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photo: Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

The Lollapalooza 2015 lineup has been announced. Check it out below.

The fest happens July 31 - August 2 in Grant Park. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

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Flying Lotus at SXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figueroa)

Beloved electronic musician/producer/rapper Flying Lotus has just announced that he'll be releasing a new album, called You're Dead!, on October 7 via Warp. He hasn't shared any album cuts yet, but he has announced a fall North American tour with frequent collaborator/bass wizard Thundercat. The pair will tag Chicago for a show at the Concord Music Hall on October 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday (7/25) at 10AM CST.

For more info on the album and full tour dates, head over to BrooklynVegan.

Delicate Steve @ NYC's 4Knots Festival, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)

today in Chicago
* Delicate Steve, Like Pioneers, Shiloh @ Subterranean
* Pile, Geronimo!, Fat History Month, My Dad @ Abbey Pub
* Moonrises, Toupee, Mako Sica @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)
* Pop Pistol, Evasive Backflip, Pixel Grip, Magicks @ Township
* Julie Byrne, CS Luxem, Famous Laughs @ The Whistler (Free Show)
* Pac Div, Johnny Polygon, After The Smoke, Taylor Bennett @ Reggie's

Delicate Steve, Like Pioneers, and Shiloh play Subterranean tonight.

West Coast hip hop trio Pac Div headline Reggie's.

Advance Base collaborator Julie Byrne plays The Whistler.

Captain Murphy (aka Flying Lotus' rap persona) has a new video for "The Killing Joke." Catch FlyLo at Metro on May 18 with Thundercat and Teebs, and check out the video below.

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Flying Lotus @ NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, October 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Earlier this month, a show featuring Flying Lotus and frequent collaborator Thundercat was added to the schedule of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC series. The announcement of that show has since inspired a tour, which includes a performance at Metro on May 18. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All Flying Lotus // Thundercat tour dates and FlyLo's excellent video for "Tiny Tortures" from Until The Quiet Comes are below...

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Cold Specks

today in Chicago
* Mike Cooley @ Hideout (Night 1)
* Cold Specks, Esta Vivo @ Schubas
* Arbogast, Rollo Tomasi, Cokegoat @ Quenchers
* The Who, Vintage Trouble @ Allstate Arena (Night 1)
* Magic Milk, Big Colour, Uh Bones, Slushy @ The Burlington
* The World/Inferno Friendship Society, O'Death, Wild Yaks @ Reggie's
* The Canoes, Tom Schraeder, Mooner, Hospital Garden @ Empty Bottle
* Outer Minds, Summer Girlfriends, Heavy Times, Sidecar Static @ Lincoln Hall
* Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades @ Bottom Lounge

Mike Cooley (of the Drive-By Truckers) plays his first of two shows at the Hideout tonight.

Cold Specks play Schubas with Esta Vivo.

Arbogast play Quenchers with Rollo Tomasi and Cokegoat.

The Who play their first of two shows at Allstate Arena.

CHIRP are throwing a benefit show at Lincoln Hall tonight with performances by Outer Minds, Summer Girlfriends, Heavy Times, and Sidecar Static.

Julia Holter has a new video for "Godess Eyes II." Check it out below.

Flying Lotus, who revealed today that he's also Captain Murphy, has a new video for "Tiny Tortures." It stars Elijah Wood and you can watch it below.

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* Prince @ United Center (Night 1)
* First Aid Kit, Dylan LeBlanc @ Metro
* Prince Aftershows @ House of Blues (Night 1)
* The Man, Plastic Boner Band @ The Burlington
* Occidental Brothers Dance Band International @ The Whistler
* Helado Negro, Serengeti, Tony Trimm @ Saki (Free; In-store)

Prince plays his first of three shows at the United Center tonight. He's also doing aftershows each night at the House of Blues. Were you able to get tickets to either?

Helado Negro plays a free, 5PM in-store at Saki with Serengeti and Tony Trimm.

First Aid Kit, whose Klara Söderberg sang with Conor Oberst on Saturday night (9/22), headline Metro tonight.

Stream forthcoming albums from Flying Lotus, Miguel, Beth Orton, and more at NPR.

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Flying Lotus, who was just here to play the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, the Eric Andre Show at the Bottom Lounge, and attempted to headline his Brainfeeder showcase, has detailed the released of his new album, Until the Quiet Comes. The LP serves as the long-awaited follow up to 2010's Cosmogramma and like that album, features a guest spot from Thom Yorke. Additional guests include Niki Randa, Erykah Badu, Thundercat, and Laura Darlington. Until the Quiet Comes will hit stores on October 2 via Warp. That's its cover art above and you'll find its tracklist at the bottom of this post. As mentioned, all of FlyLo's Warp releases were just reissued on vinyl. You can purchase them in a bundle, individually, and/or stream them over at Bleep.

Flying Lotus will head out on a brief North American tour in October, which makes a stop at Chicago's Metro on October 16. Ticketing info is forthcoming.

All FlyLo dates are listed below, along with album info for Until the Quiet Comes.

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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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Flying Lotus at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Since Flying Lotus signed with Warp in 2007, he's released two full lengths, Los Angeles and Cosmogramma, and two EPs, Reset and Pattern+Grid World. If you've missed out on any of those releases, now's a great time to catch up because the label just reissued them all on vinyl and you can also stream them at Bleep's website, where the vinyls are available to purchase individually or as a bundle.

Meanwhile, FlyLo is in Chicago this weekend for Pitchfork Festival, which he plays on Saturday (7/14), and to be the musical guest of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show at Bottom Lounge on Sunday (7/15). As discussed, he's also throwing a Brainfeeder showcase on Saturday night (7/14) near Union Park with Jeremiah Jae, Azizi Gibson, Push Beats, and a "very special guest." We can't say who the guest is but Brainfeeder is Flying Lotus's label, so... Any guesses? RSVP is still open.

Azizi Gibson, who plays the Brainfeeder showcase, was recently signed to the label. Azizi is a rapper from LA and according to facebook, his interests are "money, pussy, success." If FlyLo signed him we can bet he's pretty good, since we know how picky FlyLo is with rap these days. See for yourself, by checking out Azizi's video for "Booshie Champagne" below.

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Thundercat @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

Jazz bass great/Flying Lotus collaborator/Suicidal Tendencies member Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) has been added the lineup of North Coast Music Festival, taking place from August 31 - September 2 in Union Park. Three-day passes are still available. The festival's schedule-by-day is forthcoming.

Speaking of Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison), he'll hit Chicago next week to perform on Saturday (6/14) of the Pitchfork Music Festival. Single-day passes are still available. FlyLo will also be the musical guest of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show live at the Bottom Lounge on July 15. Comedic guests on the Chicago show include Lil Rel and Brandon "Hot Sauce" Johnson, and tickets are still available. Check out some Eric Andre Show clips at the bottom of this post.

Some Thundercat/Flying Lotus song streams and Eric Andrew Show clips below...

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The Atlas Moth @ BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The Atlas Moth, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Iceage, The Men, Olivia Tremor Control, Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, and Sleigh Bells were all just added to the lineup of Pitchfork Festival 2012, taking place in Chicago's Union Park from July 13-15. Three-day passes are now sold out, however single-day tickets are still available.

20+ acts are still TBA. Current lineup below..

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