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January 26, 2015

Psychocandy live

As mentioned on BrooklynVegan, The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, turns 30 old this year and the Reid brothers are celebrating by playing it on tour. North American dates were just announced, including Chicago's Riviera Theatre on May 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at 11 AM via Etix.


Six days before the Antlers and Death Cab For Cutie do it, Sufjan Stevens will play the Chicago Theatre (on 4/24). The show, part of a just-announced larger tour, will be in support of CARRIE & LOWELL, Sufjan's new album coming out at the end of March on Asthmatic Kitty.

After a series of presales on 1/27 and 1/29, tickets for the Chicago show go on general sale on Friday (1/30) at 11am. PRESALE PASSWORD IS "EUGENE" (WITHOUT QUOTES).

New album trailer can be watched below.

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Screaming FemalesScreaming Females

Screaming Females will scream back into Chicago to hit Empty Bottle on March 27th in support of their new album "Rose Mountain". Get your tickets before it's too late. Check out the full tour at BrooklynVegan. Listen to new burner "Ripe", below..

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Mountain GoatsMountain Goats

The Mountain Goats will head out on tour in support of John Darnielle's new wrestling-themed album in April, hitting The Vic on April 18 . Tickets at the link

New song and more dates at BrooklynVegan.

Death CabDeath Cab

Death Cab For Cutle and The Antlers will play Chicago Theatre on 4/30 as part of a larger tour in support of their new album whose track "Black Sun" was released today. Tickets to the Chicago show go on sale Friday, 1/30, at noon, and an Internet Presale starts 26 hours earlier.


Rufus Wainwright announced two shows at Chicago's City Winery, happening May 5 & 6. presales for both shows begin Monday, January 26 at 12 pm CST."

Pitchfork FEst
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Tickets are on sale for Pitchfork 2015, which runs from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19 at Chicago's Union Park. "A limited number of three-day passes are currently available for $150 and single day passes available for $65. The initial batch of three day passes will include a free one-year subscription to The Pitchfork Review (a $49.99 value). Our three-day passes will sell out very quickly, so we encourage you to act fast:"

January 19, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Strand of Oaks / Kevin Morby at Lincoln Hall
Strand of Oaks
Kevin Morby

Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 finished off this past weekend with shows at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, the Metro, The Anthenaeum Theater, and the Hideout. We opted to catch Strand of Oaks' Lincoln Hall gig on Saturday night (1/17) with support from former Woods bassist turned solo artist Kevin Morby and Nashville-via-South Carolina dark Americana chanteuse Adia Victoria. Strand of Oaks delivered nearly all of 2014's great HEAL, as well as a few older tunes and a blistering cover of The Replacements classic "Alex Chilton". A full set of pictures, video footage of the HEAL cut "JM," and Strand of Oaks' complete setlist are in this post.

We've also got coverage of Protomartyr's TNK show, which you can check out HERE. Which TNK 2015 shows did you attend?

More pictures from the 1/17 show, some video footage, and Strand of Oaks' setlist lie after the jump...

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Derek Grant

Current Alkaline Trio and former Suicide Machines drummer Derek Grant is releasing his debut solo album, Breakdown, on Red Scare this week (stream it), and in honor of that he'll play some release shows, including two in Chicago. First, he's doing a FREE in-store at Reckless Records on 1/20 at 6 PM, and then he'll play Beat Kitchen on Saturday (1/24) with The Gunshy and Dog & Wolf. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

For those shows, he'll be joined by Neil Hennessey of The Lawrence Arms on drums, Eli Caterer of Smoking Popes on guitar, and Matt Van on bass. They also play a show in Normal, IL and one in Detroit. All dates are listed below...

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January 17, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Protomartyr / Spider Bags at Lincoln Hall
Spider Bags

The 2015 edition of Schubas // Lincoln Hall's annual winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows kicked off earlier this week with shows happening at those two venues, as well as at Metro, The Athenaeum Theater, and the Hideout. First up for us was Detroit post punks Protomartyr's headlining show at Lincoln Hall (the outfit's second time there since the release of 2014's great Under Color Of Official Right) with support from Merge-signed garage slingers Spider Bags, locals Varsity, and Detroit's Turn To Crime. Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey snarled over the ace band's intense dissonance, making for just the type of cathartic performance we've come to expect from these guys. Spider Bags were a choice precursor too, and we unfortunately missed the other two sets that night. Pictures from the 1/24 Lincoln Hall show, including a shot of Protomartyr's setlist, are in this post. TNK 2015 continues through Sunday, and we've got additional coverage from the fest on the way.

More LH pics lie after the jump...

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