November 24, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up another great year this past September and now dates and ticket info have been revealed for 2015. The fest returns from September 11-13, and tickets go on a holiday presale Tuesday (11/25) at 10 AM.

November 21, 2014

American Football in NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The openers have been announced for American Football's four-night New Year's run in Chicago. The lineups look like this:

Dec 30 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL w/ Braid
Dec 31 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL w/ Pele, S. Carey
Jan 01 Lincoln Hall (All Ages) Chicago, IL w/ Joan of Arc
Jan 02 Lincoln Hall (18+) Chicago, IL w/ Maritime
That's the first announced reunion show for Pele, the been-reunited Braid and two bands who (like American Football) are fronted by ex-Cap'n Jazz members, Joan of Arc and Maritime. And as we explain here, S Carey is only a few degrees of separation from Pele.

Night 4 is sold out, but you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.

Flyer below...

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November 19, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Interpol // Hundred Waters at the Riviera Theatre
Hundred Waters

Last week, Interpol brought their El Pintour run with LA experimentalists Hundred Waters through Chicago for a packed show at the Riviera Theatre on Wednesday, November 12. The long-running NYC crew were heavy on that LP as well as 2002's Turn on the Bright Lights, and they also played a few tunes from both Antics and their 2010 self-titled album. Pictures and their full setlist from the Riv are in this post.

Hundred Waters are out with Interpol for the remainder of November, and have now announced a February/March North American tour of their own. That set of dates includes a show at Lincoln Hall on February 24, and tickets go on sale this Friday (11/21) at noon CST.

More pictures from the Riv, Interpol's setlist, and Hundred Waters dates lie after the jump...

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November 13, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Alt-J at the Riv on 11.01.2014

Alt-J brought their tour in support of This Is All Yours through Chicago for a sold-out, two-night stand at the Riviera Theatre earlier this month. We caught the first of two shows with openers Lovelife, and pictures from the Riv are in this post. More below...

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Father John Misty @ the Vic, Oct. 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

Josh Tillman has announced the release of the second album under his Father John Misty moniker. It's called I Love You, Honeybear and will serve as the follow-up to his excellent 2012 debut Fear Fun. Like that album, this one was also produced // recorded alongside Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi. It's due out on February 10 via Sub Pop and is up for preorder now. FJM just recently performed the great LP cut "Bored in the USA" on Letterman backed by an orchestra, and you can check out footage from that performance at the bottom of this post. Cover art and tracklisting for I Love You, Honeybear can also be found below.

FJM will be embarking on a 2015 international tour in support of the LP in mid-January. That tour includes a two-week stint with labelmate King Tuff, and you can look for the pair to tag Chicago for a show at the Vic Theatre on April 3rd. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (11/14) at 10AM CST.

All FJM dates, video footage of "Bored in the USA," and LP info. lie after the jump...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Milos Markicevic

Slowdive // Low at the Vic Theatre on 10.30.2014

After seeing Slowdive put on a fantastic show at Pitchfork Fest 2014, I was eager to see them perform in a club setting. I got the opportunity a couple of weeks ago when the band returned to Chicago to play the Vic Theatre alongside minimalist rockers Low, who opened the show with a brief-yet-intimate set. Waiting for Slowdive to hit the stage, I noticed a lot of familiar faces in the crowd-- members of Russian Circles, Implodes, and Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, BMSR) were all in attendance. The band finally came on and opened with their self-titled cut, followed by highlights such as "Machine Gun," "Blue Skied an' Clear," and "Allison." The band came off even bigger and louder than before, surpassing the sound quality of some of their recorded material. At the show I also met a guy who drove all the way from Ontario to see them play again; if that isn't a testament to how great the band is live, I don't know what is. Hands down the best reunion tour of the year.

Pictures from the Vic Theatre are in this post. More of them can be found after the jump, alongside Slowdive and Low's complete setlists.

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November 12, 2014

Mavis in NYC in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mavis Staples

Legendary Chicago R&B/soul singer Mavis Staples turned 75 this year and in honor of that she'll be celebrated in her hometown with the concert "I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples" on November 19 at Auditorium Theatre. Guests include Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Jeff & Spencer Tweedy, Glen Hansard, Gregg Allmann, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Grace Potter, Joan Osborn and more, and Mavis herself will perform with the guests throughout the night. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Swans @ Lincoln Hall in June (more by Brigid Gallagher)

Michael Gira's untouchable Swans will be embarking on a 2014 // 2015 international tour later this month. The crew have shared dates through April of next year(!), which includes a lengthy North American leg. They'll return to Chicago as part of that run for a performance at Thalia Hall on February 21. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (11/14) at 10AM CST.

All known Swans dates are listed below...

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Chicago rippers Meat Wave have announced that they'll be releasing the follow-up to their scorching 2012 self-titled LP, titled the Brother EP, on January 19 via newly-minted label Brace Yourself Records. Its title track also appeared on the full length, and you can take a listen to that tune and two new ones called "Sham King" and "It's Not Alright" at the bottom of this post (via Noisey). The EP features four other songs, including a cover of The Wipers' "Mystery." That's its cover art above, and tracklisting for the EP can also be found below.

Meat Wave have a handful of upcoming shows on their docket for 2014 and early 2015. They'll kick things off with a FREE SHOW at The Mutiny on Thursday, November 13 with support from local greats Fake Limbs, as well as Hot Garbage and Coward. 8PM start.

All Meat Wave dates, those new streams, and EP info. for Brother lie after the jump...

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November 11, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Twin Peaks // Ne-Hi at Lincoln Hall on 10.30.2014

Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks are currently winding their way through North America in support of their new LP Wild Onion. That run hit Chicago for a Devil's Night hometown show at Lincoln Hall with support from Ne-Hi and Flesh Panthers, and pictures are in this post. More of them, The Warriors gang Halloween costumes included, can be found below...

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