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September 16, 2014

Shuga Records' in-the-works Wicker Park location

North Lawndale-based record store Shuga Records are slated to open a Wicker Park location this fall at 1272 N. Milwaukee Ave. (near the intersection of Milwaukee & Ashland). The shop currently sees many of its online sales from the Wicker Park area, and they've been trying to move to the neighborhood for a few years now. Their Wicker Park location plans to open in October by appointment only, and should be open to the general public by the holidays. Keep an eye out.

Just after Shuga makes its soft opening, Wicker Park record institution Reckless Records plans to move into their new space at 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave. (0.2 miles apart) in November.


Phantom Note Productions' annual Halloween-themed festival Phantom Phest has returned for its 2014 edition. It's slated to take place from October 30 -- November 2 with the majority of shows at Quenchers and one bigger event at Subterranean. The festival's overall lineup includes Marnie Stern, Space Blood, Oshwa, Le Tour, ONO, Tinkerbelles (ex-Gypsyblood), and many more.

Here's how it'll be laid out:

Thursday, 10/30
Le Tour, Velocicopter, Bike Cops, Harebrain @ Quenchers

Friday, 10/31
Marnie Stern, Feuding Fathers, Broughton's Rules, Space Blood @ Subterranean

ONO, Evil Beaver, New England Patriots, Columba Faciata @ Quenchers

Saturday, 11/1
Lost Years, Oshwa, Pisces at the Animal Fair, Between Brains, Game Genie, Evacuate the Earth, A Light Sleeper, Landjåger @ Quenchers

Sunday, 11/2
Secret Science, Brontosaurus, Tinkerbelles, Mr. Ma'am, Bow&Spear @ Quenchers

Tickets for all shows (linked above) are on sale now. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a best costume contest for some sweet prizes. Sponsors for Phantom Phest 2014 include Brooklyn Brewery, Medium Gallery, and Eriewood Collective.

Get Phreaky.

September 14, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Buzzcocks / Wu-Tang / crazy costume!

We already posted day 1 pictures and review of the ongoing Riot Fest Chicago happening in Humboldt Park, and now we posted day 2 (Saturday, Sept 13) pics and review over at BrooklynVegan. The festival's second day included Samhain (playing Initium), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Check out the coverage here.

UPDATE: Day 3 is up.

photos by James Richards IV

NOFX / Mastodon / pirate

Riot Fest Chicago is going down in Humboldt Park as we speak. Pictures and a review of day 1 (Friday, Sept 12) -- which included Jane's Addiction (playing Nothing's Shocking), Mastodon, Clutch, NOFX (playing Punk In Drublic), GWAR, Stiff Little Fingers, ALL, The Offspring (playing Smash), Title Fight, Pity Sex, The Hotelier, a Pussy Riot panel (with Henry Rollins, Greg Gaffin and others) and more -- are posted over at BrooklynVegan. Head here to check it out.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and review are posted. Day 3 too.

September 11, 2014

Weatherbox @ Saint Vitus in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Weatherbox have announced that they'll be pulling out of their tour with Finch and Maps & Atlases due to main man Brian Warren's mental health issues. Their schedule included a show at the Bottom Lounge on October 14. Like the rest of the tour, that show will still go still on without them (Maps aren't on the Chicago show). Here's what the band wrote on Facebook:


It's with a heavy heart that we must announce that we're pulling off the Finch/Maps & Atlases tour. For us it's a double-edged sword because the only way we could have possibly been kept from this tour is health and unfortunately that's still the issue we face. Brian has been in and out of facilities since we returned in early August and unfortunately the symptoms he encountered back on tour continue to plague him.

We'd like to extend a huge apology to Finch, Maps & Atlases, all the fans and promoters, and anyone else affected by our cancellation. We believe more that anyone that the show must go on, but we simply cannot tour until Brian can be stabilized.

We'd like to thank Triple Crown Records for their continued support and we're vowing now that the 'Box will be back in action in 2015!

Get well soon, Brian!


Riot Fest Chicago takes place this weekend (9/12 - 9/14) in Humboldt Park, and the festival has now detailed who the 10th band performing a classic LP are. Cheap Trick will play their 1978 LP Heaven Tonight in its entirety, in addition to Weezer playing The Blue Album, Jane's Addiction opting for 1988's Nothing's Shocking, Slayer doing Reign In Blood, The Offspring performing Smash, NOFX doing Punk In Drublic, Samhain playing their debut LP Initium, Descendents delivering their highly influential album Milo Goes to College, Naked Raygun playing Throb Throb, and The Get Up Kids performing emo/pop punk classic Something To Write Home About. Set times for Riot Fest Chicago can be found HERE. Three-day passes are now sold-out, but two-day passes (various combinations) and single-day tickets are still available.

The fest have also shared a detailed site map, which you can check out HERE.

September 9, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

The War on Drugs / The Dismemberment Plan / Sylvan Esso

A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2014 finished off on Saturday (9/6) with performances by The War on Drugs, The Dismemberment Plan, Funky Meters, Mac Demarco, Sylvan Esso, Valerie June, and Empires. Pictures from day 1 can be found HERE, and a set of photos from day 2 of the fest are in this post. More below...

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September 6, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Death Cab For Cutie // Hamilton Leithauser // The Handsome Family

The 2014 edition of A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party began last night (9/5) with a bit of a delayed start due to rain. That initial delay also meant shorter sets from Jon Langford's new "Glam-Voodoo space rock project" Bad Luck Jonathan, The Handsome Family, and former Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser. Death Cab For Cutie's headlining set served as founding member // lead guitarist Chris Walla's final US show as a member of the band (he recently announced his departure following their current tour). Though Death Cab have a new album coming, which does feature Walla, frontman Ben Gibbard shared that they'd be drawing from their back catalog rather than playing new tunes on this run. The oldest material we got was "For What Reason" and "Title Track" from their 2000 LP We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, as well as "We Laugh Indoors" from The Photo Album, and "Title and Registration" and "The New Year" from Transatlanticism. They also performed a handful of Plans favorites, as well as tunes from Narrow Stairs and Codes and Keys. Pictures and DCFC's complete setlist are in this post. Day 2 of A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2014 is now underway.

Pictures from Day 1 of the festival and DCFC's full setlist lie after the jump...

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September 5, 2014

by Evan Lee


Last night (9/4), How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) brought his current tour through Chicago for a sold-out, hometown performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art. HTDW, which now tours as a four piece, were joined by Seattle singer-songwriter Julie Byrne, who kicked off the night with her warm, intricately finger-picked tunes.

How to Dress Well's headlining set consisted largely of songs from album of the year contender "What Is This Heart?". Krell delivered his songs confidently and enthusiastically, with his live band proving a dynamic counterpart to his decidedly powerful voice. While a venue more conducive to audience movement than the fully seated MCA might have better suited upbeat songs like the '90s R'n'B-worshipping "Very Best Friend," the room's fantastic acoustics more than compensated for that when they made pitch-perfect performances of slower songs like "Suicide Dream 1" and "2 Years On" all the more haunting.

Intimacy was the word of the night-- the entire performance felt refreshingly casual and never seemed overly-rehearsed. Krell joked with his band and the audience in-between his heart-wrenching songs. At the end of set highlight "Set It Right," Krell brilliantly interpolated Young Thug's hook from Rich Gang's track "Lifestyle." While I wasn't sure how Krell could successfully follow such an entrancing set, he found a way when he returned to the stage to offer a seemingly off-the-cuff, a cappella rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Look to You." Krell stumbled and forgot some of the lyrics, but his imperfect performance perfectly encapsulated the intimate and friendly mood that How To Dress Well curated the entire night.

Check out some video footage of "Cold Nites" from the MCA after the jump...

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Riot Fest

RIOT FEST CHICAGO SET TIMES: FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY. Check 'em out after the jump. What are the worst conflicts?

Also, there's a Pussy Riot panel that was just announced.

(and Denver set times too.)

Riot Fest Chicago set times lie after the jump...

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