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August 29, 2014


Aphex Twin is slated to return with SYRO, his first new album in 13-years, which is due out on September 23 via Warp Records. Ahead of its release, there will be free listening parties in major cities worldwide. The Chicago listening party happens on Sunday, September 7 at 4PM, location TBA. For entry, you'll need to RSVP between Sunday (8/31) at 6AM -- September 2 at Midnight CST. Names will be chosen lottery-style.

A full list of "listening opportunities" worldwide lies after the jump...

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August 28, 2014

Sturgill Simpson @ NYC's Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)

Psychedelic country singer Sturgill Simpson released his great second album, called Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, back in May via his own High Top Mountain label // Loose Music (UK). It serves as the follow-up to 2013's more classic sounding High Top Mountain, yet Simpson is still drawing from the '70s style of country heroes like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. Though he resides in Nashville, Metamodern Sounds... stands apart from that whole slick country machine. You'll find a complete stream of the album and videos for LP stand-outs "Life of Sin," "It Ain't All Flowers," "Turtles All the Way Down," and "Just Let Go" at the bottom of this post.

Sturgill Simpson and his incredibly tight backing band are currently touring internationally, including stints with the Zac Brown Band and Jason Isbell. They'll eventually make their way to Chicago for a headlining show of their own at Thalia Hall on December 6. Advance tickets are on sale now.

All Sturgill Simson dates, a stream of Metamodern Sounds..., and those videos lie after the jump...

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Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All artwork by Chris Shary

In addition to a bunch of great, previously announced Riot Fest Chicago aftershows -- including Bad Religion with Anti-Flag at Double Door, The Hot Snakes with Plague Vendor at the Empty Bottle, Mineral with Into It. Over It. at Double Door, and many more -- the festival have now added a few more late night options. Those new shows are Murder City Devils at Double Door on September 11 (tickets) and screenings of The Descendents documentary Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All at the Vic Theatre on September 11 with filmmaker and band Q&A (8PM & 10:30PM). The Television aftershow at Cobra Lounge on September 13 has now been moved to Bottom Lounge and will take place on September 14 (tickets). Tickets purchased for Cobra Lounge will be honored; contact the venue for more information.

Check out a trailer for Filmage... below...

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August 27, 2014

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Arcade Fire / crowd / Devo

Arcade Fire began their two-night stand at Chicago's United Center last night (8/26). The band's 20-song set pulled from all four of their albums, and included fan-favorites like "Month of May," "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," "Rebellion (Lies)," and "No Cars Go." They had some technical issues during "Joan of Arc" (their third song of the night), so the outfit opted to play a stripped down and shortened version of "My Body Is A Cage" while things got sorted. And like they've been doing throughout the tour, Arcade Fire also covered an artist with strong ties to Chicago. They performed the Bo Diddley classic "Who Do You Love?" during their four-song encore, which also included "Normal Person," "Rebellion (Lies)," and "Wake Up." Pictures from the 8/26 show (unfortunately none of Dan Deacon) are in this post. Arcade Fire play their second of two United Center shows tonight (8/27).

More pictures, Arcade Fire's complete setlist, and some videos lie after the jump...

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At the Drive-In @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)

Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López's post-Mars Volta // At the Drive-In band Antemasque released their debut LP earlier this year, but it's since been taken off the internet and will be "officially" released in October via Omar's Nadie Sound label. While you wait for the full LP to arrive, you can take a listen to the album cuts "4AM" and "Ride Like The Devil's Son" at the bottom of this post.

Antemasque will be embarking on a fall international tour in October. Though Flea is featured on the album, the band's lineup is rounded out by permanent bassist Marfred Rodríguez-López and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch (who's on the LP). Le Butcherettes have been named as main support for the tour -- Omar produced and played bass on their album and is in Bosnian Rainbows with LB frontwoman Teri Gender Bender. You can look for the two acts to tag Chicago for a show at Metro on November 16. Advance tickets are on sale now.

All Antemasque dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

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Cheap Girls @ Durty Nellie's in April (more by Jeff Ryan)

Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls have been touring hard in support of this year's Famous Graves, and they've now announced another string of dates to wrap up 2014. That run includes a few US shows with The Hold Steady and a European leg with Joyce Manor. They'll also play a Chicago show of their own at Township on October 10, and advance tickets are on sale now.

All Cheap Girls dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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August 26, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Robyn at Pritzker Pavilion

Dance-pop ambassadors Robyn and Royksopp brought their international tour through Chicago for a sold-out show at Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday night (8/24). The two acts delivered separate sets before coming together for a collaborative performance in support of their recently released mini LP. Pictures from the Pritzker Pavilion show are in this post. More below...

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August 21, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Jacco Gardner // Bare Mutants

Dutch wunderkind Jacco Gardner brought his summer North American tour through Chicago for a show at the Empty Bottle on Monday night (8/18). Local crew Bare Mutants and ...Trail of Dead related project Midnight Masses got things started, and pictures from the Empty Bottle are in this post (none of Midnight Masses, unfortunately). More below...

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The Presets @ Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)

The Check Yo Ponytail tour is back for a 2014 edition, featuring Aussie synth pop headliners The Presets with rotating support from hip hop experimentalists Antwon and Le1f. Look for The Presets to tag Chicago for a show at the Vic Theatre on October 28 with support from Antwon, Chela, and Franki Chan. Tickets go on sale this Friday (8/22) at 10AM CST.

All CYP dates, a tour poster, and promo video lie after the jump...

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Hot Water Music @ Metro, January 2013 (more by Zach Pollack)

Gainesville, FL's storied Hot Water Music are set to celebrate their 20th anniversary as an outfit with a fall US tour. That tour features support from Dave Hause and The Flatliners, and is slated to begin in early-November. You can look for the three acts to tag Chicago on November 5 for a show at Metro. Tickets go on sale this Friday (8/22) at noon CST. Presale tickets for the entire tour are available now.

All Hot Water Music dates and some videos lie after the jump...

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