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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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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 3-27-19

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)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-25-19

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?.

blankface – Can I Go On

Bobby J From Rockaway – Let Me Breathe

Elva – Ghost Writer

Lost Woods – Bern

Oliver Kennan – Which Way Is Up

Subshine – Easy

TAMSYN – Forever Is Now

Tommie Sox – They Can’t Stop Our Love

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-21-19

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

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-19-19

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]

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-18-19

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)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-12-19

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

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