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March 28, 2014

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The Numero Group's pop-up store will be returning to Logan Square's Comfort Station for Record Store Day 2014 -- Saturday, April 19. It'll be open from 9AM to 5PM "with thousands of LPs, CDs, video tapes, cassettes, damaged stock, DVDs, trading cards, 45s, stickers, magazines, and all other manners of miscellaneous debris clogging up our office." They'll also have their RSD releases on hand, including the Dinosaur Jr. Visitors box set, South Side Story 12", and a Ned Doheny "Get It Up For Love" b/w "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me" 45 -- two songs that will appear on the forthcoming Separate Oceans release.

Shearwater @ Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
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Shearwater are currently on tour throughout North America in support of their latest effort Fellow Travelers, with their Sub Pop labelmates Death Vessel and singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop (who has also been joining Shearwater as a band member on this run). That tour comes to a close with a performance at the Empty Bottle this Saturday (3/29). Advance tickets are still available. Prior to the show, Shearwater will also be playing a 3PM in-store at Saki Records. As always, in-stores at Saki are FREE and open to all ages.

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

Continue reading "Shearwater playing an in-store at Saki Records before their Empty Bottle show w/ Death Vessel & Jesca Hoop"

Devo @ Punk Rock Bowling 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
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Devo just recently lost guitarist Bob Casale -- as well as former drummer Alan Myers -- and they've now announced that they'll be performing material from their early experimental period of 1974-'77 in Casale's honor on tour this summer. The summer North American run includes a performance at St. Charles, IL's Arcada Theatre on June 21. Ticketing information is forthcoming, but check the venue's site for updates.

Devo also have a few releases coming out on Record Store Day, including Live At Max's Kansas City (circa 1977), Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig (1995) 12" picture disc/DVD, and a 7" for "Gates of Steel" with the previously released Flaming Lips cover as the B-side.

All Devo dates, streams of some classic material, and The Flaming Lips' video for "Gates of Steel" lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Devo playing St. Charles' Arcada Theatre on 2014 tour (dates)"

March 27, 2014

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Tickets to see Hannibal Buress at Beat Kitchen are on sale now.

Tickets to see Josh Ritter at City Winery Chicago go on sale this Friday (3/28) at noon CST.

Tickets to see Odonis Odonis at the Bottom Lounge are on sale now.

Tickets to see M.I.A. at the Riv go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Jessy Lanza at Schubas are on sale now.

Tickets to see Fu Manchu at Subterranean are on sale now.

Tickets to see Young Widows and Helms Alee at Subterranean go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Rodriguez at The Chicago Theatre go on sale to the general public this Saturday at 10AM. A JAM Productions presale will be active this Friday at 10AM; the password is "SEARCHING".

Tickets to see Trans Am and CAVE at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Destruction Unit at Township are on sale now.

Three-day passes for the 26th Annual Comedy Festival at the Athenaeum Theatre are on sale now. Single-day tickets go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Saintseneca at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see King Khan & the Shrines at the Empty Bottle go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Radioactivity and Bad Sports at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex at Subterranean go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Swans at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets to see The Felice Brothers at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets to see Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It! at Concord Music Hall go on sale on April 3 at noon.

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Long-running California stoner rock outfit Fu Manchu are gearing up for the release of their 11th studio effort, Gigantoid, which is due out on April 29 via Fu's own At the Dojo Records. The first taste of the LP is a fuzzed-out jam called "Anxiety Reducer," and the track made its premiere today via BrooklynVegan. You can check out the song and Gigantoid's cover art // tracklisting at the bottom of this post.

Fu will also be embarking on a spring North American tour in support of their forthcoming release. That tour includes a performance at Subterranean on May 10 and tickets are on sale now.

All Fu Manchu dates, a stream of "Anxiety Reducer," and album info. for Gigantoid lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Fu Manchu releasing new LP, playing Sub-t on spring tour (dates, new song stream)"

Josh Ritter @ NYC's Terminal 5, May 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
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Josh Ritter recently tagged Chicago for a two-night stand at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, and he's now announced that he'll be returning for a pair of solo shows at City Winery Chicago on April 21 & 23. Tickets for both nights go on sale to the general public this Friday (3/28) at noon CST.

Ritter will be using the Chicago shows to try out some brand new material. He says:

"About four months ago I was hit by a song on the New York Thruway. The whole thing. Verses, bridge, a witty one-liner or two. Nothing like that had ever happened with such force. It was the first raindrop in a thunderstorm that I'm thankful continues unabated. I thought these nights at City Winery might be a good chance to try some of them out. This is very rare for me. I don't normally go in for showing songs before they're fully done, but what the Hell, you only live once."
All Josh Ritter dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Josh Ritter playing solo shows at City Winery Chicago"

Fleetwood Mac @ Madison Square Garden, 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Fleetwood Mac have been touring again albeit without Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998. McVie is now back in the band, as they confirmed on an appearance on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27). You can check out the video footage at the bottom of this post.

They've also announced a large fall North American tour, dubbed On With The Show. That tour includes a performance at the United Center on October 2. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale to the general public on April 7 at noon CST. An American Express presale begins this coming Monday (3/31) at 10AM and a Live Nation presale will also be active on April 3 at 10AM.

All Fleetwood Mac dates and The TODAY Show footage can be found below...

Continue reading "Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac, 'On With The Show' tour coming to the United Center (dates)"

March 26, 2014

Porches @ Brooklyn's Baby's All Right in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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NYC-based off-kilter pop outfit Porches are currently touring their way back to the East Coast and they'll hit Chicago for a show at Animal Kingdom TONIGHT (3/26) with Tim Kinsella (whose band Owls just released their second LP), Sharpless, and The New Diet. $5 will get you in the door.

All Porches dates and a stream of their Slow Dance in the Cosmos LP lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Tim Kinsella, Porches, Sharpless & The New Diet play Animal Kingdom tonight"

Against Me! @ BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Against Me! are currently on tour with throughout North America with Laura Stevenson and Cheap Girls -- they play a sold-out show at Palatine, IL's Durty Nellies on April 4 -- and they've also just announced a May run with riffy power-pop artist Tony Molina and Seattle punks Big Eyes. That tour includes a pair of Illinois shows: the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL on May 15 and a Laura Jane Grace solo gig at the Rock Island Brewing Company in Rock Island, IL on May 16. Tickets for Bloomington go on sale this Friday (3/28) at noon CST and ticketing information for LJG's Rock Island show is forthcoming.

All Against Me! dates and their new video for "Black Me Out" lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Against Me! playing two IL shows on tour w/ Tony Molina & Big Eyes"

Pelican @ Invisible Oranges-CMJ 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
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Long-running Chicago post-metal crew Pelican welcomed their most recent effort, Forever Becoming, last fall via Southern Lord. It's their first to feature new full-time guitarist Dallas Thomas and is some of the heaviest and most dynamic material they've released in years. They'll continue to tour in support of the LP this spring and summer, with a Midwest run featuring Nothing (who just played Chicago) and a West Coast stint with Tombs. That Midwest run doesn't include a Chicago show, but Pelican and Nothing will play The Highdive in Champaign, IL on May 17. Ticketing information is forthcoming, but check the venue's site for updates.

All Pelican dates and some song streams lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Pelican playing Champaign on Midwest run with Nothing"