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Vampire Weekend at UIC Pavilion on 06.05.2014

Between appearances at Houston's Free Press Summer Fest and NYC's Governor's Ball, Vampire Weekend tagged Chicago for a show at the UIC Pavilion on June 5. Their headlining set evenly featured tunes from last year's Modern Vampires of the City, Contra, and their self-titled LP. They polished off the night with two-song encore of "Hannah Hunt" and "Walcott," and pictures from UIC Pavilion are in this post. More below...

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The Pixies @ Riot Fest 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)

As seen on BrooklynVegan, The Pixies have announced a winter North American tour. That tour kicks off in mid-January and is slated to tag the Riviera Theatre on February 9. According to their website, tickets for all dates will go on sale this Friday (10/11) at 10AM local time. Specific ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming.

The band also have a new video for "Andro Queen," the opening track of their 2013 EP. You can check that out below, alongside their full tour schedule...

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Janelle Monae @ Afro Punk Fest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tickets to see Locrian at Bottom Lounge's upstairs room go on sale today (Friday, August 23) at noon CST.

Tickets to see Oh Land at Lincoln Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Restorations at Beat Kitchen go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Wesley Stace at City Winery Chicago are on sale now.

Tickets to see Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, and Kristen Schaal at the Vic Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Deltron 3030 at the House of Blues go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Janelle Monae at the Vic Theatre go on sale this Saturday (8/24) at 10AM.

Tickets to see Cults at Metro go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat at the Copernicus Center go on sale this Saturday at 10AM.

Cults @ Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)

NYC-based duo Cults are slated to release their second album, Static, on October 15 via Columbia Records. You can check out the album's lead single "I Can Hardly Make You Mine" and a trailer for the LP at the bottom of this post.

Cults will be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of Static in October. That tour includes a performance at Metro on November 23. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (8/23) at noon CST.

All Cults dates and their new single // LP trailer are below...

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photos by Kirstie Shanley & Lindsey Best

Cults / Tera Melos at Wicker Park Fest on 7.27.2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013

Wicker Park Fest 2013 kicked off on Saturday afternoon (7/27) with sets from Cults, Man Man, Meat Puppets, Tera Melos, Delicate Steve, Santah, Minor Characters, and even more on Milwaukee Avenue. We were at the street festival all weekend long, and part one of our day one pictures are in this post. They continue below...

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As discussed, Wicker Park Fest 2013 is set to take place on July 27 & 28 on Milwaukee Avenue (between North Ave. and Paulina St.). The weekend street festival boasts one of the better music lineups we've seen so far this summer, with Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cults, Man Man, Roky Erikson, Reigning Sound, and much more. Since we last talked, Meat Puppets, Tera Melos, Minor Characters, Treasure Fleet, Meat Wave, and a few more acts have been added to the schedule. Check out an updated Wicker Park Fest 2013 lineup, with set times, after the the jump...

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Cults @ NYC's Terminal 5, December 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, Cults will be heading to Chicago in July to perform on Saturday (7/27) of Wicker Park Fest 2013. Surrounding their appearance at the street festival, Cults will also be playing a club show at Subterranean on July 26. Advance tickets are still available.

In related news, Guards, which is fronted by Cults leader Madeline Follin's brother Richie, also have some upcoming Chicago shows. They'll play the House of Blues on June 20 with Portugal. the Man, as well as Lollapalooza 2013.

All known Cults tour dates and some videos are below...

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Wicker Park Fest 2013 is set to take place on July 27 & 28 on Milwaukee Avenue (between North Ave. and Paulina St.). The festival's initial lineup features headliners Ted Leo and The Pharmacists and Cults, as well as Man Man, Roky Erikson, and Bahamas. As discussed, there are a bunch of great out-of-town acts playing smaller than normal venues that weekend, and many more acts are TBA in the coming weeks. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per day.

Stay tuned for more information. The current lineup-by-day // stage can be found below...

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photos by Chase Turner and James Richards IV, words by Parker Langvardt

Wild Flag / Sleigh Bells
Wild Flag
Cloud Nothings
Sleigh Bells

Day 2 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival happened on Saturday (7/14) with sets from Grimes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Nicolas Jaar and more. We've already got pictures of day 2 up on BrooklynVegan, and here's another set of pics for BV Chicago.

I began my Saturday at the Blue Stage for The Atlas Moth, whose bluesy doom was an appropriate fit for the grey weather we had early on at the fest. Vocalist and guitarist Stavros Giannopoulos flashed a friendly peace sign that contrasted the aggression of his high, crackling scream. The interweaving riffs of the three guitarists give a lively edge to the band's slow, doomy rhythms. They were later joined by Chicago jazz trumpeter Jaimie Branch, who previously lent her skills to a track on The Atlas Moth's 2011 album An Ache For the Distances, and de facto Chicago rock saxophonist Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Bloodiest. Lamont also performed with The Atlas Moth at SXSW 2012, and just last week contributed to The Black Lips' performances at The Empty Bottle and West Fest.

Cloud Nothings started on the cheerier end of their 2012 album Attack On Memory opening with "Fall In" and following with "Stay Useless". The rain began after "Separation," and it was down-pouring by the noisy bridge of "Wasted Days" a couple songs later. The stage hands covered the floor monitors with tarps before the PA system was shut off entirely, leaving the band jamming at stage volume. When frontman Dylan Baldi went to sing and found his mic off, the crowd took over the chant of "I thought I would be more than this" before Cloud Nothings closed out their set. They seemed disappointed, but great set nonetheless.

The sky had cleared by the time Bradford Cox took the stage as Atlas Sound, decked out in a straw hat, white face paint and a harmonica hanging angularly from his neck. Like most Atlas Sound shows, it was just Bradford and his acoustic guitar on stage, but he creates layers of sound with the loop and effect pedals that he runs it through.

The rain picked up again for Liturgy, who have disintegrated from a black metal quartet into a guitar duo backed by programmed drums. This was not the kind of set that you casually walked away from; it either captivated or repelled. The bizarre electronic drum tones might have fit better with dance music, but instead followed chunky, mechanical rhythms which usually synced up well, but lacked the dynamics that used to be provided by live drummer Greg Fox.. At one point, frontman Hunter Hunt Hendrix gave a solo vocal performance that involved him looping his voice into a strange, twisted chant, which stood in contrast to the howling and yelping scream he produced during the rest of the set.

The sun made its final return by the time Flying Lotus began his set. He spun bits of A$AP Rocky, a sped up Schoolboy Q, and the beat to "Niggas in Paris," mixed with pieces of his own abstract recordings. He was joined mid-set by rapper and Brainfeeder label mate Azizi Gibson, who also played the Brainfeeder showcase that night.

After a long set up and some volume issues with the PA, Nicolas Jaar and his live band began creating a swell of noise before settling into a cool electronic R&B groove. Though some of the band's mics were too quiet, the set was still enjoyable.

Back at the Blue Stage, Schoolboy Q walked on stage and yelled "Pitchfork, what it fuckin' do?" He later made a comment about being faded, a mental state fans might have expected from the lyrics of "Hands On the Wheel," which was heard during both his and Flying Lotus' sets. Many of his songs work in a party setting, but there is a dark sense to it. He made sure to keep the energy up, jumping and yelling more aggressively than heard in his recordings.

Hardcore fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor had camped out in front of the Green Stage for a couple hours prior to their set, though it was still possible to get a good spot, about as far back as the sound booth, fifteen or so minutes before they began. The proximity of the stages made it easy to catch any artist for an acceptable amount of time, yet there was very little bleeding of sound between stages.

Godspeed spent the first several minutes of their set focusing on one note, working intently on expanding it slowly by creating noise that inched up toward harmonizing notes. After a careful build, the strings broke out into a dark Eastern European melody. When the first song ended, the silence was eerie, like a cease-fire in a war zone. The often sepia imagery projected behind them reinforced the seriousness of their set, at one point showing sped up smoke stacks spewing vapor and particles into the atmosphere. Having seen their other project Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra earlier this year, the instrumental Godspeed seemed to be more apocalyptic and bleak. Both bands are very critical in a post-modern way, but the lyrics in Silver Mount Zion provide a sense of hope, in that there are other humans aware of the world's problems. Godspeed You! Black Emperor is more like the soundtrack to the human race destroying itself.

Pics from day 1 are HERE. More from day 2 are below...

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Cults @ ATP NJ (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

After playing ATP NJ (as pictured above), Cults only had one upcoming US date, but now there's a full North American tour set for the spring. They'll hit Metro on April 20th, support TBA. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (12/17), at noon CST.

Head below for all 2012 tour dates..

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photos by Josh Darr


On Thursday night (4/7) Cults, Magic Kids, and Superhumanoids played the Empty Bottle. Unfortunately Superhumanoids' drummer Evan Weinerman was ailed with the stomch flu, however Cults' drummer Corey sat in to save the day (night). If you weren't at Lincoln Hall to catch The Cave Singers, and Lia Ices then more likely than not, this is where you ended up.

You can view more photos of all three of Thursday night's sets at Empty Bottle below...

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