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April 18, 2014

The Lawrence Arms @ Riot Fest Chicago 2010 (more by Katie Hovland)

Earlier this year, The Lawrence Arms returned with their triumphant new album Metropole. They haven't played a proper hometown show since the LP hit stores, but have now announced a summer US run that finishes off with a performance at Metro on June 6. It features support from The Copyrights and Sam Russo, and tickets go on sale TODAY (4/18) at 10AM CST.

All known Lawrence Arms dates and a stream of Metropole lie after the jump...

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Post-black metal heroes Agalloch announced a tour with Obsidian Tongue this week that we're excited to see brings the Portland band back to Reggie's on 6/20.Tickets are on sale. Full tour at BrooklynVegan.


Reunited '90s alt-rockers Veruca Salt are back with their first new material in many years. On Record Store Day 2014 (this Saturday, April 19), they'll welcome a 7" featuring two brand new songs -- "It's Holy," "The Museum Of Broken Relationships" -- as well as "Seether." That's its cover art above. VS will also be embarking on a summer North American tour. That tour includes a performance at Lincoln Hall on July 12. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale TODAY (4/18) at noon CST.

All Veruca Salt dates are listed below...

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April 17, 2014


Record Store Day 2014 takes place this Saturday, April 19 and there are a ton of special events happening at independent shops throughout Chicago. Here's a guide to in-store performances, where to get certain exclusive releases, and much more throughout the city...


Permanent Records

Opens at: 7AM
In-store performances by: Mines (5PM), Unmanned Ship (6PM), and more.
Perks: FREE Dark Matter coffee, Permanent Records label exclusives


Reckless Records (Wicker Park, Lakeview, Loop)

Opens at: 10AM (all locations)
In-store performances by: Circuit Des Yeux (3PM; WP), Kim & Kelley Deal with Morgan Nagler (6:30PM; WP), Ghost B.C. "Convocation" with civilian Papa Emeritus (1PM; Lake), Lord Mantis (3PM; Lake), and more.
Perks: List of stock on-hand


The Numero Group pop-up store at the Comfort Station

Opens at: 9AM
Perks: Numero RSD releases, pop-up shop exclusive Ned Doheny 45, other Numero releases


Laurie's Planet of Sound

Opens at: 9AM
In-store performances by: Fake Limbs (12PM-ish), John Darnielle [Mountain Goats] (2PM), Silver Abuse (6PM), Mazes (7PM), and more.
Perks: FREE Laurie's totes with goodies (a few hundred of 'em), FREE lunch from Chubby Wieners (time TBA)


Saki Records

Opens at: 9AM
In-store performances by: Wedding Dress (1PM), Minor Characters (2PM), Landmarks (3PM), Meat Wave (4PM), Negative Scanner (5PM), Their / They're / There (6PM)
Perks: List of stock on-hand, FREE coffee from Gaslight Coffee Roasters for those in line in the morning, DJs from The Owl, Saki/CTD, and BV Chicago, raffles and giveaways

more below...

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Riot Fest Chicago is back to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, from September 12-14. They don't quite say where it'll be taking place, but we're hoping the fest will be returning to Humboldt Park; stay tuned for more information.

They're also returning to Toronto from September 6-7 and Denver from September 19-21.

April 16, 2014

photos by Jeff Ryan, words by Zach Pollack

The National at The Chicago Theatre on 04.15.2014

In hindsight, not all that many gave the then tiny New York transplants The National the time of day until a handful of years past their formation in 1999. Beginning with their 2003 breakthrough Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and continuing through last year's wildly successful Trouble Will Find Me, The National have slowly grown into a true indie rock institution. That institution happen to be in Chicago this week for a four-night run of shows at The Chicago Theatre -- all sold-out -- as part of a spring North American tour. Last night (Tuesday, April 15) marked their first of four appearances at the famed venue.

Matt Berninger and co. quickly got situated and began their twenty-some-odd-song set with TWFM's "Don't Swallow the Cap" and "I Should Live in Salt." At that point, it was a bit hard to tell if Berninger was burdened or pleased by the fact that he was on stage, as he paced around in an angular fashion. After a couple of High Violet tunes, he appeared to have settled in, and let out some triumphant screams during "Sea of Love." He's an often unpredictable, charismatic performer, who rushed throughout the audience, broke at least one mic stand, and smashed a couple of wine bottles during last night's show. Oh, and he sings too, which is something you couldn't possibly block out. Berninger's deep baritone voice echoed throughout the theatre as he delivered lines like "'Cause I'm evil" ("Conversation 16"), "This isn't working, you, my middlebrow fuck-up" ("Squalor Victoria"), and "You turn me good and God-fearing / Well, tell me what am I supposed to do with that?" ("Abel"). About half-way through Boxer's "Ada," the band's horn section worked in a bit of pal Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago" as a crafty turnaround. The National ended their set with "Fake Empire" and returned for a four-song encore -- a great cover of Perfume Genius' "Learning," "Mr. November," "Terrible Love," and last but not least a totally acoustic rendition of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks." It should be said that instead of this four-night run, The National could have opted for a giant stadium show. They're very thankfully just not that band (and I hope never become it). Berninger and co. continue their Chicago Theatre run tonight (4/16) through Friday (4/18).

Last night's show, and much of their spring North American tour, includes great support from London trio Daughter. Namesake Elena Tonra and her band performed songs from their debut LP If You Leave and also re-imagined tunes from their early EPs.

More pictures from The National's 4/15 Chicago Theatre show and their full setlist lie after the jump...

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Fuck Buttons

Electronic duo Fuck Buttons just announced a tour of the US and Canada which includes Brooklyn's Northside Festival, Toronto's NXNE and more. It kicks off right here in Chicago on June 11 at Bottom Lounge. Tickets for that show go ons ale Friday (4/18) at noon.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan.

By Doug Moore

Fuck the Facts at Cake Shop, NYC, 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Canadian grind oddballs Fuck the Facts like to keep themselves busy -- take a look at their lengthy Metal Archives discography for proof. Their 2013 EP Amer didn't get as much love as it deserved (though we enjoyed it and spoke to the band about it), but unsurprisingly, they're moving on at full speed anyway. The band are out on a northern US/Canadian tour for most of April and part of May. Their tour will hit Chicago at LiveWire Lounge on Thursday (4/17) along with a strong, mostly local support slate that also includes 'thrash metal supergroup' Chicago Thrash Ensemble, bizarro noise unit Microwaves, black/death/grind/supreme pizza freewheelers Immortal Bird, and sludge slingers River Coffin. No presale, but tix are $10 at the door.

Fuck the Facts' tour dates are listed, along with a stream of the Amer EP if you missed it upon its release, below...

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April 14, 2014

Kelis @ SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Forward-thinking R&B singer Kelis is back with a new, Dave Sitek-produced LP, called Food, which is due to hit stores on April 22 via Ninja Tune. The album is a far cry from that infectious hit song she had about a decade ago, and is now streaming ahead of its release via NPR. In addition to the stream, NPR will also be hosting an interview with Kelis TODAY (4/14) at 3PM CST. Here are the details:

At 4 p.m. ET on Monday, April 14 [3PM CST], we'll all hit play on this First Listen, and for an hour Kelis will take questions and tell stories on Twitter about creating an album that sounds like nothing we've heard from her before. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #AskKelisNPR and following @iamKelis and @NPRandB.
Kelis has also announced a brief summer North American tour in support of Food. That tour includes a performance at Park West on June 9. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming, but check JAM Productions' site for updates.

All Kelis dates and KCRW live footage of the LP cut "Friday Fish Fry" lie after the jump...

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photos by James Richards IV

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at the Vic on 04.11.2014

The now cancer-free Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings brought their tour in support of Give the People What They Want through Chicago for a sold-out show at the Vic Theatre on Friday night (4/11). It's clear that Jones is back in full force, as she sang her heart out, danced across the stage, and even invited some fans to join her. Pictures from the Vic are in this post, along with the Dap-Kings' full setlist and video footage of their encore cover of the Woodie Guthrie classic "This Land Is Your Land." More below...

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