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October 8, 2014

Billy Idol at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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)
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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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October 2, 2014

Goatwhore (more by Caroline Harrison)
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Before opening some dates for Samhain, who just helped make Riot Fest unholy, 'blackened sludge slingers' Goatwhore will play some dates with Wolvhammer including Cobra Lounge on 10/26. Kastasyde and Mexican Werewolf are also on the bill. All dates and a new documentary you can watch about New Orleans metal bands (like Goatwhore), at BrooklynVegan.

Videos from Samhain's set at Riot Fest below...

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October 1, 2014

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

More of them lie after the jump...

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