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November 21, 2014

American Football in NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The openers have been announced for American Football's four-night New Year's run in Chicago. The lineups look like this:

Dec 30 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL w/ Braid
Dec 31 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL w/ Pele, S. Carey
Jan 01 Lincoln Hall (All Ages) Chicago, IL w/ Joan of Arc
Jan 02 Lincoln Hall (18+) Chicago, IL w/ Maritime
That's the first announced reunion show for Pele, the been-reunited Braid and two bands who (like American Football) are fronted by ex-Cap'n Jazz members, Joan of Arc and Maritime. And as we explain here, S Carey is only a few degrees of separation from Pele.

Night 4 is sold out, but you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.

Flyer below...

Continue reading "American Football announce openers for New Year's Chicago shows (Pele reunion included)"

November 19, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Interpol // Hundred Waters at the Riviera Theatre
Hundred Waters

Last week, Interpol brought their El Pintour run with LA experimentalists Hundred Waters through Chicago for a packed show at the Riviera Theatre on Wednesday, November 12. The long-running NYC crew were heavy on that LP as well as 2002's Turn on the Bright Lights, and they also played a few tunes from both Antics and their 2010 self-titled album. Pictures and their full setlist from the Riv are in this post.

Hundred Waters are out with Interpol for the remainder of November, and have now announced a February/March North American tour of their own. That set of dates includes a show at Lincoln Hall on February 24, and tickets go on sale this Friday (11/21) at noon CST.

More pictures from the Riv, Interpol's setlist, and Hundred Waters dates lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Interpol played the Riviera Theatre w/ Hundred Waters, who headline Lincoln Hall in February (Riv pics, setlist)"

November 13, 2014

Father John Misty @ the Vic, Oct. 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

Josh Tillman has announced the release of the second album under his Father John Misty moniker. It's called I Love You, Honeybear and will serve as the follow-up to his excellent 2012 debut Fear Fun. Like that album, this one was also produced // recorded alongside Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi. It's due out on February 10 via Sub Pop and is up for preorder now. FJM just recently performed the great LP cut "Bored in the USA" on Letterman backed by an orchestra, and you can check out footage from that performance at the bottom of this post. Cover art and tracklisting for I Love You, Honeybear can also be found below.

FJM will be embarking on a 2015 international tour in support of the LP in mid-January. That tour includes a two-week stint with labelmate King Tuff, and you can look for the pair to tag Chicago for a show at the Vic Theatre on April 3rd. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (11/14) at 10AM CST.

All FJM dates, video footage of "Bored in the USA," and LP info. lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Father John Misty details new LP 'I Love You, Honeybear,' playing the Vic on 2015 tour"

November 12, 2014

Mavis in NYC in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mavis Staples

Legendary Chicago R&B/soul singer Mavis Staples turned 75 this year and in honor of that she'll be celebrated in her hometown with the concert "I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples" on November 19 at Auditorium Theatre. Guests include Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Jeff & Spencer Tweedy, Glen Hansard, Gregg Allmann, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Grace Potter, Joan Osborn and more, and Mavis herself will perform with the guests throughout the night. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire's Win Butler & Regine Chassagne, Tweedy, Glen Hansard, Gregg Allmann, more playing Mavis Staples tribute"

Swans @ Lincoln Hall in June (more by Brigid Gallagher)

Michael Gira's untouchable Swans will be embarking on a 2014 // 2015 international tour later this month. The crew have shared dates through April of next year(!), which includes a lengthy North American leg. They'll return to Chicago as part of that run for a performance at Thalia Hall on February 21. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (11/14) at 10AM CST.

All known Swans dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Swans playing Thalia Hall on 2015 North American tour"


Chicago rippers Meat Wave have announced that they'll be releasing the follow-up to their scorching 2012 self-titled LP, titled the Brother EP, on January 19 via newly-minted label Brace Yourself Records. Its title track also appeared on the full length, and you can take a listen to that tune and two new ones called "Sham King" and "It's Not Alright" at the bottom of this post (via Noisey). The EP features four other songs, including a cover of The Wipers' "Mystery." That's its cover art above, and tracklisting for the EP can also be found below.

Meat Wave have a handful of upcoming shows on their docket for 2014 and early 2015. They'll kick things off with a FREE SHOW at The Mutiny on Thursday, November 13 with support from local greats Fake Limbs, as well as Hot Garbage and Coward. 8PM start.

All Meat Wave dates, those new streams, and EP info. for Brother lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Meat Wave releasing new EP (stream 3-tracks), playing free show at The Mutiny w/ Fake Limbs"

November 6, 2014

The Twilight Sad (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad recently completed a tour where they performed their 2007 album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters in full. Now they're on a tour with fellow Scots We Were Promised Jetpacks. The latter North American tour hit Metro on 10/24 (moved from the Vic). How was that?

Since that happened, it was announced that Chicago will also find out what it's like to hear The Twilight Sad perform their debut album. It happens at Empty Bottle on 11/23 (one day after they finish touring with WWPJ). Tickets are on sale.

All tour dates are listed with their new video for "Last January" from their new album Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave, below...

Continue reading "The Twilight Sad will perform 'Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters' at Empty Bottle (dates & new video)"

Andrew WK @ Riot Fest 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Andrew WK

Andrew WK will tour his way to Chicago before the year ends to help us welcome the new year at Thalia Hall on New Year's Eve. Tickets to the party are on sale now. All of Mr. WK's upcoming dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Andrew WK will party at Thalia Hall on New Year's Eve"

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 Party. 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

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)"