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Volume 1. Number 10 - June 14, 2019. 

The Week That Was: The Future of Rock and Roll Since 1975

In anticipation of Springsteen's new album, a look back at decent run of LPs.
  • Monday, June 10, Born to Run:  We begin way back in '76, even though Patrick really loves The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. No worries though, Born to Run is a classic platter... with only eight songs! 
  • Tuesday, June 11, Darkness on the Edge of Town:  We gather at a spot 'neath Abrams Bridge and discuss the dark classic from '78. 
  • Wednesday, June 12, The River:  The Boss' first double album, a sprawling mix of despair and celebration. Let's go back to 1980 and head to the Cadillac Ranch. 
  • Thursday, June 13, NebraskaSpeaking of despair, the Suburbs Pod gang ponders this bleak left turn from the Boss. 1982 seems like a long time ago, but this music has a eerie timelessness that's hard to describe. 
  • Friday, June 14, Born in the USA: As Bruce's new LP, Western Stars, hits stores, we celebrate his biggest, boldest and best selling LP. No surrender, peoples.
This is not a picture of one of our interns.

On Deck: Desitively bonnaroo and all that 

We'll say Rest in Power to the inimitable Dr. John. We introduce our listeners to Intern Sami (yes, Sami, not Sam) and Intern Matt, two big parts of the Suburbs Pod team. And we'll open the mail, which may include a package from Cornucopia, Wisconsin. 

Set an alarm: 
June 17 - Dr John, Rest in Power 
June 18 - Listener correspondence 
June 19 - Listener correspondence
June 20 - Meet the intern
June 21 - Meet the intern

Wayback Machine: Fan Mail Friday Redux 

Hit rewind and go all the way back to episode 60, which was our second ever Fan Mail Friday.  We were just as goofy back then as we are now. And that's saying something. 
See more Boss rankings over on the Facebook. 

What We're Listening To: 


On Tour, June 14-30: 

Get out of the house and see some live music, peoples. Here's where some of our past (and future) guests are hitting the stage.

Nicole Atkins (episode 220)

June 16 - Iowa City IA - Big Grove Brewery (opening for Lake Street Dive)
June 18 - Springfield MO - Gillioz Theatre (opening for Lake Street Dive)
June 21 - Memphis TN - Levitt Shell
June 25 - Des Moines IA - Brenton Plaza (opening for Lake Street Dive)
June 26 - Bayfield WI - Big Top Chatauqua (opening for Lake Street Dive)
June 28-29 - St. Paul MN - Palace Theatre (opening for Lake Street Dive)

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires (episode 389)

June 15 - Birmingham AL - Seasick Records (in-store)
June 18 - Mobile AL - The Merry Widow
June 19 - Beaumont TX - Madison’s
June 20 - Austin TX - Hole in the Wall
June 21 - Denton TX - Dan’s Silverleaf
June 22 - Jackson MS - Martin’s Downtown
June 23 - Birmingham AL - The Birmingham Free Store (Lee solo show)

Cory Branan (episode 248)

June 22 - Reno NV - Virginia Street Brewhouse
June 23 - Blairsden CA - The Brewing Lair

Dot Dash (episode 492)

June 25 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel (opening for Minus 5)

Fishbone (appearing soon on Rockin’ the Suburbs)
(all dates opening for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic)

June 20 - Sterling Heights MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
June 21 - Madison WI - The Sylvee
June 22 - Kansas City MO - Crossroads

Guster (episode 531)

June 30 - Littleton CO - On Tap with KBCO at Breckinridge Brewery (opening for St. Paul & the Broken Bones)

I’m With Her (episode 403)

June 15 - Lenox MA - Tanglewood (on “Live From Here”)

Mandolin Orange (episode 546)

June 14 - Bethel NY - Mountain Jam Festival
June 15 - Pittsburgh PA - Three Rivers Arts Festival
June 20 - Charlotte NC - Housing Fest at Knight Theater
June 21 - Wilmington NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
June 22 - Williamsburg VA - Williamsburg Live
June 23 - Baltimore MD - Rams Head Live
June 28 - Atlanta GA - Atlanta Botanical Garden
June 29 - Black Mountain NC - Grey Eagle 25th Anniversary Celebration at Lake Eden

Dan Mangan (episode 571)

June 15 - Calgary AB - Sounds of Summer Festival

Chuck Prophet (episode 66)

June 19 - San Francisco CA - Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 at Golden Gate Park

Tommy Stinson (episode 110)

June 14 - Philadelphia PA - The Foundry (opening for Lemonheads)
June 15 - Boston MA - Paradise Rock Club (opening for Lemonheads)

White Reaper (episode 399)

June 14 - Lansing MI - The Loft
June 15 - Lakewood OH - Mahall’s
June 16 - Buffalo NY - Rec Room
June 18 - Lancaster PA - Kaleidoscope
June 19 - Asbury Park NJ - Wonder Bar
June 21 - Amityville NY - Amityville Music Hall
June 22 - Philadelphia PA - Goose Island Takeover
June 23 - Baltimore MD - Ottobar
June 25 - Raleigh NC - Kings
June 26 - Asheville NC - Mothlight
June 29 - Louisville KY - Headliners Music Hall

Last, Not Least: New Releases June 14  

See you later down at Penguin Feather to pick up these shiny new slabs o' wax.

Calexico / Iron & Wine – Years to Burn (Sub Pop) – When two so-indie-it-hurts acts collaborate on an album, will the overabundance of earnestness cause all matter to slow to a point where nothing truly exists anymore? Guess we’ll find out today.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Servants of the Sun (Silver Arrow) – Remember when you’d put an album on the turntable, get herbed up and let your consciousness meld with some psychedelic blues rock? No? Well it happened. Former Black Crowe Robinson can take you on that trip again for the first time.

Dressy Bessy – Fast Faster Disaster (Yep Roc) – Someone from Team Suburbs Pod recently saw this Denver band open for Filthy Friends. They rocked, and even better than that, they were fun. So pipe some fun through those earbuds, you mope.

Madonna – Madame X (Boy Toy/Interscope) – What we expect from Madonna: Attitude laid on top of beats laid on top of attitude. She doesn’t disappoint. Not even 14 albums in.

Minus 5 - Stroke Manor (Yep Roc) - When Scott McCaughey was in the hospital, recovering from a debilitating stroke, he did what any dedicated musician would do: He wrote songs. They were just stream-of-conscious notes at the time. But later he crafted those jottings into tunes that now offer the listener a window into the mysterious workings of the human brain. Oh, and the record also features contributions from musical friends Peter Buck, Corin Tucker and Jeff Tweedy.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Turn off the News (Build a Garden) (Fantasy/Concord) – Three things to know about Lukas Nelson: He co-wrote and co-produced the soundtrack for A Star is Born. He occasionally plays in Neil Young’s backing band. He’s Willie Nelson’s kid. Bonus thing to know: His own brand of Americana is worth checking out.

New Swears – Night Mirror (Dine Alone Music) – The Raptors won the NBA Finals. Just let that sink in for a minute. Then listen to four guys from up the road in Ottawa who are most definitely up for the ensuing party.

Julia Shapiro – Perfect Vision (Hardly Art) – The Chastity Belt singer goes all in on her solo debut, playing all the instruments on 10 tracks of pain and pathos. Recording an album can be a form of catharsis.

Chris Shiflett – Hard Lessons (Thirty Tigers) – The Foo Fighters guitarist’s solo work has tended to lean toward country. Or maybe Southern rock is a better description. At any rate, you’ll hear more slide guitar than you’ll ever get on a Foos’ record.

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (Columbia) – Bruce and Madonna release new albums? Just like the old days. This solo album from the Boss (as in, not an E Street Band record) has a country and western feel (emphasis on the western) and is being hailed as something of a late-career masterpiece. Will it produce seven hit singles? No. Will the kids run out and buy it? No. Should you listen to it? Do we even need to answer that question?

Katie Toupin – Magnetic Moves (Symphonic Distribution) – Katie Toupin was in Houndmouth. Houndmouth released a really great album in 2015, Little Neon Limelight. Katie Toupin left Houndmouth. Houndmouth released a less great album in 2018. Katie Toupin recorded a solo album. Greatness may follow.
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