Outstanding new album releases by stellar Chicago artists, available now.
The post-punk pioneers pulled a pandemic surprise, dropping an album on Juneteenth, recorded and produced remotely by members from across the globe. It’s a surprisingly sturdy and often beautiful piece of work.
The singer-songwriter has collaborated with nearly everyone in town and planted her flag in any genre you can name and probably some you can’t. Now she’s letting that sonic howitzer of a voice rip on her solo debut.
Force to Reckon
Singer-songwriter Isabel Olive’s second album as Half Gringa continues her exploration of her bicultural heritage with a bravura blend of indie-folk incisiveness and Latinx pop sheen.
The emo-pop-rapper boasts that his debut album was “recorded in a basement in Chicago,” but its raggedy charm, wit and infectious melodies are nothing anyone should apologize for.
Black Moon Book
Black Moon Book
The new solo release from Luck of Eden Hall co-founder and Thin Cherries member Mark Lofgren is a beguiling collection of bedroom-pop gems, sung with Lennonesque sensitivity.
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.