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David Byrne & St. Vincent @ The Chicago Theatre, 2012 (more by Chase Turner)

David Byrne and St. Vincent have announced a summer North American tour in support of their 2012 collaborative album Love This Giant. That tour doesn't include a Chicago show (maybe you caught them at The Chicago Theatre back in September?), but they will be playing Highland Park, IL's Ravinia Festival on July 6. Tickets for all Ravinia Festival concerts go on sale on April 25. The pair are running presales for a few dates at LoveThisGiant.com, so stay tuned for a Ravinia one.

All David Byrne & St. Vincent dates and some footage from their 2012 tour are below...

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Soundgarden @ NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom last week (more by Jonathan McPhail)

today in Chicago
* Bitchin Bajas @ Hideout
* Soundgarden @ the Riv (Night 1)
* Ellie Goulding, St. Lucia @ Aragon Ballroom
* Wakey!Wakey!, Suzanna Choffel @ Schubas
* Giving Up, Life Partner, The Flowers @ The Burlington
* Anarchy For Assholes, The Life Champions, Down Diversey @ Township
* The Welcome, Bedroom Sons, Vintage Blue, Gabe Liebowitz @ Empty Bottle

Soundgarden play their first of two shows at the Riv tonight.

Bitchin Bajas play the final show of their January residency at the Hideout.

David Byrne and St. Vincent performed "I Should Watch TV" on Letterman last night. Check out the footage below.

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photos by Chase Turner; words by Parker Langvardt

Annie Clark & David Byrne @ The Chicago Theatre, 9/18/2012
David Byrne and St. Vincent

Annie Clark took center stage at The Chicago Theatre on Tuesday (9/18), with David Byrne joining her slightly off-center. Behind them stood the eight-piece brass and woodwind section (some of whom have played with Arcade Fire, Beirut, LCD Soundsystem, Passion Pit, Coldplay, Aaron Neville, Wayne Shorter, and Charles Mingus), flanked by drummer Brian Wolfe and keyboardist/co-musical director Daniel Mintseris. The robust tones of "Who" -- lead single from the duo's collaborative album,  Love This Giant -- blasted out, and David Byrne strummed an acoustic guitar as he sang through a headset mic. Clark nailed the sharply stepping melodies of the line "Who is an honest man?," which nicely contrasted Byrne's bolder vocals.

The band turned their backs at the end of the song, and Byrne joined them in dance steps as they began the Clark-focused "Weekend in the Dust." The choreographed marching continued throughout the show and turned their music into a vague form of theater, reinforced by the songwriter's keen observations on human life and their interactions as performers. Byrne joined the dancing and marching when he wasn't playing guitar, though Clark was tethered by her cords and effects pedals. She kept her feet busy nonetheless, and her shadow cast by the spotlight was particularly entertaining, shrinking exponentially as she danced away from the mic. Her playfully atonal guitar solo during "Ice Age" was a bit quiet, as was most of her playing for the first half of the show.

A guy near me yelled "Byrne, baby, Byrne!" causing Byrne to chuckle and apologize for doing so.

"We even choreographed the laughing," Clark quipped.

After this, the audience continued to compete for their attention, particularly Byrne's, including professing love for both of them, and one suggestion that the pair should run for president ("Clark and Byrne 2012").

The brass and woodwinds traded melodies throughout "The Forest Awakes," backed by a ringing synth and a strong snare and bass drum beat, working their way into a disorienting and anxious swirl. Byrne seemed to be most passionate during "I Should Watch TV," displaying frazzled aggression as deep sub-bass blasted under a hip-hop cymbal rhythm. St. Vincent's "Champagne Year" featured a theremin duet by Clark and Byrne. The two encores each consisted of of one St. Vincent ("The Party") and one Talking Heads ("Road to Nowhere") song. Full setlist is below.

Band member and musical director for the tour, Kelly Pratt, has been keeping a road diary for BrooklynVegan, including a special Chicago report. More pics from last night's show are below.

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by Kelly Pratt with additional photos by Jon Natchez

Kelly Pratt in Chicago

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...

Kelly Pratt in Chicago
Kelly Pratt in 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,


We hope you already have a ticket because tonight's Chicago show is sold out.

Read the previous and longer installments of 'On the Road' HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for next week's on BrooklynVegan.com.

Check out some photos that band member Jon Natchez snapped backstage at the Chicago Theatre, and some videos, below.....

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David Byrne with Paul Simon @ Webster Hall in 2011 (NYC) (more by Ryan Barkan)

today in Chicago
* David Byrne @ The Music Box
* Poltergeist, Hakim Murphy @ The Burlington
* By the Bull, Royale, Dead Sheriff @ Ultra Lounge
* Maximo Park, The Neighbourhood, Stagnant Pools @ Schubas
* Helvetia, Love of Everything, Earthquake Party!, New Rose Alliance @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)

David Byrne is speaking about his new book, How Music Works, with Greg Kot and Thrill Jockey Records founder Bettina Richards at The Music Box tonight. That event is sold out, but The Music Box are also screening the Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense tonight.

Love of Everything play a free show at the Bottle tonight.

Cat Power has a new self-directed video for "Cherokee." Check it out below.

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Alabama Shakes @ Metro in August (more by James Richards IV)

today in Chicago
* Teitur, Jodee Lewis @ City Winery
* Geocities, Shapers @ The Burlington
* JT Royster, Panther, Cold Country @ Township
* Soft Jolts, The Damn Choir, Sklut & Weston @ Schubas
* The Black Swans, Mako Sica, Grandeurs @ Empty Bottle
* Elephant Revival, Jonas Friddle & The Majority @ SPACE
* Alabama Shakes, The Pollies, Doc Dailey @ Subterranean

Alabama Shakes play a free (with RSVP) show tonight at Subterranean. For those that have RSVP'd and received confirmation letters: they will be handing out wristbands for entry at Subterranean starting at noon.

David Byrne and St. Vincent played "Who" and "The Forest Awakes" from their collaborative album Love This Giant on Fallon last night. Watch the pair perform both songs below.

Ty Segall has a new video for "The Hill." Check it out below.

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How Music Works is David Byrne's remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.

Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns--and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between).

Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot and Thrill Jockey Records founder Bettina Richards will talk with David Byrne about his new book, How Music Works, at The Music Box Theatre on September 17. Tickets are on sale now.

David will play with Saint Vincent the next night (9/18) at The Chicago Theatre and tickets are still available.


Tickets can be found here for their September 18 show at The Chicago Theatre. This is an extremely limited amount.

A JAM presale begins this Friday (7/20) at 10AM CST; the password is lovethisgiant. Tickets then go on sale to the general public on Saturday at 11AM.


Odd Future are playing the Vic on September 16 as part of their "Camp Flog Gnaw" tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday (7/20) at noon CST.

Tickets for Purity Ring's September 16 show at Lincoln Hall with Evian Christ and Headaches are going on sale this Friday (7/20) at noon CST.

Tickets for David Byrne / St. Vincent's September 18 show at The Chicago Theatre are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 11AM CST. A JAM presale will be active from 10AM - 10PM on Friday (7/20); the password is lovethisgiant.

When we told you tickets were already on sale for Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall's September 28 show at the Logan Square Auditorium, we did not know that was a limited presale for people who came to the Pitchfork Aftershows at the Bottle this past weekend (sorry!). Here's some good news though: Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (7/20) at 10AM CST.

Tickets for Kathleen Edwards' October 6 show at Park West are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 10AM CST

Tickets for Jackson Browne's October 26 show at The Chicago Theatre with Sara Watkins are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 10AM CST. A JAM presale will be active from 10AM - 10PM on Friday (7/20); the password is acoustic.

Tickets for Other Lives' December 7 show at Schubas / December 8 show at Lincoln Hall / two-show pass (both are with Indians) are going on sale this Friday (7/20) at noon CST.

Tickets for the Punch Brothers' December 13 show at the Vic are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 10AM CST.

DOWNLOAD: David Byrne & St. Vincent - "Who" (MP3)

St. Vincent @ Bonnaroo last weekend (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

David Byrne and St. Vincent have announced some more details surrounding their long-awaited collaborative album, Love This Giant, due out on September 11 via 4AD/Todo Mundo. The 12-track album features a brass section with members of the Dap-Kings and Antibalas. Download the album track "Who" at the top of this post. Check out Love This Giant's cover art/tracklist at the bottom of this post.

David Byrne, Annie Clark, and a band comprised of eight brass players, a keyboardist, and a drummer will bring Love This Giant on the road this fall throughout North America. They'll make a stop at The Chicago Theatre on September 18. Ticketing info is forthcoming. UPDATE: Tickets go on sale on Saturday (7/21) at 11AM CST. A JAM presale will be active from 10AM - 10PM on Friday (7/20); the password is lovethisgiant.

All 2012 tour dates are listed below, along with album info for Love This Giant.

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