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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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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-20-17

Hope you had a great weekend! My best friend just got married, so I’ve basically been nursing a hangover for the last two days. No worries though, this music is going to help chase those headaches and nausea away. Don’t miss downloads in this set from I Am the Polish Army, Matthew O’Neill, Round Eye and Threefifty. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cigarettes After Sex, The Gold Setting, Maryn E. Coote, Matt and The Beanstalk, Objekt, Paris & Simo (ft. Sara Diamond), POND, Saint Etienne, Vallis Alps, WAVVES, Wolf Eyes and more!

Andrew Rinehart – Protect

The Calm Fiasco – Just Don’t Care Anymore

I Am the Polish Army – Throat

Matthew O’Neill – Louisiana

Round Eye – Billy

Threefifty – Crossing State Lines

Tree Machines – Waiting on the Sun

ULTRAS – Napoleon

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 3-15-17

Sometimes the most fascinating songs are the ones you discover almost completely by accident. A fair amount of today’s Pick Your Poison might seem unfamiliar at first glance, but I encourage you to dive in anyways, because there are plenty of gems to be found. For example, the psychedelic funk of Jonti might hook your interest. The otherwise odd pairing of Katy Perry and Hot Chip turns out to be oddly inspired, as the band remixed the pop star’s latest single. There’s a fascinating reggae/R&B/funk mixture that Mansionz bring to the table that’s addictive and worth your time. Charli XCX lends her voice and star-boosting power to Mura Masa’s new track that’s a buyoant slice of off-kilter pop. Other notable cuts in this set come from Allday (ft. Japanese Wallpaper), Brodinski (ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan), Katie Buchanan, Shy Glizzy (ft. 21 Savage), Smino, Tommy Genesis, WALL and more.

Jonti – Scrood (ft. Steve Lacy)

Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)

Mansionz – Dennis Rodman

Mura Masa – 1 Night (ft. Charli XCX)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-14-17

To be honest, I’m really excited and happy to be able to share so much good new music with all of you on a regular basis. There’s so much out there to enjoy, so I hope you’re paying close attention! Case in point, this set of music today. The Gold Setting are back with another bouncy and soulful track from their forthcomning record. Guided By Voices continue their streak of nonstop recording with another ramshackle slice of messy garage rock. Get mesmerized by Lone’s latest club-ready track. Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger guests on a rather addictive new dance track from Smalltown DJs, and TOPS find their mid-70s groove with an incredible first single from a future album. Alao included in this set after the jump are tracks from Ian William Craig, Jamie Isaac (ft. Salomon Faye), Jayceeoh & Lit Lords, Lovely Bad Things, Mary Lattimore, Reptaliens and Simian Ghost.

The Gold Setting – Video Star

Guided By Voices – Dr. Feelgood Falls Off the Ocean

Lone – Crush Mood

Smalltown DJs – Erased the Night (ft. Lisa Lobsinger)

TOPS – Petals

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-13-17

It’s official! This past Friday, the full lineup for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival was announced. Boy, is it a doozy. In addition to headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange, there are a whole bunch of both big and small names to be excited about. Among the notables are PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, The Avalanches, RIDE, George Clinton, Vince Staples and like 30 more artists. Check out the full lineup and buy tickets by going here. As I’ve mentioned in the past, it is my favorite weekend of any calendar year, so come on out and celebrate it with me! July 14-16 at Union Park in Chicago. I’m in love with this festival! Speaking of which, fall in love with today’s edition of Pick Your Poison. There’s some wonderful downloads in this set from The Black Watch, Cotton Mather, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, Toma and Tow’rs. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Annie Hardy, Czarface, Dave Depper, DAWN, Fortunes., Frank Ocean (ft. A$AP Rocky), Gold Connections, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Jeff Mills, Njomza, Oliver Coates (ft. Micachu) and Yumi Zouma (covering Oasis).

The Black Watch – Whence

Bogart – Little Green Men

Cotton Mather – Better Than A Hit

Mr. Alex – Make Beats and Write Rhymes

Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! – Shameless (Part I)

Toma – 1000 Times

Tow’rs – Revere

W I N C H E S T E R – Field Day

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 3-8-17

Your mid-week selection of new music streams features some killer tracks, as usual. The glitchy blips of Chrome Sparks’ latest will get you moving. The return of Broken Social Scene this year also marks the long-awaited return of their Canadian associates Do Make Say Think, who deliver a 12-minute opus that I believe is technically two separate tracks blended into one. The Octopus Project get loud with a racing and bracing new cut. Fans of dancehall pop effortlessly blended with reggae will have a lot to love in a fresh Salt Cathedral track. Woods stay strong with an important message song wrapped in their uniquely bouncy psych-folk style. That Young Galaxy track is a smooth slice of synth pop too. Others in this set after the jump include Alex Napping, Eric Copeland, Kaskade (ft. Laura Lamn & S2_Cool), Talay, Young M.A. and more!

Chrome Sparks – Wake

Do Make Say Think – Bound and Boundless

The Octopus Project – Cuidate

Salt Cathedral – Run for the Money (ft. Assassin)

Woods – Love Is Love

Young Galaxy – Stay For Real

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-7-17

As my inbox piles higher with more and more SXSW emails (which I am sadly skipping again this year), the music is flowing a little bit harder these days, which allows me to share more with you. So please enjoy this super-sized edition of Pick Your Poison, featuring some quality downloads from Fawns of Love, Spirit Twin, That One Eyed Kid and Tidelines. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from B Boys, Be Charlotte, The Cairo Gang, The Coathangers, Flasher, Matthew Stevens (ft. Esperanza Spalding), Michael Nau, Mick Jenkins (ft. GoldLink), Mr. Husband, Project Pablo, Sean Lennon (ft. Willow Smith), and The Vacant Lots.

Cherrie ft. Sammy Bennett – Stil (Filip Hunter Edit)

Fawns of Love – That’s What We Do

Marcello Spooks – You Again

Spirit Twin – Billie Dot

That One Eyed Kid – Burn Out Right

Tidelines – Winter

Vokab Kompany & 9 Theory – Crack in the Sky

Wayde – Easy (Don’t Be Long)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-6-17

It’s Monday, so that means we get another full-fledged, downloads-and-all edition of Pick Your Poison! Don’t miss some quality songs in this set from Adam TK, Demen, The Geek x VRV and Treehouse Sanctum. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from 3 Roses, ACES, Chelsea Cutler, Cold War Kids, COTE, Dan Black, Diet Cig, JMSN, Low Roar, Miami Horror, Moon Duo, and Salute (ft. Cid Rim).

Adam TK – V2

Atlas Road Crew – My Own Way

Demen – Niorum

The Geek x VRV – Be Happy

No Monster Club – El Diablo

RithMic – Even If It Takes Em’ A While

Treehouse Sanctum – Chacala

The Werks – Wide Awake

Wiretree – Let Me In

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-2-17

In case you’re not aware, Chaz Bundick often makes music under the pseudonym of Toro y Moi. For his upcoming collaborative album with The Mattson 2 however, he’s going a different route. Check out a fun new song from that project below. Pure Bathing Culture continues to make icy cool yet incredibly pleasant synth pop that’s worth your time. She-Devils are a band poised to make a big impact in the coming months with a unique take on folk pop, so get on board now. Then of course the lo-fi ramshackle garage rock of Wavves is always enough to brighten your day. Lots of good stuff to stream in this set, including tracks from Avec Sans, Big Walnuts Yonder, Cotillon, Djustin, Emmit Fenn (ft. Yuna), Equinoxx Music (ft. Alozade & Gavsborg), Madalen Duke, and Studio OST.

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Disco Kid

Pure Bathing Culture – Sacrifice

She-Devils – The World Laughs

Wavves – Daisy

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 3-1-17

Rabbit Rabbit everybody. Wishing you lots of luck for the next month. Listening to these new songs will surely help get March off to a great start, I’m sure of it. The Districts return with something fiery and fun and anything but ordinary, despite its title. Chicago’s own Kweku Collins continues to show incredible potential on his new track, which will hopefully boost his profile. Land of Talk return with their first new song in seven years, and they feel more vital and relevant than ever. Minus the Bear continue their teasing of a smart new album with another track from it. If the dreamy highs of You’ll Never Get to Heaven’s new song don’t turn you on to that great band, well, you’re missing out. Other artists in this set include Eric Bellinger (ft. Wale), Jamie Isaac (ft. Sporting Life & Allan Kingdom), Kate NV, Lil Uzi Vert, Pile, Slaptop (ft. Rozzi Crane) and Taylor Bennett (ft. Chance the Rapper & Jeremih). Wow, thinking about it just now, there’s not a single dud in this collection. Listen to them all!

The Districts – Ordinary Day

Kweku Collins – International Business Trip

Land of Talk – Inner Lover

Minus the Bear – What About the Boat?

You’ll Never Get to Heaven – Beyond the Clouds

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 2-28-17

We’ve made it to the end of Fabruary. Seems kind of like the year just started, doesn’t it? Or is it the opposite, given that time moves extra slowly in Drumpf’s America? No matter your feelings, I for one am grateful to put this past month behind us and am looking forward to the inevitable thaw that comes with spring. Of course there were a handful of 60+ degree days in Chicago during February, so the general lack of ice and snow has made this one of the most bearable winters ever. Thanks(?) climate change. But enough about that, let’s get to the music. There’s a lighthearted new single from The Boy Least Likely To, if you’re into their particular brand of ultra-twee. Yet another new Sondre Lerche song is also here to delight as it’s another reminder he’s got a new album on the way. And Four Tet managed to get his hands on a Todd Terje track, which pairs the two artists’ distinctive styles together in one freeform and jazzy remix. Other artists in this set include Azealia Banks x Lunice, Catholic Action, Doug Tuttle, HAWAI, Kiefer, No Vacation, POWERS and Tall Juan.

The Boy Least Likely To – Follow Your Heart Somewhere

Sondre Lerche – I Know Something That’s Gonna Break Your Heart

Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 2-27-17

Here’s some great news to start the week: The Pitchfork Music Festival returns this summer from July 14-16 at Union Park in Chicago! They’ve just announced three incredible headliners, which are LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange. The rest of the lineup will apparently be announced in the coming weeks. It’s definitely a great start though, and if you want to buy tickets (single day or three day), they’re on sale now. Beyond standard tickets they’re also offering a new Pitchfork +PLUS option, which is basically VIP access throughout the festival grounds, including special food vendors, bars and seating areas (among other things). That’ll cost you $365, versus a standard $175 3-day pass or a $75 single day pass. Anyways, Pitchfork is my absolute favorite music festival to attend every single year, and if you’ve never been I strongly recommend picking up a ticket. More details as they trickle out! Let’s dive into today’s Pick Your Poison, which includes downloads from Cousin Dan, The Head, Secret Science and Seven Day Sleep. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Amber Arcades, Alex Napping, Blanck Mass, Bonny Doon, David Bazan, The Cairo Gang, CLOSENESS, Jay Som, Jenn Grant, Sango, Uppermost and You’ll Never Get to Heaven.

20 Minute Loop – Giftgas

Cousin Dan – Something in the Water

The Head – Tea Colored Radio

Jaxx Da Fishworks & R3LL – Swing

Secret Science – Milquetoast

Seven Day Sleep – Red Lipstick Murders

Vassals – SoHo

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (Rhythm Scholar Remix)

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 2-23-17

Well this is a delightful edition of Pick Your Poison to wrap up the week. Bleached are back with a new EP, and the song below is one of their best and most addictive to date. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy continues to mine the folk genre for buried treasure, this time quite literally. DJ Premier & Miguel team up for another solid slice of smoothly textured R&B, but filtered with a more electronic flavor. SOFI TUKKER are an up-and-coming electro-funk duo that are worth checking out. And Chicago heroes Twin Peaks have a live album coming out, so you can get a taste of that in this set too. Other tracks come from Fauvely, Jaye Bartell (ft. Angel Olsen), Joakim, Moor Mother (ft. Geng), Odd Couple, Steve Lacy, and The Wooden Sky.

Bleached – Flipside

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Treasure Map

DJ Premier x Miguel – 2 Lovin U


Twin Peaks – Have You Ever? (Live at Thalia Hall)

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 2-22-17

As they say in Ghostbusters, don’t cross the streams. There are some good ones in today’s Pick Your Poison. Kingdom brings some gloriously slinky R&B melodies to match SZA’s effortless delivery. No Joy continue to prove that there’s still plenty of creativity to be wrung from the shoegaze genre. The Octopus Project continues their unique take on experimental electro-rock in the best sort of way, and Sondre Lerche proves that just because a song is about violence doesn’t mean it has to sound like it. Other tracks in this set come from ARY, Emma Jensen, Jamie Isaac (ft. Wiki & Denzel Curry), The Magician & Julian Perretta, Magic Island, Mr. Mitch (ft. P Money) and The Poison Arrows.

Kingdom – What Is Love (ft. SZA)

No Joy – Hellhole

The Octopus Project – Pedro Yang

Sondre Lerche – Violent Game

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