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July 22, 2014

Radiator Hospital in NYC in January (more by Dylan Johnson)
Radiator Hospital

Philly pop-punks and Swearin' // Waxahatchee associates Radiator Hospital have a new album calledTorch Song out now and they'll be heading out on a fall US tour in support of it. That tour includes a show at the Fireside Bowl on September 7. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming, but check Phantom Note Productions' site for updates.

All Radiator Hospital dates (some venues still TBD) and a stream of Torch Song lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital playing Fireside Bowl on fall US tour (dates)"

Hop Along @ Brooklyn Bazaar in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Philly indie-rockers Hop Along, who just finished up a tour with Owls, are slated to tag Chicago this weekend for a performance at Wicker Park Fest 2014. They'll play the North Stage on Saturday, July 26 from 4:45 - 5:30PM. (Owls play the Center Stage from 8:30 - 9:30PM.) Saturday of the fest also features the reunited Dr. Manhattan (who have a new EP out), The Felix Culpa (who are also back in action and have a new split coming), Foxing, Laura Stevenson, Lydia Loveless, and many more. Admission per day is a suggested donation of $5.

Hop Along have also been added to mewithoutYou's Catch for Us the Foxes 10th anniversary tour with The Appleseed Cast. As discussed, that run includes a show at Bottom Lounge on October 11. Advance tickets for that excellent triple bill are still available.

All Hop Along dates and a couple of song streams // videos lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Hop Along playing Wicker Park Fest this weekend, were added to the mewithoutYou // Appleseed Cast tour"

July 21, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Lauryn Hill at the House of Blues on 07.16.2014

Lauryn Hill brought her current tour through Chicago last week for a performance at the House of Blues on Wednesday night (7/16). Fans may have gotten a little more than they bargained for, as doors were at 6:30PM, the show was scheduled to start at 7:30PM, and she didn't take the stage until 11:30PM(!). By the time she took the stage, the crowd was justifiably restless. Ms. Hill opened with a barely recognizable version of "Killing Me Softly" (up-tempo, rock/reggae feel). When she finished the song, some fan yelled out that she was late. She then went on a roughly 10-minute rant (both directly at the concertgoer and not) and had the guy escorted out of the show. She told him, "I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything, you understand that?" And that was followed by "You could say whatever you want to -- I don't give a rat's ass." She did ask security to refund him the cost of his ticket, yet that's against venue policy. You can check out some video footage of part of her rant at the bottom of this post. To be blunt about it, the songs she went onto perform sounded like bad cover versions. When exiting the venue, a slew of concertgoers could be seen lined up at the box office, attempting to obtain refunds (again, against venue policy). Meanwhile, openers The Reminders took the stage at normal time.

Pictures from the 7/16 show and video footage of part of her rant lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Lauryn Hill played ++ berated the audience @ House of Blues (pics, rant video)"

J. Cole @ Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

J. Cole has announced that he'll be playing Concord Music Hall TONIGHT (7/21). Much like his recent 'Dollar & A Dream' tour (which tagged Chicago), the price of admission to tonight's show is just $1. Those are all the details we've got for now. Get there early if you want to get in.

UPDATE: J. Cole says he's "adding a 2nd show. because of Chicago curfew, there's an age restriction on the 2nd show. 18 and up." Assuming that means both an early and late show at Concord...

UPDATE #2: The early show is at 6PM // late show at 10PM.

AGBPOL in Brooklyn in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Boston label Topshelf Records have announced the first-ever Topshelf Records Tour. The headliner is Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves (who are currently on tour with Braid), who will be joined by fellow Topshelf signees Diamond Youth, Prawn, and Field Mouse (whose debut LP Hold Still Life comes out tomorrow, 7/22). The label will also release a special tour 7" that will feature tracks from all four of the bands. The tour will stop in Chicago for a show at Beat Kitchen on September 26. Tickets for that show and for the rest of the tour will go on sale this Friday (7/25) at 10AM CST.

Full list of dates are below...

Continue reading "Topshelf Records tour (A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Diamond Youth, Prawn, Field Mouse) coming to Beat Kitchen (dates)"

July 20, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

St. Vincent / FKA Twigs / Twin Peaks @ P4K Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

The Saturday night headliner might have technically been Neutral Milk Hotel, but you'd never guess it wasn't St. Vincent judging by the massive, dense crowd that gathered to see Annie Clark maintain her status as the most badass breakout indie-rock star of 2014. With her lavender hair tied back in "Heidi"-style French braids, and rocking a black, short-sleeved cocktail dress festooned with a giant gold flower, Clark blended her love of designers like Diane von Furstenburg and Vivienne Westwood seamlessly with her adoration of her personal style icon Albert Einstein, and paired it with robotic choreography straight from her 2013 tour with "Love This Giant" collaborator David Byrne. All that studied road work paid off: Who else could become a temporary Nirvana frontwoman, play the "SNL" season finale and enthrall a sea of some 5,000 people in the middle of Chicago in just under three months? - [Billboard]
Pitchfork Fest is on its final day for 2014 as we post this, and here are a set of pics from Saturday, including sets from St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown, The Field, Wild Beasts, Chicago upstarts Twin Peaks and lots more.

Head to BrooklynVegan for more Day 2 pics and review, including a few from Neutral Milk Hotel's headlining set, and pics from Day 1 are HERE and HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of this Day 2 set below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2014 day 2 in pics: FKA Twigs, St. Vincent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Twin Peaks, The Field & more"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Neneh Cherry / Giorgio Moroder / hula hooper
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1

Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." [-Arielle Gordon]
Pitchfork Festival is currently on its third and final day in Chicago's Union Park. It kicked off this past Friday (7/18) and we posted pictures and wrote about that at BrooklynVegan (where the above quote is from). Here's a second set of pictures of day 1.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics are up HERE and HERE and Day 3 are HERE. Stay tuned for day 3. More day 1 pics below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2014 day 1 in pics: Hundred Waters, Neneh Cherry, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Sun Kil Moon & more"

July 18, 2014

Perfume Genius @ Schubas, April 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Perfume Genius is gearing up for the release of his third album, titled Too Bright, which is due to hit stores on September 28 via Matador Records. It was recorded with Portishead's Adrian Utley, and PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish contributed to a handful of tracks. You can take a listen to the LP's lead single "Queen" at the bottom of this post. Cover art and tracklisting for Too Bright can also be found below.

Perfume Genius will be embarking on a North American tour in support of Too Bright in late-September. That tour includes a show at Lincoln Hall on October 1 with Matteah Baim, and advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All Perfume Genius dates, that song stream, and LP info. for Too Bright lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Perfume Genius releasing 'Too Bright,' playing Lincoln Hall on fall tour"

Blonde Redhead -- Barragán cover art

Veteran NYC dream pop outfit Blonde Redhead are slated to welcome their new album, titled Barragán, on September 2 via Kobalt. The LP serves as the follow-up to 2010's great Penny Sparkle and that's its cover art above. So far they've shared two album cuts -- "No More Honey" and "Dripping" -- and you can take a listen to both of them at the bottom of this post.

Blonde Redhead will be embarking on a November/December North American tour in support of Barragán. That tour includes a show at Bottom Lounge on November 3. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale TODAY (7/18) at noon CST.

All Blonde Redhead dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Blonde Redhead releasing new LP, playing Bottom Lounge on fall tour (dates, new song streams)"


Riot Fest + Do312 + pizza = a great way to kill some time today!

(another great way would be to browse our own Do312-powered Chicago concert listings!)