October 14, 2014

The Who @ Brooklyn's Barclays Center, November 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

The Who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band by embarking on a massive 2015 North American tour. That tour includes a pair of Chicagoland shows: first, a show at Rosemont, IL's Allstate Arena on May 13, and then they'll loop back for a performance at the United Center on October 15. Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public this Friday (10/17) at 10AM CST. Citi Cardmember presales for each date are currently active.

All Who dates are listed below...

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Wedding Dress @ the Empty Bottle in April (more by Zach Pollack)

Chicago outfit Wedding Dress -- featuring Erin Elders (Maps & Atlases), Mike Russell & Matt Lemke (Suns), Bobby Burg (Love of Everything, Joan of Arc, etc.), and Christian Dawson (ex-Gypsyblood) -- have announced that they'll be releasing their debut LP called Desperate Glow on November 18 via Lovitt Records. The LP follows their great Loom 7" for Lovitt, and you can take a listen to its lead single "Somewhere Darker" at the bottom of this post.

Wedding Dress will also be opening for Owl John (aka Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison) at the Bottom Lounge on Wednesday, October 15. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available.

A stream of Wedding Dress' "Somewhere Darker" lies after the jump...

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Wilco at Solid Sound 2013 (more by PSquared)

Wilco have announced "Winterlude 2014"-- a six-night stand at Chicago's Riviera Theatre on December 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12. The band will play a different set each night, pulling from their 20-year career. Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday (10/17) at 10AM CST. All Wilco dates are listed below.

Jeff Tweedy and co. are also readying a pair of archival box sets to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary. A 4xCD called Alpha Mike Foxtrot culls 77 rare studio and live recordings, and What's Your 20 is a collection of greatest hits from their eight-studio albums. Both box sets will be out on November 27 via Nonesuch Records, and are now up for preorder via Wilco's website. Tracklistings for the compilations can also be found below.

All Wilco dates and tracklistings for their 20th anniversary compilations lie after the jump...

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To coincide with the premiere of their new HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, which debuts this Friday (10/17) at 10PM CST, Dave Grohl and the Foos are playing an intimate Chicago show at Wrigleyville bar/venue the Cubby Bear on Friday night. Following a screening of the series' premiere episode, the Foo Fighters will take the stage at 11PM. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday (10/15) at 10AM-- good luck. The show will also be streaming live via HBO's Facebook page.

The Foo Fighters' new album, aptly titled Sonic Highways, is due out on November 10 via Roswell/RCA.

October 8, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Warpaint at the Vic Theatre

Warpaint brought their fall North American tour through Chicago this past weekend for a show at the Vic Theatre on Sunday night (10/5). The band played about half of their excellent 2014 self-titled LP, as well as a mix of songs from The Fool and Exquisite Corpse. The Entrance Band main man Guy Blakeslee got things started, and pictures from the Vic Theatre are in this post (none of Blakeslee).

More pictures and Warpaint's full setlist lie after the jump...

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Billy Idol at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Billy Idol is a busy guy these days-- he welcomed an autobiography titled Dancing With Myself earlier this week, and is slated to release his first new studio effort since 2005's Devil's Playground, called Kings & Queens Of The Underground, on October 21. The LP was produced by Trevor Horn and Greg Kurstin, and includes guitar work from longtime collaborator Steve Stevens. You can get a feel for the album by checking out the cuts "Postcards from the Past" and "Can't Break Me Down" at the bottom of this post. Idol's autobiography is available for purchase via his website, where you can also read the prologue and a chapter excerpt.

Billy will support Dancing With Myself this week with an appearance at NYC's CBGB Fest. He'll play an acoustic set and will also participate in a Q&A as part of the festival's keynote address. He's also announced a January/February North American tour with direct support from Broncho. That tour includes a show at the Riviera Theatre on February 7. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (10/10) at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.

All Billy Idol dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

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JEFF the Brotherhood @ Do Division 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

JEFF the Brotherhood welcomed their new covers EP, aptly titled Dig the Classics, last week via their own Infinity Cat label/Warner Brothers. You've already heard their takes on The Wipers' "Mystery" and The Pixies' "Gouge Away," and the full EP is now available to stream via Spotify, Rdio. You'll also find an Rdio stream of the EP at the bottom of this post.

JEFF are currently on tour throughout North America with their Nashville // Infinity Cat cohorts Diarrhea Planet, and have now announced that they'll play the Empty Bottle on New Year's Eve (December 31). Diarrhea Planet sadly won't be joining the brothers in Chicago, but tickets for what should be a ripper nonetheless go on sale this Friday (10/10) at 10AM CST.

And like they've done in the past, the Empty Bottle are also bringing Windy City Soul Club back to the Logan Square Auditorium for New Year's Eve. Tickets for that show also go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

All JEFF the Brotherhood dates and that EP stream lie after the jump...

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Neil Diamond @ Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School, 9/28 (more by David Andrako)

Neil Diamond, who just recently played the Flatbush, Brooklyn high school he attended from 1954-56, has since announced a return to his usual forum... arenas. Diamond will be embarking on a three-month 2015 North American tour in late-February. That tour includes a performance at the United Center on April 14, and tickets go on sale to the general public this coming Monday (10/13) at 10AM CST. A few different presales are currently active, including one for Citi Cardmembers and another for VIP packages.

All Neil Diamond dates and some video footage from his Flatbush gig lie after the jump...

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October 7, 2014

a still from Krill's "Peanut Butter" video

Boston indie rock weirdos Krill are slated to welcome a four-way split with labelmates Ovlov and LVL UP, plus Radiator Hospital, on October 14 via Double Double Whammy/Exploding In Sound. Their contribution is a new tune called "Peanut Butter," and you can check its music video and/or stream the track at the bottom of this post. The four-way split 7" is available for preorder via Double Double Whammy's webstore.

Krill are currently on tour throughout North America, and their run includes a Chicago show at Township on October 14 with local support from Yeesh, J Fernandez, and The New Diet. Advance tickets are still available.

All Krill dates and a stream of ++ the video for "Peanut Butter" lie after the jump...

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October 6, 2014

Robert Plant @ the Riv, 10/02/2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant brought his fall North American tour through Chicago last week for a show at the Riviera Theatre on Thursday, October 2. Plant and his band the Sensational Shape Shifters delivered most of their recently released LP Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, as well as a handful of Led Zeppelin tunes. Pictures from the Riv can be found over at BrooklynVegan.

Check out the band's 10/2 setlist below...

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