Release Radar 06/11/21 - The Rebels vs Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Release Radar 06/11/21  -  The Rebels vs Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
I’m still catching up to all the new music from last week, including a fantastic return to form by the band James and their latest release, All The Colours Of You. Also, the magnificent, and possible Album Of The Year candidate, from Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend. So, it’s a good thing that my Release Radar... Read more »

Release Radar 06/04/21 - John Mayer vs Japanese Breakfast

Release Radar 06/04/21 - John Mayer vs Japanese Breakfast
Is this the biggest week of 2021 for new music releases? The first Friday in June turns out to be a hot one! Not only in the Windy City with temps in the 90’s but on the music front with big releases from Crowded House, James, Japanese Breakfast, Liz Phair, Rostam, and Wolf Alice. Wow,... Read more »

Half Way To Christmas. Was The Xmas 6-Pack Worth It?

Half Way To Christmas. Was The Xmas 6-Pack Worth It?
Is it really halfway to Christmas? Well, close enough, as it’s almost June. Now, on to the beer, and of course, it wasn’t worth it. But it was a surprise from my wife, which was super sweet, and it was purchased for a great cause, helping local businesses during the pandemic. Chicago breweries donated themed... Read more »
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Release Radar 05/28/21 - DMX vs Grizfolk

Release Radar 05/28/21 - DMX vs Grizfolk
All set to go camping for Memorial Day weekend, and wouldn’t you know it, the weather drops into winter-like conditions. So, this is why they say don’t plant your flowers in Chicago before the holiday weekend. The return of DMX? From the grave? I would expect no less. But with Jay-Z and NAS, and on... Read more »

Django Django Are The New Stone Roses

Django Django Are The New Stone Roses
Django Django are the new Stone Roses. They are creating beat-driven pop-rock for a new generation. “Kick Out The Devil” feels like an updated version of “Fools Gold.” No one is John Squire, but some of the guitar tones Vincent Neff (singer and guitarist) uses on Glowing In The Dark are eerily reminiscent of The... Read more »

Release Radar 05/21/21 - Nicki Minaj vs Josh Rouse

Release Radar 05/21/21 - Nicki Minaj vs Josh Rouse
Sometimes we start the day so well, only to be derailed by life’s little pitfalls. How we respond is the difference between a win or a loss. This week we start out our Release Radar with an all-star rap attack from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Drake. It’s actually good, and the Firestarter’s voice is... Read more »
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Mutt Lange Originally Sang "Do You Believe In Love"

Mutt Lange Originally Sang "Do You Believe In Love"
Robert John “Mutt” Lange is a producer/songwriter who is responsible for the original recording of what would one day become Huey Lewis and The News’ breakthrough single, “Do You Believe In Love.” Originally called “We Both Believe In Love,” it was recorded by the band Supercharge in 1979, with Mutt on vocals, for Virgin Records.... Read more »

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 »
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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 »