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Chicago’s Meat Wave have released the second single from Malign Hex, their first album in over five years which is set for release on 14 October via Big Scary Monsters. The thunderous ‘10k’ is a punk rock gem, with its earth shaking sonic landscape and vocals full of power and passion. Of the track, Meat Wave’s Chris Sutter (guitar, vocals) …

There’s plenty of space on the debut album by Chicago’s Charlie Reed. Just as well, because it’s not a solo project; the band consists of no fewer than seven people. You need room to fit them all in, and with members of Illinois bands past and present in the mix (Spread Joy, Twin Peaks, Uh …

There is a visceral discordancy and inherent chaos that threads throughout ‘Versions of Modern Performance’, the debut album from Chicago trio Horsegirl, (out through Matador Records/Remote Control Records). This anarchy is magically and stunningly resolved by the bitter sweet melodies and harmonies that cloak and bind the barbed-wire strands. The oft dissociated, disconnected vocals are …

Horsegirl are cooler than anyone on the planet at this moment in time and their slew of singles, thus far released, place this statement in bold and highlighted. We’ve already salivated over the louch fuzz of ‘World of Pots and Pans’ and ‘Anti-glory’. Now, in anticipation of their debut album ‘Versions of Modern Performance’ (out …

You may be familiar with Chicago native Mike Tafoya – he’s certainly been around the block a bit, an active musician for more than three decades with Tafoya’s Lost Boyzz among others; certainly what you’d call a rock lifer, and he’s nowhere near done. Quite the opposite, in fact: he’s moved on to the next …

Fast becoming one of my favourite outfits, the inestimably cool and unlimitedly suave Horsegirl have just released another laid back fuzzy pop single ‘World of Pots and Pans’. Complete with a lyrical nod to The Jesus and Mary Chain, this band is releasing some of the most satisfyingly scuzzy pop material that positively shines with …

With an attitude that recalls The Jesus and Mary Chain and scuzzy, fuzzy drone attack, Horsegirl have just delivered a stunning single ‘Anti-glory’ – filled with a certain cognitive and sonic dissonance, brutal drums, sweet doo wop backing singing straight from the sixties and a raw visceral guitar attack. This is utterly compelling and marvellous …

A song whose chorus is, ‘It seems like everything runs on repeat’ could be a little too on-the-nose as a covid-era track, but it suits our current times so well that it comes as a relief to learn that it was finished pre-pandemic, not to mention the album it’s the lead single from. Say hello …

SPURNING a promising career in acting is beginning to look like a good move for Chicago baroque-pop artist Bryan Away. With his third single, “Dreams And Circumstance”, out now, followed by an album early next month, it’s time we embraced a songsmith of great talent. The singer-songwriter born Elliott Korte came to music relatively late; …

TAKE one of the finest and most intuitive leftfield-into-indie jazz rhythm sections of past decades, Chicago drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Joshua Abrams, who between them amass waay over a couple hundred performance credits to their name on Discogs: for artists such as the Chicago Underground Trio and all its various spiralling iterations, Brokeback, Sam …