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But they don't look... homesick.

The Week That Was: Levon Helm, Janis Joplin, Born Ruffians, The Homesick and more!


Monday, March 2  -We read listener correspondence on hardcore punk, Patrick’s visit to Cincinnati’s Shake It Records and a Galaxie 500 tribute album.

Tuesday, March 3 - Book Nook Redux! Patrick has been reading, reading and reading and Tuesday he offered up two good reads. One: Holly George-Warren's Janis. Two: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey by Bill Brewster. Fire up those Kindles, peoples!

Wednesday, March 4 - Always fascinating to have a chat with Mike Kohli and he came on Wednesday to talk Levon Helm, Woodstock, NY and the Band with the Rome, NY native. Let's Ramble. 

Thursday, March 5 -  Jim took the handoff and plunged through the line with new music picks from February. He turned us on to Carl Andersen and the Born Ruffians. 

Friday, March 6 - Today is time to hear Patrick’s musical finds from February. He plays recent tunes by the Homesick and Ratboys. Plus, we play a Bee Gees cover by the Revivalists. Hit play!

On Deck: Intern New Music Picks! Steven Routledge! Keith Jacobsen! Aspen Jacobsen!

And some kewl korrespondence. 

Mon. March 9 - For the first time, our interns Sami, Sam, Matt and Mary get in on the new music thing and of course, like everything they do, it's amazing. 

Tue. March 10 - As sure as Guided By Voices releasing three new albums each year, Steven Routledge will be there for our listeners with his new music picks. His eclectic good taste is a gift for all. 

Wed. March 11 - We keep catching up on the correspondence from late last year. Wednesday we touch on Motown and Lloyd Cole and hear a great song from Camera Obscura.

Thur. March 12 - This is a great episode, so don't miss it! Patron Keith Jacobsen invites his niece — young singer/songwriter Aspen Jacobsen — to talk about her songs and career. You heard her here first!

Fri. March 13 - Keith is back with a full-on Patron take on bands from Michigan. You will definitely feel the power of hometown rock and roll. 


Keep on pushing! 

I live in … Bloomingdale IL (a northwest suburb of Chicago)

I work as a … software engineer

I discovered “Rockin’ the Suburbs” as … a listener of the old show. I was temporarily lost in the wilderness after that one ended, but thankfully, somehow I found “Rockin’ the Suburbs” about a month or so after it started.

My favorite episode is … the last one I heard.

My favorite artists are … Hüsker Dü, Versus, R.E.M., Neil Young, The Beatles

My record collection consists of … around 1,300 CDs and 150 LPs & 7-inches

The most prized record in my collection is … The Beatles in Mono vinyl boxed set

The first record I ever bought was … MC Hammer - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em on cassette in 1990.

The last record I bought was … The Flys - Today Belongs To Me – The Complete Recordings 1977-1980.

The first concert I saw was … Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the United Center in Chicago, 1995.

The last concert I saw was … Riot Fest in September 2019.

The best concert I saw was … Radiohead at Grant Park in Chicago, 2001.

I am drinking … Firestone Nitro Merlin Milk Stout.

My philosophy of life is … as Curtis Mayfield sang, "Keep on pushing."



We'll be kicking out the February new music jams this week and as you know, there are always more excellent new tunes than what we can fit onto a few shows. Hence, this week's playlist: New music from February. You are welcome, dear newsletter reader, you are welcome. 

Suburbs Pod Guests On Tour:  March 6-22

Get out there and jam. Just remember to wash your hands and don't touch your face!

Nicole Atkins (episode 220)

March 20 - Austin TX - Sam’s Town Point
March 21 - Austin TX - Cooper’s BBQ

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires (episode 389)

March 11 - Oxford MS - Proud Larry’s
March 12 - Memphis TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
March 13 - Tulsa OK - Mercury Lounge
March 14 - Little Rock AR - White Water Tavern
March 15 - Fayetteville AR - Backspace
March 16 - Norman OK - The Deli
March 17 - Austin TX - Sahara Lounge
March 18 - Austin TX - Hole in the Wall
March 19 - Austin TX - Draught House Pub
March 19 - Austin TX - The Side Bar
March 20 - Austin TX - BeerLand
March 20 - Austin TX - Sam’s Town Point
March 20-21 - Austin TX - The Side Bar
March 22 - Beaumont TX - Madison’s

Jesse Dayton (episode 709)

March 18 - Phoenix AZ - Musical Instrument Museum
March 19 - Solana Beach CA - Belly Up Tavern
March 20 - Huntington Beach CA - Gallagher’s Pub
March 21 - Santa Monica CA - McCabe’s Guitar Shop

Fishbone (episode 628)

March 21 - Victorville CA - Rock ’N MMA Festival

Ron Gallo (episode 401)

March 13 - Columbus, OH -The Bluestone

Guster (episode 531)

March 6 - Omaha NE - Scottich Rite Hall
March 7 - Iowa City IA - Englert Theatre
March 10 - Nashville TN - Belcourt Theatre
March 11 - St. Louis MO - Sheldon Concert Hall
March 13 - Bloomington IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater
March 14 - Cincinnati OH - Memorial Hall

Matt Holubowski (episode 437)

March 6 - Sorel-Tracy QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau QC - Salle Odyssey
March 11-12 - Los Angeles CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (opening for Tamino)
March 14 - Portland OR - The Old Church (opening for Tamino)
March 15 - Seattle WA - Barboza (opening for Tamino)
March 16 - Vancouver BC - Fox Cabaret (opening for Tamino)
March 18 - Kitchener ON - Centre in the Square
March 19 - Toronto ON - Great Hall
March 20 - Hamilton ON - Mills Hardware
March 21 - Kingston ON - The Grad Club

Dan Mangan (episode 571)

March 6 - Sorel-Tracy QC - Salle Georges-Codling (opening for Matt Holubowski)
March 7 - Gatineau QC - Salle Odyssey (opening for Matt Holubowski)
March 12-13 - Toronto ON - Danforth Music Hall
March 14 - Kitchener ON - Centre in the Square
March 18 - Austin TX - Esther’s Follies

Chuck Prophet (episode 66)

March 11 - Tucson AZ - Club Congress
March 13-14 - Austin TX - Continental Club
March 15 - Fischer TX - Devils Backbone Tavern
March 19 - Luck TX - Luck Reunion
March 20 - Austin TX - Austin Fried Chicken Revival
March 21 - Austin TX - Hotel Vegas

Maggie Rose (episode 703)

March 20 - Denver CO - Lost Lake Lounge
March 21 - Steamboat Springs CO - Steamboat Ski Resort

Tommy Stinson (episode 110)

March 20 - Athens GA - Fire Hall No. 2
March 21 - Savannah GA - Private home
March 22 - Jacksonville FL - Ronan School of Music

Heather Valley (episode 789)

March 7 - Hamilton ON - Casbah
March 21 - Hamilton ON - Rebel’s Rock Irish Pub

White Reaper (episode 399)

March 6 - San Diego CA - Casbah
March 7 - Pomona CA - The Glasshouse
March 8 - Los Angeles CA - Troubadour
March 10 - Tempe AZ - Tempe Marketplace
March 12 - Albuquerque NM - Launchpad
March 14 - Oklahoma City OK - 89th Street
March 17 - West Columbia SC - New Brookland Tavern
March 18 - Carrboro NC - Cat’s Cradle
March 20 - Baltimore MD - Metro Gallery
March 21 - Asbury Park NJ - Wonder Bar

What We're Listening To:

Jim: The Faces Best of the Faces: Good Boys When They're Asleep
Mary: KARD 4th mini-album 'RED MOON'
Matt: Various Artists - Best Of Bond...James Bond (50th Anniversary Collection)
Patrick: The Orielles Disco Voladar 
Sam: Thundercat "Dragonball Durag" 
Sami: Angelica Garcia Cha Cha Palace

Thank God It's Friday New Releases!

Our award-winning new release roundup comes barreling out of the gate like someone running up the stairs and peeling out in their car. So run up your stairs, peel out to your friend's house and drive to the local record shop for all of these hot platters. Get 'em before they cool down! 

Cornershop - England is a Garden (Ample Play)

On their ninth album, this British band continues to make pop music not for just you or me or this group or that group or one country or the other, but for the world.

Luke Haines & Peter Buck - Beat Poetry for Survivalists (Omnivore)

Former R.E.M. guitarist Buck is the new hardest working man in show business. Among his ongoing projects are Filthy Friends, the Minus 5, Arthur Buck, and now this collaboration with Haines, of the Auteurs. (Plus, Buck works behind the board for bands like Eyelids.) If you were to compare this album to anything R.E.M., look to New Adventures in Hi-Fi in terms of experimentalism and atmospherics.

Honey Harper - Starmaker (ATO)

A glam country album, from musical journeyman William Fussell, that would sound fantastic coming out of a single AM radio speaker.

Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques (Matador)

The ex-Pavement singer is a lot like Neil Young, in that he can take on a variety of styles but somehow the music seems to just exist in him, rather than something he creates. This album has a quiet earthiness to it, with touches of ragged guitar, which only seems to further the comparison.

Mandy Moore - Silver Landings (Verve Forecast)

Before she hit it big as an actor, Moore was a pop star up there with Jessica Simpson and Katy Perry. Then she married Ryan Adams, and became something of a case study in the dangers of toxic relationships. Now remarried (to Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, a collaborator on this project), Moore has released her first album since 2009 (not coincidently, the year she entered said toxic relationship). Adopting a Laurel Canyon sound, she sings about a life lived, while moving forward with a strong voice no longer to be hushed.

Phantogram - Ceremony (Republic)

New York duo Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel may be an ideal band for today’s festival circuit. Their punchy electronic music is just rock enough to appeal to the indie masses while dancey enough to also work at the silent disco.

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