words & photos by Zach Pollack
Despite the cold Chicago weather, Atlanta, GA band Deerhunter held up well at their Saturday afternoon (9/25) pop-up show at the 560 W. Grand Street underpass (a large parking lot across from the Chicago Tribune offices, under the Kennedy Overpass) as part of the ongoing Secret Generator Series presented by Urban Outfitters + Levi's. The band leaned heavily on material from their upcoming 9/28 release Halcyon Digest (4AD), most of which singer Bradford Cox stated was being debuted in a live setting for the first time that night. Deerhunter powered through their brief set with confidence and ease, and Halcyon Digest seems to be a very manageable record for the band to play live; the packed crowd ate it up.
Deerhunter opened up their set with a new track entitled "Desire Lines", which lead to "Hazel St." off of 2007's Cryptograms. From there Deehunter perfromed select tracks from their now five LP and two EP catalog since their formation in 2001. Set highlights included an extra long jammed out version of "Nothing Ever Happened", and between-song looping/sound build-up for the next.
Chicago has reaped the benefits of a free Deerhunter show, but don't fret New York you will get yours too, and on the record's release date. Deerhunter will play at the Apple Store Soho (103 Prince Street) @ 7:00PM TONIGHT (9/28). Wristbands are being distributed right now until capacity is reached (which it very well may be by the time of this posting).
Deerhunter will try on Halcyon Digest for size, on tour throughout October and Novemeber. That tour hits the less-intimate Webster Hall on 10/15 with Real Estate & Casino Versus Japan (tickets are still on sale). Stream Halcyon Digest in its entirety over at NPR.
More pictures, some videos, and the full setlist from the Chicago show, with all tour dates below...
Deerhunter live under a bridge - Revival - Chicago IL
Deerhunter live under a bridge - Helicopter - Chicago, IL
deerhunter- 'famous last words' & 'saved by old times' 9-25-10 (live in chicago)
Deerhunter Setlist 9/28
1. Desire Lines
2. Hazel St.
3. Don't Cry
6. Memory Boy
7. Never Stops
9. Fountain Stairs
10. He Would Have Laughed
11. Nothing Ever Happened
DEERHUNTER - 2010 TOUR DATES
TUE 09/28 New York, NY SoHo Apple Store (see above)
FRI 10/1 ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse
SAT 10/9 CHAPEL HILL, NC Cat's Cradle
SUN 10/10 RICHMOND, VA Canal Club
TUE 10/12 WASHINGTON DC 9:30 Club
FRI 10/15 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall
SAT 10/16 BOSTON, MA Royale Nightclub
SUN 10/17 MONTREAL, QC La Tulipe
TUE 10/19 TORONTO, ON Opera House
WED 10/20 DETROIT, MI Magic Stick
THU 10/21 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland
FRI 10/22 CHICAGO, IL Metro
SAT 10/23 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Fine Line
TUES 10/26 VANCOUVER, WA Commodore
WED 10/27 SEATTLE, WA Showbox
THU 10/28 PORTLAND, OR Wonder Ballroom
FRI 10/29 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American
SAT 10/30 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Slim's
MON 11/1 LOS ANGELES, CA Fonda
WED 11/3 PHOENIX, AZ Clubhouse
FRI 11/5 DALLAS, TX Granada
SUN 11/7 AUSTIN, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
MON 11/8 NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues
TUE 11/9 BIRMINGHAM, AL Bottletree
WED 11/10 NASHVILLE, TN Exit In