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July 24, 2014

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Slowdive / Deafheaven / Perfect Pussy
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. - [Arielle Gordon]

Pitchfork Fest 2014 closed things out this past Sunday (7/20) with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Deafheaven, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. We already posted some words and pictures about day 3 over at BrooklynVegan, but here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Also on BrooklynVegan // BV Chicago are pics and reviews from the other two days. Day two are HERE and HERE, and day one are HERE and HERE. More day 3 pics below...

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July 21, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Lauryn Hill at the House of Blues on 07.16.2014

Lauryn Hill brought her current tour through Chicago last week for a performance at the House of Blues on Wednesday night (7/16). Fans may have gotten a little more than they bargained for, as doors were at 6:30PM, the show was scheduled to start at 7:30PM, and she didn't take the stage until 11:30PM(!). By the time she took the stage, the crowd was justifiably restless. Ms. Hill opened with a barely recognizable version of "Killing Me Softly" (up-tempo, rock/reggae feel). When she finished the song, some fan yelled out that she was late. She then went on a roughly 10-minute rant (both directly at the concertgoer and not) and had the guy escorted out of the show. She told him, "I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything, you understand that?" And that was followed by "You could say whatever you want to -- I don't give a rat's ass." She did ask security to refund him the cost of his ticket, yet that's against venue policy. You can check out some video footage of part of her rant at the bottom of this post. To be blunt about it, the songs she went onto perform sounded like bad cover versions. When exiting the venue, a slew of concertgoers could be seen lined up at the box office, attempting to obtain refunds (again, against venue policy). Meanwhile, openers The Reminders took the stage at normal time.

Pictures from the 7/16 show and video footage of part of her rant lie after the jump...

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July 20, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

St. Vincent / FKA Twigs / Twin Peaks @ P4K Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

The Saturday night headliner might have technically been Neutral Milk Hotel, but you'd never guess it wasn't St. Vincent judging by the massive, dense crowd that gathered to see Annie Clark maintain her status as the most badass breakout indie-rock star of 2014. With her lavender hair tied back in "Heidi"-style French braids, and rocking a black, short-sleeved cocktail dress festooned with a giant gold flower, Clark blended her love of designers like Diane von Furstenburg and Vivienne Westwood seamlessly with her adoration of her personal style icon Albert Einstein, and paired it with robotic choreography straight from her 2013 tour with "Love This Giant" collaborator David Byrne. All that studied road work paid off: Who else could become a temporary Nirvana frontwoman, play the "SNL" season finale and enthrall a sea of some 5,000 people in the middle of Chicago in just under three months? - [Billboard]
Pitchfork Fest is on its final day for 2014 as we post this, and here are a set of pics from Saturday, including sets from St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown, The Field, Wild Beasts, Chicago upstarts Twin Peaks and lots more.

Head to BrooklynVegan for more Day 2 pics and review, including a few from Neutral Milk Hotel's headlining set, and pics from Day 1 are HERE and HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of this Day 2 set below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Neneh Cherry / Giorgio Moroder / hula hooper
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 1

Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." [-Arielle Gordon]
Pitchfork Festival is currently on its third and final day in Chicago's Union Park. It kicked off this past Friday (7/18) and we posted pictures and wrote about that at BrooklynVegan (where the above quote is from). Here's a second set of pictures of day 1.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics are up HERE and HERE and Day 3 are HERE. Stay tuned for day 3. More day 1 pics below...

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July 16, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Death // crowd at West Fest 2014 on 07.13.2014

West Fest 2014 finished off on Sunday night (7/13) with performances by Death, Protomartyr, Turquoise Jeep, Ryley Walker, Mannequin Men, and more. Pictures from day 2 of West Fest 2014 are in this post (day 1 HERE). More below...

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July 13, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Lee Fields & the Expressions at West Fest on 07.12.2014

West Fest 2014 kicked off yesterday afternoon (Saturday, July 12) with performances from Lee Fields & the Expressions, Pink Avalanche, Jevon Jackson, Ssion, and many more across two stages. Pictures from day 1 of the street fest are in this post. West Fest 2014 continues today (Sunday, July 13) with sets from Death, Protomartyr, Turn To Crime, and more.

Pictures from day 1 of West Fest 2014 lie after the jump...

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July 1, 2014

photos by Jeff Ryan

The Antlers at Lincoln Hall on 06.29.2014

The Antlers brought their summer North American tour in support of their recently-released album Familiars through Chicago for a sold-out show at Lincoln Hall on Sunday night (6/29). The NYC-based crew performed the entire LP, as well as a few tunes from Undersea, Burst Apart, and Hospice. Tourmates Yellow Ostrich got things started, and pictures from Lincoln Hall are in this post.

More pictures and The Antlers' complete setlist lie after the jump...

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June 30, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Beck at the Fox Theatre on 06.28.2014

Beck brought his summer North American tour in support of Morning Phase through Detroit this past weekend for a performance at the Fox Theatre on Saturday night (6/28). Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger were originally slated to open the show but didn't make it due to Canadian border crossing issues, so Beck and his band split their headlining performance into two parts: a 10-song acoustic set, followed by a lengthy electric portion. The acoustic set was no easygoing affair either, featuring tunes from Morning Phase and 2002's Sea Change. The electric portion was heavy on Guero and Midnite Vultures, but also contained songs from Modern Guilt, Odelay, and Mellow Gold. Pictures, some video footage, and the complete setlist from the Fox Theatre show are in this post.

Unfortunately, a concertgoer is in critical condition after falling 30+ feet over a stair railing at the Fox. He was found to be highly intoxicated.

Beck and co. will tag Chicago next month for a headlining performance at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday, July 18.

More pictures, that video footage, and the full setlist from the Fox lie after the jump...

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June 24, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Swans // Xiu Xiu at Lincoln Hall on 06.23.2014

Experimental wrecking crew Swans finished off their two-night stand at Chicago's Lincoln Hall with a second sold-out show on Monday night (6/23). Much like Sunday night's performance (and other dates on this tour), Michael Gira and co. played three new tunes -- "Frankie M," "Don't Go," and a pulverizing alternate ending to To Be Kind's "Bring the Sun" called "Black Hole Man." T.B.K.'s loose and funky "A Little God In My Hands" and the incredibly tense "Just a Little Boy" also made their way into the set, as did The Seer's "The Apostate." Xiu Xiu, which solely consisted of founding member Jamie Stewart this time around, got things started with a modular synth-based noise set. Pictures from the 6/23 Lincoln Hall show are in this post. More below...

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June 23, 2014

photos by Milos Markicevic

Merchandise at Schubas on 06.15.2014

Merchandise brought their tour with The Ukiah Drag through Chicago for a packed show at Schubas on June 15. The Florida-based post-punks are out in support of their forthcoming 4AD debut After The End (due out on 8/25), and pictures from their Schubas show are in this post (none of openers Final Grin). More below...

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