Tag: New Music Friday

Release Radar 6/18/21 - Hippo Campus vs Delta Spirit

Release Radar 6/18/21 - Hippo Campus vs Delta Spirit
Summer is officially underway. The heat is on as is the pressure for record companies to get their artists more shelf space. How is this possible in an age when that space has become digital? In order to keep eyes and ears on their artists, many labels are having a song remixed or adding a... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

Release Radar 04/30/21 - Counting Crows vs Teenage Fanclub

Release Radar 04/30/21 - Counting Crows vs Teenage Fanclub
It’s starting to feel like summer in the Chi, and the Counting Crows return just in time for the warm weather! Has it really been seven years since we’ve heard new music from Adam Duritz and company? Their new single is “Elevator Boots,” and it’s classic Counting Crows.” On May 21 they will release a... Read more »

Release Radar 04/23/21 - Yelawolf vs James

Release Radar 04/23/21 - Yelawolf vs James
April showers bring May flowers, so embrace the chilly rain for a few more weeks. Think about all the fun stuff you can do with rain while we have it. De Lux is back on my #RADAR this week with an ode to the Talking Heads, called “What’s Life.” It’s not really an ode as... Read more »
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Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo

Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo
Spring is in the air, tulips are towering, and baseballs are flying. Liz Phair has a new album on the horizon called Soberish. It will be her 7th, released on June 4th. Her latest single, “Spanish Doors,” reminds me of a cut, off of her debut, Exile In Guyville. I think having Brad Wood back... Read more »