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November 6, 2014

The VaselinesThe Vaselines

The Vaselines are going on tour in support of a new album in 2015, and that tour visits the Empty Bottle on 1/21. Get your tickets to the Chicago show.

November 5, 2014

Cursive in NYC in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)

Tim Kasher is a busy man. This winter, he'll be going on a short tour with his band The Good Life leading up to a New Year's Eve show in Chicago at The Abbey Pub with Big Harp and The Wild Family. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Then in 2015 Tim's other band Cursive is going on a tour with a cellist and promising to pull heavily from The Ugly Organ, which is being reissued later this month via Saddle Creek. That tour hits Chicago on March 18 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Luckily for fans of '90s indie emo frontmen, you can catch that Good Life show on NYE and still catch one of the three American Football shows that don't fall on that same date.

List of Good Life dates below...

Continue reading "The Good Life touring & playing Chicago on New Year's Eve before Cursive tour (which hits Lincoln Hall)"

November 3, 2014


The annual winter Tomorrow Never Knows fest returns to various music venues throughout Chicago in January, and this year's stellar lineup looks something like this:

01/14: The Both (Aimee Mann + Ted Leo) | Operators

01/15: Kishi Bashi String Quartet | Grifters | Protomartyr | Cameron Esposito

01/16: Cloud Nothings | Zola Jesus | Hamilton Leithauser | PUP | Sara Schaefer | Joe Mande

01/17: Jukebox the Ghost | Strand of Oaks | Alvvays | Tim Heidecker

01/18: The Family Crest

Venues include chubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall, Metro Chicago, The Athenaeum Theatre, and Hideout Inn. Tickets, 5-day passes and more info HERE.

Cloud Nothings @ P4K Fest (more by James Richards IV)
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings, who like St. Vincent were in town to play Pitchfork over the summer, like St. Vincent just announced their own Chicago show and it happens at Metro on 1/16 as part of Tomorrow Never Knows. Tickets are on sale now.

St. Vincent (more by James Richards IV)
St Vincent

After touring Europe in November (we just caught her at Pitchfork Paris), St. Vincent, who was here over the summer to play Pitchfork Chicago, will return to Chicago for a headlining show at the Chicago Theatre on 12/2, as part of the 92XRT "Bud Light Big Holiday Show". Future Islands are also on what is an amazing bill. Tickets are on sale now.

Two days later Annie Clark heads out as an opener on an arena tour with the Black Keys. Those dates are listed below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent playing XRT Holiday Show w/ Future Islands before touring with the Black Keys (dates)"


This sums it up nicely:

Stephin Merritt, songwriter and frontman of the critically acclaimed Magnetic Fields, will be in Chicago on November 8 for a rare, intimate solo performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music at 7:00pm. For this show, Merritt will be performing selections from his extensive back catalogue in alphabetical order. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Merritt is on tour now promoting his first book, 101 Two Letter Words, published through Norton. This is a one-of-a-kind book of poems for Scrabble enthusiasts and their wordy friends, with illustrations by Roz Chast. Merritt can also be seen in conversation with Peter Segal of NPR's "Wait Wait! Don't Tell Me," as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, on November 7.

The Chicago Humanties Festival began 10/25 and contninues through 11/9.

Advance Base opens the concert.

Run the JewelsRun the Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike project Run the Jewels are having the best week ever, and just announced that a 2nd Metro show has been added to their tour. The new show is an early one, with 5:15pm doors on 11/22, the same day as their now-late show at the Chicago venue. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of "Early", that's the name of the song Run the Jewels performed on Letterman the other day. Watch below...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels played Letterman, add 2nd Metro show"

October 28, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

SBTRKT at the Riviera Theatre

UK producer SBTRKT (aka Aaron Jerome) brought his North American tour in support of Wonder Where We Land through Chicago for a sold-out show at the Riviera Theatre last Thursday (10/23). Jerome and frequent live/studio collaborator Sampha tore through cuts from the new LP, as well as favorites from their wildly successful 2011 effort. The pair also performed a remix of the Radiohead tune "Lotus Flower," and footage of that can be found at the bottom of this post.

Pictures from the Riv and that video footage lie after the jump...

Continue reading "SBTRKT played the Riviera Theatre (pics, video)"

October 23, 2014

Foo Fighters @ The Cubby Bear last week (more by James Richards IV)

Fresh off the premiere of their new HBO series and a tiny Chicago show at The Cubby Bear, the Foo Fighters have announced a slightly larger Chicago gig. It's slated to take place a stone's throw away from The Cubby Bear at Wrigley Field on August 29 with support from local heavyweights Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun, and Urge Overkill. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 27 at 10AM CST, with a fan club presale beginning this Friday (10/24) at 10AM.

All Foo Fighters dates and their new video for "Something From Nothing" lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Foo Fighters announce Wrigley Field gig w/ Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun & Urge Overkill"

October 21, 2014


Sleater-Kinney unexpectedly shared a new song over the weekend and have now announced a 2015 international tour. The run will serve as their first shows since 2006, and its North American leg includes a show at the Riviera Theatre on February 17. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale to the general public this Friday (10/24) at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.

It's also been announced that their new tune, called "Bury Our Friends," will appear on their new album No Cities To Love, due out on January 20 via Sub Pop. The LP was produced by John Goodmanson, who they've worked with a handful of times, and is available for preorder via Sub Pop's webstore. You can take a listen to "Bury Our Friends" and check out its tracklisting at the bottom of this post. S-K's new career-spanning box set, Start Together, hit stores today (10/21).

All Sleater-Kinney dates, that song stream, and tracklisting for No Cities To Love lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney releasing new LP, playing the Riv on 2015 tour"