One of the things I admire most about Avey Tare (Dave Portner) is his lack of complacency. At no point in his solo work or as a member of Animal Collective has he adhered to expectation or perceived boundaries, and that wild card nature has often resulted in brilliance (with the occasional misstep). You’re never quite sure where he’ll evolve to next, but can rest assured it will never be boring.
It’s an absolutely gorgeous day in Chicago, so let’s get this week off to a strong start with a fresh edition of Pick Your Poison! Don’t miss some new songs in this set from Cheat Codes (ft. Kaskade), Diveliner, and Chicago’s own Walking Bicycles. Navigate past the jump and you’ll find even more music from Broke For Free, Caleon Fox, Good Kid, Iner Wave, Laura Jean Anderson, MAX (ft. Quinn XCII), Medasin & Felly, Ramzoid, and YUMI.
Cheat Codes – Be the One (ft. Kaskade)
Diveliner – Kids on Drugs
Walking Bicycles – Dumbshit Never Learns
Welcome back to Hot Chip! It’s been a minute (four years) since they’ve released a new album, but they’re back with A Bath Full of Ecstasy this June. The lead single “Hungry Child” is a banger and you can hear it below. Other highlights today include a fresh track from the prolific electronic artist Alison Wonderland, plus shoegazers Film School are following up their critically acclaimed reunion record Bright to Death from last year with another EP due sometime this summer. Get a preview with the soaring “Influencer”. There are even more songs for you to stream after the jump, including tracks from Baker Grace, Bazzi, DallasK, Lauren Ruth Ward, Pink Panda, push baby, Rosehardt, Sheila and the Kit, and Siskiyou.
Alison Wonderland – Peace
Film School – Influencer
Hot Chip – Hungry Child
Happy April Fools Day! As always, keep your eyes and ears peeled for pranks and tricks. In the past I’ve tried to pull off a couple of those myself, even right here on the site, but it’s never as fun as you hope it will be and people get angry about it. So I promise to shoot straight with you today and not pull any stunts. Let’s focus on the music, as there are some great tracks to share in this edition of Pick Your Poison. I’d strongly recommend checking out the new song from Cuco, who feels like an underground superstar right now because he’s built a strong fan base online yet hasn’t yet been picked up by radio stations and TV live talent bookers. I’m also digging the latest single from Emily Reo, and it’s always nice when Chicago area footwork pioneer Jlin puts something new out into the world. Elsewhere after the jump, dig into other tracks from BANNERS, Cosha TG (ft. Lil Zay Osama), Erich Mrak, Escort (ft. Brian Jackson), Lone, Rare DM, Rosie Lowe, Sayer, and Whethan x Bearson (ft. SOAK).
Cuco – Hydrocodone
Emily Reo – Balloon
Jlin – No Name
Wrap up the month of March with yet another collection of dynamic and fun tracks. This particular set of songs also has plenty of energy to spare, which can be pretty great inspiration as you prepare for the weekend. The dynamic duo of Aly & AJ are back again with a new one I’d recommend checking out. It’s been fascinating to watch (and hear) the evolution of morgxn over the last year or so, and his latest single marks yet another bold leap forward. Then you can listen to another new song from Olivia O’Brien, who has really impressed me with her latest batch of singles. She’s got a debut album coming out at the end of the month and you may want to keep it on your radar. Of course there’s even more new music past the jump, including tracks from Blood Cultures, Daniella Mason, Dog Blood, Jai Wolf (ft. Dresage), LIFE, OMB Peezy (ft. Boosie Badazz), Yoke Lore, Zaia, and a special tribute to the Godfather of House Music and Chicago’s own Frankie Knuckles.
Aly & AJ – Church
morgxn – Holy Water
Olivia O’Brien – Just Friends
It’s the middle of the week, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early for a Club Night. Great to have a new track from them leading off today’s Pick Your Poison. There’s also a pretty great new one from Drugdealer (ft. Weyes Blood), and Flume also returns with a selection from his new mixtape (ft. Reo Cragun). Those highlights aside, you can find even more music after the jump, including tracks from C Duncan, Danny Matos, Emotional Oranges, Gramatik (ft. ProbCause), Kornel Kovacs, Inspired & the Sleep, Isaac Dunbar, Reaches, and Second Still.
Club Night – Path
Drugdealer – Honey (ft. Weyes Blood)
Flume – Friends (ft. Reo Cragun)
Closing out the final week of March with an extended edition of Pick Your Poison feels like a good idea. Pick up some fresh downloads in this set from Elva, Lost Woods, Subshine, and TAMSYN. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Aaron Carpenter, CLAVVS, Eyes Everywhere, Fujiya & Miyagi, Lizzy Land, Loote (ft. gnash), Max Styler (ft. Moon Man), Patio, Pat Lok (ft. Tom Aspaul), Phantoms, Teen Daze, and Utah?.
The Lollapalooza 2019 lineup officially dropped yesterday, and it’s a weirdly fascinating snapshot of the music industry today. Headliners include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers, and J Balvin. The undercard is where it gets really interesting, in my opinion. Notable names include Kacey Musgraves,Janelle Monae, Hozier, Gary Clark Jr., Tenacious D, Death Cab for Cutie, H.E.R., Maggie Rogers, King Princess, Fitz & the Tantrums, Rosalia, Mitski, J.I.D, Japanese Breakfast, Sharon Van Etten, Bishop Briggs, Yaeji, Lennon Stella, Tierra Whack, and like 150 more names. 4-day passes are on sale now for $340 (+fees), along with VIP and Platinum tier tickets. Single day tickets will go on sale presumably when 4-day passes sell out. Check out the full lineup and buy your wristbands over at Lollapalooza.com.
Another artist on the Lolla lineup this year is Hayley Kiyoko, and she lends some guest vocals to a Kailee Morgue track that you can find after the jump below. As for the top tier of today’s Pick Your Poison, please do check out new songs from John Vanderslice, Negative Gemini, and pronoun. All three are pretty great. There’s plenty more great stuff after the jump too, including tracks by Black Pistol Fire, Maggie Lindemann, Ocelot, RYAN Playground, Showtek (ft. Leon Sherman), ShunGu (ft. Pink Siifu), Swimming Bell, and VASSY.
John Vanderslice – Spectral Dawn
Negative Gemini – Different Color Hair
pronoun – temporary tantrum
While we patiently wait for the Lollapalooza 2019 lineup to finally drop, let me distract you with a fresh collection of tracks in today’s Pick Your Poison. The highlights in this set come from Bandopop (ft. Quando Rondo), Crywolf, and a Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) remix of a George Michael cover from Taken By Trees (aka Victoria Bergsman, who you may know from her guest vocals on the PB&J song “Young Folks”). Great times all around. Don’t stop there though, because you’ll find even more music after the jump from Alawn & Dyson, BLU J (ft. New Haven), Empath, Lust for Youth, Novaa, Riot Ten & Stoutty (ft. Bok Nero), Social Club Misfits, Vera Hotsauce, and Wasuremono.
Bandopop – Good Die Young (ft. Quando Rondo)
Crywolf – FAWN
Taken By Trees – Carless Whisper (George Michael cover) [Bjorn Yttling Remix]
Get a dose of Gurr to kick off this edition of Pick Your Poison. Follow it up with some Jenny Lewis in preparation for her new album. Then take a chance on Lennon Stella, who’s profile has absolutely been on the rise these last few months. Slip past the jump for even more tracks from Autograf (ft. John Splithoff), Bedouin Soundclash, diveliner, Jai Wolf, Lil Keed (ft. Offset), Lil West (ft. Tommy Genesis), QUIX & LUCA LUSH (ft. Yung Bambi), Young Bombs, and more!
Gurr – Fake News
Jenny Lewis – Wasted Youth
Lennon Stella – BITCH (takes one to know one)
Today’s Pick Your Poison highlights are all about the collabs. There’s a new one from Beast Coast (aka Joey Bada$$ x Flatbush Zombies), who bring some extra guests with them. The 1-2-3 combo of Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth operating under the name LSD have released some interesting tracks from their forthcoming record, and you can hear another one below. Then SG Lewis teams up with Clairo for yet another song that just might be their best yet. Keep going past the jump and you’ll discover even more music from The Ballet, Blu Deliger, Deadbeat & Camara, HEZEN, Mat Zo, Roots Manuva & Doug Wimbish, SHiiVERS, Waterstrider, and more.
Beast Coast – Left Hand (ft. Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, UA, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, CJ Fly)
LSD (ft. Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth) – No New Friends
SG Lewis x Clairo – Throwaway
It’s Monday, so how about an extra special extended edition of Pick Your Poison? There are downloads to beef up your digital music collection from BVRTH, Loose Wing, Memory Keepers, and Phil and the Osophers. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from 88Glam (ft. Lil Yachty), Blush’ko, Conan Gray, Deorro, Elvis Crespo & Henry Fong, The Drew Thomson Foundation, Emancipator & 9 Theory, FKJ, Jay Sean (ft. Gucci Mane & Asian Doll), Laxcity & EMIA, Sabrina Carpenter, Semi Precious, and YBN Cordae.
Ladies and gentlemen, I come bearing good news! The lineup for the 2019 Pitchfork Music Festival has been announced! This year’s festival takes place from July 19-21 at Union Park in Chicago. Headliners are HAIM, The Isley Brothers (celebrating their 60th anniversary), and Robyn. Other notable names appearing at the fest include Mavis Staples, Belle & Sebastian, Stereolab, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX, Pusha T, Kurt Vile, Rico Nasty, Whitney, Snail Mail, Soccer Mommy, Low, Parquet Courts, Black Midi, and many more! Check out the full lineup, day-by-day breakdown, and buy tickets at PitchforkMusicFestival.com. It’s $175 for a standard 3-day pass, $75 for a standard single day, with a special PLUS tier that will run you $375 for a 3-day and $160 for a single day ticket. Yes, you should go! The music is great and so are the people. Cannot recommend it enough.
Some other things I can’t recommend enough? Tracks in today’s edition of Pick Your Poison. My feelings on Marshmello are mixed at best, but his collaboration with CHVRCHES is much more enjoyable than I anticipated. Similarly, Meg Myers may be a solid singer and songwriter, but I wouldn’t necessarily trust her to do justice to the Kate Bush classic “Running Up That Hill.” Yet Myers nails it on a level that many others have tried and failed in the past. Plus, there’s a new song from Patio and I just really like that band. Skate past the jump for even more music from Baker Grace, Claude Fontaine, E.Parker, Gemma, Greys, Paige Stark, Paris Youth Foundation, Shadient, and Chicago’s own Walking Bicycles.
Marshmello – Here With Me (ft. CHVRCHES)
Meg Myers – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush cover)
Patio – New Reality
Can we still call Andrew Bird a Chicagoan? He was born in the area and lived in the city for most of his life, but he’s also been calling Los Angeles home for the last several years. Born and raised has to count for something. If that’s the case, then all of the artists in today’s Pick Your Poison highlights have deep Chicago roots. That includes Andrew Bird of course, but also local groups Dehd and FACS (ex-Disappears). Cruise on past the jump to hear more music from less local Chicago artists, like J.PERIOD (ft. Dead Prez, Sa-Roc, & Maimouna Youssef), Kornel Kovacs, Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), Oberst & Buchner, Ohtis, Qasim Naqvi, Snow Ghosts, Trace Mountains, and Young & Sick.
Andrew Bird – Manifest
Dehd – Lucky
FACS – Total History
Couldn’t be more thrilled that we’re finally wrapping up February. It’s been a long, cold month despite only being 28 days, and here’s hoping March holds some better, nicer things just in general. At least Pick Your Poison manages to stay consistent. It’s great to hear something from Rooney again, who have been on a bit of a break lately. A new one from Sam Evian comes with sincere thoughts of spring, which as I’ve already mentioned, is just around the corner. Plus, We Are Scientists and Art Brut team up to cover a Traveling Wilburys classic. Keep going past the jump and hear more songs from Alec King (ft. Rich The Kid), BANNERS, Bryce Vine (ft. YG), Burna Boy, Luvia, Noah Kahan, Pvrx (ft. Dave East), TOKiMONSTA (ft. Ambre), and Zero.
Rooney – Time and Time Again
Sam Evian – Cherry Tree
We Are Scientists x Art Brut – Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys cover)