Entries tagged with: Chicago
The Boring Store in Wicker Park
Forbes, known for lists like "the 400 richest Americans", has released a list of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods". Wicker Park got #4 (almost as hip as Williamsburg, Brooklyn which played #3), but Logan Square oddly isn't in there. Maybe their research is every so slightly outdated. Forbes says:
The Midwest Mecca of hipsterdom started attracting artists and young adults in the late 1980s. Nestled around a park, this artists' community is known for its galleries, music venues, boutiques and food options. It's also home to a smattering of Victorian mansions built by wealthy 19th century merchants and beer brewers.Check out the full list of 10 neighborhoods, which also includes East Austin, at BrooklynVegan.
As mentioned, Prince is headed to Chicago for a residency at the United Center next week (September 24-26). He's also just announced that there will be "Purple After Jam" aftershows at the House of Blues on each night of his stay. Tickets for all three aftershows are on sale now. Tickets for all three of his United Center shows, one of which is being opened by Janelle Monae, are still available.
by Kelly Pratt with additional photos by Jon Natchez
Kelly Pratt is currently on tour with St. Vincent and David Byrne, acting as co-musical director as well as one of their many band members. Since last week he's been chronicling that tour on BrooklynVegan. The latest installment was written last night while David was talking about his new book with Greg Kot at The Music Box, but here's a new entry written this morning, special for BV Chicago...
We're here, Chicago! Playing the third show of our tour at the Chicago Theatre tonight. A beautiful venue and one of my favorites anywhere.
As you can see from my photos, the horn section and drummer have gotten down to the nitty gritty of eating at the most unhealthy places possible. It will be an all veggie day for me.
See you tonight,
Check out some photos that band member Jon Natchez snapped backstage at the Chicago Theatre, and some videos, below.....
That all said, he did not actually quit Twitter.
As we posted on BrooklynVegan last night, 18 year old rapper Lil JoJo was slain in Chicago the other night and rival 17 year old Chicago rapper Chief Keef (who played Pitchfork, and Lolla and is on the cover of FADER) made light of the situation on Twitter. The Sun-Times now reports:
Keef's manager, Rovan Manuel, told the Sun-Times he was unaware of the controversy. It wasn't until being told about the Tweet by the Sun-Times that Manuel realized why his phone rang incessantly Wednesday. His number was posted on Chief Keef's Twitter page.More at the newspaper.
But Manuel told the Sun-Times he didn't believe the message meant "anything personally." He said Keef had a beef with JoJo only because "that kid made songs like Keef."
"A lot of the stuff Keef does, that's just cause he's a kid," Manuel said. "People forget that he's a kid, a teenager ... and kids make mistakes. He makes mistakes the hard way."
Chicago police officers were on the street Wednesday night looking for Coleman's killer. Police are looking to see if his murder is connected to an ongoing conflict in Englewood between the Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples street gangs that has been playing out in a series of threats on social media sites.
"Two gangs are fighting each other, going at each other all over the Internet and this is all stemming from that," a police source said.
Police are also looking into whether Coleman had gang affiliations, and whether Keef or any of his associates are connected to the gang conflict or Coleman's murder, the source said.
Many of Chief Keef's Tweets include a hashtag notation "#300" -- a known reference, police say, to the Black Disciples street gang. And Coleman appears to have been warring online with the Black Disciples for months...
evacuation from above (photo by knnyfrsh)
1000s evacuating Lollapalooza (via BVChicago Instagram)
Thousands are flooding out the gates of Grant Park as we speak. C3 Says:
Due to an approaching storm and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), Lollapalooza organizers have suspended the festival until further notice. Festival-goers are being evacuated from Grant Park and are being directed by staff and the Chicago Police Department to pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue.Meanwhile, C3 are "working w/ our team & city officials to survey the park after the storm to determine if it is safe for festival goers to return today." Stay tuned.
The three emergency evacuation shelters are the Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street Garages. All can be entered through vehicle entrances on Michigan Avenue.
Lollapalooza officials are continuing to coordinate with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to monitor weather conditions and determine when the park is safe for festival-goers to return.
"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza. "We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first."
UPDATE: At 5:43, Greg Kot says "Possible reopen at 6 ish is latest word but still raining. A remote entrance gate open, apparently was never closed #lolla"
Check out our photos from day one.
"Vegan" (photo by James Richards IV)
"Rain controlled the tempo of Pitchfork Music Festival day one early on, but the clouds eventually gave way to sun shine and music from an eclectic and entertaining lineup of acts. At its close, Friday of Pitchfork Fest 2012 was a humid but fun time that was definitely not short on memorable moments." [LoudLoop]
"In a sharp programming shift, Day 1 went from the psychedelic pop of Olivia Tremor Control into the mixtape hip-hop of A$AP Rocky. The only similarity I can think of between the two acts is that there are higher than average odds that both their listeners partake of illicit substances." [Jim DeRogatis]
"Dirty Projectors, a six-piece New York band with some highly acclaimed albums in its resume, demonstrates seriously accomplished chops during a set full of art-pop songs. [Greg Kot]
We already posted up one set of pictures from the first day of Pitchfork Fest up on BrooklynVegan. Here is a BV Chicago exclusive set and it continues below....
by Zach Pollack
This past weekend, we sat down with Chicago's Hollows to discuss their forthcoming sophomore LP, Vulture, out April 10 via Trouble in Mind. Along with the interview, we've got a premiere of the album's first single "V Is For Vulture," which can be heard below.
Our chat starts here..
BVC: Maria and Emma, how's it going?
Emma: Same here!
BVC: So, I know you've probably been asked this in every interview.. ever, but can you tell us how the band came to be? Introduce yourselves!
Maria: We get asked this a lot, actually. I posted something on Craigslist and Emma answered it. We picked up some friends as we went along and eventually wound up with our current lineup. Emma - if you want to get more specific, feel free.
Emma: Sure. When Maria and I met, she was playing in this awesome band called Parsley Flakes and had written bits of songs that I guess didn't fit that band?
Maria: Yes, I was writing pop songs that didn't fit in with other things I was doing.
Le Tour - Leave Me Alone cover art
today in Chicago
* Le Tour, E.T. Habit @ The Whistler
* Man Who Fell to Earth @ Doc Films
* King Britt, Raj Mahal @ Empty Bottle
* The Brew, Board of Governors @ Schubas
* JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound @ Saki (Free Show)
* Republic of Lights, Glittermouse, Oil Fields @ Lincoln Hall
* Lazy, Toupee, Right Eye Rita, James Saarsgard @ Situations
* The Hounds Below, Strychnine, The Ragtones, Flying Cars @ Township
* Steep Canyon Rangers, Chatham County Line @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago turns 175-years old today.
Le Tour celebrate the release of their debut tape tonight at The Whistler.
Wise Blood has a new video for "Loud Mouths." Check it out below.
As sadly mentioned here and reported yesterday on BrooklynVegan, and everywhere, Soul Train's Don Cornelius took his own life at 75 years old. Today the AP put out an article that reminds us again of what we have to be proud of. As seen in the Washington Post:
When this proud city welcomed back hometown hero Don Cornelius last year, it wasn't just Chicago-style -- it was "Soul Train" style, complete with Afro wigs, bell bottoms and hip-shaking in the streets.Read the rest at the Washington Post.
The 40th anniversary celebrations for "Soul Train" traced a remarkable journey for a former Chicago police officer who got his start in broadcasting when he pulled over a radio executive in a traffic stop and then had to build up his pioneering show one step at a time.
Cornelius, who became an icon defining black culture in America for decades, died at his California home Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75.
While the South Side native and his show left Chicago decades ago for Los Angeles, his legacy has lived on here -- in the "Don Cornelius Way" street sign west of downtown, in the teens and performers who boogied onstage during the early days of "Soul Train" and in the audiences who were glued to their televisions every Saturday to see the newest dance moves and styles....
Watch a WGN report entitled "What Don Cornelius Mean to Chicago", HERE, and a Soul Train video below...
Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
The Cook County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved a measure giving it control over waivers from the 1.5-percent amusement tax, sending a clear message to Lollapalooza: From now on, you'll be paying what you owe.Continue reading the article HERE.
"This is not like the diamond district," said Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, who sponsored the measure. "You can't get it wholesale."
The move passed unanimously, with one commissioner, John Fritchey, abstaining with a vote of "present."
At a time when the city, county, and state face unprecedented budget deficits, Gainer was outraged when she learned that the giant concert in Grant Park was using its partnership with the not-for-profit Parkways Foundation, on whose board she once served, to dodge its approximately $350,000 a year county tax bill.
Lollapalooza also has a controversial exemption from paying the 5-percent city amusement tax, a bill estimated at more than a million dollars, as well as the 6.25-percent state sales taxes, the value of which has not even been estimated.
As reported on Monday, IL Rep. Sara Feigenholtz has asked for an investigation of the state waiver. And several Chicago aldermen have been questioning the propriety of the city tax exemption since before the 2011 concert, the seventh under a long-term sweetheart deal negotiated in part by Lollapalooza attorney and lobbyist Mark Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley.
However, the parks group and Lollapalooza co-owners C3 Presents of Austin, Texas, and Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor, which is run by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's brother Ari, are expected to lobby hard in Springfield to fight any push to make the concert pay the 6.25-percent state sales tax. And the fate of the city tax exemption in 2012 is yet to be determined. [Jim DeRogatis]
Our van got stolen today. We love that van. She makes it possible to tour. We have many memories of this van. If you see this van anywhere in the Chicago area, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com.View more pictures of the van at their website. Please contact them if you have any details to offer.
Please. I had my first kiss in this van.
Parallax Sounds is a documentary that aims to examine the connections between Chicago's experimental music, musicians, and their urban landscape.
Featuring frontrunners such as: Steve Albini, Ian Williams (Battles/Don Caballero), 'Damon Locks (The Eternals/Trenchmouth), and more; the film intends to trace this close knit scene back to its roots.
They can now fully do so, because as of four days ago, their Kickstarter campaign finished its countdown with more money pledged than their initial goal ($10,345 / $10,000)!
Parallax Sounds is due for completion by the end of the year, and has already nailed down distribution in France, Italy, Germany, and Finland.
Check out a trailer below..
Pre-sale tickets will be available from 10AM to 10PM CST tomorrow.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, at 10AM CST.
The above promised tracklisting, AND A TOM WAITS HOSTED PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY, lie below...
Lollapalooza lantern (more by Grant MacAllister)
As we recently posted about, Lollapalooza is essentially receiving 115 acres of land for free. They do contribute a large amount of money to the Parkways Foundation, however operate essentially tax-free on a yearly basis.
Jim DeRogatis recently caught up with the 1st Ward's newly elected representative, Proco Joe Moreno for a chat. As Jim points out, Moreno has been pinned "the hipster alderman," by publications such as Red Eye, and the A.V. Club Chicago. The 39-year old, who proudly has a vinyl copy of the 1984 Minor Threat compilation on display in his office was open, and relaxed with Derogatis...
Q. Alderman, the reason I've been eager to talk to you is that you seem to understand, in a way that Mayor Emanuel may not, that the Chicago music scene basically survived 21 years of barely masked hostility bordering on open warfare with the Daley administration. Things may or may not get better now. From your perspective, where do we stand? In particular, do you think there's a possibility that Chicago may finally get some sort of Music Office, similar to what New Orleans, Austin, Memphis, and even Portland have--part civic booster, and part liaison to help venues, promoters, artists, and music businesses deal with the harsh bureaucracy? Do you think we need that?
A. We do need it. I think in the past people have said--and this is not my opinion--"Well, we have a special events or cultural affairs office; those encompass anything creative." That's not the way to look at things, especially when it comes to music, because of the incredible diversity. I think there is a good argument to have a city Music Office and then have people with different specialties within that. My problem is, and I have said this on [WBEZ], I think Chicago is beyond "a scene." It has an incredible wealth of diverse music; it's not Athens, and it's not Seattle. It's very mature in a good way, where the music community flourishes within itself. My only fear about establishing that kind of office is that it sanitizes it. I would love to have this office really give support, hopefully financial support, for planning, but then get out of the way and let the Empty Bottles of the world and the other collaboratives drive the festivals or just go about their daily operations.
Q. The last thing Chicago needs is more events at the level of Taste of Chicago as it was run for the last decade by the Mayor's Office of Special Events.
A. Or you go to Myrtle Beach and you have this very stale thing with the city promoting music. We wouldn't want that. But I think you agree with what I've been saying, that to have a music venue at all these days means you're going to start out struggling. To have the city not "get" what you're doing only makes things worse. Instead, they can really help in terms of saying, "I'm your liaison for your liquor license/occupancy/cabaret permit," explaining and assisting with all those types of things instead of saying, "There are some punk-rock kids who want to run a club and they're a pain in my ass; shut 'em down!"
Continue reading the interview HERE.
Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jen Maler)
The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a short fall North American tour, which includes a hometown show on October 14th (venue TBA). Regardless of the lack of venue, tickets go on sale on Saturday (8/27), at 10AM CST. There will probably be a pre-sale with passwords so stay tuned right here for more details.
As Andrew has just mentioned, the Pumpkins are gearing up for the release of their new LP Oceania, due to hit stores in early 2012. Take a listen to a new song titled "Owata" below.
They are also set to reissue all of their pre-breakup material over the course of the next three years. This will start with Gish, and Siamese Dream on November 15 via EMI, and continue with Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Aeroplane Flies High, and Adore in 2012, followed by the Machina albums, and a greatest hits album in 2013.
Head to BrooklynVegan for more insight on Oceania and the reissues, plus all 2011 dates.
Lineup includes: Curren$y, Dillon Francis, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Bosco Delrey, Reptar, Kito, Lunice, DJ Benzi, and BBU.
The festival (if you will) has also recently announced an afterparty, taking place right around the corner from the day's festivities.
Double Door will host Dillion Francis, Lunice, Kito, Reptar, and Willy Joy starting at 10PM. Tickets for the event can be found HERE.
President Obama will be hosting a 50th Birthday Bash / Fundraiser for the 2012 Presidential Election on August 3rd, in his hometown of Chicago, IL at the Aragon Ballroom.
The event promises performances from OK Go, Herbie Hancock, and more.
Press release reads:
Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.
The first $5,000 of a contribution to OVF 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America (with the first $2,500 designated for the primary election, and the next $2,500 for the general). The next $30,800 of a contribution will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution.
General admission tickets are $200 each, with VIP tickets being set at $1,000.
BrooklynVegan and BV Chicago are both neutral parties on the matter, solely reporting on the event in regards to musical happenings.
The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival is less than a week away, taking place (as always) at Chicago's Union Park from July 15th - 17th.
Tickets for Sunday (7/17) of the festival are now sold out, however ones for Friday, and Saturday are still available.
For festival-goers, they've designed a free iPhone app. Grab it here.
If you can't make it at all, there is now the option to live stream the festival via their website.
To view more details including lineup and set times, click through to a previous post.
You can also view all official/unofficial festival afterparties here.
Red Bull's Riot Fest Chicago is set to take place at various venues throughout the city from October 5th - 9th.
Headliners include: Weezer, Social Distortion, and Descendents, with more TBA.
What has been announced of the lineup thus far, is manifested in the poster above.
We'll keep you updated as more details become available.
Neko Case @ The Bell House in February (more by Amanda M. Hatfield)
The Poetry Foundation are launching their new performance space (61 West Superior Street), by offering a free concert from famed, singer-songwriter; Neko Case.
Case is a lover of poetry, who has been published in the foundation's own Poetry magazine. In the November 2007 issue, as part of the magazine's "View from Here" series, Case contributed an essay called "My Flaming Hamster Wheel of Panic about Publicly Discussing Poetry in This Respected Forum." Case's piece countered the misconception that poetry is for the elite.
Neko Case will take the stage on Saturday, June 25th at 8:30PM. No tickets will be sold for this event, instead the Poetry Foundation will give away 90-pairs of free tickets via a lottery.
Winners will be notified by email on Wednesday, June 22nd.
Good luck everyone!
Founded in February of 2011, BV Chicago is a localized version of BrooklynVegan. We were the first extension of BV, BV Austin came next, and we're here to stay. While we're based in music news, we also put on live events, as well as provide pictures and reviews of Chicago shows on a daily basis.
BV Chicago is operated by Zach Pollack, with much assistance from an invaluable, tight-knit team.
- Zach Pollack - BV Chicago Editor, Concert Booker, Live Reviewer, Photographer, Interviewer, New York transplant, Non-vegan
- Milos Markicevic - Live Reviewer, Occasional News Writer, Photographer, Interviewer, Not-so-secretly Serbian, Eagle Scout
- Ben Wilkes - Live Reviewer, Interviewer, Not afraid to say "y'all"
- Hubert Snodgrass - Live Reviewer, Movie Buff, Eccentric, Trusted Advisor, Self-proclaimed "Ex-Chicagoan" (though he still lives here), Master Chef
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