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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-29-19

Spread the word, today’s Pick Your Poison is another extended edition complete with downloads (if you want them). Speaking of which, some mp3s you might want to pick up in this set come from A Picture Made, BVRTH (ft. The Nurse), Mariee Sioux, and Oliver Kennan. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from BANKS, BIJOU, The Bliss, CLARA-NOVA, Dumb, FUKC, Geographer, Kainalu, Kate Tempest, Mattson 2, SHY Martin, and Stef Chura.

A Picture Made – Boxes on the Floor

BVRTH – You Walk Alone (ft. The Nurse)

Illuminine – The Many Deaths of Letting Go (ft. Hannah Corinne)

Kev Minney – God Is An Algorithm

Mariee Sioux – Snow Knows White

Mountain Head – We Stole Your Head

Oliver Kennan – The One

Steve Marino – Dehilya

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-25-19

Happy to have a new song from FLETCHER leading off today’s Pick Your Poison. This officially makes her two for two with great singles, and “If You’re Gonna Lie” plays out like a prequel to her breakthrough track “Undrunk”. Also fully enjoying the song from Mia Gladstone below, and I’ll admit that the Young Nudy track ft. 21 Savage certainly grabbed my attention. Soak in some more excellence after the jump, with music from Beverly Kills, Daniella Mason, EDEN, Emotional Oranges, Erik Koskinen, N.A.O. Quelly, Necking, ShitKid, and YaSi.

FLETCHER – If You’re Gonna Lie

Mia Gladstone – Baby Don’t Worry

Young Nudy – Mister (ft. 21 Savage)

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-24-19

There are many great things about today’s edition of Pick Your Poison, and three of them are right at the top. Always nice to hear something new from FRENSHIP, the track from Jordan Rakei manages to dazzle, while pronoun delivers another powerful smack upside the head on both an instrumental and emotional level. Of course there’s even more music available after the jump, including songs from Alexis Roberts, altopalo, The Boyboy West Coast, Efrim Manuel Menuck & Keith Doria, MF Tomlinson, Nightjacket, Second Still, Utah?, and Wy.

FRENSHIP – Keep You Close

Jordan Rakei – Say Something

pronoun – sadie

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-22-19

Nursing a post-Easter hangover? Maybe just a little tired from having to go back to work or school following a holiday weekend? Yeah, I feel you. Here’s a special extended edition of Pick Your Poison to help make things easier. Notable downloads in this set come from Black Surf, Broken Baby, Danileigh, Pete Gardiner, and Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from ANIMA!, Diamond Thug, Kygo & Rita Ora, MNDR, Olivia O’Brien, OMB Peezy (ft. Sada Baby), Pregnant Women, Skip Marley (ft. Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley), Surrender, Trunky Juno, Two Friends (ft. Dani Poppitt), and Valee.

Black Surf – Eleven Dando (Good Time)

Broken Baby – Meat Week

Danileigh – No Limits

losLAUREN 718 – The Appetizer

NORPHLET – Fingers Crossed

Pete Gardiner – Dangerous People

Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds – Waiting On A Ghost

Sly Antics – Reality

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-18-19

Chicago’s own Fauvely lead off today’s Pick Your Poison with the title track from a new EP that’ll be out this May. Also returning are band to watch Haybaby with a great one that’s not a “total bore,” plus something fresh and excellent from Tycho. You’ll find even more music after the jump, including tracks from Andre Bratten, Claudia Bouvette, Johari Noelle, Lonely Boy, Lungbutter, Nathan Micay, Paul J Rogers, Penelope Trappes (as reworked by Mogwai), and Siskiyou.

Fauvely – What the Living Do

Haybaby – Total Bore

Tycho – Easy

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The Wax Trax! Experience [House of Vans; Chicago; 4/13/19]


All of us have two families in our lives: the ones we’re born into, and the ones we choose. The strength of each is determined largely by upbringing and instinct, though coming from a loving household doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll always have loving friends, and vice versa. What we’re all ultimately looking for in others is a shared connection, be it through blood, interests, or experiences.

Music often functions as one of life’s great connectors, because it’s easy to bond over a song based on the feelings it evokes when listening to it. Technology has made it easier than ever to not only find and share new music, but interact and make new friends with people from around the globe who share your passion. That wasn’t possible thirty years ago, yet music fans still found one another thanks in large part to places like concert venues and record stores.

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-16-19

There’s some exciting news today in the form of a brand new Beck album titled Hyperspace that’s scheduled to come out at an “as yet undetermined point in the space-time continuum.” Those are his words, not mine. He’s given us a song from that record, which you can stream below. The last time Beck did this, he gave us the song “Dreams” as a teaser for a new album, then waited two years before finally releasing it. Hopefully this one comes through faster. Also in today’s Pick Your Poison highlights are new songs from shoegazers Blushing as well as post-punk band Editors. Keep traveling past the jump for even more tracks from 0171, Blastic (ft. Myah Marie), Dan Shake, GANZ (ft. Jantine), Jacob Lee, Jeanines, Sunbathers, Thin Lear, and more!

Beck – Saw Lightning

Blushing – Dream Merchants

Editors – Hallelujah (So Low)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-15-19

We’re halfway through April already (where does the time go?), so let’s celebrate that fact with an extended edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Alex Lilly, The Band Royale, Gold Link & Snakemusk, The march Divide, and Mira Cook. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Baby Goth, Col3trane and FKJ, Hey Violet, ISLAND, Lolo Zouai, Meg Mac, Nick Catchdubs, NUE, Robag Wruhme, Thunderpussy (covering Jefferson Airplane), Winona Forever, and Zero.

Alex Lilly – Firefly (Acoustic)

The Band Royale – Loose Lips Sink Ships

Desolate Moon Phases – Same As Stars

Gold Link & Snakemusk – One Thing After Another

The March Divide – I Got Lost

Mira Cook – Married

The Pinx – Mercy!

W.C. Beck – The Long Way Home

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-11-19

File today’s Pick Your Poison highlights under the headline of “things that start with Jes-“. Thrilled to feature new tracks from Jesca Hoop (ft. Lucius), Jesse, and Jessie Reyez (ft. 6lack). But wait, you’ll find even more songs to stream after the jump, including ones from Danny Matos (ft. Samantha Leon & Taylor Tucker), Deadbeat & Camara, Instupendo, Landon Cube, Say Yes Dog, Sevdaliza, Snow Ghosts, The Vaughns, and Vicky-T (ft. Will Connolly).

Jesca Hoop – Shoulder Charge (ft. Lucius)

Jesse – Tunnelovision

Jessie Reyez – Imported (ft. 6lack)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-9-19

Today’s edition of Pick Your Poison can best be described as…interesting. Not sure how many names you’ll recognize in this set, but in some ways that’s kind of the point. Hopefully you check out some new artists or songs that were otherwise unfamiliar to you, while occasionally spotting an artist you already know and love mixed in. Of course you make your own choices, which is why the segment has the word “pick” in it. Some highlights here come from The Babe Rainbow, Chloe Foy, and Little Pale x The Gardener doing their best when covering a Stone Roses classic. Elsewhere after the jump, stream songs from Bear Grillz (ft. Micah Martin), Butcher & the Florist, Heir, Merival, Montoya, SACRE, The Skinks (ft. Protoje), Thin Year, and Yung Gravy.

The Babe Rainbow – Morning Song

Chloe Foy – Oh You Are Not Well

Little Pale x The Gardener – I Wanna Be Adored (The Stone Roses cover)

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Show Review: Avey Tare [Co-Prosperity Sphere; Chicago; 4/6/19]


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.

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-8-19

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

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-4-19

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

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-1-19

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

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-28-19

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

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