Hope you had a great Easter! Or Passover, depending on what (if anything) you celebrated. I promised I’d provide a few thoughts on the Lorde and Justin Timberlake shows I attended last week, so let’s do that now in very brief fashion. Basically it boils down to this: Lorde at Allstate Arena was fantastic. The energy and the passion she delivered on stage were remarkable, and the crowd ate up every second of it. Definitely one of the best performances I’ve seen so far this year, and having Mitski and Run the Jewels as openers didn’t hurt either. Justin Timberlake, on the other hand, wasn’t quite on top of his game. Then again, if you’ve listened to his latest album Man of the Woods you probably already knew that. The last time I saw him perform was a few years back in support of The 20/20 Experience, and it blew me away. Not so much this time, as the second half of the show dragged a bit with a half hour of slow acoustic numbers around a campfire. Also, I take small issue with artists that don’t perform their songs in full, and Timberlake would do a verse or two of his hits before moving on (while holding out his microphone and telling the crowd to sing along half the time too). The dancing was great though, as was his band. Let’s say the show was good but not quite great. So those are my capsule reviews of last week’s pop double header in Chicago. On to the business at hand, which is today’s Pick Your Poison. Highlights include new tracks from Club 8, DJDS (ft. Khalid, Charlie Wilson, and Charlotte Day Wilson), and Luna Shadows covering a Dua Lipa hit. Cruise past the jump for more music from Berel, Colin Magalong, DanielOG, Holy Boy, Matt Costa, The Rare Occasions, Steve Aoki & Loopers, Win and Woo (ft. Ian Gott), plus Jacques Greene’s remix of a Rhye track.

Club 8 – Give Me Love

DJDS – No Pain (ft. Khalid, Charlie Wilson & Charlotte Day Wilson)

Luna Shadows – Be the One (Dua Lipa cover)

Berel – Simple

Colin Magalong – Melo

DanielOG – When I (Dumpy)

Holy Boy – Elegy

Matt Costa – Sharon

The Rare Occasions – Mercy Mercy

Rhye – Song For You (Jacques Greene Remix)

Steve Aoki & Loopers – Pika Pika

Win and Woo – Every Feeling (ft. Ian Gott)