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Jack Symes looks to the heavens in new video "Cool God"

If there were ever a time to question the wholly unjust nature of our universe, it would be the last two months — thankfully, New York songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Symes provides a pleasant downtempo indie meditation on the unfairness of our current pandemic via new video “Cool God.” Over mellow muted chords and easygoing percussion, Symes’ nasally vox questions the decision-making process of our Creator, asking at the track’s beginning, “do you ever look down below at your children in sorrow, and think ‘what have you done?’” Symes continues to parse recommendations to the Great I Am, including but not limited to having a smoke and sharing a “cold one” with the various angels and saints. It’s through this irreverent narration that Symes hits on a note many of us our likely thinking — something to the extent of “Jesus Christ, could we get a break for once?” — albeit communicated in laid-back manner that may provide a necessary, chill reprieve from the hyper-seriousness of the present. Watch it below.

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ONO "Red Summer"

The latest album from Experimental Gospel Noise Band ONO, Red Summer, is out today, May 1st, via American Dreams.

The album tackles the heavy subjects of race and violence, and looks at current tensions, the violence of the "Red Summer" of 1919, and the origins of it all way back in 1619. This album is not intended to be a full history lesson, but a starting point to prompt the listener to dig deeper into America's shameful history.

The album's second single is called "Tar Baby" and can be streamed below.

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The Record Low Re-Issue Here To Stay

The Record Low have re-issued their 2007 debut album, Here To Stay, with a "lost" track called "Run of the Mill". This track was frequently performed live by the band, but just missed making their debut album.

This is the project that ran from 2005 to 2015 and was fronted by Henry Joseph (Perma Cough) and Robby Haynes (Fine Prints). This is the first "new" music from the group since 2014's "Idle Chatter".

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Hennessey ponder if greed is good on "(Let's Pretend) It's the 80s"

If you’ve ever met a person who’s watched American Psycho or The Wolf of Wall Street so many times that he begins to admire the main character, Manhattan dance punk group Hennessey has a song for you. New track “(Let’s Pretend) It’s the 80s” is a new wave-infused bop, brimming with Talking Heads-like guitar work and scaled back synth that are deftly interwoven, yet feel minimalistic in comparison to principal songwriter (and band namesake) Leah Hennessey’s larger-than-life vocal performance. While the single is propelled by singable hooks and a concise format, its glitzy production is a shiny veneer for the track’s disapproval of wonton greed — amid its various grooving parts, bitingly sardonic lyricism abounds (“let’s love like we love money”). That being said, parts of the track resonate as a simultaneous satirization, and celebration, of the Reagan Years, wholeheartedly leaning into a vintage aesthetic while presenting contemporary nostalgia as white washing the decade’s unsavory elements. In all it makes for a brutally clever ear worm, one that Patrick Bateman would likely describe as “a song so catchy, most people probably don’t listen to the lyrics — but they should.” Stream it below. —Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Mike Martinez

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Social Que "988"

Alt Rock duo Social Que is preparing to release a new single this Friday, May 1st, called "988". The song focuses on the struggle and fight of depression and the importance of knowing you are not alone. Musically, the single has us feeling nostalgic for vintage Stone Temple Pilots in all the best ways.

Scoial Que is the work of Ian Rottner (vocals & guitar) and Sam Gutsmiedl (drums) and just before the quarantine Ian was able to film a short video talking about "988" at Sip of Hope in Logan Square.

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