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Liturgy -- The Ark Work LP

Liturgy will be hitting the road once again in support of their upcoming album The Ark Work, their first full release since 2011's Aesthetica. As they have in the past, Chicago label Thrill Jockey will be handling the release, which is slated for March 24th; keep your eyes peeled for an impending limited edition LP preorder. The band will also be making a quick stop in Chicago at Subterranean on April 10. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (1/30) at 10AM CST. Listen to their new industrial-tinged single "Quetzalcoatl" below. Their full tour routing can be found over at BV, as can tracklisting for The Ark Work.

A stream of "Quetzalcoatl" lies after the jump...

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EMA @ the Empty Bottle in May (more by Milos Markicevic)

Pygmalion Music Festival 2014 is set to take place from September 25-28 at various venues throughout Champaign-Urbana, IL. The fest's initial lineup of Panda Bear, Sun Kil Moon, Deafheaven, Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex, Mutual Benefit, Tycho, and more has now been expanded to include EMA, Into It. Over It., Owen, Maserati, Twin Peaks, and others. Three-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now. Even more artists will be announced in the coming months.

Check out the current Pygmalion Music Fest lineup below...

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today in Chicago
* Rick Rizzo @ Hideout
* Rebecca Loebe @ SPACE
* The Waco Brothers @ City Winery
* Wynton Marsalis @ Chicago Symphony Center
* K. Serra, Le Fomo, Super Hairy @ Subterranean
* Golden Birthday, Dunes, Outside World @ Empty Bottle
* The North Atlantic, Truck Or Dead Horse, Big Mess @ Township
* Golden Bloom, Timmy Williams, The Grownup Noise @ Schubas

Tonight's Golden Birthday-headlined show at the Bottle is free with RSVP before 5PM.

Rick Rizzo (of Eleventh Dream Day) headlines the Hideout tonight.

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy performed an a cappella version of Shellac's "Prayer to God" for the A.V. Club. Check it out below.

Screaming Females have a new NSFW video for "Leave It All Up To Me." Watch it below, if/when you're not at work.

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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...

Continue reading "#P4K Festival 2012 pics & review (part 4) - Grimes, Nicolas Jaar, Psychic Paramount, Liturgy, Youth Lagoon, Danny Brown & more"


"White metallers" Liturgy play the Pitchfork Fest's blue stage at 2:50pm on Saturday, after Lotus Plaza and before Youth Lagoon. As mentioned, Liturgy also play a Pitchfork Fest afterparty at the Hideout later that night, with Lasers and Fast and Shit and Weird Magic. Tickets are still on sale for the later show, and we have a pair you can enter to win. Details on how to do that are below.

In related news, the lineup of Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest was just announced (Liturgy, Refused, Public Image Ltd, Run DMC, De La Soul, and many more included. Check that out.

All Liturgy tour dates are listed along with a live video from Primavera and those contest details, below....

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Greg Fox @ Cameo Gallery on Sunday w/ Guardian Alien (more by Caroline Harrison)

Brooklyn's Liturgy are headed to Chicago this weekend to perform on Saturday (7/14) of the 2012 Pitchfork Festival. Saturday tickets are now sold out, but you have one more chance to catch Liturgy this weekend. On Saturday night they'll be headlining the Hideout with support from Lasers and Fast and Shit. Advance tickets are on sale.

As mentioned, Guardian Alien (the project of ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox) are set to play the DIY alternative to Pitchfork Festival, Bitchpork, on Sunday (7/15). One through four-day passes are on sale now.

Some Guardian Alien / Liturgy song streams 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.


today in Chicago
* The People Speak, Live @ Metro
* Write Club @ Hideout (Early Show)
* a benefit for About Face Theatre @ Schubas
* The Dogpatch Ramblers @ Hideout (Late Show)
* Lenny Kravitz, Raphael Saadiq @ Chicago Theatre
* Office Space vs. The Big Lebowski @ Lincoln Hall (Free Double Feature)
* Hay Perro, Knife of Simpson, Today's My Super Spaceout Day @ Empty Bottle
* Strong Nods, Nature, The Jerkwater Reunion, Megachurch @ Township (formally Panchos) (Free Show)

Okay, so, Panchos has changed its name to Township. Tonight (1/31), they are hosting, "A free show with some familiar local bands playing under assumed identities. Why all the secrecy? Because surprises are fun." Do you know who any of those fake band names actually belong to? Comment below.

Liturgy have a new video for "True Will." Check it out below.

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Dirty Beaches @ Schubas in May (more by James Chadwick)

The previously announced, September 27th Dirty Beaches / Frankie Rose & the Outs show at Empty Bottle aside, sparse details have emerged outlining a "night two" for the pair.

The tour mates will be joined by none other than John Maus, Liturgy, and Chandeliers to make one incredible bill on the 28th. Tickets are on sale now.

The Bronx @ a Rocks Off Concert Cruise (more by Keith Marlowe)

today in Chicago
* West Fest (Day 1)
* The Bronx @ Subterranean
* Liturgy, Dope Body @ Empty Bottle
* Jerry Lee Lewis @ Congress Theater
* Dave Matthews Band 'Caravan' (Day 2)
* Archers of Loaf @ Bottom Lounge (Night 2)

The Bronx's counterpart, Mariachi El Bronx play at the Dave Matthews Band 'Caravan' tomorrow. Check out an interview that Keith Marlowe did with them here.

Jerry Lee Lewis @ Congress Theater has now been postponed until December 3th.

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the Flaming Lips @ Sasquatch Festival 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Archers of Loaf @ Webster Hall on 6/26 (more by Chris Gersbeck)

The Flaming Lips, and Marnie Stern will play a second night at Aragon Ballroom. Marnie also hosts a guitar clinic earlier in the day.

Archers of Loaf begin their two night run at the Bottom Lounge.

Local H, No Joy, and Planetsexploder will play Empty Bottle.

The Wooden Birds, and Roommate will play Hideout.

Mark Kozelek will play Lincoln Hall.

Chip Tha Ripper will play Metro.

Reggie's will host The Loneliest Monk's record release for their new 7", featuring special guests: Stephen Paul Smoker, and Flying Cars.

YOB, Dark Castle, and Indian will play Subterranean.

The Dave Matthews Band 'Caravan' starts today.

West Fest kicks off today.

Liturgy, and Dope Body will play Empty Bottle.

The Bronx will play Subterranean.

Jerry Lee Lewis will play the Congress Theater.

Ladybug Transistor, Tammar, and Tiny Fireflies will play Schubas.

Wild Nothing, and Ducktails will play Subterranean.

West Fest

West Fest will be taking place on Saturday, July 9th, as well as on Sunday, July 10th. With two stages on Chicago Avenue, (one at Wood St., and one at Damen Ave.) there will be live music from noon to 10PM each day.

Notable acts rounding out the lineup include: Local H, No Joy, Liturgy, Those Darlins, King Khan featuring Gris Gris Sound, A Lull, and a DJ Set from Juan Maclean.

Sponsored by a slew of great companies such as, Blue Moon, Yelp, and Time Out Chicago just to name a few; there is bound to be loads of giveaways!

Admission is donation based; with a suggested contribution of $5 per person.

Head below to view the full West Fest lineup.

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