Feeling Free — Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators
We’re loving this retro R&B/soul group of American-born Nicole Willis, based in Helsinki, Finland.
Half Moon — Janis Joplin
Can’t go wrong with some lost Janis classics.
Naked Eye — Luscious Jackson
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since this alt-rock gem landed.
Shut Up Kiss Me — Angel Olsen
We’ve featured Angel Olsen on a Whiskey & Bananas playlist a while back, but she’s too amazing not to include her new music here — we couldn’t be more excited about her new album coming out in the fall.
End Of The World — Anika
An off-kilter, Nico-esque reimagingining of the Skeeter Davis classic.
Sail Away Ladies — Odetta
No one did it better than the legendary Odetta.
The Girl from Detroit City — Suzi Quatro
70s glam rock wunderkind & “Happy Days” actress Suzi Quatro reflects on her Detroit roots.
Heartbreak — Spike & the Sweet Spots
This cover of a Shannon & The Clams original by local Chicago retro rock n rollers Spike & the Sweet Spots harkens back to a different era with stunning vocals.
Lady Scarface — Lydia Lunch
One of the original NYC punk pioneers, Lydia Lunch goes cabaret in this hidden gem.
Spare Me Fetzer’s Blues — Caitlin Rose
Young Nashville singer Caitlin Rose captures some of the best vibes that country music can offer.
Moth to the Flame — Chairlift
Get into the holiday weekend mood with this upbeat indie pop song.
Let’s Dance — Ramones
The Ramones take on the 60s dance classic.
Lipslap — Kero Kero Bonito
This Japanese pop-inspired project from London is on fire — can’t wait to check them out in Chicago this fall.
I’ll Be Loving You — The King Khan & BBQ Show
The retro rock n roll duo The King Khan & BBQ Show makes you feel like dancing and that it’s 1958 again.
Betty — Pom Poms
Talk about retro — this new pop project from LA is bringing the classic vibes hard, and we’re digging it.
Dia Ja Manche — Dionisio Maio
Legend has it, in 1968 a ship carrying keyboards and synthesizers disappeared en route from Baltimore to South America, and reappeared on a small island in Africa covered in cosmic space particles, changing the course of African dance music. It’s pretty groovy. (https://analogafrica.bandcamp.com/album/space-echo-the-mystery-behind-the-cosmic-sound-of-cabo-verde-finally-revealed)
I Couldn’t Spell !!*@! — Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Even copywriters know sometimes there aren’t enough words for when someone breaks your heart — and this deep cut from 60s pop-rock group puts it to song.
Bang Bang — Betty Chung
Hong Kong singer Betty Chung covered this Nancy Sinatra classic in Mandarin in the 60s.
Far Away Eyes — The Rolling Stones
Run a few red lights (not really) in honor of this Stones semi-deep cut, a mainstay of quiet classic rock radio afternoons.
U.F.O. — Jim Sullivan
If the cosmic African synths of Dionisio Maio’s earlier track didn’t carry you away, let Jim Sullivan’s “U.F.O.”
Keep listening for the 4th of July holiday track…
Move On Up — Curtis Mayfield
Kicking things off with this uplifting soul classic.
Straight Up And Down — The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Hard to say no to retro British Invasion-style rock from one of the top indie bands of the past 20 years.
Long Time Now — The Ethiopians
Reggae ska always puts a smile on our face, how about you?
Don’t Want to Say Good-Bye — Cut Worms
Despite the retro sound, Cut Worms is a fresh project from formerly Chicago-based musician Max Clarke, now of Brooklyn. Definitely one to watch.
The Seed (2.0) — The Roots, Cody Chesnutt
A catchy modern rap-funk-soul classic from the legendary Roots.
Ram On — Paul McCartney
An early gem from Paul’s first solo years.
Let ’em Say — Lizzo, Caroline Smith
Minneapolis-based artists Lizzo and Caroline Smith collaborated on this upbeat modern soul-pop track that was recently featured in the season 3 premiere of “Broad City.”
Money — The Flying Lizards
A classic in the advertising game.
100 Million — Charlie Hilton
Portland-based Charlie Hilton recently opened for our Chicago favorites Whitney, playing gorgeously hypnotic indie folk-rock.
Dancing Time — The Funkees
Nigerian afro-rock group The Funkees are a hidden gem from the late 1960s.
Land Lobster — The Bingers
Chicago’s own retro-inspired garage rockers The Bingers have been landing their tunes in everything lately, from James Franco films to ads for Veuve Clicquot and HUF skateboard apparel.
Bones — Michael Kiwanuka
British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka channels decades of soul, rock and R&B inspiration into his music.
All Your Yeahs — Beach House
We’re looking forward to seeing indie dream pop band Beach House back in Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer.
Kachina Doll — Teenage Cool Kids
Before Parquet Courts came around, there was bandleader Andrew Savage’s Denton, Texas-originating Teenage Cool Kids, with similarly excellent Americana post-punk rock.
Time Away from Home — Summer Salt
These mellow retro-pop/indie rockers are from Austin, Texas and recently played a show in Chicago with The Walters (friends of The Orwells).
Hey Bulldog — The Beatles
This wonderfully underplayed rocking gem from the “Yellow Submarine” soundtrack is always a treat to stumble upon.
The Slider — Ty Segall
King of California punk fuzz Ty Segall recently released an album of all T. Rex covers that rock incredibly hard.
Heart Don’t Know — Jimmy Whispers
Jimmy Whispers is one of the Chicago indie scene’s most interesting musicians and exciting performers today, recently making a splash in Europe.
Deep Web — Magic Potion
It’s always fun to stumble across great European indie music like Magic Potion from Stockholm, Sweden.
El Loco Cha Cha Cha — René Touzet
Those familiar chords at the beginning were in fact the inspiration for “Louie Louie” in the 50s.
Gardenia — Iggy Pop
The king of punk is still alive and well, with this new album produced by Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.
Davey Crockett — Hinds
Hinds were an absolute standout of SXSW — four young women from Madrid playing extremely catchy rock n roll (tirelessly, across 15+ showcases during the week). They’re poised to blow up huge.
Make Me Wanna Die — White Reaper
White Reaper are a group of wildly energetic punk rockers from Kentucky who played in Chicago at a DIY show with The Orwells last summer and had the Chicago rock scene hanging at every show in Austin.
The Greatest — KING
This all-female indie R&B group played at Stereogum’s SXSW party prior to some Chicago groups, with a hypnotic style echoing the best of the 80s and 90s.
Vroom Vroom — Charli XCX
The rising queen of indie Brit pop has reimagined her style to be more sparse and edgy with this eclectic pop track.
Aquellos Ojos — Mujeres
Can’t get enough of this timeless rock n roll sound in Spanish.
Won’t You Just Wish Me Luck — Croy and the Boys
Get those tissues handy — this up-and-coming country group from Austin brings that classic heartwrenching country style to 2016.
I Will Miss The Jasmine — Shannon and the Clams
West Coast-based Shannon and the Clams wholeheartedly embody modern-retro rock n roll style.
Home — BJ the Chicago Kid
This hot new rapper speaks about the problems and love of home — our city, Chicago.
Something Soon — Car Seat Headrest
The indie rock scene of Chicago and Austin was buzzing about Car Seat Headrest’s dark and compelling sound across their SXSW showcases.
Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts – Jacqueline Taieb
Who can resist retro French songs? We can’t!
Suckcess – Michael Rault
Michael Rault is an up-and-coming, retro-style garage rocker from Canada who played a few great shows in Chicago recently.
Windowpane – Mild High Club
This Chicago/Los Angeles group creates groovy, trippy tunes that make it feel like the 70s all over again.
School – Frankie Cosmos
The daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, Greta Kline aka Frankie Cosmos is making quite a splash in the indie world with her lo-fi music.
Synth Song – The Symposium
Elmhurst, Illinois natives The Symposium are making the music we wanted The Strokes to keep making after their first couple albums.
Master Splinter – Heaters
This Grand Rapids, Michigan-based group creates a haunting, modern take on 60s psych and rock n roll.
Get Ready – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
A great jazz-based take on the Temptations classic.
Ace of Spades – Link Wray
It seems like the guitar icon and rock pioneer never made a bad song.
Catamaran – Allah-Las
The Allah-Las instantly transport you to a far-off indie rock beach.
Psychotic Reaction – Count Five
A 60s garage rock classic.
When It Comes To You – Dead Ghosts
The garage rock revolution continues with this great group from Vancouver, Canada.
100 Days, 100 Nights – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings exist in a timeless space of great music.
Most Wanted – Cults
Cults’ incredibly catchy indie pop would be flooding the airwaves in our ideal world.
So Destroyed – Prince Rama
Is it world music? Rock? Pop? Psychedelic? This song is all of that and more.
Lady Luck – Richard Swift
Richard Swift combines retro soul style with a modern touch.
She Ain’t Mine – Yoko and the Oh No’s
Yoko and the Oh No’s are a rising young Chicago rock band that blends the glam showmanship of frontman Max Goldstein with down-home blues and rock grooves. Keep an eye on these kids, they’re going somewhere!
No Woman – Whitney
Whitney is a new Chicago band to watch, made up of former members of indie darlings Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with a modern country-soul sound.
Ashes to Ashes – Alan Jenkins
Dig this far-out instrumental cover of the David Bowie space classic – which we chose just prior to his recent passing. Goodbye to one of the greats.
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart – JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound
A Chicago band covering another Chicago band, but with a twist.
Cinnamon – Cullen Omori
The first single from the former Smith Westerns frontman’s new solo project.
Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges is making big waves as a new retro-soul singer in the tradition of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.
One Summer Night – Ariel Pink
Indie multi-instrumentalist Ariel Pink brings a variety of eclectic retro influences to his avant-garde pop projects.
Hold Me Tight – Johnny Nash
The first international Jamaican-style rocksteady hit song in 1968.
Young Men of Promise – Yellowbirds
Yellowbirds is our latest indie pop obsession – great classic pop melodies with modern electronic touches.
Chinese Translation – M. Ward
If you only know M. Ward as Zooey Deschanel’s partner in She & Him, be sure to check out his amazing catalogue of modern Americana indie folk rock.
Dead Wrong – Hanni El Khatib
A former creative director for a skateboarding company, Hanni El Khatib’s West Coast, modern blues rock style is right up our alley.
Cassie (Won’t You Be My Doll) – Part Time
Just try to get this 80s-tinged song out of your head.
Everywhere I’m Local – Har Mar Superstar
Har Mar Superstar’s neo-R&B gets under your skin and stays there.
Ritual Union – Little Dragon
Multi-cultural, multi-genre Swedish indie group Little Dragon is behind some of the most innovative music today.
Women of a Certain Age – Arcade Fire
This great reggae-influenced track from the world’s biggest indie band is from a new EP of their “Reflektor” sessions material.
Good Advice – The Growlers
Southern California-based band The Growlers are a current garage rock sensation with retro 60s vibes that blend psychedelia, folk and more.
Sutphin Boulevard – Blood Orange
British indie musician Dev Hynes is an acclaimed songwriter for the likes of Solange and Sky Ferreira, and collaborates with a range of artists for his multi-genre project Blood Orange.
H-Bomb – Night Beats
Seattle-based, psychedelic garage group Night Beats are the perfect driving companion for dark nights and winding roads.
Natural Life – Cool Ghouls
A current band based in San Francisco, Cool Ghouls are proof the spirit of 60s rock is still alive and well.
Mental Case – SKATERS
We love the latest single from the excellent New York indie rockers SKATERS.
Teenage Idol – Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson singing about life on the road in the early 60s as a touring musician, something our boys The Orwells are learning about now.
Animals – The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger
Remind you of The Beatles in their psychedelic era? There’s a reason – that voice belongs to Sean Lennon.
Bam Bam – Sister Nancy
A reggae classic from the early 80s, brought back to the mainstream on the TV show “Girls.”
Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
Critically acclaimed rapper and songwriter Frank Ocean is definitely a musician to watch in the coming years.
Trick Pony (Boys Noize Remix) – Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s been singing since she was little with her father Serge Gainsbourg, and even as she’s become an acclaimed indie actress, her music never disappoints.
Maxwell Lewis Harrison – Joe Bordenaro
Joe Bordenaro is a young up-and-coming rock n roller from the Chicago suburbs, the latest teenager coming into the roster of the current Chicago rock revolution.
Everyday – Diane Coffee
Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming’s “psychedelic Motown” solo project is a ton of modern glam pop-rock fun.
Ca Plane – American Breakfast
American Breakfast is a current local Chicago rock n roll sensation blending a gritty 60s-style garage sound with lead vocals by a French woman – what more do you need?
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Lana Del Rey
The queen of dark indie pop continues exploring her retro influences with a cover of The Animals’ classic.
Wonder Woman – LION BABE
A hot new neo-soul duo, LION BABE’s singer is the daughter of Vanessa Williams and the group is on the verge of blowing up with a full debut album soon.
Over You (Live 1969 San Francisco) – The Velvet Underground
A sweet live version of one of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground’s quieter ballads that never found its way onto their studio albums.
What – BRONCHO
Another Midwestern rock n roll band, hailing from Oklahoma, BRONCHO helps to prove that most of the best garage rock today is emanating from the middle of the US.
Enemy Destruct – Thee Oh Sees
California garage-punk legends Thee Oh Sees are a sonic assault – the good kind.
These Boots are Made For Walkin’ – Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts are one of today’s best indie rock bands and take on this Nancy Sinatra classic with modern punk swagger (and a horn section).
Is That All About Money? – Mountain Bike
Mountain Bike is a current garage rock band from Brussels, Belgium with songs mostly in English and great energy.