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April 23, 2014

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Sam Smith at the Vic Theatre on 04.22.2014

British crooner Sam Smith brought his North American tour in support of In the Lonely Hour, his forthcoming Capitol Records debut, through Chicago for a show at the Vic Theatre on Tuesday night (4/22). Smith performed a fair amount of songs from the album, including singles "Lay Me Down," "Money on My Mind," and "Stay With Me," as well as tunes from his 2013 EP Nirvana. As he's been doing throughout the tour, he also covered the Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?" and Disclosure's "Latch," which he's featured on. "Latch" may have gotten him out there as a solo artist, but his new songs prove he plans to stick around too. Were you there? If so, what did you think? Pictures from the Vic are in this post. More below...

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Phantogram // TEEN at the Riviera Theatre on 04.10.2014

Earlier this month, Phantogram brought their North American tour with TEEN through Chicago for a sold-out show at the Riviera Theatre on April 10. Both acts are out in support of new albums -- Phantogram's Voices hit stores in February and TEEN's The Way and Color came out earlier this week -- and their joint run finishes off in Texas this weekend. Pictures from their 4/10 show at the Riv are in this post.

As discussed, Phantogram will return to Chicago for Lollapalooza 2014. TEEN will be here sooner, for a performance at Schubas on May 10 with support from locals Gold Cult. Advance tickets are still available.

More pictures from the Riviera Theatre lie after the jump...

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Frameworks @ BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Gainesville, FL's Frameworks will release their great debut LP, Loom, next week via Topshelf Records. You've already heard its knockout title track, and they're now streaming the entire LP ahead of its release. Take a listen to the album at the bottom of this post (via Stereogum).

As discussed, Frameworks' tour with Tiny Moving Parts and Gates will tag Chicago TONIGHT (4/23) for a show at Township. Locals Droughts will get things started at the early, all-ages show, and advance tickets are still available.

Speaking of Tiny Moving Parts, they'll play Subterranean on June 13 as part of a summer tour with Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, and Sorority Noise. Tickets are on sale now. They also just recently inked a deal with Triple Crown Records, who will soon release the J. Robbins-produced followup to their 2013 debut This Couch Is Long and Full of Friendship. Before that happens, they'll be welcoming a split with Old Gray on May 20. One of their contributions, "Fairtrade," just made its premiere via BrooklynVegan. The track is also available to stream below.

Streams of Frameworks' Loom LP and TMP's new track lie after the jump...

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In February, Neneh Cherry returned with her first solo album in 18-years. Blank Project, which was produced by Four Tet, features Cherry's commanding voice front and center. Today, she's shared a Jean-Baptiste Mondino-directed video for the LP standout "Everything." You can check out the clip at the bottom of this post.

Cherry has also been added to the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival -- she'll appear on Friday, July 18. The performance will be her second-ever in North America. Single-day tickets are still available.

All Neneh Cherry dates and her new video for "Everything" lie after the jump...

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Echo & the Bunnymen are slated to release their first new album in five-years, titled Meteorites, on June 3 via 429 Records. You can get a feel for the LP by taking a listen to singles "Lovers on the Run," "Market Town," and "Holy Moses" at the bottom of this post. The outfit will be supporting their new album with a summer North American tour. That tour includes a performance at Metro on August 10, and tickets go on sale this Friday (4/25) at 10AM CST.

All Echo & the Bunnymen dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

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April 22, 2014

Low @ Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

Low have announced a summer North American tour surrounding their appearance at NXNE 2014. That run includes a performance at Subterranean on June 14, and advance tickets are on sale now.

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

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Wicker Park's Green Music Festival is slated to take place from June 21-22 this year on Damen Ave b/w North & Schiller. The eco-friendly fest's initial lineup features Guided By Voices, Cheap Girls, Meat Wave, Geronimo!, The Features, The Soil & The Sun, Viet Cong, Chicago Farmer, and Charlie Parr. More performers will be announced soon and the lineup will be split among the two days. The festival will also have a bike-powered stage, with eight-stationary bikes. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per day.

Stay tuned for more information.

Shellac @ Brilliant Corners 2011 (more by Zach Pollack)

Shellac are slated to begin a European tour next month, which includes appearances at both iterations of Primavera Sound (Barcelona and Porto), and they've now announced a hometown show at Lincoln Hall on July 7. Bear Claw will act as main support, and tickets go on sale this Friday (4/25) at noon CST. A limited number of fee-free hard tickets will be available for purchase at Schubas.

The trio are also slated to release their new album, Dude, Incredible, sometime this year. It'll be the outfit's fifth LP and first in seven-years. Stay tuned for more information.

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Modern Baseball

Peppy emo outfit Modern Baseball have announced a summer US tour with great support from The Hotelier, Tiny Moving Parts (who play Township with Frameworks on April 23), and Sorority Noise. That run includes a performance at Subterranean on June 13. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Wednesday (4/23) at 10AM.

All dates, a tour poster, and some song streams lie after the jump...

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Neil Young at The Chicago Theatre on 04.21.2014

The incomparable Neil Young kicked off his two-night stand at The Chicago Theatre on Monday night (4/21) with a 21-song, low-key performance. He took a brief intermission after a block of 10-songs, which included "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Harvest," and "Old Man," and returned to the stage with the one-two punch of "Pocahontas" and "Cortez the Killer."

It was all in service of an evening that might have been described as casual. But beneath the rumpled outfit and graying sideburns, Young still harbors an intensity that surfaced at key points in the two-hour (plus intermission) concert. These moments were all the more striking because of the dynamics in Young's still-pliable voice, his ability to play with tone and phrasing, and to create atmosphere with the barest essentials.
[Greg Kot; Chicago Tribune]
Pictures from the 4/21 show and Young's complete setlist are in this post. He does it again tonight (4/22) at the famed Chicago Theatre.

More pictures and Neil's full setlist lie after the jump...

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