February 26, 2014
The Faint @ NYC's Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Omaha dance-punk outfit The Faint are slated to release Doom Abuse, their first full-length album in six-years, on April 8 via SQE Music. You can check out the LP's pulsating lead single "Help in the Head" in video form at the bottom of this post.
All Faint dates and their new video lie after the jump...
Connan Mockasin @ Brooklyn's Glasslands in January (more by PSquared)
Te Awanga, New Zealand-based psychedelic pop weirdo Connan Mockasin will be arriving stateside next month for a handful of performances at SXSW 2013--with a BV day party included. He'll also be returning to North America in late-April for a proper tour with eccentric Australian artist Kirin J Callinan. That tour includes a performance at the Empty Bottle on May 7. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (2/28) at 10AM CST. All dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Mockasin's most recent effort, Caramel, hit US stores back in November via Mexican Summer. It's decidedly more funky than his debut LP Forever Dolphin Love, but retains his oddball pop sensibility. You can check out videos for Caramel's "I'm The Man, That Will Find You" and F.D.L.'s "It's Choade My Dear" alongside his 2014 tour schedule, below...
February 25, 2014
UK punks Basement ended their two-year hiatus and will be touring again this year, including a leg of US dates in the summer. Those dates include Chicago shows happening on August 14 and 15 at Subterranean. The 8/15 show is already sold out, but check Sub-t's calendar for ticket updates on the 8/14 show.
Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream the band's pre-hiatus sophomore album, 2012's Colourmeinkindness, below...
Polica @ NYC's Webster Hall, November 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica have announced a few more US tour dates surrounding their appearance at Bonnaroo 2014. Their expanded run includes a two-night stand at Lincoln Hall on June 6 & 7, with openers TBA. Tickets for both nights go on sale this Friday (2/28) at noon CST. An updated list of tour dates can be found at the bottom of this post.
The group also recently shared a new video for Shulamith's "I Need $," which will be released as a single on March 3 via Mom & Pop. The clip also includes the LP track "So Leave," and you can check it out alongside their current 2014 tour schedule, below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Lincoln Hall, 2011 (more by James Chadwick)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have announced the follow-up to 2011's great Belong. It's called Days of Abandon and is due out on April 22 via Yebo Music. They've also shared a trailer for the LP, which features a bit of opening track "Art Smock." That clip and cover art // tracklisting for Days of Abandon can be found at the bottom of this post.
TPOBPAH will be embarking on a spring North American tour in support of their forthcoming LP. That run includes a performance at the Empty Bottle on April 28 with tourmates Fear of Men and The Able Body. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale on Monday (3/3) at 10AM CST. Presale tickets are available now via TPOBPAH.
All TPOBPAH dates, album info. for Days of Abandon, and that LP trailer lie after the jump...
February 24, 2014
Mark Oliver Everett's Eels are slated to welcome the follow-up to 2013's Wonderful, Glorious this spring. It's called The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett and is due out on April 22. You can get a feel for the LP by taking a listen to its relaxed lead single "Agatha Chang" at the bottom of this post. The Cautionary Tales... is up for preorder via Eels' webstore.
Eels will be embarking on an international tour in support of their new album this May. That tour features a North American leg with opener Chelsea Wolfe, and you can look for the two acts to tag the Vic Theatre on May 24. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (2/28) at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.
All Eels dates and a stream of "Agatha Chang" lie after the jump...
photos by Jeff Ryan
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Lincoln Hall on 02.20.2014
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks brought their North American tour in support of Wig Out At Jagbags through Chicago for a performance at Lincoln Hall on Thursday night (2/20). The LH show was their first of a handful of dates with Chicago's own Disappears, and pictures from it--including one of the setlist--are in this post.
Malkmus and co. polished off the night with the interesting encore of WOAJ's "Surreal Teenagers," Pavement's "Stereo," and a mixture of Beck's "The Golden Age" and "Debra" into the Pavement classic "Gold Soundz." (Beck produced The Jicks' 2011 effort Mirror Traffic.) More pictures and some video footage of their frankenstein final number lie after the jump...
Queens of the Stone Age @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age are playing a handful of North American dates as part of their ongoing 2014 world tour. That tour includes a performance at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on May 9 with Chelsea Wolfe, which is now sold-out, but they've just added a second night at the Aragon on May 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday (2/28) at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.
All known QOTSA dates are listed below...
Harold Ramis and Annie Potts on 'Ghostbusters' set
"There's a pride in what I do that other people share because I'm local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one's local," Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy "Analyze This," another hit. "It's a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way."Harold Ramis, your influence on modern comedy cannot be overestimated. Rest in peace.
Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.
Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company.
Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This." - [Chicago Tribune]
photos by James Richards IV
Band of Horses // Pink Mountaintops at the Vic Theatre on 02.19.2014
On Wednesday night (2/19), Band of Horses brought their 2014 acoustic tour through Chicago for a performance at the Vic Theatre. Support came from their tourmate Pink Mountaintops (aka Stephen McBean), and a set of pictures from the 2/19 show are in this post. More below...