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December 19, 2013
New Year's Eve (December 31) is just around the corner... have you figured out what you're doing yet? There are a handful of great concerts and parties taking place in Chicago this year, from Death (the band) to Roky Erickson to Star Slinger to Girl Group Chicago, and many more. Check out your options below...
Oozing Wound, Magic Milk, Jimmy Whispers, and DJ Mike Lust will kick out the jams at the Empty Bottle. Advance tickets are still available and you could even return the following night for Everyone's Hungover, which is just like "Everyone's A DJ, but with multiple playlists from multiple humans and the company of all your buddies/plas/comrades/frenemies from all over this weird little community."
Speaking of veteran Chicago punks, The Lawrence Arms play Concord Music Hall with Masked Intruder, Downtown Struts, and Direct Hit! (tickets). TLA are gearing up for the release of their first full-length album in eight-years, titled Metropole, which is due out on January 28 via Epitaph. You can take a listen to the LP's lead single "You Are Here" at the bottom of this post.
And don't be an idiot--take the CTA (or a cab) out/home instead of driving drunk. CTA Penny Rides begin at 10PM on New Year's Eve and last until 4AM.
December 18, 2013
Nashville's Cheap Time welcomed their new full-length album, Exit Smiles, late last month via In the Red Records. Frontman Jeffrey Novak snarls his way through the LP's eight-tracks, which he also served as the sole producer for. You can take a listen to Exit Smiles in its entirety at the bottom of this post.
Novak, who just recently listed the "Top 10 things about Lou Reed that everyone else seems to be overlooking" for us, and his bandmates will be embarking on a winter U.S. tour in the new year. That tour includes a performance at the Empty Bottle on February 14, and advance tickets are on sale now.
All Cheap Time dates and a stream of Exit Smiles lie after the jump...
Tinariwen @ Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saharan blues outfit Tinariwen are slated to welcome their new album, Emmaar, on February 11 via ANTI-. Much like 2011's Tassili, their forthcoming LP is ripe with special guests, such as Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Zwan), Saul Williams, Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and others. You can check out the music video for lead single // album opener "Toumast Tincha" at the bottom of this post.
Tinariwen will be touring throughout North America in support of Emmaar from mid-March through April. That tour includes a pair of shows at City Winery Chicago on April 5 (7:30PM & 10PM). Tickets for both performances go on sale to the general public this Thursday (12/19) at noon CST.
All Tinariwen dates and the music video for "Toumast Tincha" can be found below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Scottish indie rock outfit We Were Promised Jetpacks have announced that they'll be releasing a live album, titled E Rey - Live in Philadelphia, on February 25 via FatCat. The LP was recorded at Philly's Union Transfer, and you can check out a trailer for it at the bottom of this post.
WWPJ will also be touring the U.S. in support of their forthcoming live LP. That tour begins on the West Coast in late-February and includes a performance at Lincoln Hall on March 2 with labelmates Honeyblood. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (12/20) at noon CST.
All WWPJ dates and a trailer for E Rey... lie after the jump...
December 17, 2013
photos by James Richards IV
Mikal Cronin at the Logan Square Auditorium on 12.12.2013
On Thursday night (12/12), Mikal Cronin came through Chicago for a show at the Logan Square Auditorium with support from Yawn and Basic Cable. Cronin and co. performed tunes from his self-titled LP and MCII, and then polished off the night with a cover of Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World." Were you there? If so, what did you think? We've got pictures and Cronin's complete setlist from the 12/12 show in this post. More below...
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne will be embarking on a Midwest "record store tour" this weekend, armed with 12" vinyl repressings of their 1984 self-titled EP, 7" versions of the outfit's second cassette demo (recorded in 1983), ...and "anatomically correct and life-sized" gourmet chocolate skulls. The EP will be sold with the skull, which contains a golden coin that is redeemable for admission to any Lips headlining show in the world. Each release is limited to 2,000 copies and will remain on sale at participating stores starting on December 24.
You can catch Wayne Coyne at Chicago's Permanent Records on Friday, December 20 at 8PM. The shop doesn't hold all that many people, so we'd suggest heading there early.
Wayne's complete "record store tour" itinerary is listed below...
Russian Circles @ Ultra Lounge, August 2013 (more by Marfa Capodanno)
Russian Circles welcomed their cinematic new album, Memorial, earlier this year via Sargent House and did some touring in support of it. That stint included an intimate hometown show at the now defunct Ultra Lounge, and they've just announced an extensive 2014 U.S. tour. Road warriors KEN mode will serve as direct support throughout, with Inter Arma on most dates and Helms Alee on others. Look for the run to culminate with a performance at Metro on March 16 with KEN mode and Helms Alee. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming.
All Russian Circles dates and a couple of song streams from Memorial lie after the jump...
December 16, 2013
New York producer/MC Roc Marciano welcomed his new album, Marci Beaucoup, last week via Man Bites Dog Records. Unlike his recent The Pimpire Strikes Back mixtape, all LP production was handled by the man himself. Marciano's raw rhymes glide over smooth soul samples and he's joined by a slew of guests including Action Bronson (on "456"), frequent collaborator Ka (on "Squeeze" and "Confucius"), Gangrene (aka The Alchemist + Oh No on "Psych Ward"), and many more. You can take a listen to both of Roc's recent efforts at the bottom of this post.
Marciano will be finishing off the year with a Chicago show at Cobra Lounge on December 28. Support will come from Tree, Mass Hysteria, and Vic Spencer, and advance tickets are still available.
Complete streams of Marci Beaucoup and The Pimpire Strikes Back lie after the jump...
December 13, 2013
Grouper @ NYC's Guggenheim Museum in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in Chicago
* Beyonce @ United Center
* The Bottle Rockets, Otis Gibbs @ Hideout
* Blood Red Boots, Carbon Tigers @ Beat Kitchen
* FILMAGE: The Story of Descendents/ALL @ Lincoln Hall
* Minor Characters, Tall Walker, Faux Paw @ Subterranean
* Czar, The Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Arbogast @ Empty Bottle
* Saves The Day, Walter Schreifels, Jon Simmons @ Bottom Lounge
* The Cloak & Dagger Club, She's Alive, Gunner's Daughter, Gates @ Township
* Grouper, Benoit Pioulard, Christopher Bissonnette, Justin Walter @ Constellation
* The Locals, The Bright White, Ace Reporter, Hard Kiss, Young Distractions @ Schubas
* Bear Claw, The Gary, The Conformists, We Ride On, Hyrrokkin, Radiant Republic @ The Burlington
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full Chicago show calendar.
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Touché Amoré @ Riot Fest 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Here's a post-hardcore match made in heaven. Touché Amoré and mewithoutYou will be teaming up for a co-headlining North American jaunt from February to March. T.A. welcomed their excellent third album, Is Survived By, earlier this year via Deathwish. The LP was produced by Brad Wood, who also handled production on mewithoutYou's great Catch For Us the Foxes and Brother, Sister. Seahaven will open all dates on the tour and Caravels will be along for the ride for the Chicago stop, which is slated for February 22 at Bottom Lounge. Tickets go on sale today (12/13) at noon CST.
All dates, some song streams, and a tour poster lie after the jump...