Fugazi/Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye and wife Amy Farina (of the Warmers and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, among others) released two terrific albums as the Evens in the mid-aughts before taking a break to have a kid together. But six years since their sophomore release, Get Evens, the band have a new one on the way: The Odds is out next week on Dischord. You, however, can stream the whole thing now — and if you’re a fan of Fugazi, you’d be crazy not to. Beyond MacKaye’s vocals — which are in top form here — the similarities between the two bands are pronounced, although the Evens soften some of Fugazi’s harder angles and edges, sounding warmer and more melodic but no less engaging or inventive. Give it a listen.
The Odds is out 11/20 via Dischord. (And yes, that is Farina and MacKaye’s son Carmine, now 4, on the album’s cover.)