The synth-pop trio from Glasgow, like many bands, recorded its latest album (“Screen Violence”) in isolation, which ratcheted up the intensity and drama.
The show billed as “Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue” finds the indie demigod teamed with the band Los Straitjackets, his collaborators on his most recent EP, 2018’s “Tokyo Bay.”
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
Stephin Merritt’s indie-pop outfit gets to tour at last with its latest album, “Quickies” (released in 2020 just as the pandemic hit), which features twenty-eight tunes of sometimes breathtaking brevity.
Apparently dinosaurs still walk the earth; though that’s not really a fair label here, because unlike the dinos, Genesis survived by evolving. In its first tour in thirteen years, we’ll see whether it still is.
CIRCUIT DES YEUX
At press time, “-io,” the latest album by the alternately adventurous and lavish Circuit des Yeux (a.k.a. Chicago’s Haley Fohr) had not yet dropped, but the first single, “Vanishing,” is a legitimate stunner.
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.