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Pick Your Poison: Monday 12-5-16

Hope your weekend was fantastic. Recovering from the first snowfall of the season here in Chicago, so that’s both fun and not fun at the same time. There’s something magical and majestic about snow-covered landscapes, but the whole cold, slushy mess tends to wreak havoc on the streets which isn’t great. Ah well. Got a very magical and majestic set of songs for you in today’s Pick Your Poison, and you don’t even need to exit the house to hear it. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Moonlapse, Poster, Steph Barrak, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! and White James. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Austin Millz (ft. Tunji Ige), Carneyval & Jackson Breit, Dear Nora, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Life Is Better Blonde (covering Frank Ocean), Run the Jewels, Smallpools, Urochromes, Whispers Beirut and more!

Exit Someone – Michael K

Moonlapse – Dark Root Omen

Poster – Better Something

Roshambo – What She Says

Steph Barrak – So Familiar

Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! – Weird Times

White James – Oh-No

Zagata – Kill Me One More Time

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 12-1-16

Now that we’re in December, it feels like as good of a time as any to mention that the annual year-end extravaganza known as Listmas will be kicking off later this month. It’s reason enough to get a little bit excited, though I’m sure as the month wears on and everybody puts out their “best of” lists this whole thing will start to feel like an exercise in tedium. At the very least, putting together these lists and carefully reflecting back on the year in music is a distinct and worthwhile pleasure. Also a pleasure? Another edition of Pick Your Poison. In this set, you won’t want to miss downloads from Almond&Olive, Lazy Legs, Moon Rabbit and The Obsessed. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from G-Eazy (ft. Ashley Rose), Golden Features (ft. Julia Stone), Gutxi Bibang, Jaylib, Parcels, Rationale, Sofi de la Torre (ft. Blackbear), Sudan Archives, Uniform and more!

All the People – Operator

Almond&Olive – Mulberry Hill

Equinox – Goodbie (ft. Dementio13)

Lazy Legs – Chain of Pink

MC Bravado – Enough’s Enough (ft. Eze Jackson)

Moon Rabbit – Still Together (Against All Newton’s Laws)

The Obsessed – Sodden Jackyl

W I N C H E S T E R – I’m Not Ready to Go Yet

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 11-28-16

After a short break for Thanksgiving, it’s good to be back in action with some more new music for your ears. Some high energy and fun tunes are good ways to help work off all that extra weight gained from feasting over the weekend. You should definitely check out downloads in this set from Agency, Holiday Sidewinder, Joe Sampson and Jordan Burchel. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Angel Haze, Best Coast, Coucheron, DAEVA, Georgia (ft. Caroline Polachek), Less Acrobats, Noveller, Savoy (ft. Porsches), Theophilus London (ft. Ariel Pink), Tobin Sprout and more!

Agency – Coward

Archawah – Good Thang

Holiday Sidewinder – Stay Another Day

Joe Sampson – Wealth

Jordan Burchel – Coffee Breath

Kroozers – Fist Bump

ruby – Fireweed

W.H. Lung – Inspiration!

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 11-23-16

No matter who you’re celebrating with, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Typically around this time it’s nice to take stock and reflect on all of the incredible blessings that have enriched our lives over the past year. Of course as just about everybody who has lived through it will tell you, 2016 has been a terrible, terrible year. We’ve lost so many incredible talents and disaster has struck at nearly every turn. At this point I’m thankful the year will be over soon. But as always, I’m grateful to you, dear reader, for visiting the site and checking out the new music that gets posted here every couple of days. I hope you’ve discovered some amazing new artists and have been inspired to go see more live music based on your experiences here on Faronheit. Leading into the long weekend, please enjoy downloads in this set from Adwaith, Ballistic (ft. Jay Kila), John Wesley Coleman III, Matthew Squires snd The Velvet Ants. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cate Le Bon, The Chain Gang of 1974, Cloud Nothings, The Cool Kids, The Courtneys, Father John Misty, Jesper Jenset, Leon Else, Lower Plenty, Teen Daze and Uppermost.

Adwaith – Pwysau

Ballistic – Dreams (ft. Jay Kila)

Brielle Von Hugel – Naked

Few Dollars More – Destination Unknown

John Wesley Coleman III – Shovel

Matthew Squires – Shape of Your Heart

Una Ika Ai – In This Life (Owen Ross Remix)

The Velvet Ants – Prop Me Up

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 11-22-16

It’s all new Pick Your Poisons every day for the first half of this holiday week to help you gear up for feasting and family. You’ll want to pay particular attention to downloads in this set from The Body, Chino Amobi (ft. Dedekind Cut and Rabit), Owen Rabbit and Val Fleury. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from ARMORS, Carson Cox / Sam York / Austin Brown, Dominic, Fear of Men, Grandtheft & Delaney Jane, Jesca Hoop, Jhene Aiko, Lupe Fiasco (ft. Bianca Sings), Nebbra (ft. Mike Sabath), Novella, Molly Burch, Zella Day and more!

The Body – To Know and To Hide

Chino Amobi ft. Dedekind Cut and Rabit – Negative Fire

DJ Shadow – High Noon (Fare Soldi Remix)

Negative Gemini – You Never Knew (IMAGIST Hate/Love Remix)

Owen Rabbit – Oh My God

Roshambo – Run

Val Fleury – Rain Dancing

Vallis Alps – Fading

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 11-21-16

Ah, Thanksgiving week. Even though it’s only Monday, I’m feeling good in the knowledge that there are only a couple days left to work before a long, relaxing weekend. The proverbial mountain to climb suddenly isn’t so steep. Music is always helpful in making the time pass even quicker, so here’s another edition of Pick Your Poison for your enjoyment. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Freddie Gibbs, His Name Is Alive, Nicki Minaj, Ron Beatty and Spitzer Space Telescope. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from American Wrestlers, Emel, Gordi (covering Bon Iver), Laurel, Michael Chapman, ot to, not to, Roland Tings, Rubblebucket, Soulwax, Very Fresh (covering Garbage), Young Sierra and more!

The Cover Letter – Somethings

Doublethink Prism – Origami

Freddie Gibbs – All Day

His Name Is Alive – Calling All Believers

Michael the Lion – Get It On (ft. Amy Douglas)

Nicki Minaj – Black Barbies

Ron Beatty – Please Don’t Leave

Spitzer Space Telescope – Corn Holler

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 11-16-16

Hard to believe we’ve only got a month and a half left of 2016. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this year to be over. It’s been terrible for a myriad of reasons. One of the big ones is all the celebrity deaths. We’ve lost too many talented people. The epic and profound Leonard Cohen in just the last week, actually. The moment you think it can’t get any worse, suddenly it does. Thankfully there have been some bright spots, notably on the music side of things. I’m excited to wrap up 2016 with the annual year-end list extravaganza, which will be jam-packed with favorites. Some of the tracks in today’s Pick Your Poison may even make an appearance as well. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Blake Rainey & His Demons, Corner Suns, The Gods Themselves and Spelling Reform. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Celadon City, courtship., Fred Thomas, Hembree, Julie Byrne, Power Trip, Seven Lions & Echos, So Stressed, Swimm, Ty Segall, Xiu Xiu and more!

Blake Banks – Ride (ft. Drug Rixh Pe$o)

Blake Rainey & His Demons – Mulholland Square

Brandt Brauer Frick – You Can Buy My Love (DJ Tennis Remix)

Corner Suns – Borrowed Time

The Gods Themselves – Tech Boys

High Violet – All I Want

Honey Lung – Real Reason

Lampshades – Thrills

Spelling Reform – For Clair Patterson

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 11-14-16

After a rather disheartening week given all that happened with the presidential election, let’s start this one off with somewhat lifted spirits. I mean, it can’t get any worse at this point, right? At least your freedom to choose is still intact, as evidenced by another edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Consuumer, Frank Rabeyrolles, Lord Raja and Rainbrother. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Los Campesinos, Mica Levi, of Montreal (covering Jacco Gardner), Pond, Radical Face, Shy Girls, Vagabon, Venus and the Moon, The Wrens and more!

Antenna Man – Guitarless Man

Black International – Shining Swords

consuumer – Radio

Frank Rabeyrolles – Protect

Le Son – Without A Sound

Lord Raja – Fox Den

Rainbrother – Riverside

Soft Lashes – Heart 2 Heart

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 11-9-16

Remember on Monday when I encouraged everybody to vote in the presidential election? Yeeeeeeah. Feeling quite disillusioned and depressed right now, courtesy of President-elect Trump. Ugh, never thought I’d have to type that title in front of his name. Anyways, if you can work your way past the misery, there’s some new music that might lift your spirits a bit in today’s Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Adam & Elvis, K V A S I R, Minor Moon and OG Maco. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from AUDUR, Black Lips, CHILDCARE, COTE, Day Wave, Drunker Masters (ft. Portugal. The Man), Father John Misty (covering Tim Heidecker), Fickle Friends, Kartell, Laurel, Lil Peep and Run the Jewels (ft. BOOTS).

Adam & Elvis – Hanging Tree

Cris Cab – Turn Out the Light (ft. J. Balvin)

K V A S I R – First Throws

Minor Moon – So Composed

OG Maco – For Scott

The Probes – Autonomy

Shem Bey – Earth Wind Fire

Woeloski – Camellia

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 11-7-16

Okay, it’s the day before Election Day. If you’re reading this and are a U.S. citizen over the age of 18, please vote tomorrow if you haven’t already. It’s one of the more important things you can do to help our democracy. This election feels more important than previous ones, or at the very least the stakes seem a lot higher. While this isn’t a political site and I’m not going to go all partisan on you, let’s just say there’s one candidate who shouldn’t have access to the nuclear codes. But just as a presidential election offers you freedom of choice, so too does Pick Your Poison. There are more than a few good candidates in this set that you may want to give control of your speakers too. Mark your ballots for downloads from Beyonce (ft. The Dixie Chicks), Jordan Burchel, Metro Boomin and Rootwork. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2, David Bazan, DIANA, Gucci Mane (ft. Young Thug), Homeshake, Major Stars, Porcelain Raft, Queen of Swords, RL Grime x What So Not x Skrillex, Salt Cathedral (ft. Matisyahu), Surfer Blood and Urulu.

Beyonce – Daddy Lessons (ft. The Dixie Chicks)

J.Leshelle – Whatever You Want

Jordan Burchel – Why They Call You Blue

Liana Bank$ – LVLUP

Metro Boomin – Forever Young

Rootwork – Trust

Soft Ledges – Seven Stories

Stars and Rabbit – Man Upon the Hill

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 11-2-16

As I’m writing this, there’s a very intense Game 7 happening in the World Series. The Chicago Cubs are fighting for their first championship in 108 years, which is pretty much forever when it comes to sports franchises. Wishing them all the best. Let’s Fly the W, boys. Maybe some of these tracks can provide the necessary motivation. Of particular note are downloads in this set from BOYO, Everyone Is Dirty, Goon and M7. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Coldcut (ft. Roses Gabor), Frida Sundemo, Japandroids, matt pond PA, Mega Bog, Moon Duo, oddCouple (ft. Jamila Woods & Kweku Collins), San Cisco, SHEARE and more!

BOYO – Entertainment

Everyone Is Dirty – Andy Warhol

Floating Room – Sad God

Goon – Gravedigger

Jo Mango – If I Could Choose (Live at the Pond)

M7 – Revolver 03

Royal Holland – The Body (In Which It Sits)

Tex Stone – Good In Black

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Show Preview: Mitski + Fear of Men + Weaves at Thalia Hall [11/5]

Photo by Ebru Yildiz
As young adults, we are led believe that with time and age comes a greater sense of maturity, stability and overall well-being. We think our parents have these things figured out, and so will we once we reach their age. If making more money and starting a family of your own count as figuring things out, then that’d be an accurate impression. But in a broader and more emotional sense, we slowly come to the realization that nobody ever truly pulls their life together and we’re all still struggling to make our way in this crazy, mixed up world. Things don’t get easier or clearer, and in many cases get harder and cloudier. The sooner we understand and embrace the chaos, the better we are able to manage it.

The struggle to define our identity and find a path to consistent happiness are the primary themes of Mitski’s latest album Puberty 2. And while songs about depression and anxiety might not sound like much of a good time, the emotions they wring out of you are so relatable and cathartic you can’t help but be compelled to keep listening. Then there’s her overall sonic approach, which feels very ’90s in nature. Distorted guitars and catchy choruses provide some surface sheen, but dissonant noises are also buried in the mix and reveal themselves through close listens. The depth is what keeps you coming back, along with her dynamic vocals, which stretch from smooth crooning to aggressive ferocity to desperate pleas at the drop of a hat. Mitski exercises control in all things, and that’s a big part of what makes her music so brilliant.

That same brilliance translates extremely well in a live setting. Unconstrained from the studio, Mitski’s songs tend to feel like exposed nerves when performed on stage. This rawer, more primal nature reveals alternative interpretations that often change your perspective of the recorded versions without lessening their impact. The drama and intensity are even more heightened along with the fragility as everything consistently teeters on the edge of falling apart. Her voice is the primary conduit for those emotions, but the times when she trades her bass for an electric guitar feel like an ascension to her firing-on-all-cylinders highest self. It is an awesome thing to behold, and if you’ll be in Chicago this Saturday you have the opportunity to do exactly that. Mitski is headlining at show at Thalia Hall, with the excellent Fear of Men and up-and-coming band Weaves also on the bill. Really it’s the rare show where you should arrive early and stay late, because the music will be great from start to finish. Check out the full details and hear some songs below:

Mitski – Your Best American Girl

Fear of Men – Trauma

Weaves – Tick

Mitski / Fear of Men / Weaves
Buy Tickets
Saturday, November 5
8PM / $18 (advance) / All Ages

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 11-1-16

It’s a weird feeling to have warm temperatures in the 70s to kick off the month of November in Chicago, but I guess that’s global warming for you. Got to take advantage of these last few nice days while they last. Here’s a soundtrack to go along with it. Quality downloads in this set come from Countless Thousands, Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt, Men of North Country and Tsutro (ft. Sunday Lane). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Big Sean, CHILDCARE, Dragonette, Ellie Herring, French Horn Rebellion (covering Weezer), GFOTY, Kristin Hersh, Michael Hollis, Newman Wolf, NV (ft. Deradoorian), Studio OST and Taylor Hawkins (of Foo Fighters).

Countless Thousands – Webster’s Dictionary Defines Marriage As

Hand Grenades – The Watcher

Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – New Friends

Kroozers – Footprints

Men of North Country – Wendy Rene

Mesh – Gears of Life

Ox – Soju (ft. Speak)

Tsutro – Back to You (ft. Sunday Lane)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 10-31-16

Happy Halloween! I wish there were some terrifying songs to share with you as part of today’s Pick Your Poison, but instead it’s just the normal crop of good, bad and ugly. Don’t miss downloads in this set from The Airborne Toxic Event, Chimney Choir, Kristoffer & The Harbour Heads, Monster Rally and Pussy Riot (ft. Desi Mo & Leikeli47). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Coaster, Corey Hanson, Dante DeCaro, Emily Reo, Frankie Cosmos (covering Krill), Fred Thomas, The Griswolds (ft. Lizzo), Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Skott, Sporting Life (ft. Devonte Hynes & Wiki), You Blew It and more!

The Airborne Toxic Event – America

Bad Reed – Stained Glass

Breaks – Bath Salts

The Chainsmokers – All We Know (Hook N Sling Mix)

Chimney Choir – I Dream

Kristoffer & The Harbour Heads – Nervous In Berlin

Monster Rally – Moonlight Chase

Pussy Riot – Straight Outta Vagina (ft. Desi Mo & Leikeli47)

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 10-26-16

Insert the obligatory excitement and praise over Chicago Cubs baseball here. Yes, the city is united around this baseball team, and it feels like that’s all anybody can talk about these days. I’ll spare you the effusive praise and just get straight to the music. You won’t want to miss downloads in this set from Liana Bank$, The March Divide, Mincer Ray and Run the Jewels. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alexx Mack, Autolaser, Hand Habits, Horse Thief, Joey Bada$$, Miniature Tigers, Miya Folick, Punctual, Tori Amos, TYuS (ft. C A S S O W), Zella Day and more!

Cryptolect – Punished

justindemus – Tattoo

LeeLee Havi – Done It

Liana Bank$ – Benji

The March Divide – I Might

Mincer Ray – Dental Surgery

Run the Jewels – Talk To Me

VIRGO – hologamma (Sigh Kicks Remix)

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