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Freeformers w/ Susan Voelz (ep. 4)

Written by Carlton|Published 4/25/2024
She’s not the first violinist who’s played with a rock band. But if you’re from Chicago or Austin, she is undoubtedly the ONE violinist who has stood out during the past 30 years or so – Susan Voelz, the second most identifiable member of Poi Dog Pondering. She has toured, recorded and performed live with a wide range of artists, from Alejandr...
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Add of the Week: Adrianne Lenker & Waxahatchee

Written by Carlton|Published 3/22/2024
Two brilliantly unique songwriters unleash solo albums, a balm to the collective soul. Hear cuts from both LPs on Noteworthy Freeform and Noteworthy Roots & Americana Adrianne Lenker – Bright Future (left), Waxahatchee – Tiger’s Blood (right) March 22 marks the release of two highly anticipated albums from two badass ...
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Freeformers with Jon Langford, Episode 3.

Written by Carlton|Published 2/22/2024
Old Shoes – Tom WaitsMidnight Lullaby – Bethany ThomasLittle Trip to Heaven – Andrew BirdRosie – Jon Langford & John Szymanski (Live at Noteworthy Studio A)Virginia Avenue – Pine Valley CosmonautsI Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You – Janet Bean & Sally TimmsOl’ 55 – Tom WaitsGrapefruit Moon – No...
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Freeformers with Jon Langford: Episode 1

Written by Carlton|Published 2/15/2024
Hour 1Mekons – Memphis EgyptJohn Cale – Half Past FranceThe Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith PalaisKing Tubby – In A Fine StyleThe Specials – Doesn’t Make It AlrightBurning Ferns – The Town CrierThree Johns – Never and AlwaysWaco Brothers – The Men That God ForgotTears Like Stars – Lloyd/BeanSome...
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Get to know John Soss: Guest of Freeformers Ep. 2

Written by Carlton|Published 1/13/2024
The second episode of Freeformers, hosted by Jon Langford, features artist John Soss as a guest. It airs Wednesday, January 17th at 10pm ET / 9pm CT / 7pm PT. Hour 1Buckaroo – Buck Owens That’s The Way Way of the World – Earth, Wind, & FireCafe Regio’s – Soul Mann & The BrothersSunny – Bobby HebbRainy Day Blues ̵...
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Hotline TNT “Cartwheel” Album Review

Written by Carlton|Published 11/17/2023
“Shoegaze” is a term which has been thrown around almost too much the last ten years or so. From the return of legendary, genre-forming groups like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, to generations of younger people putting their own twist on the genre through many different perspectives. Some people tend to label anything with a guitar running through...
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Buck Meek – Haunted Mountain Album Review

Written by Carlton|Published 11/8/2023
Buck Meek, mostly known as one of two guitarists for indie darlings Big Thief (who recently played an incredible set at Pitchfork Festival), recently released his third proper solo LP. Haunted Mountain, out now on 4AD, is a 42 minute collection of tracks that could almost feel at home on a Big Thief album, but Meek maintains a thread of individuality ...
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Add of the Week: Mike Reed, The Separatist Party

Written by Carlton|Published 9/11/2023
Mike Reed has been a vital part of Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scenes for many years. Not only performing music, he has been presenting it as owner of two venues which showcase forward-thinking music of all sounds (The Hungry Brain, Constellation), as well as co-founding the Pitchfork Music Festival and serving as chair of Chicago Music Festiv...
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Add of the Week: MJ Lenderman

Written by Carlton|Published 8/29/2023
In this Internet Age we find ourselves in, discovering new bands and songwriters you care about can be tough, and that’s why it feels so good to stumble upon a new favorite artist by chance. I happened upon a track from Asheville-based guitarist MJ Lenderman, and have been listening through his catalog ever since. Photo by Charlie Boss You may r...
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Pitchfork Fest 2023 Review

Written by Carlton|Published 7/26/2023
Pitchfork Provides Portal to Sounds of Summer Music festivals used to offer a wide range of musical experiences, presenting talent representing multiple genres and even eras; some already with a loyal following, as well as lesser known and overlooked artists seeking to make a strong impression on the uninitiated. In recent years, too many festivals...
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