Based on its early singles, the indie demigod’s first album in eleven years runs true to form: staggeringly smart, confrontational lyrics set to music so shaggy it’s almost an afterthought.
Available June 4
“26 East, Vol 2”
A year ago the former Styx frontman released Volume 1, his first solo album in more than a decade; now he delivers its sequel—which he’s also announced as his swan song.
“Lost Soul, Vol. 1”
The album collects propulsive live performances by saxophonist-composer Mars Williams’ funk-meets-free-jazz octet, from a decade, beginning in 1993, when they were fixtures at Elbo Room and Double Door.
“A Late Hour”
Based on the opulent texture of its first single, “Give It All Away,” the synth-pop ensemble’s debut album promises to be a gorgeously layered souffle of lush, dreamy soundscapes.
“Trash Your Life”
Singer-songwriter Alex Reindl bills this project as “scum pop” and “power trash,” and it does plumb the underside of contemporary life; but the tunes themselves are surprisingly polished and infectious.
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.