March 11, 2014
Chicago experimental rockers Dead Rider are slated to welcome their third album, Chills on Glass, on March 18 via Drag City. Todd Rittmann (ex-US Maple) and co. offer up their most angular and twisted effort yet, and you can take a listen to the LP ahead of its release at the bottom of this post (via High Times... yes, THAT High Times).
Dead Rider will be embarking on a spring North American tour in support of their new LP. That tour includes a hometown show at the Hideout on April 11 with support from Nick Butcher. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.
All Dead Rider dates, a stream of Chills on Glass, and a video for the LP track "Blank Screen" lie after the jump...
March 10, 2014
Seahaven, who have been touring with Touche Amore, will be embarking on a headlining run of their own this spring. That tour features great support from Pittsburgh punks Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids) and St. Louis' Antlers-esque, emo/indie pop outfit Foxing (who recently played Township with Special Explosion). Look for the three acts to roll into Chicago for a performance at Beat Kitchen on May 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday (3/14) at 10AM CST.
All dates and a few videos can be found below...
Nine Inch Nails in Japan in February (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Break out your leather pants: Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are hinting at a summer North American, co-headlining tour. While an official announcement hasn't been made yet, Stereogum looks to fan forum Echoing the Sound, which has amassed a tentative list of venues the tour will hit. That list includes a show at Tinley Park, IL's First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Exact dates and ticketing information is still TBA, but you can browse their suspected tour routing below...
Today, Chicago experimental math-pop outfit Oshwa have shared a new tune called "Fashions To Make," which arrives in the form of live footage from their recent Observatory Studios show with Krill. Much like the material on their solid debut LP, Chamomile Crush, it's a skittering, groovy number but with added depth. You can check out the live video clip of "Fashions To Make" at the bottom of this post. Oshwa also have a couple of upcoming local shows--they'll do The Burlington on March 22 with Vaya and Geronimo! and a FREE Chicago Singles Club show at The Empty Bottle on April 7 with KSRA and Jamie Rojo.
Their new video for "Fashions To Make" lies after the jump...
Vampire Weekend @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Vampire Weekend are slated to appear at a slew of US festivals this spring/summer, like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Free Press Summer Fest, Governor's Ball, and Bonnaroo. They've also got some one-off dates in between, including a just announced performance at the UIC Pavilion on June 5. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (3/14) at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.
All known Vampire Weekend dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...
by Zach Pollack
Saintseneca's Zac Little at the Empty Bottle on 03.07.2014
Saintseneca brought their tour with labelmates The Melodic and Bloomington, IN duo Busman's Holiday through Chicago for a performance at the Empty Bottle on Friday night (3/7). Local folk-punk balladeer Al Scorch got things started, and pictures are in this post--sadly, none of Al. Saintseneca previewed their excellent, forthcoming Anti- Records debut Dark Arc by playing more than half of it to the very receptive crowd. They're now on their way down to Austin, TX for SXSW, where they'll play a BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, March 15 at Red 7.
More pictures from their 3/7 show at the Empty Bottle lie after the jump...
March 7, 2014
Chicago "adventure soul" // R&B duo Milo & Otis--aka vocalist Jamila "Milo" Woods and bassist // production mastermind Owen "Otis" Hill--have been doing it for a few years now. Their great debut LP, The Joy, arrived last year and features Chance the Rapper and Nico Segal (aka Donnie Trumpet), fellow Chicagoans who think outside of the box. The solid base they laid with The Joy serves as the jumping off point for their fantastic forthcoming album, Almost Us, which is due out on April 3. It's a huge step up and culls from a wide palate of sounds--the LP awesomely wears influence from both Beyonce and TV on the Radio. They haven't shared any tracks from it just yet, so stay tuned. Milo & Otis will be playing a record release show for Almost Us at the Double Door on April 3 with support from great locals No Name Gypsy (who appeared on Chance's Acid Rap) and SHE. Advance tickets are on sale now.
In advance of a trip to Austin, TX for SXSW, M&O have shared a subdued new tune called "Entire." It's a non-album cut, and features a prominent bass line and some post-rock-y guitar work. "Milo" also puts across the awesome line "I'm not a puzzle piece / I am the whole damn frame." Streams of "Entire" and The Joy lie after the jump...
Owls: present day
March 6, 2014
How to Dress Well @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Today, excellent R&B crooner How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) has shared a new track called "Words I Don't Remember." Without a follow-up to 2012's Total Loss announced, it seems like a one-off affair, and a stellar one at that. Like his past work, it's a deeply emotional number paired with airy atmospheres that his strong voice glides over. You can take a listen to the track at the bottom of this post. As discussed, How To Dress Well plays a hometown show (where does he even reside anymore--Chicago? Berlin?) at Lincoln Hall on March 30 with tourmate Forest Swords (tickets).
A stream of Krell's new track "Words I Don't Remember" can be found below...
Detroit rapper // producer Black Milk is back with a follow-up to last year's No Poison, No Paradise. It arrives in the form of the Glitches In The Break EP, which dropped digitally earlier this week and will be out physically on Record Store Day. At the start of the album's second track "Dirt Bells," an announcement boasts "is an introduction really necessary for someone we know so well?". While that may be a let-me-beat-my-chest statement, he's right and we've gotten another great effort from the MC. The EP features fellow-Detroit rappers Fat Ray and Guilty Simpson. You can take a listen to Glitches In The Break at the bottom of this post, and grab a copy via his bandcamp page.
Black Milk is headed down to Austin, TX for SXSW next week, and will also be doing some touring with his live band Nat Turner this spring. One of those live-band dates is a performance at Subterranean on April 26 with ILL Brown, Vic Spencer, Jon Content, and Bring The Noise Beat Battle. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (3/7) at 10AM CST.
All Black Milk dates and a stream of Glitches In The Break lie after the jump...