Five well-known, always busy Chicago singer-songwriters—Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall—get together to form a pop supergroup called the Flat Five that uses vocal melodies and harmonies as the main means of delivering 12 memorable earworms that will stay lodged in your brain for days. Chris Ligon wrote this batch of songs that offer a much needed dose of positivity and light heartedness as the bitter U.S. election nears its long-awaited end. The album title of the Flat Five’s debut release, It’s a World of Love and Hope, conveys this optimistic outlook. It releases this Friday via Bloodshot Records.
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Boom Bip earned his stripes as an experimental hip-hop producer whose last solo record was 2011’s Zig Zaj. But now the artist has turned his attention to film for his latest release. As the composer of the music for Ben Cresciman’s latest film, psychological thriller Sun Choke, Boom Bip builds a sense of foreboding, terror, and mystery. On “The Trip”, the music builds slowly with bits of silence heightening the drama and cycling synthesizers bubbling constant streams of tension.
Shelbi Bennett is a mesmerizing frontwoman with her moving, commanding voice that draws the listener right into the Midnight Pine‘s delicious stew of psych, soul, and folk. On “Vice”, slinky guitar lines, Stax-style horns intertwine among Bennett’s bluesy, velvet vocals. The group will release their third album, The Midnight Pine, on October 7th via the Redwoods Music and they have a special album release show scheduled for October 5th in Los Angeles at the Satellite.
Brooklyn’s David Nagler has gathered together an amazing group of musicians—Jeff Tweedy, Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jon Langford—to record a tribute to legendary poet Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. The set is a beautiful tribute to one of America’s foremost poets whose words seem to naturally suggest musical accompaniment. The song cycle of 16 poems includes this take on “Chicago”, which the Atlantic recently premiered in audio and which we now share with you in video form.