alden penner

Your regular roundup of the most interesting stuff happening this week in music:

– Alden Penner’s latest EP, Canada in Space, is out today and currently up for listening via Soundcloud. The former member of The Unicorns is coming off a week of live UK shows with guest band member Michael Cera.

Kate Nash, Willis Earl Beal and other touring musicians chatted recently with the Guardian about a recent study by Help Musicians UK, which found that “over 60% of musicians have suffered from depression or other psychological issues, with touring an issue for 71% of respondents.”

Visions Festival will be adding a craft beer and food festival on to their 3rd annual night of music this year. The 8 August event also features a market of assorted indie creatives, as well as sets by Camera Obscura, Son Lux and more than a dozen other bands playing warehouses, rooftops and other spaces around London Fields.

– Gospel giant Mavis Staples is making three appearances in the UK this week, including Saturday at Glastonbury Festival. The former member of the Staples Singers just released Your Good Fortune, a four-track EP of soul-based songs with a hip hop sway.

– ICYMI, The Small Faces first two studio albums, were re-released this past week on 180g vinyl. Their debut self-titled LP, released spring 1965, and the unofficial retrospective From the Beginning of 1967, were the band’s only two records with Decca. Both are worth start-to-finish listening, with the latter features the band’s signature “All or Nothing,” as well as notable covers of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” and The Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me.”

By Mareva Lindo

Radio-loving, magazine-reading, beer-drinking Chicagoan, journalist and troubadour.