Haven’t done a show preview in a little while for all my fellow Chicagoans, so let’s do one of those today. This upcoming Tuesday, The War on Drugs drop their fourth full length Lost in the Dream. After the remarkable step forward that was their 2011 record Slave Ambient, this new one is another shift towards a more extended jam session through the corridors of classic rock. As familiar as the sound might seem sometimes, be it pieces of Dire Straits or Bob Dylan and maybe even a touch of The Traveling Wilburys, the band also manages to make it their own and ultimately create one of the strongest records from 2014 so far. Though I think it sounds like almost nothing else on the album, the first single “Red Eyes” is one of, if not my absolute favorite song at the moment. This is a band on the up-and-up, and I think this year is going to see them become more popular than ever before. The War on Drugs will be playing an 18+ show at Metro in a couple weeks on March 23rd, and of course I’m going to recommend that you go. As a bonus, Mark McGuire will be opening the show. McGuire’s latest album Along the Way came out last month and is pretty strong as well. Stream the track “In Search of the Miraculous” on Soundcloud to get a taste of what that’s like if you’re not already familiar. If you want to pick up tickets, they’re $19 in advance and $21 at the door. Here’s a link to the ticket purchase page. Come on out, it should be a fun night. And if you’re not from Chicago, check out their other U.S. tour dates, which run through mid-April. Okay, let’s do today’s Pick Your Poison. There’s some good cuts in this set from The Analog Affair, Canopies, Celine Neon, Equals and The Shoe. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Brody Dalle, Joel Ford, Mac DeMarco, of Montreal, Pattern Is Movement, Pure X and TOBACCO.

A.J. Ellis – Stand Up

The Analog Affair – We Were Lovers

Andrew St. James – A Prayer for East Oakland

Austra – What We Done? (Ohmeda Remix)

Aviel – Alone

Bad Suns – Transpose (Nicity Remix)

Canopies – Miss You Now

Celine Neon – Vacation Time

D/C – Devil on My Shoulder

Equals – Conveyor

Heyrocco – Melt

The Shoe – Paper Cup

The Villainy – Tired of Tears

#XI – Retrogrades


Brody Dalle – Parties for Prostitutes

Joel Ford – Connection To

Mac DeMarco – Brother

of Montreal – Jigsaw Puzzle

Pattern Is Movement – Climb to Me

Pure X – Heaven

TOBACCO – Eruption (Gonna Get My Hair Cut At The End Of The Summer)