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No Age pairs its raucous art punk sound with introspective lyrics on new LP, Goons Be Gone

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Goons Be Gone, No Age’s fifth LP and second on Drag City, furthers the L.A noise punks’ exploration of dense guitar textures and fiery drumming. Guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/singer Dean Spunt return with 11 new songs that are as loud as they are intricate, pondering existential questions through relatable lyrics that don’t always specify a context. Continue reading No Age pairs its raucous art punk sound with introspective lyrics on new LP, Goons Be Gone

Mourning [A] BLKstar present more than an hour of heartfelt neo soul on fourth LP, The Cycle

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The Cycle might run a little long with its surplus of slow-to-mid tempo love songs. But, Mourning [A] BLKstar’s ambitious double new album holds interest by drawing listeners into more than an hour of lush, energetic atmospheres that have no shortage of booming drums, soaring vocals and a tight brass section. Continue reading Mourning [A] BLKstar present more than an hour of heartfelt neo soul on fourth LP, The Cycle

Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding share a positive outlook for a world in crisis on new collab, Last Flight Out

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It’s rare to hear jazzy instruments like the vibraphone or the double bass accompanied by the smooth swelling of a string quartet.

But on Last Flight Out, the second collaboration between Chicago singer-guitarist Steve Dawson and his backing band Funeral Bonsai Wedding, unconventional musical pairing intertwine to create a uniquely bright and buoyant soundscape. The album’s musicians skillfully adjust their playing for what each jazzy folk tune demands, supporting Dawson’s lyrics that strive toward creating a better tomorrow. Continue reading Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding share a positive outlook for a world in crisis on new collab, Last Flight Out

ONO surveys America’s history of racial injustices on biting new album, Red Summer

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Red Summer, the sixth and latest album by avant gospel innovators ONO, marks the Chicago group’s 40 anniversary with a record that surveys the many racial injustices of American history and indicts the authorities that permitted it. Continue reading ONO surveys America’s history of racial injustices on biting new album, Red Summer