July 29, 2014

Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
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Alt-rock heroes Meat Puppets are pairing up with Cass McCombs for a co-headlining tour. Not all the dates have been announced, but some have trickled out, including the Chicago show happening on October 23 at The Empty Bottle. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM.

All currently announced dates are listed at BrooklynVegan. Check out a stream of Meat Puppets' classic Meat Puppets II as well as a live video of a few Cass McCombs tracks below...

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Spider Bags in NYC in 2013 (more by PSquared)
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Chapel Hill garage rockers Spider Bags will release their fourth album Frozen Letter next week (8/5) with Merge Records and you can stream it on NPR now. They also recently made a new live session (video by Andrew Johnson) for album track "Back With You Again in the World" and you can view that below.

The band's tour kicks off after the album release and they will hit Chicago on August 14 at The Hideout with Fresh Panthers and Life Partner. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out the live session video below...

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July 28, 2014

photos by Jeff Ryan & Jim Vondruska

Owls / Hop Along / Foxing
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Wicker Park Fest 2014 took place this past weekend on Milwaukee Avenue (between North Ave. and Paulina). Saturday (7/26) of the street festival featured performances by Owls, Pet Symmetry, The Felix Culpa, Dr. Manhattan, Hop Along, Foxing, Space Blood, and many more across three stages. Pictures from day 1 of Wicker Park Fest are in this post. More below...

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Minus the Bear @ NYC's Best Buy Theater in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
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Minus the Bear have announced that they'll be releasing a new full-length LP, titled Lost Loves, on October 7 via Dangerbird Records. Lost Loves is a collection of rarities and unreleased songs from the past several years of writing and recording. You can check out the LP's cover art and tracklisting at the bottom of this post.

MTB will be embarking on a fall US tour in support of Lost Loves. All Midwest dates feature an opening set from Young Widows, including a show at Bottom Lounge on October 23. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale to the general public this Friday (8/1) at noon CST. There's also an ongoing VIP presale for all dates. The band are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2004 EP They Make Beer Commercials Like This, which will be played in full on this run.

All MTB dates, LP info. for Lost Loves, and a couple of song streams lie after the jump...

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Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Speedy Ortiz, who just recently tagged Chicago to play Pitchfork Fest, have expanded their fall North American tour with Ex Hex. That run now includes a show at the Empty Bottle on October 25 with additional support from Split Feet. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now. Speedy will also play Champaign-Urbana, IL's Pygmalion Music Festival in late-September.

All Speedy Ortiz dates and some song streams lie after the jump...

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July 25, 2014

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Deafheaven / Perfect Pussy
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Prior to playing Pitchfork Fest on Sunday (7/20), Deafheaven and Perfect Pussy played one of several sold-out festival aftershows at Bottom Lounge on Friday (7/18). The pair were joined by local rippers Pink Frost in what was perhaps a more suitable environment for the output of these bands than the glaring sun and heat of the festival. Pictures from Bottom Lounge are in this post.

More pictures and Deafheaven's complete setlist lie after the jump...

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Om at the Met in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Meditative drone metal outfit Om have announced that they'll be embarking on a brief October US tour with support from Watter -- a supergroup featuring members of Grails and Slint. That tour includes a performance at Lincoln Hall on October 11, and advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

Watter welcomed their debut LP, This World, in late-May via Temporary Residence. The album is made up of six sinister, sprawling tracks, and you can take a listen to "Rustic Fog" and "Small Business" at the bottom of this post.

It's also no surprise that this run is brief, as Om's Al Cisneros is gearing up for an August tour with Sleep. As discussed, that tour includes a sold-out, two-night stand at Thalia Hall on August 28 & 29. Sleep just recently released their first new song in 20-years. Emil Amos, who's also in Grails, is gearing up for the release of his next Holy Sons album. It's called The Fact Facer and is due out on September 23 via Thrill Jockey (preorder). Robert A. A. Lowe also has his share of Lichens dates.

All Om // Watter dates and a few song streams and videos lie after the jump...

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Mutual Benefit @ Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Mutual Benefit tagged Chicago last weekend to play Pitchfork Fest 2014, and have since expanded their fall North American tour. That run now includes a show at the Empty Bottle on September 25 with support from Ricky Eat Acid. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

An updated list of Mutual Benefit dates can be found below...

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Blake Mills @ the Bank of America Theatre, October 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
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Frequent Fiona Apple collaborator and solo artist Blake Mills is slated to release his new album, titled Heigh Ho, on September 16 via Verve/Record Collection. The LP's lead single "Don't Tell Our Friends About Me" features Apple, as well as lauded producer Jon Brion, multi-instrumentalist Rob Moose, and composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane. You can take a listen to the cut, and another called "If I'm Unworthy," at the bottom of this post.

Mills will be embarking on a fall US tour in support of Heigh Ho. That tour includes a performance at SPACE on September 27 and a show at Mayne Stage on September 28. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

All Blake Mills dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

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tUnE-yArDs @ Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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tUnE-yArDs, who just played Pitchfork Festival 2014, are currently on an international tour that continues through November. That tour features a North American leg in October, which includes a show at the Riviera Theatre on October 22. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All tUnE-yArDs dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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