October 1, 2014

Sun Kil Moon @ Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon are about to embark on a brief fall North American tour surrounding an appearance at Austin, TX's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Kozelek and co. have now added a few more dates to that run, including a performance at Park West on November 9. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming, but you can check JAM Productions' site for updates.

All known Sun Kil Moon dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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The Orwells @ Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Local upstarts The Orwells have announced that they'll be ringing in 2015 with a pair of hometown shows. They'll do Lincoln Hall on December 30 & 31 (New Year's Eve) with support from Criminal Hygiene and another TBA opener on both nights. Tickets for both nights (18+) and a limited number of two-show passes go on sale this Friday (10/3) at noon CST. All Orwells dates are listed below.

And as discussed, American Football play Lincoln Hall on January 1 & 2 as part of their four-show New Year's run here. Tickets for their LH shows go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

All known Orwells dates lie after the jump...

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September 29, 2014

American Football at Beat Kitchen in August (more by Jeff Ryan)

Besides a surprise show in August and the nearby Pygmalion Fest this past weekend, the reunited American Football haven't actually done anything in their hometown of Chicago yet... until now. The band will ring in the new year here with shows on December 30 and New year's Eve at Bottom Lounge and January 1 and 2 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets for the Bottom Lounge shows and the Lincoln Hall shows go on sale Friday (10/3) at noon and 10 AM, respectively.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

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September 25, 2014

photos & words by Milos Markicevic

Tobacco / Oscillator Bug at Lincoln Hall

Black Moth Super Rainbow main man Tobacco (aka Tom Fec) brought his brand of fuzzed out weirdness to Lincoln Hall last Wednesday (9/17) in support of his third release, Ultima II Massage, which hit stores earlier this year via Ghostly. Prior to his headlining set, tourmates Oscillator Bug played a few synth punk tracks, later followed by a brooding shoegaze set from The Stargazer Lilies. Setting up his gear up soon after, Fec played a clip of an old Jerry Springer episode that featured a man who's only course of action after catching his girl in the act with his best friend was to write a list of things he would no longer do for him. The audience laughed as the guy read through the list, and you could spot Fec grinning in the shadows. After reaching ten on the list, Fec and his accompanying band members (also the touring members of BMSR) cut into "Streaker" which was accompanied by its creepy Eric Wareheim-directed video. Fec's penchant for weird found footage was showcased in full with increasingly strange visuals that included everything from alien porn to nail polish infomercials (all standard fare at a Tobacco show). Around the time the band played "Heavy Makeup," the front center crowd turned into a moshpit that remained fairly active until the end of the show, which closed off with the soothing BMSR track "Sun Lips." Pictures from Lincoln Hall are in this post.

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September 22, 2014

Kanye West @ AAHH! Fest (photo via Roger Tino Morales)

Common's inaugural AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between his Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc., took place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday (9/21). After scheduled performances from Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and more, with host Dave Chappelle, Common brought out heavily teased special guest Kanye West during his headlining set. The pair delivered their The College Dropout collaboration "Get Em High," and then Kanye ran through some hits including "Jesus Walks," "Touch The Sky," "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "All Of The Lights," "Power," and more. You can check out some videos at the bottom of this post (via All Hip Hop). Common also brought out Jay Electronica and late festival addition Vince Staples to perform the forthcoming remix of "Kingdom," which was originally released by Common/Staples. Video footage of that is also available below (via Rap Radar).

Long Beach, CA's Vince Staples is still in town and will be playing a FREE in-store TONIGHT (9/22) at Logan Square streetwear shop Fat Tiger Workshop (2131 N Rockwell St). It'll go from 5 to 7PM, with complimentary cocktails from Twenty Grand Vodka. No RSVP is necessary.

Video footage of both Kanye West and Vince Staples at AAHH! Fest, and a flyer for the in-store lie after the jump...

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September 19, 2014


Tickets to see Damien Rice at the Athenaeum Theatre go on sale today (9/19) at 10AM CST.

Tickets to see The Atlas Moth at Beat Kitchen are on sale now.

Tickets to see Mark Lanegan at Bottom Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Antarctigo Vespucci at Beat Kitchen go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Survival Knife at Subterranean go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Dream Police and Honey at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Thee Oh Sees at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Syl Johnson at SPACE go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Har Mar Superstar at Double Door go on sale this Saturday at noon.

Tickets to see Angel Olsen at Thalia Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Cat Stevens / Yusuf at The Chicago Theatre go on sale on Saturday, September 27 at 10AM.

Tickets to see Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show at Metro go on sale today at noon.

September 18, 2014

by Jonathan Mondragon

The Velvet Teen at Subterranean on 9/14 (via BV Chicago Instagram)

Chicago was lucky enough to catch Santa Rosa experimental rockers The Velvet Teen on a short detour from their current tour with Foster the People. Sunday (9/14)'s show was opened by Jack and Ace, a duo featuring Bob Nanna of Braid and significant other Lauren Lo. Following their set, The Velvet Teen took the stage, playing a set chock-full of new material from their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled record, due to be released "soon," their first in 8 years since 2006's Cum Laude!. These new tracks showcased an even more nuanced and unique sound than previous releases, with a good blend of their more guitar-based rock and textured electronic/synth works; one song even featured a prominent vocoder part. Currently touring as a 5-piece band, the new lineup featured guitarist Jacy McIntosh as well as singer Judah Nagler's brother, Ephriam Nagler, on keys and electronics. Aside from the exciting new material, the band played all of their 2010 EP No Star, "Noi Boi" and "Spin the Wink" from Cum Laude!, early track "Naked Girl," and Out of the Fierce Parade rocker "Radiapathy." Of particular note was singer Judah Nagler's Sriracha t-shirt and flat-billed "Rich As Fuck" cap, which perfectly complimented the rich emotional depth of their songs. The band was in fine form, with the new members greatly expanding on the textural palette of a band that has long performed as a trio. TVT's rhythm section, featuring bassist Josh Staples (also of The New Trust) and drummer Casey Deitz (Peace'd Out / The Americas), especially was a spectacle, with their powerful melodic bass playing and furious flurry of drums bringing a wealth of energy to the show.

The Velvet Teen's full Sub-t setlist, complete with new songs under working titles, can be found below...

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Thee Oh Sees @ Brooklyn's Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)

John Dwyer and the new lineup of Thee Oh Sees have announced that they'll be embarking on a fall North American tour with main support from Jack Name in November. That run includes a two-night stand at the Empty Bottle on November 25 & 26, and advance tickets for both nights are on sale now.

All Thee Oh Sees // Jack Name dates lie after the jump...

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Angel Olsen @ Brooklyn's MHoW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Angel Olsen's excellent 2014 LP Burn Your Fire for No Witness will be released as a deluxe digital edition on November 18 via Jagjaguwar. It'll come with five bonus songs, two of which were on a 7" that came with early pressings of the vinyl LP. You can take a listen to the bonus cut "All Right Now" at the bottom of this post.

Olsen is currently on tour throughout Europe, and will return stateside for a North American run in late-October. She's now expanded that fall tour to include a show at Thalia Hall on November 29 and many more dates. Lionlimb will act as main support for most dates. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (9/19) at 10AM CST.

All Angel Olsen dates and that song stream lie after the jump...

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photos & words by Milos Markicevic

Metronomy at Lincoln Hall

Electronic producer Dawn Golden (aka Dexter Tortoriello) opened for Metronomy this past Friday (9/12) at Lincoln Hall. Tortoriello's been accompanying the band on their fall tour, and played a set that consisted of tracks from his debut LP Still Life, which was released earlier this year on Diplo's Made Decent label. The audience seemed a little caught off guard at first, but his emotional vocals and highly personal lyrics resonated with the crowd and he clearly won at least a few fans by the end of his set. Metronomy hit the stage dressed in sharp matching outfits a little later and started off with "Holiday" before making their way to some newer songs off their fourth studio album, Love Letters, playing its excellent single "I'm Aquarius." The band, which had played the Metro a few months prior, mentioned they still had the Chicago fresh in their memory and that it was good to be back. They concluded their set with "You Could Easily Have Me" and left the stage, only to return for a jamming two song encore before thanking the audience and calling it a night. Pictures and Metronomy's full setlist from Lincoln Hall are in this post.

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