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Habitats "Live Love Laugh Now Cry Later"

Emo Rock group Habitats have released their latest EP, "Live Love Laugh Now Cry Later". The EP's opening track and lead single is called "Hate Me" and is accompanied by the lyric video below.

You can help Habitats celebrate the release of their EP on October 9th at Pilsen DIY (2230 S Ashland Ave).

   

Living Thing "Everything Is Green"

Living Thing has released their debut EP, "Everything Is Green". This is the soulful project of Danielle Strautmanis, who remains positive while exploring themes like depression and self-care.

You can catch Living Thing on November 6th at The Hideout opening for Glad Rags.

   

Rumors of Fires "Elude"

Multi-Instrumentalist Jeff Anderson of To Destroy A City has released his latest solo album, Elude, as Rumors of Fire.

On this album he creates beautifully majestic ambient soundscapes using electric and acoustic pianos, cello, guitar, and analog synths.

   

Lovelorn wants to know "What's Yr Damage"?

As clearly indicated by its title, What’s Yr Damage (6131 Records)the debut LP by Philly-purveyors-of-psychotronic-rock Lovelorn clearly pays tribute to two iconic ‘80s bands—the first of which being Big Fun whose one-and-only Stateside hit came in 1988 with “Teenage Suicide (Don’t Do It),” the bombastic-dance-pop-with-a-social-message classic featured in the homicidal-high-school-rom-com Heathers (the second greatest movie ever made!) with its iconic catch phrase “What’s your damage?”; and the second of which being Black Flag, the iconic California hardcore-sters whose debut LP Damaged (1981) served as a paganistic paean to teenage alienation and craving (“Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie!”) with squalls of squalid guitar courtesy of Greg Ginnwhich isn't to dismiss the other influences at play here (industrial, shoegaze, dream pop, trip hop, who knows what else!) and despite being released two months ago it still sounds pretty darn good.

Across the album’s ten tracks the duo of Anna and Patrick place these disparate sonic fragments into close proximity like tectonic plates colliding and coalescing and forming into massive land masses and, I mean, just take a listen to the album’s second track “Sickness Reward,” which kicks off with an ambient Cabaret Voltaire-y soundscape (R.I.P. Richard H. Kirk) that's soon overlaid with a massive industrial-disco beat and heavy synth, and then stripped down to a minimal electro-pop groove when the vocals first enter, and then built back up again but with a growing sense of sonic disorder seeping in around the edges (the manic guitar, the power-drill synth) and be sure to check out the music video too (dir. Daniel Fried) which opens with a flipped Cannon Films logothe production studio that put out the greatest piece of cinema ever Ninja III: The Domination (don’t worry, it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the first two) and I’m hoping the eventual sequel to this video sees the field-and-track athletes inexplicably attacked by a crazed ninja but I digress. 

Anyway, this is a record that really creates its own lane. And likewise for the lyrical content which addresses such serious topics as eating disorders, mental illness, and creating one's own lane (shades of Big Fun again and yes I know I know) but which also captures pure desire in the starkest of terms (“Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie”) or as Lovelorn themselves put on it on "Tiger," the final track of What’s Yr Damage: “I justify what I want / I already waited too long.” (Jason Lee)

   

Noir Disco "21st Century Hipster Man"

Noir Disco have released the second single, "21st Century Hipster Man", from their forthcoming debut album, NOW! 2073, which is set to be released December 3, 2021 vie Terrible Records.

This is the project of brothers Nolan and Carter Dickson who manage to blend punk with Psych Rock, indie rock, electronica, and more.