September 17, 2014

rainy Day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
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Due to a rainy day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago, Humboldt Park isn't in the best shape after the three-day festival. Much like other Chicago festivals do, Riot Fest made an agreement with the Chicago Park District to restore the park following the fest. They've now issued a statement regarding the restoration.

Riot Fest founder Michael Petryshyn said:

"Riot Fest is grateful to the City of Chicago and specifically the residents and businesses of Humboldt Park. The Park is really the star of Riot Fest, and we know it is the key reason why it makes the community one of the best in the City. And, I speak from experience, I live just steps away from the Park, and enjoy it almost daily.

Because the Park is as important to me as it is to the City, we will make certain that the Park be restored as soon as possible. Indeed, not only do we want the park restored, we want it improved. I have directed our staff to initiate meetings with the Park District on how we can partner with them to make permanent infrastructure improvements over the coming months. We want to improve the Park, because we want to make it the permanent home of Riot Fest. We don't take our commitment to the community and the park for granted.

If Riot Fest, alongside the Chicago Park District, can rehabilitate the park to the needed standards (beyond reseeding and aeration), the entirety of the 26th and surrounding wards -- it's residents and businesses -- only stand to benefit. And, that's what we want. Make no doubt about it: as a resident of Humboldt Park, I want to be the leader in making Humboldt Park Chicago's best and most modern natural resource. And, I know I can."
We're also lucky enough to call Humboldt Park home, and are looking forward to seeing the park restored. Day 1 pics and review are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pics and review are HERE and HERE. And Day 3 pics and review are HERE and HERE.


Recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has announced that he'll be releasing his new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone on October 27 via Legacy Recordings. The LP features five new songs and five covers, including one of the Edgar Winter tune "Dying To Live," which you can take a listen to at the bottom of this post (via Rolling Stone). Tracklisting for Tell 'Em I'm Gone can also be found below.

Yusuf will be embarking on a brief North American tour in support of his new LP in December. That tour includes a performance at The Chicago Theatre on December 9. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale on Saturday, September 27 at 10AM CST.

All Yusuf dates, that song stream, and LP info. for Tell 'Em I'm Gone lie after the jump...

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Bob Mould @ NYC's Bowery Ballroom last week (more by P Squared Media)

Resilient punk troubadour Bob Mould has announced that he'll be returning to Chicago to headline Metro on New Year's Eve (December 31). Mould and his live-wire band -- Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster -- are currently on tour throughout North America and have added a few December/January shows to their schedule. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (9/19) at noon CST.

All Bob Mould dates and his recently-released video for "The War" lie after the jump...

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photos by Kari Terzino

Spoon / EMA at The Chicago Theatre

The Spoon that played the Chicago Theatre Tuesday night (a month and a half after a rousing Lollapalooza set) is a band that has found a new sweet spot. Its recently released album, "They Want My Soul," pushes the trajectory forward and upward with heightened crunch and, yes, soul, while in concert the band is clicking on more cylinders than ever.

The most notable change is the addition of Alex Fischel, who played mostly keyboards with Divine Fits but is Daniel's primary guitar foil here, even as he adds painterly keyboards to some songs. The floppy-haired Fischel doesn't merely turn a four-piece unit into a five-piece; he pushes the frontman, who shoots him happy looks in return, and propels the music, whether through the driving intro of the set-opening "Knock Knock Knock" or the delicate, high keyboard runs that he and keyboardist/guitarist Eric Harvey traded on a mesmerizing "Inside Out" or the way that Fischel's and Daniel's electric guitars tangled as if in a barbed wire fight on "The Beast and Dragon, Adored."
[Mark Caro -- Chicago Tribune]

Austin's revitalized and new album-toting Spoon tagged Chicago last night (9/16) for a big show at The Chicago Theatre as part of their tour with EMA. They played most of They Want My Soul, as well as a good portion of 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and a mix of songs from their back catalog with some interesting panel-aided back lighting. Pictures, video footage of "The Ghost of You Lingers," and Spoon's full Chicago Theatre setlist are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Kari Terzino

Shabazz Palaces at Lincoln Hall

Hip-hop oddity Shabazz Palaces brought their tour in support of their recently-released album Lese Majesty through Chicago for a performance at Lincoln Hall on September 13. Chandeliers got things started, and pictures from Lincoln Hall are in this post (none of Chandeliers). More below...

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David Bowie Day

Consequence of Sound reports:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared September 23rd as "David Bowie Day" to coincide with the upcoming arrival of the renowned David Bowie retrospective, David Bowie Is..., at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.

In his proclamation, Emanuel describes Bowie as "an undisputed global icon boasting a catalogue of 26 critically acclaimed studio albums," whose "remarkable half-century career has bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion & design, and theatrical canons." Read the full proclamation [above].

Get your tickets for "David Bowie Is" at the museum, HERE.

September 16, 2014

photos by James Brodie, words by Jonathan Mondragon

Primus at Concord Music Hall

Following a much less rainy second day at Riot Fest 2014, goofy funk-metal legends Primus played a sold-out aftershow at Concord Music Hall in Logan Square. Bassist/vocalist Les Claypool and guitarist Larry LaLonde returned, along with Tool drummer Danny Carey, filling in for Tim "Herb" Alexander, who is currently recovering from a heart attack and subsequent triple bypass surgery. As a fitting tribute to Alexander, the band projected his face onto the two massive inflatable astronauts that are usually found on-stage at a Primus show. Carey filled in for this show, the band's performance at Riot Fest Chicago the following day, and Riot Fest Denver, with his powerful and precise drumming style proving to be the best possible temp replacement for Alexander. It doesn't hurt that Carey is a longtime fan of the band. Primus kicked the show off with Sailing the Seas of Cheese songs "Those Damn Blue Collared Tweakers" and "Here Come the Bastards" and played selections from throughout their catalog, including "Southbound Pachyderm", "Over the Falls", "Eleven", and "To Defy the Laws of Tradition", amongst many other deep cuts for the fans. They ended the show on a solid block of some of their best material, "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver", "My Name is Mud", "Harold of the Rocks", and encore "Too Many Puppies". Especially noteworthy was an excellent drum solo from Danny Carey that led into "Eleven", as well as a short cover of Tool's "Aenima" before "To Defy..." that made fans go wild. An especially rowdy and energetic crowd started a "Danny Carey sucks" chant, a variation of the band's longtime endearing "Primus sucks" chant, met with a grateful toast of Gatorade from Danny Carey. Seeing Primus is always a technical marvel, regardless of your opinion of their music. Les Claypool's unique style of funk-influenced slap bass, Larry LaLonde's atonal abstract guitar playing, and some extremely intricate groovy drum parts from Danny Carey made for quite the spectacle, particularly for attendees less familiar with the band's material. The sound was also top-notch at the Concord, which is shaping up to be one of the best new venues in Chicago.

Pictures from the Concord are in this post. More of them, and the setlist, can be found below...

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Weezer / Cheap Trick / Ferris Wheel
Cheap Trick
Ferris Wheel

Riot Fest Chicago came to a close in Humboldt Park on Sunday (9/14) with The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.

You've already seen day 1 and day 2 pictures and review. Now we've posted day 3 over at BrooklynVegan. Check it out here.


Alt rock heavyweight Mark Lanegan is slated to release his new album, titled Phantom Radio, on October 21 via Flooded Soil/Vagrant. The LP's lead single "Floor Of The Ocean" is a moody, synth-heavy number complete with Lanegan's signature dusky vocals. You can check it out at the bottom of this post.

Lanegan will be embarking on his first full-band US tour since 2012 in late-October. That tour includes a show at the Bottom Lounge on November 4. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (9/19) at noon CST.

All Mark Lanegan dates and that song stream lie after the jump...

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Tinkerbelles -- Fine Asses 7" art

Self-described trash-pop duo Tinkerbelles consists of former Gypsyblood members Adam Mohundro (bass/vocals) and Christian Dawson (drums/vocals). The pair regrouped and are slated to welcome their debut 7", called Fine Asses, on October 28 via new local label TEEPEESPEEK Records. The 7" contains seven-songs, and we've got the premiere of its lead single "When Puppies Cry." They've taken more of a paranoid post-punk approach than Gypsyblood with this project, and that's made very clear in the lightning bolt single. You can take a listen to the track at the bottom of this post. Preorder a digital copy of the 7" via their bandcamp. It features artwork and package design by Chicago pop-art great Ryan Duggan, and comes on limited edition piss yellow vinyl with a "scratch n sniff asparagus scent." Tracklisting for Fine Asses can also be found below.

Tinkerbelles will celebrate the release of their debut 7" with a show at Quenchers on November 2 as part of Phantom Phest 2014. Secret Science, Brontosaurus, Mr. Ma'am, and Bow&Spear are also on the bill, and advance tickets are on sale now.

A stream of "When Puppies Cry" and LP info. for Fine Asses lie after the jump...

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