Lockdown—self-isolating—sheltering in place—whatever you call it, it goes a whole lot easier with these outstanding album releases by stellar Chicago artists.
Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding
“Last Flight Out”
The much-loved singer-songwriter’s anticipated album features highly sophisticated songwriting gilded with dazzling orchestral colors—plus, of course, that gorgeously evocative voice.
Available on May 8
“Playing With Fire”
The irrepressible, wisecracking blues woman has the red-hot-mama thing solid, a wicked hand on the guitar and a voice so wry and knowing that each inflected vowel tells a story.
“Work and Love”
Jangly, ridiculously irresistible pop-inflected earworms adorn the long-awaited sophomore release by the acclaimed indie-rock trio. You will get up and dance.
“High Times in the Dark”
The latest, wittiest outing from the rollicking post-lounge, acid-cabaret, piano-driven alt-boogie ensemble (and if you’ve got a better descriptor, let’s hear it).
The alt-country singer-songwriter blazes into his new album with ravishing harmonies, quicksilver lyrics and more than his fair share of killer hooks.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.