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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-18-17

Fans of R&B who wish the choruses were more explosive and the hooks more stadium-sized might find plenty to enjoy in Arlo’s new single. It’s always nice when we get new music from Iggy Pop, as rumors of his impending retirement continue to grow louder. This at least suggests he’s not completely disinterested or unable to find inspiration. We just got a new Little Dragon record last Friday, and if you’ve not yet heard it perhaps the track below will inspire you to check it out. Yesterday happened to be Chance the Rapper’s birthday, and his equally musical brother Taylor composed a new song in his honor, which you can hear below. Other artists in this set include Bedouine, Dean Blunt, Dylan St. John, Goss, Haux, Landis & Luciana, Savoy and Bright Lights, plus a couple of remixes. Gramatik & Ramzoid put their own spin on Flume’s “Wall Fuck,” and Classixx give Night Drive’s “Rise and Fall” a bit of an energy boost.

Arlo – Ivory

Iggy Pop – Asshole Blues

Little Dragon – Celebrate

Taylor Bennett – Only Brother (A Special Remix)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-17-17

Hope you had a wonderful Easter! The weather in Chicago has been awesome these last couple days, and the trend’s set to continue for a day or two more, so let’s make the most of it with another wonderful edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from The March Divide (covering Culture Club), Matthew Ryan, Quicksilver Daydream and vox. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Casey Dienel, Cool American, Hoops, HUNNY, Jesse, Joseph of Mercury, The Night Game, Ratboys, STUFF., Sweater Beats (ft. R.LUM.R), Terribly Yours and more!

Little Reader – Speed of Light

The March Divide – Karma Chameleon (Culture Club cover)

Mark Crozer and The Rels – Haunted Head

Matthew Ryan – Hustle Up Starlings

PIPSY – Why Can’t I Get What I Want, For Once?

Quicksilver Daydream – Echoing Halls

The Solars – Goddess of the Suburbs

vox – I / You

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-13-17

Following the departure of Chris Walla, guitarist Dave Depper joined Death Cab for Cutie to help fill out their roster. It’s a role he continues in today, but prior to joining the band he also put out a number of solo records under his own name. He’s got a new one coming out on June 9th, and you can stream a track from it below. GEMS continue their project to release a new song on every full moon in 2017, and something about the title “Poison” feels strangely familiar. Then there’s Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado doing his best cover of the Bruce Springsteen classic “Thunder Road”. Grab another taste of the forthcoming Mac DeMarco record with “On the Level” in this set. Get your psychedelic folk on with the latest from Woods as well. Other tracks in this set come from Flasher, Foodman, Peaking Lights, Shay Lia, Slackk, a Four Tet remix of The xx, and more!

Dave Depper – Communication

GEMS – Poison

Jonathan Rado – Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen cover)

Mac DeMarco – On the Level

Woods – Bleeding Blue

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-12-17

Danger Doom, the collaborative project between Danger Mouse and MF Doom, was technically a one-off album-length experiment from 2005. But a dozen years later, their record is getting a re-release and a couple of previously unreleased tracks will be on it. You can hear one of them below, with guest stars Black Thought (The Roots) and Vinny Price. Similarly, despite the wealth of new music we got from Frank Ocean last year with the releases of Endless and Blonde, he continues to leak additional tracks via an occasional radio show on Beats 1. The latest is “Biking,” and it features Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator. There’s a sparkly yet laid back quality to the new song from Her’s, which continues to reinforce their status as a band to watch. I’ve always had a certain affection for the band Polica, and even though their popularity hasn’t been in full blossom as of late, their new track with Spank Rock is a pulsating gem worthy of a fucked up dance floor. Check those ones out, along with other new music from Allure, Felicia Atkinson, Harts, Husky, Lotic, Lou Phelps (ft. Innanet James), Playboi Carti (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) and SADAF.

Danger Doom – Mad Nice (ft. Black Thought & Vinny Price)

Frank Ocean – Biking (ft. Jay Z & Tyler, the Creator)

Her’s – I’ll Try

Polica – Still Counts (ft. Spank Rock)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-11-17

There are too many good new songs in today’s Pick Your Poison! It’s tough to single out just a few, which I suppose is why I’ll recommend you sample them all. Still, if you must make some choices, Jai Wolf’s latest features a guest spot from Mr. Gabriel and is eerily reminiscent of M83. Kate Nash is back and raising money via Kickstarter to make a new record. Get an early sample below, and go contribute! Low Roar continues to give previews of the next record with another solid slow burn. Speaking of new records, Michael Nau has one coming out on June 16th. Get a sample with the lovely waltz that closes out the album. Other notable artists in this set include Djustin, Jaymes Young, Kidepo, Lia Lia, RITUAL (ft. Denzel Curry), Tara Caroiselli, Two Another and Yumi Zouma (covering Oasis). Enjoy!

Jai Wolf – Starlight (ft. Mr. Gabriel)

Kate Nash – Call Me

Low Roar – Give Me An Answer

Michael Nau – Light That Ever

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-10-17

Monday already? Feels like the weekend just started. Maybe these songs will help make the time pass more quickly. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Calan, Naomi Wachira, Steph Copeland & Freek van Workum and Time Is Fire. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Blond Ambition, Daddy Issues, demen, Elohim, Exhibition (ft. Julian Casablancas), Kevin Gates, K’Valentine (ft. Styles P), Knox Fortune, Nightwave, Novo Amor, Steve Lacy and Turtlenecked.

Ali Jamieson – The Sweetest Taboo (ft. Raff)

Calan – Apparition

Denrei – itzashayme

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness (Rhythm Scholar Remix)

Moemaw Naedon & Billy Hoyle – The Red Crow

Naomi Wachira – Beautifully Human

Steph Copeland & Freek van Workum – Little Boxes

Time Is Fire – Angels

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-6-17

There are a couple of featured guests and a couple of remixes in this set of music, which can be par for the course, but feels a little extra special this time around. Let’s start with a gorgeous and thoughtful new track from Cayetana. Hurray for the Riff Raff and Alaina Moore from Tennis contribute to the tropical and relaxed vibes of Making Movies’ latest. Really liking the sky high hooks packed into this new Mating Ritual song. There’s a certain neon glow that I envision is contained within SunSquabi’s “Deluxe” that also shares some DNA with Justice and Daft Punk. Cool stuff. Other notable tracks in this set come from Czarface, Sasha’s remix of Klangstof, Shlohmo remixing Groundislava, Liana Bank$, Mutoid Man, Needles//Pins, shallou (ft. Wales) and Xavier Omar (ft. GoldLink).

Cayetana – Certain For Miles

Making Movies – Brave Enough (ft. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)

Mating Ritual – Second Chance

SunSquabi – Deluxe

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-5-17

There are some great songs from some lesser-known artists that I hope you’ll check out as part of today’s Pick Your Poison. Taking on Leonard Cohen is no easy task, but The Districts do a remarkably good job with it. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s new song is about the season of summer, which I miss dearly and can’t wait for it to return. Kodak Black’s latest is remarkably catchy hip hop. And Sleep Party People manage to create something beautiful and coherent while mixing a variety of genres. Other artists in this set after the jump include Amtrac, Doug Tuttle, The Johnsons, Paperwhite, Shadowgraphs, Synead, Welles and Wild & Free.

The Districts – Lover, Lover, Lover (Leonard Cohen cover)

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – A Song of Summer

Kodak Black – Why They Call You Kodak

Sleep Party People – The Missing Steps

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-4-17

In an odd coincidence, there are two artists in today’s Pick Your Poison that don’t capitalize their names. What does it all mean? Absolutely nothing. Just wanted to point that out for all my fellow grammar and capitalization nerds. Anyways, if you like sultry and skittering R&B, alxxa’s new one has you covered. ayokay’s latest is more upbeat synth-pop, which to be honest is kind of a mood booster in the best way. That playful vibe continues straight through Coast Modern’s “Pockets Full of No,” which effortlessly blends synths with some Jamaican dancehall rhythms into something remarkably catchy. Fans of Disclosure might find plenty to like about the new Lipless song, which features vocals from Australian pop star Georgi Kay. After the jump, you can check out streams of new songs from Benny Cassette, The Bingers, Blessed, False Witness, Marnie, Sandro Cavazza, StarBenders and more!

alxxa – Pistol

ayokay – The Shine

Coast Modern – Pockets Full of No

Lipless – Where Do We Go (ft. Georgi Kay)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-3-17

Welcome to April, where the weather is warmer and rainier, and the music somehow automatically adjusts itself to fit that mood. There are some wonderful downloads in this set from Beth // James, James Raftery, Outer Gods, Syd and Wild Skies. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alyeska, Audien x MAX, Fedde Le Grand, Hayden Pedigo, JMSN, Joey Fatts (ft. Vince Staples & April), Motez, Sofi de la Torre, SWIMM, TRP, The Wooden Sky and more!

The Asteroid Shop – On the Rise

Baked – COSMIC

Beth // James – Bring Your Fire to Me

Houses of Heaven – Black Waves

James Raftery – Frame

Outer Gods – Farewell to Summer

Secret Science – War Movie

Syd – Treading Water

Wild Skies – Black Water

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-30-17

Let’s close out March with another quality collection of new music for your ears. If you’re at all familiar with the band DIANA (if not, look them up), singer Carmen Elle lends her vocals to an icy dance track from Beta Frontiers. Frequent Ty Segall collaborator Charles Moothart has a solo record coming out next week under the moniker of CFM, and you can enjoy a psychedelic new track from that below. There’s a stellar Joey Bada$$ collaboration with ScHoolboy Q that’s absolutely worth a listen if you enjoy quality hip hop. There’s also something strangely Pavement-esque or Dismemberment Plan-esque about the Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else song, and I mean that in the best way. Other artists you can hear tracks from after the jump include Art School Jocks, Azizi Gibson, BIRTHDAY, Chick Quest, Conner Youngblood and Nylo, Grace Sings Sludge, Lisbon and PANGEA.

Beta Frontiers – If I Stayed (ft. Carmen Elle)

CFM – Voyeurs

Joey Bada$$ – Rockabye Baby (ft. ScHoolboy Q)

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else – Wrong Turn

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-28-17

Sometimes you wind up with a set of music on Pick Your Poison where it seems like none of the names are the least bit recognizable. That’s okay thogh! The primary point of this regular segment is to highlight new and emerging artists so you can have a chance to discover something new. Today’s collection might seem all new to you, but I do encourage you to dip your toe into the music pool and give some of these a try. You might just find your new favorite band. If you’re in need of a little guidance, let me provide a couple recommendations. Brooke Aulani’s new track blurs the line between electronica and sultry R&B. Enjoy some bouncy garage rock? Cende most certainly have that covered. Then there’s Hoop (not to be confused with Hoops!), who make very meek and insular rock music that’s also beautiful and personal. I’d also suggest giving The Proper Ornaments a shot. Not a lot of bands can do The Jesus and Mary Chain justice, but theur effort is highly admirable. Other artists in this set include Aaron Dilloway, Joan Shelley, Kwaye, Nightlands, Nkisi, Rejjie Snow (ft. Ebenezer), Two Inch Astronaut and Xavier Omar.

Brooke Aulani – You Got Me

Cende – Bed

Hoop – Marlin Spike

The Proper Ornaments – Deep One Perfect Morning (Jesus and Mary Chain cover)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-27-17

It’s a rainy start to the week here in Chicago, but the good news is that spring has officially arrived and it seems like the snow won’t be back until at least November. Of course it’s not like there was much of a winter this past year anyways, what with unseasonably warm temperatures in January and February, plus almost no measurable snow during either of those months. So the inconvenience was mild at worst. But look at me, wasting time talking about the weather. There’s a full edition of Pick Your Poison to dig into! Don’t miss downloads in this set from Benjamin Munoz, Blake Banks, Remada and Wuh Oh. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Amanda Fondell, DYLYN, Leonce, M.E.S.H., Moon Duo, Njomza, Phantoms (ft. VERITE), Rationale, Sloan Peterson, Spoek Mathambo (ft. Damao & Suga Flow), tricot and Xiu Xiu.

Bamboo – Hey Hey Hey (TSM Edit)

Benjamin Munoz – Melle

Blake Banks – 2 Lanes

C. Scott and the Beltones – The Great Divide

The Nickajack Men – Marilyn

Remada – A Better Tomorrow

The Werks – Magic

Wuh Oh – Hairstyle

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-23-17

It’s that time of year again: the annual Lollapalooza lineup announcement! If you were interested in attending this year’s festival I’m sure you’ve already heard all the details, but I wanted to take a moment to fill you in should you be living in a cave or something where the only internet you get is this website. The headliners for Lollapalooza 2017 include Chance the Rapper, Arcade Fire, Muse, Lorde, The Killers, Blink-182, The xx and Justice. Other notables include Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Spoon, Migos, Kaytranada, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels, Ryan Adams, Phantogram, Tegan & Sara, Whitney, Cloud Nothings, Bishop Briggs, The Lemon Twigs, alt-J, The Head and the Heart, Glass Animals, Mac DeMarco, Sylvan Esso, Live, Warpaint, The Shins, Tove Lo, Grouplove, Lil Yachty, London Grammar, Charli XCX, Car Seat Headrest, Sampha, Maggie Rogers, Joseph and a ton more. Check out the full day-by-day lineup here. 4-Day and 1-Day GA passes are already sold out, but VIP and Platinum passes are still available. You can also try your luck on secondary markets, where I’m sure prices won’t be too far above face value. Lollapalooza 2017 takes place in Grant Park from August 3-6.

The week is quickly coming to a close, so let’s celebrate with a particularly joyous edition of Pick Your Poison. Diet Cig continue to deliver high energy and memorable hooks atop steady lo-fi garage rock melodies. Their newest single is a real blast. It’s been a few years since Land of Talk released a new record, mainly due to the fact they were broken up/on hiatus for that period. But they’re back, and sounding as good as ever. Don’t miss a track from their forthcoming full length. The new Low Roar single reminds me a little of The National, but with more of a singer-songwriter, folk-strewn sort of vibe. If Janet Jackson and FKA twigs got together and had a musical baby, it’d sound a whole lot like Tei Shi’s new song. Other artists you can hear after the jump include Cat Clyde, Nightwave (ft. Rye Rye), Oliver Tank, Shem Bey, Sono Oto, a Demo Taped remix of the latest Sylvan Esso single, Tall Juan and Tiny Vipers.

Diet Cig – Link In Bio

Land of Talk – This Time

Low Roar – Waiting (10 Years)

Tei Shi – Justify

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-21-17

Here we are, another great day with another great collection of tracks. It seems odd to me that a band as odd and psychedelic as Foxygen would write a new song for the “American Girl” series of dolls, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. And yeah, it’d be hilarious to learn that young pre-teen girls became fans of the band because of their involvement with their favorite dolls. Elsewhere, Kacey Johansing continues to build her profile with another very strong yet relaxed slice of synth pop. She-Devils continue their streak of songs that make them a band to watch, this time going in a more psychedelic direction. Fans of dream pop need to check out You’ll Never Get to Heaven right away, as their blissfully gorgeous melodies impress at every turn. Other artists in this set include Big Walnuts Yonder, Billie Eilish, Cajsa Siik, Jacob Banks, Lil Yachty’s remix of Katy Perry’s latest single, Rex Orange County, Rina Sawayama and SHEARE.

Foxygen – Be Yourself

Kacey Johansing – Do You Want Me

She-Devils – Hey Boy

You’ll Never Get to Heaven – White Light

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