Recent Posts in tour dates

September 19, 2014


Tickets to see Damien Rice at the Athenaeum Theatre go on sale today (9/19) at 10AM CST.

Tickets to see The Atlas Moth at Beat Kitchen are on sale now.

Tickets to see Mark Lanegan at Bottom Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Antarctigo Vespucci at Beat Kitchen go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Survival Knife at Subterranean go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Dream Police and Honey at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Thee Oh Sees at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Syl Johnson at SPACE go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Har Mar Superstar at Double Door go on sale this Saturday at noon.

Tickets to see Angel Olsen at Thalia Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Cat Stevens / Yusuf at The Chicago Theatre go on sale on Saturday, September 27 at 10AM.

Tickets to see Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show at Metro go on sale today at noon.

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...

Continue reading "The Velvet Teen played Subterranean (review, setlist)"

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...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees playing two nights at Empty Bottle on fall tour"

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...

Continue reading "Angel Olsen expands tour including Thalia Hall in November, releasing deluxe edition of 'Burn Your Fire...' (dates, streams)"

September 17, 2014


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...

Continue reading "Cat Stevens / Yusuf releasing new LP, playing Chicago Theatre on winter tour (dates, song stream)"

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...

Continue reading "Bob Mould playing Metro on New Year's Eve"

September 16, 2014


Alt rock heavyweight Mark Lanegan is slated to release his new album, titled Phantom Radio, on October 21 via Flooded Soil/Vagrant. The LP's lead single "Floor Of The Ocean" is a moody, synth-heavy number complete with Lanegan's signature dusky vocals. You can check it out at the bottom of this post.

Lanegan will be embarking on his first full-band US tour since 2012 in late-October. That tour includes a show at the Bottom Lounge on November 4. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (9/19) at noon CST.

All Mark Lanegan dates and that song stream lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Mark Lanegan releasing new LP, playing Bottom Lounge on fall tour (dates, song stream)"

Tinkerbelles -- Fine Asses 7" art

Self-described trash-pop duo Tinkerbelles consists of former Gypsyblood members Adam Mohundro (bass/vocals) and Christian Dawson (drums/vocals). The pair regrouped and are slated to welcome their debut 7", called Fine Asses, on October 28 via new local label TEEPEESPEEK Records. The 7" contains seven-songs, and we've got the premiere of its lead single "When Puppies Cry." They've taken more of a paranoid post-punk approach than Gypsyblood with this project, and that's made very clear in the lightning bolt single. You can take a listen to the track at the bottom of this post. Preorder a digital copy of the 7" via their bandcamp. It features artwork and package design by Chicago pop-art great Ryan Duggan, and comes on limited edition piss yellow vinyl with a "scratch n sniff asparagus scent." Tracklisting for Fine Asses can also be found below.

Tinkerbelles will celebrate the release of their debut 7" with a show at Quenchers on November 2 as part of Phantom Phest 2014. Secret Science, Brontosaurus, Mr. Ma'am, and Bow&Spear are also on the bill, and advance tickets are on sale now.

A stream of "When Puppies Cry" and LP info. for Fine Asses lie after the jump...

Continue reading "hear a song from Tinkerbelles' (ex-Gypsyblood) debut 7", catch them at Quenchers during Phantom Phest"


Phantom Note Productions' annual Halloween-themed festival Phantom Phest has returned for its 2014 edition. It's slated to take place from October 30 -- November 2 with the majority of shows at Quenchers and one bigger event at Subterranean. The festival's overall lineup includes Marnie Stern, Space Blood, Oshwa, Le Tour, ONO, Tinkerbelles (ex-Gypsyblood), and many more.

Here's how it'll be laid out:

Thursday, 10/30
Le Tour, Velocicopter, Bike Cops, Harebrain @ Quenchers

Friday, 10/31
Marnie Stern, Feuding Fathers, Broughton's Rules, Space Blood @ Subterranean

ONO, Evil Beaver, New England Patriots, Columba Faciata @ Quenchers

Saturday, 11/1
Lost Years, Oshwa, Pisces at the Animal Fair, Between Brains, Game Genie, Evacuate the Earth, A Light Sleeper, Landjåger @ Quenchers

Sunday, 11/2
Secret Science, Brontosaurus, Tinkerbelles, Mr. Ma'am, Bow&Spear @ Quenchers

Tickets for all shows (linked above) are on sale now. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a best costume contest for some sweet prizes. Sponsors for Phantom Phest 2014 include Brooklyn Brewery, Medium Gallery, and Eriewood Collective.

Get Phreaky.

September 11, 2014

Weatherbox @ Saint Vitus in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Weatherbox have announced that they'll be pulling out of their tour with Finch and Maps & Atlases due to main man Brian Warren's mental health issues. Their schedule included a show at the Bottom Lounge on October 14. Like the rest of the tour, that show will still go still on without them (Maps aren't on the Chicago show). Here's what the band wrote on Facebook:


It's with a heavy heart that we must announce that we're pulling off the Finch/Maps & Atlases tour. For us it's a double-edged sword because the only way we could have possibly been kept from this tour is health and unfortunately that's still the issue we face. Brian has been in and out of facilities since we returned in early August and unfortunately the symptoms he encountered back on tour continue to plague him.

We'd like to extend a huge apology to Finch, Maps & Atlases, all the fans and promoters, and anyone else affected by our cancellation. We believe more that anyone that the show must go on, but we simply cannot tour until Brian can be stabilized.

We'd like to thank Triple Crown Records for their continued support and we're vowing now that the 'Box will be back in action in 2015!

Get well soon, Brian!