Release Radar 11/5/21 - Radiohead vs Bleachers

Release Radar 11/5/21 - Radiohead vs Bleachers
There’s been a trend in my life this week, beginning my mornings with Yoga With Adriene. It’s a great practice that I hope to continue. Today’s the day Radiohead releases their long-awaited, 3-disc, combo set called Kid A Mnesia. It combines two of their most eclectic albums, Kid A and Amnesiac, which were released eight... Read more »

Release Radar 10/29/21 - Spoon vs Macklemore

Release Radar 10/29/21 - Spoon vs Macklemore
The cool thing about Release Radar is that it keeps tabs on your past listening habits and when you haven’t heard from an artist in several years it reminds you how much you’ve missed them by placing their new single in your weekly playlist. Macklemore shows up this week with a new track called “Next... Read more »

Release Radar 10/22/21 - My Morning Jacket vs Felly

Release Radar 10/22/21 - My Morning Jacket vs Felly
This week my #RADAR is on fire with My Morning Jacket’s ninth studio album. The self-titled My Morning Jacket is the first batch of new songs in six years. “In Color,” the third single, feels a bit like the Grateful Dead or Pink Floyd, so let the jams begin. I can’t wait to pick it... Read more »
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Release Radar 10/15/21 - Band Of Horses vs The Beatles

Release Radar 10/15/21 - Band Of Horses vs The Beatles
Apparently the “rainy season” has moved to Chicago via Portland. It’s been doldrums this week, but the grass hasn’t looked better. Fall back. Release Radar brings the glorious return of rock heroes, Band Of Horses. “Crutch” is the new single from Things Are Great which will be out next year, on January 21st. It kind... Read more »

Release Radar 10/8/21 - The Districts vs Robert Glasper

Release Radar 10/8/21 - 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 10/1/21 - Shout Out Louds vs Elbow

Release Radar 10/1/21 - 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »