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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

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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April 11, 2014


Distractions Distortions is slated to return for its 2014 edition at Multikulti on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The festival features over 30-bands, including The Runnies, Bring Your Ray Gun, Shiloh, and Le Tour, FREE beer for the early crowd, and a photo booth courtesy of Medium Gallery -- aka BVC photographer Stan Golovchuk. DD will kick off at 7PM each night and will run you $10 per/day at the door; 21+. You'll find the complete lineup and a few song streams at the bottom of this post.


While Distractions Distortions goes down in Noble Square, Logan Square steady The Burlington are hosting what's called the Slippery Kingdom Fest, which hones in on the heavy and off-kilter rather than competing with DD's garage rock-centric event. This one is also on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Day 1, dubbed Acid In The Grass, features brand new Disappears/Ant'lrd side project Cities of the Interior, The Sueves, Bike Cops, and more. Day 2, In Another Land, has Wizard Castle, Cokegoat, Creepy Band, and more. Each night will run you $8 at the door, or you can grab advance tickets + a festival t-shirt for $10. There's also a two-day pass for $14. The full Slippery Kingdom lineup can be found below.

And don't forget, the annual CHIRP Record Fair is also on Saturday, April 12 (daytime). Lots to do this weekend.

Full lineups for Distractions Distortions & Slippery Kingdom and some song streams lie after the jump...

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Tickets to see A Minor Forest at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see TEEN at Schubas go on sale TODAY (4/11) at noon CST.

Tickets to see Failure at Metro go on sale this Saturday (4/12) at noon.

Tickets to see Bane at Subterranean are on sale now.

Tickets to see High on Fire's second show at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Silver Apples, Magik Markers, and Wrekmeister Harmonies at the Bohemian National Cemetery are on sale now.

Tickets to see Eyehategod, Ringworm, and Enabler at Cobra Lounge are on sale now.

Tickets to see The Antlers at Lincoln Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Saintseneca at SPACE go on sale this Saturday at 11AM.

Tickets to see Hot Tuna (acoustic) at SPACE go on sale this Saturday at 11AM.

Tickets to see Jack White at The Chicago Theatre and the Auditorium Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Lambchop at the Old Town School of Folk Music go on sale today at 8AM.

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

Tickets to see Justin Timberlake at the United Center go on sale on Monday, April 14 at 10AM.

April 10, 2014


In late-January, Lambchop's 2000 album Nixon got the reissue treatment via Merge Records in celebration of their 25th year as a label. The LP has been pressed on 180-gram vinyl and is also available in 2xCD, MP3, and FLAC. Both physical options are packaged with a bonus CD containing White Sessions 1998: How I Met Cat Power, a remastered live solo session that Kurt Wagner recorded in 1998.

Lambchop have also announced a couple of shows at which they'll be performing Nixon in its entirety. They'll first do it at Merge 25 -- the label's four-day festival in North Carolina -- and also have a Nixon show in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music on July 31. Tickets for Old Town go on sale this Friday (4/11) at 8AM CST. Tickets for their Merge 25 show go on sale on April 22.

A press release states:

These shows will serve as a tribute to Marc Trovillion, a key founding member of Lambchop who passed away last fall, as well as a recognition of the contributions of Paul Niehaus, who played on Nixon and will be rejoining the group for these select performances.
All known Lambchop dates and a stream of Nixon lie after the jump...

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Eyehategod @ Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

There has been some chatter about an Eyehategod / Ringworm / Enabler tour for the past few days, but that absolute knockout of a billing has now officially been announced. The three acts will embark on a North American run in late-May, which includes a performance at Cobra Lounge on June 13. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

The tour is in support of Eyehategod's new self-titled album -- their first in 15-years! You can take a listen to "Agitation! Propaganda!" and "Robitussin And Rejection" from the LP at the bottom of this post. And as discussed, Ringworm also play Cobra Lounge on April 18 with Death Before Dishonor, Relentless, and La Armada (tickets). Enabler will also hit the venue prior to the EHG tour, for a show on April 27 with Iron Reagan, Occultist, and In The Weeds (tickets).

All Eyehategod dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

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Bohemian National Cemetery (more by Sara Pieper)

Much like they did last summer with Wrekmeister Harmonies, the Empty Bottle have announced their return to the Bohemian National Cemetery for a full moon/summer solstice-time show on June 13 featuring psychedelic/experimental heavyweights Silver Apples, Connecticut noise rockers Magik Markers, and for a second time, JR Robinson's fantastic Wrekmeister Harmonies project. The Numero Group's Rob Sevier and Yoga Records' Douglas McGowan will also be DJing throughout the night. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out some video footage from Wrekmeister Harmonies at the Cemetery in 2013 below...

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