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September 11, 2014


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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Riot Fest just keeps on adding cool stuff. The announcement reads:

For the 10th Anniversary of Riot Fest, founder Michael Petryshyn is realizing a long-held idea of staging a socio-political discussion within the confines of his music festival. As a person of Ukrainian descent, Petryshyn felt that engaging in a panel discussion with the brave, controversial women of Pussy Riot was the perfect event to launch the Riot Fest Speaks stage.

The inaugural event (Friday, September 12 at Humboldt Park in Chicago, IL) will be moderated by Henry Rollins will lead the panel consisting of Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot/Zona Prava), Masha Alekhina (Pussy Riot/Zona Prava), Greg Graffin (Bad Religion, Vocalist/Professor or Geology at UCLA), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest, Founder), through discussion of social/political movements: their connection to art/music/creative collectives and the cross-pollination that takes place when activists exchange ideas and join each other to generate changes in the traditional soliloquy of thought and action. While addressing urgent issues, the panel will be conducted in a casual manner with a relaxed demeanor and a catalyst for an entertaining and thought provoking experience.
Riot Fest also recently announced more after shows.

September 4, 2014


Common has announced AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between the rapper/actor/author's Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc. The one-day festival is slated to take place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday, September 21. The fest will be split into two parts-- an all ages community showcase, hosted by Rhymefest, spotlighting local talent (lineup TBA) from 10AM-1PM and a festival main stage featuring Common himself, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and host Dave Chappelle, plus "a very special surprise guest." Tickets (full festival passes, main stage only, or community showcase only) are on sale now.

Scott w/ Frightened Rabbit @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison recently welcomed a solo album under the name Owl John. It doesn't stray from his main project's core sound, but that's not a bad thing in the slightest. LP cuts like "Songs About Roses," "Los Angeles Be Kind," and "Red Hand" are especially reminiscent of the material on Frabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight. You'll find a complete stream of the Owl John LP at the bottom of this post.

Owl John will be embarking on a three-date US tour next month. That jaunt includes a show at the Bottom Lounge on October 15, and advance tickets are on sale now.

All Owl John dates and a stream of the LP lie after the jump...

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September 3, 2014

The Black Keys @ Lolla 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Black Keys

The Black Keys are on a massive tour that brings them to Chicago for two nights at United Center (9/27-9/28, tickets), but first you can catch them this Tuesday (9/9) at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets for that show are still on sale, and we have two pairs to give away to that one! Want one of those pairs? Tweet "Hey @BVChicago I want to see @theblackkeys in Milwaukee ". Two winners will be chosen randomly from everyone who tweets that. Good luck!

Cage The Elephant are opening. More tour dates at BrooklynVegan

Run the Jewels -- RTJ2 LP cover art

Run the Jewels (aka the badass hip hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P) are slated to release their second album, which is simply titled RTJ2, on October 28 via Mass Appeal. That's its cover art above, and you can take a listen to the LP single "Blockbuster Night Part 1" at the bottom of this post. A complete tracklisting for RTJ2 can also be found below. The album is set to feature appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), Travis Barker (blink-182), mysterious producer Boots (who did most of the new Beyonce LP), and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They'll also be releasing a RTJ2 remix LP in 2015 via Fool's Gold.

Mike and Jamie will be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of their forthcoming LP. It'll feature main support from Ratking and Despot, and you can look for the three acts to tag Chicago for a show at Metro on November 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday (9/5) at noon CST.

All RTJ dates, that song stream, and LP info. for RTJ2 lie after the jump...

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