Tag: Friday New Music

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 - 4/22/22 - 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 »

Release Radar 2/12/21 - Liz Phair vs Willie Nelson

Release Radar 2/12/21 - Liz Phair vs Willie Nelson
Chicago is in a deep freeze, and a quick look at the forecast shows no sign of a thaw. Welcome to another week of Release Radar, where we discuss all the new goodies in our New Music Friday basket. First up, a new single from Liz Phair? Yes, that was a question. I had no... Read more »
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Release Radar 1/22/21 - The Vaccines vs Typhoon

Release Radar 1/22/21 - The Vaccines vs Typhoon
This week The Vaccines return with a cover that seems a bit uncharacteristic at first. But after a couple of listens, it starts to make sense. The subdued version of “No One Knows,” originally recorded by the Queens Of The Stoneage, is from their forthcoming Cosy Karaoke EP, which will consist solely of other people’s... Read more »

Release Radar 1/15/21 - Pete Yorn vs Sting

Release Radar 1/15/21 - Pete Yorn vs Sting
Hello, cruel world! The snow is falling in Chicago and it looks gorgeous from the basement window. A fresh blanket of white covers the city dirt. So good to see Pete Yorn in my Release Radar this Friday morning. He adds his own special touch to Kirsty MacColl’s “They Don’t Know.” Marc “Doc” Dauer is playing... Read more »

Release Radar 1/8/21 - Kings Of Leon vs Modern Vices

Release Radar 1/8/21 - Kings Of Leon vs Modern Vices
Welcome to another year! Looks like KOL are gearing up to release a new album on March 5th, called When You See Yourself. I’m liking what I hear from the two singles that were released this week, “The Bandit,” and “100,000 People.” The latter is a slow-burner reminiscent of their finest work. It brings to... Read more »
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Release Radar 1/1/21 – Jack Jezzro vs Paul McCartney

Release Radar 1/1/21 – Jack Jezzro vs Paul McCartney
My last Release Radar of 2019 is in the books, and today marks the start of a new year. I’m not sure if the format will change, or how it will look in 2021, but I would like to continue writing about new music on a weekly basis. I consistently wrote and posted a Release... Read more »

Release Radar 12/4/20- San Holo vs Samia

Release Radar 12/4/20- San Holo vs Samia
When I do my year-end roundup of best albums, San Holo’s Stay Vibrant will be on it. That album was supposedly a work in progress, but it looks like that work just ended with his new single, “bb u ok?” Not bad after one listen, but from here on out, I expect big things from... Read more »

Release Radar 11/27/20- Felly vs Chet Baker

Release Radar 11/27/20- Felly vs Chet Baker
What is one of your greatest Christmas treasures? That is the question our church was asking this week, and it got me thinking about my life, and what I treasure. As far as decorations for the holidays go, we have a lot of stuff but much of it is not important or sentimental. I’ll leave... Read more »
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Release Radar 11/20/20- Trashcan Sinatras vs JR JR

Release Radar 11/20/20- Trashcan Sinatras vs JR JR
It’s November 20th, and we are still witnessing 60-degree temps, what a glorious thing. As I write this, the sun is out, the door is open and the streets of Chicago are busy with walkers and runners. One of my all-time favorite bands surprisingly ended up in my Release Radar this week. I knew the... Read more »