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August 28, 2014

Sturgill Simpson @ NYC's Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)
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Psychedelic country singer Sturgill Simpson released his great second album, called Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, back in May via his own High Top Mountain label // Loose Music (UK). It serves as the follow-up to 2013's more classic sounding High Top Mountain, yet Simpson is still drawing from the '70s style of country heroes like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. Though he resides in Nashville, Metamodern Sounds... stands apart from that whole slick country machine. You'll find a complete stream of the album and videos for LP stand-outs "Life of Sin," "It Ain't All Flowers," "Turtles All the Way Down," and "Just Let Go" at the bottom of this post.

Sturgill Simpson and his incredibly tight backing band are currently touring internationally, including stints with the Zac Brown Band and Jason Isbell. They'll eventually make their way to Chicago for a headlining show of their own at Thalia Hall on December 6. Advance tickets are on sale now.

All Sturgill Simson dates, a stream of Metamodern Sounds..., and those videos lie after the jump...

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Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All artwork by Chris Shary
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In addition to a bunch of great, previously announced Riot Fest Chicago aftershows -- including Bad Religion with Anti-Flag at Double Door, The Hot Snakes with Plague Vendor at the Empty Bottle, Mineral with Into It. Over It. at Double Door, and many more -- the festival have now added a few more late night options. Those new shows are Murder City Devils at Double Door on September 11 (tickets) and screenings of The Descendents documentary Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All at the Vic Theatre on September 11 with filmmaker and band Q&A (8PM & 10:30PM). The Television aftershow at Cobra Lounge on September 13 has now been moved to Bottom Lounge and will take place on September 14 (tickets). Tickets purchased for Cobra Lounge will be honored; contact the venue for more information.

Check out a trailer for Filmage... below...

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August 27, 2014

At the Drive-In @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López's post-Mars Volta // At the Drive-In band Antemasque released their debut LP earlier this year, but it's since been taken off the internet and will be "officially" released in October via Omar's Nadie Sound label. While you wait for the full LP to arrive, you can take a listen to the album cuts "4AM" and "Ride Like The Devil's Son" at the bottom of this post.

Antemasque will be embarking on a fall international tour in October. Though Flea is featured on the album, the band's lineup is rounded out by permanent bassist Marfred Rodríguez-López and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch (who's on the LP). Le Butcherettes have been named as main support for the tour -- Omar produced and played bass on their album and is in Bosnian Rainbows with LB frontwoman Teri Gender Bender. You can look for the two acts to tag Chicago for a show at Metro on November 16. Advance tickets are on sale now.

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

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Cheap Girls @ Durty Nellie's in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
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Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls have been touring hard in support of this year's Famous Graves, and they've now announced another string of dates to wrap up 2014. That run includes a few US shows with The Hold Steady and a European leg with Joyce Manor. They'll also play a Chicago show of their own at Township on October 10, and advance tickets are on sale now.

All Cheap Girls dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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August 21, 2014

The Presets @ Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
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The Check Yo Ponytail tour is back for a 2014 edition, featuring Aussie synth pop headliners The Presets with rotating support from hip hop experimentalists Antwon and Le1f. Look for The Presets to tag Chicago for a show at the Vic Theatre on October 28 with support from Antwon, Chela, and Franki Chan. Tickets go on sale this Friday (8/22) at 10AM CST.

All CYP dates, a tour poster, and promo video lie after the jump...

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Hot Water Music @ Metro, January 2013 (more by Zach Pollack)
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Gainesville, FL's storied Hot Water Music are set to celebrate their 20th anniversary as an outfit with a fall US tour. That tour features support from Dave Hause and The Flatliners, and is slated to begin in early-November. You can look for the three acts to tag Chicago on November 5 for a show at Metro. Tickets go on sale this Friday (8/22) at noon CST. Presale tickets for the entire tour are available now.

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Ab-Soul @ Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Ab-Soul has announced that he'll be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of his recently released LP These Days. That tour begins in mid-September and includes a show at the Bottom Lounge on September 28. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All Ab-Soul dates and a stream of the These Days cut "Gods Reign" lie after the jump...

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August 20, 2014

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The Smokers Club has announced their 5th annual US tour, which is dubbed World Wide Rollers this time around. "The world's largest hot-box" will be headlined by duo // Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Redman, with support from Cypress Hill's B-Real, Taylor Gang's Berner, and Chicago upstart Mick Jenkins. That tour stretches from mid-October to late-November, and includes a show at the Concord Music Hall on October 23. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now. VIP packages are available for each date on the tour.

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"Doom soul" singer Cold Specks (aka Al Spx) is slated to welcome her new album, titled Neuroplasticity, on August 26 via Mute Records // Arts & Crafts. The LP cut "Exit Plan" features Swans leader Michael Gira -- Spx contributed background vocals on the To Be Kind track ""Bring the Sun" -- and you can take a listen to that and seven other songs from the LP at the bottom of this post. Neuroplasticity will be streamed in its entirety via Cold Specks' website on Friday, August 22.

Al Spx and co. will be embarking on a November/December North American tour in support of Neuroplasticity. That tour includes a show at Schubas on December 3. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (8/22) at noon CST.

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August 19, 2014

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Lavender Country, the pseudonym of Washington state singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty, released what's widely recognized -- by institutions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and CMT -- as the first openly gay country music album in 1973. The self-titled LP sees Haggerty and co. drawing from classic country players like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, but also from the avant-folk movement of the late '50s. Lavender Country was originally re-released in 1999, and was more recently given an overhaul by indie label Paradise of Bachelors in March. You can take a listen to the album cuts "Cryin' these Cocksucking Tears" and "Lavender Country" at the bottom of this post. Lavender Country can be heard in full via Rdio, Spotify. I'm particularly fond of the album's lyrically darker moments like "Georgie Pie," "Back in the Closet Again," and "Straight White Patterns," yet it also holds some more triumphant offerings too.

Lavender Country's bio tells their story best:

The record reflects Haggerty's experiences: his upbringing on a tenant dairy farm in rural Washington, on the Canadian border; his dismissal from the Peace Corps on the spurious grounds of his sexuality; and his righteous struggles as an outraged young gay man navigating the Pacific Northwest in the immediate aftermath of Stonewall. He designed Lavender Country as a vehicle for what he deems "The Information": valid cultural communications intended to resonate with those unable to access similar resources. (Playing "Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears," one of the indisputably great country song titles ever, cost a brave Seattle DJ her FCC license.)
Haggerty and co. will be embarking on a brief Midwest tour in late-November. That tour includes a performance at Lincoln Hall on November 23. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (8/22) at noon CST. This set of dates serves as their second US run since the late reissue, and the band had previously reunited for a brief period in 2000.

All Lavender Country dates and those song streams lie after the jump...

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