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Volume 1. Number 9. June 7, 2019. 

The Week That Was: Rest in Power, Roky

Saying goodbye to a legend, some Icelandic soul and new music jamz.  
  • Monday, June 3:  What were we listening to in May? Jim starts things off with music from Pittsburgh post-punkers The Gotobeds, L.A. indie rockers Bleached, and this cool Edgar Allen Poe thing. That Bleached song, right? 
  • Tuesday, June 4:  Patrick picks out some Canadian cajun music and Afrikan fusion. Le Winston Band and Kongo Dia Ntotila, specifically. And they liked our Insta!
  • Wednesday, June 5:  Jim and Patrick say goodbye to legendary singer/guitarist/songwriter Roky Erickson. Rest in Power, Roky, your room on the 13th floor is ready. 
  • Thursday, June 6:  Icelandic soul singer Júníus Meyvant has an amazing backstory and creates powerful music. We sat down with him at a hotel before his show in Washington, DC.
  • Friday, June 7: Part Two of our chat with Júníus. In which we find out which American sport he knows a whole lot about, among other things. 
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On Deck: The Boss, Revisited 

Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars, his 25th official studio record, hits the racks on June 14, so we're gonna Big 5 it up and discuss a pretty decent run of albums: Born to Run through Born in the USA.

Mark yr calendars:
June 10 - Born to Run
June 11 - Darkness on the Edge of Town 
June 12 - The River 
June 13 - Nebraska 
June 14 - Born in the USA

Wayback Machine: Dark, on the Edge of Town

Last summer (around episode 374 to be exact), Jim & Patrick were on vacation and Jesse Jackson of “Set Lusting Bruce” filled in. He talked with Peter Chianca of “Blogness on the Edge of Town” about Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, which was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Hit play and get ready for the Big 5 Bruce week. 

What We're Listening To: 


On Tour: 

Get yr tix! Here's where certain past Suburbs Pod guests are rockin' in the free world. Coming to your town? 

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

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)

Diet Cig (episode 302)

June 7-8 — Toronto ON — Danforth Music Hall

I’m With Her (episode 403)

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

Mandolin Orange (episode 546)

June 7 - Snowshoe WV - Wanderlust Festival
June 8 - Nelsonville OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
June 9 - Indianapolis IN - The Vogue
June 10 - Fort Collins CO - Washington’s
June 11 - Omaha NE - Slowdown
June 12 - Bloomington IL - Castle Theatre
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

Dan Mangan (episode 571)

June 15 - Calgary AB - Sounds of Summer Festival

Chuck Prophet (episode 66)

June 7 - Sonoma CA - Huichica Music Festival
June 19 - San Francisco CA - Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 at Golden Gate Park

Tommy Stinson (episode 110)

(all dates opening for Lemonheads)
June 7 - Charlotte NC - The Underground
June 8 - Charleston SC - Music Farm
June 9 - Carrboro NC - Cat’s Cradle
June 11 - Lancaster PA - Chameleon Club
June 12 - Millvale PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
June 13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
June 14 - Philadelphia PA - The Foundry
June 15 - Boston MA - Paradise Rock Club

White Reaper (episode 399)

June 13 - Toledo OH - Ottawa Tavern
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

Last, Not Least: New Releases June 7  

That's today, peoples. Fresh wax, shiny discs and unplayed tape. 

Stef Chura – Midnight (Saddle Creek) – Some say rock is dead. This Detroit rocker makes a strong statement otherwise on her second album (produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest).

Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (Columbia) – Many consider this tour to be Dylan’s best stage effort, with sets that lasted four hours. A last flash of glory before his Born Again phase clouded the rest of the decade. This 14-disc box set contains music from five concerts, plus studio rehearsals and other bonus tracks.

Perry Farrell – Kind Heaven (BMG) – Whether it’s with Jane’s Addiction or Porno For Pyros or now as a solo artist, alt-rock pioneer Farrell always put out interesting music. For this album, he teams with legendary Bowie producer Tony Visconti, which seems like an ideal match, really.

Jonas Brothers – Happiness Begins (Republic) –
This fifth album is dubbed a comeback. But did these fraternal dreamboats ever really leave our hearts?

Palehound – Black Friday (Polyvinyl) – Such languid indie rock in the past might have had a hard time finding an audience. But thanks to the interconnected world, thoughtful artists like Ellen Kempner can find their niche and life is a little better because of it.

Santana – Africa Speaks (Concord) – The fiery guitarist returns with an exploration of the roots of Afro-Latin music. The featured vocalist this time around is Buika, a Spanish flamenco singer who is considerably more authentic than Rob Thomas.

Silversun Pickups – Widow’s Weeds (New Machine) – For a band of the 2000s, Silversun Pickups have always sounded more like they came from the ’90s. And so they fittingly recruited Butch Vig to produce this, their fifth album. Well played.
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