Release Radar 1/8/21 - The Districts vs Robert Glasper

Release Radar 1/8/21 - The Districts vs Robert Glasper
Earlier this week fans of The Districts got big news. The band will release a new album called Great American Painting on February 4th, and tour extensively behind it in 2022. For now, we get to listen to the first single called, “I Want To Feel It All,” which they’re taking into an ambient direction.... Read more »

Release Radar 1/1/21 - Shout Out Louds vs Elbow

Release Radar 1/1/21 - Shout Out Louds vs Elbow
Elbow has been one of those bands that have flown under the radar for thirty-some years now. It’s not that we didn’t know about them, but they just don’t get the same attention that a Radiohead does. They’ve continued to make beautiful music, and their return is nothing short of magical. Shout Out Louds are... Read more »

Release Radar 9/24/21 - Generationals vs Lumineers

Release Radar 9/24/21 - Generationals vs Lumineers
Over the last few years, I’ve become a huge fan of the Generationals, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw their new single pop up in my Release Radar. “Mercy” is another beat-driven journey, complete with fuzzy guitars and melodies that are second to none. It is part of an EP due out... Read more »
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Cellar Dweller: 2018 Begyle Brewing "Imperial Pajamas" Double Oatmeal Stout

Cellar Dweller: 2018 Begyle Brewing "Imperial Pajamas" Double Oatmeal Stout
It’s that time of year again, where I start to clean out the cellar. Begyle has been releasing some amazing beers over the last few years, so I thought I would dig into a bottle of their Imperial Pajamas from 2018. Another journey with the Cellar Dweller ensues. The first thing I notice is the... Read more »

Brandon Markell Holmes Drops New "Garden" EP

Brandon Markell Holmes Drops New "Garden" EP
Chicago’s Brandon Markell Holmes has been showing up on some pretty big albums over the last five years, and now he’s ready to make a name for himself. After appearances on the¬†Gorillaz “Circle Of Friends,” and JOMORO‘s “Until We Equal,” Holmes has built an underground following. In 2020 he released his first full-length, Museum of R&B... Read more »

Release Radar 9/17/21 - My Morning Jacket vs Half Alive

Release Radar 9/17/21 - My Morning Jacket vs Half Alive
Last week MMJ made my Release Radar with their incredibly creative Metallica cover, “Nothing Else Matters.” Now they announce a new, self-titled album, due out on October 22nd, with the first single, “Love Love Love.” Damn, it sounds good, and after two listens I find myself singing, “The more you give yeah, the more you... Read more »
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Release Radar 9/10/21 - Quicksand vs The Vaccines

Release Radar 9/10/21 - Quicksand vs The Vaccines
The crisp, cool air is creeping in, and so are the fall releases. Quicksand surprises us with their first full-length banger after four years, and the long awaited album from The Vaccines is here, on our doorstep. I have been writing about The Vaccine’s new album for six months now because that’s how records are... Read more »

Release Radar 9/3/21 - Bob Marley & The Wailers vs Oasis

Release Radar 9/3/21 - Bob Marley & The Wailers vs Oasis
This week the Middle Kids cover Olivio Rodriguez’s “Driver’s License,” for Triple J’s Like A Version, and it’s fucking beautiful. They put their stamp on it in subtle ways, and it seems to be connecting with fans of both camps. I wish this cover made the record, but for now, you can play it on... Read more »

Tim Booth And James Are Still Making Beautiful Music

Tim Booth And James Are Still Making Beautiful Music
Future Islands just remixed James’ “Beautiful Beaches” and it was nothing special, to be honest. A stark vocal with light keyboards, that really didn’t build on the general idea, but I digress. What did come of the remix was my immersion into the incredible song that “Beautiful Beaches” is. So much so, that I asked... Read more »
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Release Radar - 8/27/21 - Isla vs My Morning Jacket

Release Radar - 8/27/21 - Isla vs My Morning Jacket
This week we finally get Englewood’s full-length album, and it’s a gem! Also, My Morning Jacket return, and Josh Rouse drops his new project, Isla, on us. Welcome to another edition of Release Radar. “El Paso” is unlike nothing The Vaccines have released yet. A subdued and sweet, capsulated release that is best taken in... Read more »