Who’s going to the AmericanaramA Festival of Music when it hits Toyota Park in Chicago this Friday? What do you mean you don’t have tickets? If you live near Chicago, you don’t have much of an excuse. Tickets are still available, and they aren’t entirely unreasonable for a triple bill that includes My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Bob Dylan. It promises to be a really fun, enjoyable night of music. Reviews from earlier stops on this tour have been moderate to strong, with many citing the constant presence of the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir for most of the evening as both a help and a hindrance. That is to say, if you like the Grateful Dead, he plays some classics with the MMJ and Wilco guys during their sets, but it can be a drag if you don’t know or like those extended jam sessions. But Weir is now officially off the tour, and has been replaced by the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, which could be better or worse, depending on how you look at it. If Thompson does some classic Fairport Convention cuts, that’d make me happiest of all. For those who don’t live in the Chicago area, there’s a number of other AmericanaramA tour dates for you to choose from, if it hasn’t already hit your city. The full list of scheduled dates can be found here. Go see these bands perform together now, because I don’t think you’ll have the opportunity to see it happen again, probably ever. Now then, let’s get to today’s Pick Your Poison. Allow me to recommend tracks today from The Anatomy of Frank, Friendzone (ft. Mykki Blanco), The Heavy Blinkers, Kite Club, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and Tedo Stone. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream new stuff from AlunaGeorge, I Break Horses, Jay-Z, London Grammar and RDGLDGRN (ft. Angel Haze).
Vortex Rex – Freeway Girl
AlunaGeorge – Bad Idea
I Break Horses – Denial
Jay-Z – Dead Presidents 3
London Grammar – Strong
Lorde – Royals (Shoe Scene Symphony Remix)
RDGLDGRN – Lootin In London (ft. Angel Haze)