Let me talk for one hot minute about something that I consider to be pretty serious and important. Okay, so this isn’t going to be super serious, but rather I want to talk about a fun way to support a difficult part of life. Nobody likes it when we get sick. If you’re diagnosed with an incurable disease, it can lead to a compromised life or even death. Organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society work hard to try and find a cure for things like blood cancer. It’s a very worthwhile cause that has helped millions of people fight this terrible disease. I’m proud to be a supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and hope that you might consider becoming one too. While a donation to the organization would be great, why not get a little bit of bang for your buck? There’s a benefit concert happening on Wednesday, September 18th at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Local favorites and worldwide rising band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound will be headlining the show, with support from How Far to Austin. Chicago’s own funk and soul DJRC will spin tunes between the main sets as well. Tickets are $35, and all profits from the show will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you’re not yet familiar with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, they’re a pretty great band both on record and on stage. Their most recent single “Rouse Yourself” has a great music video that stars Jake Johnson (from “New Girl”) and Aubrey Plaza (from “Parks & Rec”). The band also does a pretty great cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” that I’d recommend checking out. But back to the show: It is all ages, there will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and you can also purchase a drink package that gets you discounted beer and wine if you’re into it. Anyways, if you’re in and around Chicago next Wednesday, please please please come out to the show. I will most definitely be there, so we can hang out. Advance tickets are on sale now here. I promise you it’ll be a great time, and you’ll be supporting a very worthwhile cause. Now then, let’s get on to the business of today, which is Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss tracks from Andrew St. James, The High Wire, Lime Cordiale, Parentz and Superhuman Happiness. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Banks, The Darcys, Stars, and Avalanches’ remix of Hunters & Collectors.

Andrew St. James – The Lost, The Vain

Anonymous Conglomerate – Craft Mastered (ft. One Ton)

David Bronson – Living in Name

goodbyemotel – Michael

The High Wire – The Thames & The Tide

Hillary Capps – New Melody

Lime Cordiale – Sleeping at Your Door

LPZ ft. CHVZ – Think for Yourself (CVNT Remix)

Maur Due & Lichter – Faces

May McDonough & Company – Plump Little Fleshies

Parentz – Fly

Superhuman Happiness – Sentimental Pieces

The Superman Revenge Squad Band – A Funny Thing You Said

XNY – Ride On


Banks – This Is What It Feels Like

Crystal Fighters – Wave (Charli XCX vs TWIN iDol Remix)

The Darcys – Horses Fell

Hunters & Collectors – Talking to a Stranger (Avalanches Rework)

Paradise 100 – The Loin King

Stars – The Light