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September 19, 2014
September 18, 2014
by Jonathan Mondragon
The Velvet Teen at Subterranean on 9/14 (via BV Chicago Instagram)
Chicago was lucky enough to catch Santa Rosa experimental rockers The Velvet Teen on a short detour from their current tour with Foster the People. Sunday (9/14)'s show was opened by Jack and Ace, a duo featuring Bob Nanna of Braid and significant other Lauren Lo. Following their set, The Velvet Teen took the stage, playing a set chock-full of new material from their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled record, due to be released "soon," their first in 8 years since 2006's Cum Laude!. These new tracks showcased an even more nuanced and unique sound than previous releases, with a good blend of their more guitar-based rock and textured electronic/synth works; one song even featured a prominent vocoder part. Currently touring as a 5-piece band, the new lineup featured guitarist Jacy McIntosh as well as singer Judah Nagler's brother, Ephriam Nagler, on keys and electronics. Aside from the exciting new material, the band played all of their 2010 EP No Star, "Noi Boi" and "Spin the Wink" from Cum Laude!, early track "Naked Girl," and Out of the Fierce Parade rocker "Radiapathy." Of particular note was singer Judah Nagler's Sriracha t-shirt and flat-billed "Rich As Fuck" cap, which perfectly complimented the rich emotional depth of their songs. The band was in fine form, with the new members greatly expanding on the textural palette of a band that has long performed as a trio. TVT's rhythm section, featuring bassist Josh Staples (also of The New Trust) and drummer Casey Deitz (Peace'd Out / The Americas), especially was a spectacle, with their powerful melodic bass playing and furious flurry of drums bringing a wealth of energy to the show.
The Velvet Teen's full Sub-t setlist, complete with new songs under working titles, can be found below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Brooklyn's Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
John Dwyer and the new lineup of Thee Oh Sees have announced that they'll be embarking on a fall North American tour with main support from Jack Name in November. That run includes a two-night stand at the Empty Bottle on November 25 & 26, and advance tickets for both nights are on sale now.
All Thee Oh Sees // Jack Name dates lie after the jump...
Angel Olsen @ Brooklyn's MHoW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Angel Olsen's excellent 2014 LP Burn Your Fire for No Witness will be released as a deluxe digital edition on November 18 via Jagjaguwar. It'll come with five bonus songs, two of which were on a 7" that came with early pressings of the vinyl LP. You can take a listen to the bonus cut "All Right Now" at the bottom of this post.
Olsen is currently on tour throughout Europe, and will return stateside for a North American run in late-October. She's now expanded that fall tour to include a show at Thalia Hall on November 29 and many more dates. Lionlimb will act as main support for most dates. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (9/19) at 10AM CST.
All Angel Olsen dates and that song stream lie after the jump...
photos & words by Milos Markicevic
Metronomy at Lincoln Hall
Electronic producer Dawn Golden (aka Dexter Tortoriello) opened for Metronomy this past Friday (9/12) at Lincoln Hall. Tortoriello's been accompanying the band on their fall tour, and played a set that consisted of tracks from his debut LP Still Life, which was released earlier this year on Diplo's Made Decent label. The audience seemed a little caught off guard at first, but his emotional vocals and highly personal lyrics resonated with the crowd and he clearly won at least a few fans by the end of his set. Metronomy hit the stage dressed in sharp matching outfits a little later and started off with "Holiday" before making their way to some newer songs off their fourth studio album, Love Letters, playing its excellent single "I'm Aquarius." The band, which had played the Metro a few months prior, mentioned they still had the Chicago fresh in their memory and that it was good to be back. They concluded their set with "You Could Easily Have Me" and left the stage, only to return for a jamming two song encore before thanking the audience and calling it a night. Pictures and Metronomy's full setlist from Lincoln Hall are in this post.
September 17, 2014
rainy Day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Due to a rainy day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago, Humboldt Park isn't in the best shape after the three-day festival. Much like other Chicago festivals do, Riot Fest made an agreement with the Chicago Park District to restore the park following the fest. They've now issued a statement regarding the restoration.
Riot Fest founder Michael Petryshyn said:
"Riot Fest is grateful to the City of Chicago and specifically the residents and businesses of Humboldt Park. The Park is really the star of Riot Fest, and we know it is the key reason why it makes the community one of the best in the City. And, I speak from experience, I live just steps away from the Park, and enjoy it almost daily.We're also lucky enough to call Humboldt Park home, and are looking forward to seeing the park restored. Day 1 pics and review are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pics and review are HERE and HERE. And Day 3 pics and review are HERE and HERE.
Because the Park is as important to me as it is to the City, we will make certain that the Park be restored as soon as possible. Indeed, not only do we want the park restored, we want it improved. I have directed our staff to initiate meetings with the Park District on how we can partner with them to make permanent infrastructure improvements over the coming months. We want to improve the Park, because we want to make it the permanent home of Riot Fest. We don't take our commitment to the community and the park for granted.
If Riot Fest, alongside the Chicago Park District, can rehabilitate the park to the needed standards (beyond reseeding and aeration), the entirety of the 26th and surrounding wards -- it's residents and businesses -- only stand to benefit. And, that's what we want. Make no doubt about it: as a resident of Humboldt Park, I want to be the leader in making Humboldt Park Chicago's best and most modern natural resource. And, I know I can."
Recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has announced that he'll be releasing his new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone on October 27 via Legacy Recordings. The LP features five new songs and five covers, including one of the Edgar Winter tune "Dying To Live," which you can take a listen to at the bottom of this post (via Rolling Stone). Tracklisting for Tell 'Em I'm Gone can also be found below.
Yusuf will be embarking on a brief North American tour in support of his new LP in December. That tour includes a performance at The Chicago Theatre on December 9. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale on Saturday, September 27 at 10AM CST.
All Yusuf dates, that song stream, and LP info. for Tell 'Em I'm Gone lie after the jump...
Bob Mould @ NYC's Bowery Ballroom last week (more by P Squared Media)
Resilient punk troubadour Bob Mould has announced that he'll be returning to Chicago to headline Metro on New Year's Eve (December 31). Mould and his live-wire band -- Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster -- are currently on tour throughout North America and have added a few December/January shows to their schedule. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (9/19) at noon CST.
All Bob Mould dates and his recently-released video for "The War" lie after the jump...
photos by Kari Terzino
Spoon / EMA at The Chicago Theatre
The Spoon that played the Chicago Theatre Tuesday night (a month and a half after a rousing Lollapalooza set) is a band that has found a new sweet spot. Its recently released album, "They Want My Soul," pushes the trajectory forward and upward with heightened crunch and, yes, soul, while in concert the band is clicking on more cylinders than ever.Austin's revitalized and new album-toting Spoon tagged Chicago last night (9/16) for a big show at The Chicago Theatre as part of their tour with EMA. They played most of They Want My Soul, as well as a good portion of 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and a mix of songs from their back catalog with some interesting panel-aided back lighting. Pictures, video footage of "The Ghost of You Lingers," and Spoon's full Chicago Theatre setlist are in this post.
The most notable change is the addition of Alex Fischel, who played mostly keyboards with Divine Fits but is Daniel's primary guitar foil here, even as he adds painterly keyboards to some songs. The floppy-haired Fischel doesn't merely turn a four-piece unit into a five-piece; he pushes the frontman, who shoots him happy looks in return, and propels the music, whether through the driving intro of the set-opening "Knock Knock Knock" or the delicate, high keyboard runs that he and keyboardist/guitarist Eric Harvey traded on a mesmerizing "Inside Out" or the way that Fischel's and Daniel's electric guitars tangled as if in a barbed wire fight on "The Beast and Dragon, Adored."
[Mark Caro -- Chicago Tribune]
photos by Kari Terzino
Shabazz Palaces at Lincoln Hall
Hip-hop oddity Shabazz Palaces brought their tour in support of their recently-released album Lese Majesty through Chicago for a performance at Lincoln Hall on September 13. Chandeliers got things started, and pictures from Lincoln Hall are in this post (none of Chandeliers). More below...