Entries tagged with: Constellation Chicago
Amen Dunes @ Brooklyn's Rough Trade on RSD14 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn psychedelic outfit Amen Dunes are gearing up for the release of their new album, Love, which is due out on May 13 via Sacred Bones. The LP was recorded in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and various members of GY!BE play on several songs. Avant sax great Colin Stetson also appears on the album, as does Iceage frontman Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt. You can take a listen to the album tracks "I Can't Dig It," "Lonely Richard," and "Lilac In Hand" at the bottom of this post. Love is now streaming in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance. Preorder a copy of the LP via Sacred Bones' webstore.
Amen Dunes will be heading out on a summer North American tour with support from Axxa/Abraxas (aka the project of Ben Asbury). That tour finishes off with a performance at Constellation on July 17, and tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.
All Amen Dunes dates and those song streams lie after the jump...
Advance Base @ the Empty Bottle, March 2013 (more by Stan Golovchuk)
Today, Advance Base (aka the somber solo project of Owen Ashworth) has shared a great cover of the Neil Young tune "Philadelphia." As Ashworth put it:
"Philadelphia" is my favorite Neil Young song. It's from the soundtrack of the motion picture Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks & Denzel Washington. I went to see Neil Young play a concert the other night & he didn't play this song & I was bummed so I went home & recorded this.You can take a listen to his super relaxed version at the bottom of this post.
Ashworth also has a few upcoming hometown shows on his schedule. The first is a performance at The Burlington on May 5 with Rob Jacobs and Mike Adams at his Honest Weight; $7 will get you in the door. He's also playing Constellation on May 24 as part of Brain Frame, the performative comix reading series. He'll be reading and performing live accompaniment at the early show and the late show.
All Advance Base dates and a stream of his "Philadelphia" cover lie after the jump...
Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm welcomed his most recent effort, titled Spaces, in November of 2013 via Erased Tapes. The album was recorded over two years at various locations with a variety of methods. As we stated on BrooklynVegan, "The disc is a collection of minimalist piano pieces, lush synthesizer workouts and other sonically adventurous stuff that melds the classical and electronic-music worlds." You can take a listen to "Says" from the LP at the bottom of this post. The music video for "Says" and live footage of "For - Peter - Toilet Brushes - More" can also be found below.
Nils will be embarking on an international tour in support of Spaces later this month. The run includes a two-week North American stint with support from labelmate Douglas Dare, and you can catch the pair at Constellation on March 21. Advance tickets are on sale now.
All Nils Frahm dates and those videos // song stream lie after the jump...
Innovative Chicago label Kranky Records are celebrating their 20th anniversary this winter with a series of hometown shows. The series features Grouper, Stars of the Lid with the Wordless Music Orchestra, Tim Hecker, Lichens, and many more. Here are the full lineups...
December 12 at the Empty BottleTickets for all Kranky anniversary shows (linked above) are on sale now.
December 13 at Constellation
December 14 at Constellation
Keith Fullerton Whitman
December 15 at Lincoln Hall
Stars of the Lid
with the Wordless Music Orchestra
Lambchop/Silver Jews axeman William Tyler welcomed his second solo effort, Impossible Truth, earlier this year via new home Merge Records. It's a gorgeous solo guitar album, and if you haven't heard it yet, the LP is available to stream at the bottom of this post. Tyler recently recorded live sessions for Austin's KUTX and WYNC's Soundcheck, performing Impossible Truth's "A Portrait of Sarah" and "The Geography of Nowhere" respectively, and the great footage from those can also be found below.
Tyler is currently en-route to Europe for a string of fall tour dates. He'll return stateside in October for some more touring, which includes a performance at Constellation on November 23 with support from Steve Gunn. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.
All William Tyler dates, a stream of Impossible Truth, and those videos lie after the jump...
Oneohtrix Point Never -- R Plus Seven
Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) is currently prepping his new album, R Plus Seven, for release on September 30 via Warp Records. It's his first for the label, and you can check out the LP's lead single "Problem Areas" at the bottom of this post. The music video for the track is also below, as is an excerpt of another album cut called "Still Life."
Lopatin has a bunch of fall dates ahead of him, most of which are in Europe. His current tour schedule does include a few U.S. dates, like a performance at Constellation on November 15. Tickets for the Chicago show seem to state that you'll only be able to purchase them at the door. Stay tuned for more information.
All known OPN dates and those song streams // videos lie after the jump...
Circuit des Yeux (aka Chicago's Haley Fohr) is set to release her fifth album, Overdue, on October 1. With the assistance of CAVE's Cooper Crain, Fohr built the temporary U.S.A. Studios in Little Village this winter for two-months of tracking. Despite the less-than-ideal locale with elevated trains roaring just a few dozen feet away, the pair set up shop to the best of their abilities and have laid down Fohr's most accessible material yet. That is not to say she's lost her experimental touch though, this set of tunes is just a bit more polished. The LP's lead single is "Lithonia," a song that originally appeared on January's CDY3 10", and they've reworked it for the forthcoming effort. The number received a soaring string arrangement in lieu of the original's lightly-strummed guitar. Fohr wails over the cinematic backdrop, "Doesn't it feel grand to have a second chance," almost like she might be celebrating having one. You can take a listen to "Lithonia" at the bottom of this post. Preorder a copy of Overdue via CDY's website.
Circuit des Yeux will also be touring throughout the U.S. this fall. Before exiting Chicago for some dates with Spires That in the Sunset Rise, Fohr will play the Empty Bottle on August 21 with wildly overlooked British psych-folk musician Nick Garrie, OWL, Ryley Walker, and Underground Symposium (tickets). She'll also play a record release show at Constellation on September 7 with a full ensemble (tickets). After the STITSR run, CDY will play a handful of shows with the incomparable Bill Callahan. That short trek includes yet another hometown show for Fohr, at Alhambra Place on October 14 (tickets).
All known Circuit des Yeux dates and a stream of "Lithonia" are below...
Julia Holter @ NYC's Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter is slated to release her third full-length album, titled Loud City Song, on August 19 via new home Domino Records. You've already heard // seen the video for the LP's haunting lead single "World," and Holter has now shared another album cut called "In The Green Wild." You can check out the track, in video form, at the bottom of this post.
As discussed, Julia Holter will be heading to Chicago later this month to perform at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival. She'll play the Blue Stage at 1:55PM on July 20, and will also be playing a fest aftershow at Constellation on July 19 with tourmate Jessica Pratt. Tickets for the club show are still available.
All Julia Holter tour dates and both of her new videos from the forthcoming Loud City Song are below...
Pitchfork Festival is coming up, and there's already been a number of aftershows announced, including the recently-announced Pissed Jeans/KEN mode/Inter Arma show, and now even more have been announced.
Montreal indie pop duo Majical Cloudz is playing (technically a pre-party) on Thursday, July 18 at Lincoln Hall. Doors are at 10 PM and there will be Pitchfork DJs on the boards. That show is free with RSVP. RSVPing to this show also gets you a discount to Majical Cloudz's August 12 show at Schubas with Moon King (tickets).
There's also a Ray-Ban x Boiler Room afterparty broadcast happening on Saturday, July 20 at Constellation. That one runs from 8PM-2AM, and is also free with RSVP, though it's still capacity-based and Pitchfork Fest ticketholders will get priority entrance. Lineup TBA.
Flyers for both parties below...
Julianna Barwick is slated to welcome her new album, Nepenthe, on August 20 via Dead Oceans. The LP will serve as her first release for the label, and was recorded with Alex Somers (Jónsi & Alex, Parachutes), a teenage female choir, and members of Amiina and Múm in Reykjavík, Iceland. A trailer for the album features the cut "Forever," and you can check it out at the bottom of this post. Nepenthe's cover art and tracklisting are also below.
Barwick will be heading out on a fall North American tour in support of the album. That tour includes a performance at Constellation on September 21. Tickets for the Chicago show are on-sale now.
All Julianna Barwick dates, album info. for Nepenthe, and that trailer are below...
Marc Ribot, who's know for playing guitar for Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, and many others, just recently welcomed a new LP with his trio Ceramic Dog. It's called Your Turn, and was produced // mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier. You can check out a video of the group performing Your Turn's "Masters of the Internet" at the bottom of this post.
As discussed, Ribot and co. will be headed to Chicago next week to open for the Lee Ranaldo Band at Downtown Sound on Monday night (5/27). They'll also headline Mike Reed's Constellation on May 28, and advance tickets are still available.
Watch Ceramic Dog perform "Masters of the Internet" below...
Pitchfork Music Festival // Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements booker and renowned jazz drummer Mike Reed will be opening Constellation, a new performing arts center, in the old Viaduct Theater space (3111 N. Western Ave.) The multi-room venue will open on April 1 with dance showcase Fraction, and features additional dance and jazz performances throughout the month.
We're excited to check out the new spot, and you should be too.