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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra at Lincoln Hall on 05.08.2014

Montreal's Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra brought their North American tour through Chicago for a performance at Lincoln Hall on Thursday night (5/8). The collective played their fantastic new LP, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, in its entirety and also performed a new tune called "All The Kings Are Dead." Pictures, some video footage, and SMZ's setlist from Lincoln Hall are in this post. More below...

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SMZ @ ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Montreal's Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra released their excellent new album, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, last week via Constellation Records. The LP is available to stream via Rdio and Spotify, and you can take a listen to the pummeling album cut "Take Away These Early Grave Blues" at the bottom of this post.

SMZ are slated to embark on a large European tour in February, and then will be on the road throughout North America this spring. That run includes a performance at Lincoln Hall on May 8 and tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (1/31) at noon CST.

All SMZ dates and that song stream lie after the jump...

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While at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Efrim Menuck was interviewed by Ratso from the children's TV show Chic-A-Go-Go. They spoke about the "blurry movies" that the band screen behind them on stage, punctuation in band names, and much more. Oh, and then the kids in the studio dance to "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls."

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's new album, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, officially hits stores today (October 16). Purchase the LP HERE, and take a listen to it via Spotify.

Watch GY!BE on Chic-A-Go-Go 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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Pitchfork have just announced the initial details of their 2012 festival, taking place July 13-15 in Chicago's Union Park.

The fest's initial lineup includes: Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, the Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, and Willis Earl Beal (who we recently hosted at Cole's Bar). Over 30+ more acts TBA.

Tickets go on sale NEXT Friday (March 9), at noon CST.
$45 per/day or $110 for a 3-day pass.

Stay tuned for any/all lineup additions.

Feist played the Riv in November.
Grimes plays the bottle on March 14.
Cloud Nothings play Schubas on April 6.
GY! BE-related project Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra played Lincoln Hall in January.

photos by Grant MacAllister


Godspeed You! Black Emperor kicked off their first of three Chicago shows with a performance on March 26th at Metro. GY!BE played Metro again last night, and are set to play the Vic tonight. House engineer Brian Emerick recorded their entire Saturday night set, which you can stream in full here.

More photos of GY!BE's Saturday night set at Metro can be found below...

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The Greenhornes @ Garage Fest in 2010 (more by BBG)

I Hope whoever made it down to SXSW 2011 is now well rested (I'm not yet), because we've got a slew of amazing shows to choose from this weekend!

Catch The Greenhornes at the extremely intimate Double Door, supported by Hacienda and the punishing Chicago based psych rock band, White Mystery. Giant System Chicago recently taped some footage of the duo performing "Blood & Venom", you can view that after the jump.

If you're willing to venture a bit outside of the city, you'll find Kaki King supported by Washington at SPACE in Evanston.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and Reptar will be posted up at the Lakeview hangout, Schubas.

De La Soul will play The Shrine, located in the South Loop. It isn't a venue that pops up a ton on the site, but stay tuned for some amazing shows that they are hosting!

The Rural Alberta Advantage will headline Lincoln Hall with support from James Vincent McMorrow. They also recently played the BrooklynVegan SXSW Free Thursday Day Party at Swan Dive/Barbarella.

It most definitely is Godspeed You! Black Emperor weekend in Chicago. They are playing Metro on Saturday, and Sunday, and are also hitting the Vic on Monday.

British Sea Power will play Lincoln Hall along with A Classic Education.

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