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Chris Mondak’s new album is seven tracks of high energy jazz

Bassist Chris Mondak — formerly of West of Staley — has recently released his solo album Glass SpheresThe album features seven of Mondak's original compositions.

While the album offers an array of styles and feelings, it still manages to feel cohesive, interconnected, and exciting. Check out the album on Youtube below, or on your preferred streaming service here.

 
Top image from Chris Mondak's website. 
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Kangaroo Court releases their first official single

Garage-punk outfit Kangaroo Court have released their first recorded single, "Something's Gotta Give."

Despite having no recorded music since their inception in late 2021, the band quickly rose in popularity around C-U with their energetic performances, and we named them the best new band of 2021

Check out the fuzzy new track on your preferred streaming service here, or listen on Youtube below.

Top image from Canopy Club's Facebook page. 

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Nectar unveils release date for new album No Shadow

Nectar have announced the release date of their newest record No Shadow. The record is scheduled to drop May 13 on Lauren Records. You can preorder the record now.

The group also shared a new track off of the record, titled "Ponytail." The album is produced by Kamila Glowacki & Andrew Rodriguez. Check out the track below. 

Top photo from Nectar's Facebook page. 
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Listen to Ride of Springfield, the new album from the Gobbo/Stark Quartet

The Gobbo/Stark Quartet — founded by guitarist José Emilio Gobbo and saxophonist Brian Stark — have just released their first album, titled Ride of Springfield. 

Named for the weekly commute the two musicians shared betwen Champaign and Springfield, the album features 8 original tunes — 4 from Gobbo, 4 from Stark. The quartet also features Emma Taylor on bass and Drew Cox on drums. 

The record is chock-full with some beautifully memorable melodic lines, wonderful atmosphere, and strong solos by all four members. Check out the album on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your music.

Album cover by Kinsey Fitzgerald.

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Soft and Dumb’s new single is instantly catchy

Soft and Dumb have just dropped a new single titled "Be Better." It's a short little fuzzed-out lofi rock track with an instantly catchy chorus. I also love the transitions between the chorus and verses where it's hard to lock down a time signature. 

Check out the track on Bandcamp below.

Top image from Soft and Dumb's Facebook page. 
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LLYN’s new song is dreamy, sparkly goodness

LLYN have just released a new single, the first off their upcoming EP Careful Now. The track is titled "And So On," and has a dreamy, shoe-gaze, bedroom rock feel to it, with some delicious licks, and cover art by Janelle Abad.

The track definitely has me excited for the rest of the new EP, which, if it's got a similar feel to "And So On," I have no doubt I'll be bumping it all summer long. Take a listen to the new track below.

Top photo by Megan Spillers.
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Check out Mermaid Heaven’s submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

Electro-pop group Mermaid Heaven have just shared their submission for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, a new track titled "You."

The gorgeous live performance features the three members of the band in a living room, surrounded by audio-reactive lights that brighten and dim as the music swells and dissipates. 

Check out the video below, and check out Mermaid Heaven's other gorgeous music videos, like this one for their song "ILYM."

Top screenshot from the "You" music video. 
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Check out the new album from Denim Icarus, Jean Dreams

Denim Icarus — a project from Champaign-Urbana's own Teddy Lerch — has just released their new album titled Jean Dreams

It's 9 tracks of psychedelic, reverbed out rock, with some synthesizers, sick guitar licks, and also features some live performances. 

Check out the full album on Bandcamp below, and also check out Lerch's other projects, all under the roof of Dad's Gym's Records, Lerch's independent label. 

Top image from Dad's Gym's Records' Facebook page.
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The Bashful Youngens pave their own path in new song “When I’m Dead and Gone”

"You don't like the road I'm down, it's not yours to understand...I'll settle all my demons when I'm dead and gone." 

The Bashful Youngens aren't here to bend to standards. Their new track "When I'm Dead and Gone" is a powerful track about finding your own way and not adhering to others' ideas or suggestions.

The track has some Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks vibes, with some great vocal harmonies, driving guitar solos, and powerful lyrics, and builds It was recorded at Wave Upon Wave in Champaign. Check it out below.

Top photo by Anna Longworth-Singer
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Get a dose of 2000s nostalgia with Nectar’s cover of “Perfect Day”

Champaign-Urbana DIY punks Nectar have released a new cover of Hoku's "Perfect Day." The song was first heard in 2001's Legally Blonde. 

Nectar's cover captures the fun, energetic, youthful spirit that the original track offers, while still standing out as its own. It was mixed and mastered by Andrew Rodriguez, with cover art by lead singer Kamila Glowacki.

Nectar will also be going on a short little tour in April, which you can check out dates for here. In meantime, listen to this new cover below — and don't forget to bend and snap.

Top photo from Nectar's Facebook page.