June 29, 2015
photos by James Richards IV
Punk veterans brought their 'Battle of the Centuries' tour to Chicago last week for shows on June 22 and 23 at Metro. The premise of the tour is that each city gets a 2-night stand, with the first night being all 20th century songs and the second night being all 21st century songs. We reviewed one of the 21st century nights in NYC over at BrooklynVegan, which you can read here.
The pictures in this post are from the 21st century night at Metro, including shots of Epitaph newcomers Plague Vendor who opened the whole tour. More pictures below...
Grateful Dead mania is in full force, with the California shows right behind us (pictures, recap, setlist) and the Chicago shows coming up this weekend. As we mentioned, there's also a late-night celebration at City Winery Chicago on 7/3 (11:30 PM doors) with a bunch of indie musicians covering the dead, including members of Real Estate, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and more. Making it an even better lineup, an exciting new addition was just announced: Jenny Lewis.
The full lineup is now Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks with special guests Jenny Lewis, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and James McNew, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Little Wings' Kyle Field, Little Wings collaborator Lee Baggett, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, M. Geddes Gengras, Ryley Walker, and Bleeker's Real Estate bandmate Matt Kallman. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Contest details below.
The tribute show happens after City Winery hosts a simulcast viewing of the Dead's Chicago show that night, which happens at Soldier Field. City Winery is hosting the Simulcast for their Saturday and Sunday shows too, and will basically be in Dead mode all week with "Weir World" shows featuring Jonathan Wilson (Tues-Thurs), Steve Kimock & Jerry Joseph (Fri-Sat afternoon), Matishayu & a member of The Disco Biscuits (Sat late night), Joan Osborne (Sun afternoon), and Railroad Earth Sun late night). Tickets for City Winery's week of Dead celebrations are on sale.
June 23, 2015
photo: The Prodigy in NYC in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The fest happens September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Poster below...
June 19, 2015
We're about a month away from the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival which happens July 17-19 in Union Park, which includes performances from Sleater-Kinney, Wilco, Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Chance the Rapper, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & Olsens, Caribou and lots more across three stages. They've just announced schedule / set times, which you can peruse below.
Three-day passes are sold out, but daily tickets are still available.
June 12, 2015
photos by Zach Pollack
Hop Along brought their tour with Field Mouse and Lithuania to Chicago on June 5 for a show at Subterranean with additional support from Woozy. The tour was in support of their new album and first for Saddle Creek, Painted Shut, and we got plenty of that as well as some older staples off Get Disowned. Pictures are in this post and continue below...
June 10, 2015
photo: Pixies at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin
Robert Plant and The Pixies were supposed play with tonight (6/10) at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, but the onetime Led Zeppelin frontman came down with the flu and that show has been postponed till September 23, however the Pixies will not be opening that new date. All tickets will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase.
Good news: Pixies have announced that they'll be playing a surprise last-minute show at the Metro TONIGHT (6/10), their first at the venue in 26 years. Still no Kim Deal, but three out of four ain't bad. Tickets are on sale. Doors open at 8:30 pm.
June 5, 2015
As you probably know, surviving Grateful Dead members are celebrating the band's 50th anniversary with some shows this year, including three in Chicago from July 3-5 at Soldier Field. That won't be the only Dead celebration in Chicago that weekend though. Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks, who have been doing Dead tributes lately, will do another one at City Winery Chicago on July 3. And they'll be bringing along some pretty exciting guests.
They've got indie rock royalty Dead fans Ira Kaplan and James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth (who's on The National's upcoming Dead tribute), as well as Darkside's Dave Harrington and collaborator Will Epstein, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Matt Kallman, folk singer Ryley Walker, experimentalist M. Geddes Gengras, Kyle Field of long-running indie folk band Little Wings, and his past collaborator Lee Baggett.
May 27, 2015
May 22, 2015
photos by James Richards IV
Tame Impala @ Riviera Theatre, 5/15/2015
With his straggly hair and beard, and lean, barefoot frame, Parker still looks like the shaggy one-man-band auteur who emerged out of Australia in 2010 with densely packed, acid-saturated home-studio recordings. But when he stepped away from the armada of foot pedals arrayed in front of him and let the music breathe, his nasally falsetto vocals painted a different portrait: Kevin Parker, soul man.Tame Impala's ambitious new album, Currents, is out in July and the band are not shy about playing new material on their current tour, clearly wanting folks to hear where they're going. That tour hit Riviera on May 15 with Mini Mansions and pictures/setlist from the show are in this post. More below...
On "Let it Happen," keyboards and a clipped groove dominated, a sleek electro-R&B track that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Pharrell Williams record - at least at first. A midsection breakdown arrived, and then the main theme returned full force, this time with guitars and drums in rock rave-up mode. It was a show's worth of zigs, zags and cliff-hangers packed into seven-plus minutes of music, the kind of track that's normally saved for last. But Parker preferred to set the bar high from the get-go, as if daring himself and his five-piece band to surpass it.