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April 24, 2014


Brooklyn via Louisville singer-songwriter Dawn Landes welcomed her great new album, called Bluebird, in February via Western Vinyl. She's already done some touring in support of the LP and will be heading out again this spring // summer. Landes is slated to begin a European run in late-May and also has a handful of US shows booked for when she returns stateside. One of those is a performance at Schubas on June 22. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (4/25) at noon CST.

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

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Verma -- Sunrunner LP

Chicago psychedelic outfit Verma are slated to release their new album, Sunrunner, on May 27 via Trouble In Mind. The full-length LP serves as a proper followup to 2012's Exu, and you can take a listen to its lead single "Hologrammer" at the bottom of this post. It's an enveloping tune, complete with pulsating bass, wandering guitar leads, and syrupy organ bits. That's Sunrunner's cover art above and its tracklisting can be found alongside the song stream.

Verma will be embarking on a spring US tour in support of their forthcoming effort this weekend. That tour includes a pair of hometown shows: Double Door on May 1 as part of CIMM Fest (tickets) and The Burlington on May 11 with labelmate Doug Tuttle. The Burlington show will run you $7 at the door.

All dates, a stream of "Hologrammer," and album info. for Sunrunner lie after the jump...

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Champaign, IL is home to the great fall music festival Pygmalion, and the town is now introducing a summer fest. The inaugural Mariposa Music Festival is slated to take place on July 12 in downtown Champaign and will feature a performance from Braid. The full music lineup and additional information will be announced soon.

Braid will be playing a handful of shows with Into It. Over It., Pity Sex, and Signals Midwest leading up to the festival. The outfit are also gearing up for the release of their first full-length LP since 1998's Frame & Canvas, which is due out sometime this year via new home Topshelf Records.

All Braid dates are listed below...

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Run the Jewels @ NYC's Webster Hall, August 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

El-P and Killer Mike's Run the Jewels project have announced that they'll be playing a FREE show at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios' Reverie Gallery on Thursday, May 1. The show is part of FADER and Goose Island's new "Analog Migration" series, and GI's new 312 Pale Ale will be provided. Tijuana Panthers and DJ Timbuck2 will get things started, and you must RSVP for entry.

RTJ are currently working on the follow-up to their awesome 2013 self-titled debut. It's called Run the Jewels 2 and is due out sometime this year. Stay tuned for more information. This also isn't the first time RTJ have worked with Goose Island -- they collaborated on a very limited Run the Jewels beer, which was available at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival.

A flyer for the "Analog Migration" show and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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April 23, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

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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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

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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