Catch Hikikomori at Club Congress w/ Narrow Head, Lychee and Evergreen. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. 311 E. Congress St. $10. 16+
Blood Incantation Hidden History of the Human Race
Became pretty obsessed with this album last year, easily one of my favorites from 2019. This album blends crust, d-beat, black metal, hardcore and punk in all the right ways, and the Christian Death style leads are the icing on the cake. This album is drenched in chorus and spider webs, solid spooky jams. Check out the duel shredding in “Her Thirsty Whip”. - Gilbert
Durand Jones & The Indications American Love Call
The terrible news of Neil Peart's death was announced as I was writing about a 2019 release, but I'm in mourning and it's strictly Rush right now. Simply put, he's the reason I play drums. 2112 has always been my favorite Rush record, his drumming is incredible and he wrote all the lyrics to the seven-part self-titled track. It's impossible to encapsulate such a legend, the only tribute that seems appropriate is intense cathartic air drumming. Rest In Power to the King! - Sam
Young Guv GUV I
Young Guv is the solo project from Ben Cook of No Warning & Fucked Up. This album is pure power/sunshine pop bliss in the style of Teenage Fan Club, Big Star, Chris Bell, Oasis etc. A 2019 favorite from Gil, Matt and Nate, Sam needs more time with it but on first listen he said it sounded like “shitty Tony Molina”. The banger “Every Flower I See” will be your new favorite song, highly recommended!