppers
It’s April Fools Day! Hopefully, you tricked someone close to you, but you didn’t piss them off too much? I told my wife that my daughter got an “F” on her math test and she sat up and said, “What?” I had to tell her right then and there, “April Fools!“ The Chili’s finally released... Read more »
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Release Radar - 3/25/22 - Sting vs Good Morning

Release Radar - 3/25/22 -  Sting vs Good Morning
“There’s no such thing as a winnable war/It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore.” Sting Sting posted a moving version of his song “Russians” saying, “I’ve only rarely sung this song in the many years since it was written because I never thought it would be relevant again. But, in the light of one man’s... Read more »

Release Radar - 3/18/22 - The Boo Radleys vs Bill Evans

Release Radar - 3/18/22 - The Boo Radleys vs Bill Evans
I had no idea The Boo Radleys were still making music until this new track, “You And Me,” popped up on my Release Radar. Keep On With Falling will be the band’s first studio album in 23 years. They are now a three-piece after lead songwriter and guitarist Martin Carr left the band, and I’ll... Read more »

The Districts Bring New Energy To Bottom Lounge- 3/15/22

The Districts Bring New Energy To Bottom Lounge- 3/15/22
The Districts filled the Bottom Lounge with a new energy that seems to have come from a few key lineup changes. Drummer Braden Lawrence has shifted to keyboards and bass, after the departure of longtime bass player Connor Jacobus, while Alex Held has taken over drumming duties. These changes have reinvigorated the band, pushing a... Read more »
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Release Radar - 3/11/22 - The Districts vs Sometimes Y

Release Radar - 3/11/22 - The Districts vs Sometimes Y
We’ve been waiting for the new Districts album since it was announced last fall, and each month since then we’ve received a new single. They definitely embraced a new, dare I say, quieter sound? Stripped-back is how I referred to it in January, and I still stand by that. I’ve listened through the album twice... Read more »