July 24, 2014
Gap Dream in New York in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson )
The wonderfully eccentric dance pop group Gap Dream are releasing a split with Part Time soon, and they've also announced a tour together. The tour comes to Chicago on September 8 at Subterranean with additional support from locals Today's Hits. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Check out a song from Gap Dream's side of the split below...
Dum Dum Girls at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Dum Dum Girls were just in Chicago for Pitchfork Fest and an official afterparty, and they've announced that they'll be back on their fall North American tour. That run includes a show at Metro on October 24 at Metro. Tickets go on sale this Friday (7/25) at noon CST.
Full DDG tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Check out the short film for their song "Are You Okay" below...
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is slated to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, and its lineup features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Gogol Bordello, Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Samhain, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Tegan and Sara, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can check out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
Code Orange, who recently cut "kids" from their name, are slated to release their new album, I Am King, on September 2 via Deathwish Inc. The LP was recorded and engineered by Converge's Kurt Ballou, and you can take a listen to "My World" and the album's title track at the bottom of this post. That's the LP's cover art above, and its tracklisting can also be found below.
Code Orange will be embarking on a September/October North American tour with direct support from Twitching Tongues. That tour includes a show at Beat Kitchen on September 28 with additional support from Discourse. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.
All Code Orange dates, those song streams, and tracklisting for I Am King lie after the jump...
Iceage in Portland in 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Denmark punks Iceage are still working on their third full-length (no hard details yet), but that hasn't stopped them from announcing a North American tour with London experimentalist Helm. They land in Chicago for a show at the Empty Bottle on October 22 with additional support from Father Murphy. Tickets for that show go on sale on Monday (7/28) at 10AM CST.
Full tour schedule for the Iceage tour available at BrooklynVegan. Check out the the band's latest country-punk tinged single "The Lord's Favorite" below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Slowdive / Deafheaven / Perfect Pussy
Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. - [Arielle Gordon]
Pitchfork Fest 2014 closed things out this past Sunday (7/20) with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Deafheaven, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. We already posted some words and pictures about day 3 over at BrooklynVegan, but here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure.
July 23, 2014
My Brightest Diamond -- This Is My Hand LP cover art
Experimental popsmith My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) is gearing up for the release of the follow-up to 2011's excellent All Things Will Unwind. It's called This Is My Hand and is due out on September 16 via Asthmatic Kitty. That's its cover art above, and you can take a listen to the LP opener "Pressure" at the bottom of this post. Worden and co. get right down to business on the opening track, incorporating the Detroit Party Marching Band into Shara's whirlwind mix of horns, synths, beats, woodwinds, and more. Tracklisting for This Is My Hand can also be found below. In advance of the LP, My Brightest Diamond welcomed the five-song None More Than You EP via Asthmatic Kitty last week. You'll find a full stream of the EP below.
My Brightest Diamond will be embarking on a fall/winter international tour in support of her new EP and forthcoming LP. That tour includes a show at Lincoln Hall on Novemer 13, and advance tickets are on sale now.
All MBD dates, streams of "Pressure" and the new EP, and tracklisting for both albums lie after the jump...
Operators @ BV Northside 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Operators is the latest endeavor of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), featuring drummer Sam Brown (Divine Fits, New Bomb Turks) and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Devojka. The trio have been prepping their debut album, and just recently shared the LP's lead single "True". Operators deal in expertly-crafted, dance floor-ready synth pop that's right along the lines of Boeckner's work in Handsome Furs. And much like all other Boeckner projects live, Operators also bring it. You can take a listen to "True" at the bottom of this post.
Operators will fittingly be touring with Future Islands throughout August/September. During that run, the trio will break off for a headlining show of their own at Schubas on August 30. Support will come from Cincinnati garage-pop outfit Tweens, and advance tickets are on sale now.
All known Operators dates and a stream of "True" lie after the jump...
Sharon Van Etten @ Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Confessional songwriting great Sharon Van Etten, who played Pitchfork Fest 2014 this past weekend, has now added a North American leg to her fall international tour. Sharon and her band will do North America in October, which includes a performance at Thalia Hall on October 10. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.
All Sharon Van Etten dates and a recently released video for "Our Love" lie after the jump...
Ryan Adams has announced that he'll be releasing a 10-song hardcore 7" that "pays homage to the halcyon days of the earliest releases from Dischord, SST, Touch & Go and their ilk." Aptly titled the 1984 EP, the 7" is due out on August 19 via Pax-Am. While we wait for tracks to surface, that's the 7"s cover art above and its tracklisting can be found below.
Completely separate from the 7" is his forthcoming self-titled LP. Ryan Adams is due out on September 9 via PAX-AM/Blue Note. So far, he's shared the solid roots-y lead single "Gimme Something Good," which sees the singer-songwriter channeling Tom Petty. You can take a listen to the track at the bottom of this post. Ryan Adams is now up for preorder.
Adams has also announced that he'll be embarking on a fall North American tour. That tour includes a performance at The Chicago Theatre on October 16. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale on Friday, August 8 at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.
All Ryan Adams dates, that song stream, and tracklisting for 1984 lie after the jump...