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Giraffage @ BV-SXSW 2013 Official Showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)

San Francisco-based beatmaker Giraffage and Chicago's Mister Lies will be joining forces for a summer North American tour. That tour kicks off with a performance at Schubas on June 18. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (4/26) at noon CST, and one more opener is TBA.

All Giraffage // Mister Lies dates, a tour poster, and Giraffage's new remix of Owl Eyes' "Closure" are below...

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photos by Sara Pieper

JC Brooks & Ume at BV Chicago // Epitonic SXSW -- 3.13.2013
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

Last week down at SXSW in Austin, TX, we teamed up with Epitonic to throw a free, two stage day party at adjoining venues Swan Dive and Barbarella Patio on Wednesday, March 13. The day kicked off with sets from Chicago's Many Places and NYC's folky The End of America, and was co-headlined by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and Generationals. In between, The Besnard Lakes, Ume, All Eyes West, Twin Peaks, On An On, Eric Pulido (of Midlake), WHY?, Minor Characters, Mister Lies, Autumn Owls, Mahogany, and Tango in the Attic all performed.

In addition to the music, our sponsors Redken were passing out bottles of their Clean Brew Extra Cleansing Shampoo, which helped to keep us smelling great all week long.

BV Chicago photographer Sara Pieper was on the scene and was able to grab pictures of all bands from the late afternoon on. More of her photos can be found below...

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"can't get over how wonderful last night was. thanks for coming out everybody" - Mister Lies

Mister Lies at The Observatory (via BV Chicago Instagram)

Last night (Saturday, March 9), Chicago producer Mister Lies (aka Nick Zanca) played a private record release show for his debut album Mowgli (out now via Lefse) at The Observatory. The show was opened by Different Sleep and Soleman, and Zanca was joined by a live drummer for his headlining set. He ran through most, if not all, of Mowgli and brought out vocalist Jessica Blanchet for a two-song encore. Blanchet is featured on his Mass EP with Different Sleep and on his breakout track "I Walk." The live drummer and Blanchet were welcome additions to his live show, and Zanca said he's looking to turn Mister Lies into a full band thing in the future. A few more Instagram shots from last night's show can be found at the bottom of this post.

As discussed, Mister Lies plays our FREE joint SXSW day party with Epitonic at Swan Dive // Barbarella Patio on Wednesday, March 13. His set is at 1:30PM on the outdoor Barbarella Patio stage. Admission is 100% free (21+), so come by if you're headed to Austin.

All Mister Lies tour dates, his new video for "Hounded," and those Instagrams are below...

Continue reading "Mister Lies played The Observatory with a live drummer (pics), playing a BV Chicago Day Party at SXSW"


We're excited to announce that BV Chicago will be returning to SXSW this year! We have teamed up with Epitonic to bring you a FREE unofficial two stage day party at Swan Dive and Barbarella Patio (615 Red River Street) on Wednesday, March 13 from noon - 6PM. The outdoor Barbarella Patio stage will feature Chicago-based acts, while the indoor Swan Dive stage boasts an international lineup.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will headline the Barbarella Patio stage, along with support from All Eyes West, Twin Peaks, On An On, Minor Characters, Mister Lies, Mahogany, and Many Places. Attendees will be able to move freely between the patio and Swan Dive, which will house Generationals, The Besnard Lakes, Ume, Eric Pulido (of Midlake), WHY?, Autumn Owls, Tango in the Attic, and The End of America throughout the day.

It'll look like this:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - BV Chicago Stage at Barbarella Patio
12:00PM - Many Places
12:45PM - Mahogany
01:30PM - Mister Lies
02:15PM - Minor Characters
03:00PM - On An On
03:45PM - Twin Peaks
04:30PM - All Eyes West
05:15PM - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Epitonic // 1-Up PR Stage at Swan Dive
12:00PM - The End of America
12:45PM - Tango in the Attic
01:30PM - Autumn Owls
02:15PM - WHY?
03:00PM - Eric Pulido (of Midlake)
03:45PM - Ume
04:30PM - The Besnard Lakes
05:15PM - Generationals

Admission to Swan Dive // Barbarella Patio is 100% FREE and no badges/wristbands are required. There IS a 21+ age restriction though, sorry about that!

Thanks to our sponsors Redken for making this party possible. They'll be giving out free samples of their products throughout the day. More free stuff is TBA.

And stay tuned for the announcement of BrooklynVegan's day parties and showcases!

photos by Zach Pollack, words by Ben Wilkes

Jessie Ware @ Lincoln Hall on 1.20.2013
Jessie Ware

Despite bone-chilling temperatures on Sunday night (1/20), Jessie Ware sold-out Lincoln Hall for her Chicago debut and delicately positioned the cherry on top of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013. Ware brought broad smiles to chapped lips and smooth steps to shrunken joints as she emerged from swaths of thick blue smoke to deliver "Devotion" as the opener to a set that made me question whether listening to her recordings again could ever do her stunning voice justice.

As conversational with the crowd as I have ever seen an artist, Ware delivered graceful banter and open storytelling with her endearing British accent and phrases (she described Lincoln Hall as "swish"). Ware told us about getting her nails done earlier that day, about how "Taking in Water," though oft overlooked, is one of her favorite songs to perform because it's about her little brother, and at one pause exclaimed, "There are so many blokes in here! Where are all my girls?"

This has certainly been an overwhelmingly exciting year for Ware, but she didn't hesitate to offer sincere details on the news we've been anxiously reading about her budding career. She apologized for the difficulty of accessing her music online--lamenting Devotion being taken off iTunes--and informed us that Questlove's fro smells like the loveliest of incenses. Caught up in nervous giggles during the first verse of "What You Won't Do For Love," Ware gives us hope that a genuine, grateful pop star can succeed in the cutthroat music business. The audience was more than willing to wait for her to compose herself; it almost made closing our eyes and mouthing the words more enjoyable.

Ware's band was as remarkable as the diva herself, providing exceedingly tight soul grooves and tearing through "Wildest Moments," "Running," "Sweet Talk," and "110%" with enviable precision. Ware's crew is a studied, fluid operation. Jessie Ware was humble, passionate, and one of the best live voices I've heard in a while. The faces of fans in the crowd gave me faith that she'll stick around; Ware can't resist keeping them smiling.

On An On, Mister Lies, and DJ Kriz Baronia opened the show, and a set of pictures from the night are in this post. More below...

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Mister Lies, who recently shared a bunch of details and the lead single for his debut LP Mowgli, has just been added as an opener for Jessie Ware's January 20 show at Lincoln Hall. That show is part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013, includes Rochelle Jordan and Kriz Baronia, and is still on-sale. Again, if you're interested in the entire festival, a five-day pass is also available for purchase.

Check out some Mister Lies // Jessie Ware song streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Mister Lies is opening for Jessie Ware at Lincoln Hall (TNK)"

DOWNLOAD: Mister Lies - "Align" (MP3)

Mowgli's cover art

Mister Lies (aka Nick Zanca) finally has some details to share regarding his debut full-length album. It's titled Mowgli, after his apparent obsession with The Jungle Book (who DOESN'T like The Jungle Book?), and is due out on February 26 via Lefse Records. He's just shared the album's lead single, "Align," which you can download at the top of this post and/or stream below. At its center, "Align" has this roving bass line and is far more agressive than anything we've heard from the beatmaker. In this case, change is quite nice, and we might expect more like it to appear on the album. Chicago seems to be rubbing off on him just fine, with the clearly-stated influence of house. Sample "Align" for yourself at the bottom of this post, and stay tuned for an LP preorder via Lefse. His "Dionysian" 7" is still available for purchase.

UPDATE: You can also scope Mowgli's tracklist below, which includes a song called "Hounded," that features vocals from Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino.

Check out our recent interview with Nick, where he talks a bunch about the LP, and stream "Align" below...

Continue reading "Mister Lies shares LP details & first single (MP3)"

Those Darlins @ Brooklyn's Glasslands earlier on tour (more by Devan Council)

today in Chicago
* Those Darlins, Heavy Cream @ Schubas
* The Wood Brothers, Lera Lynn @ Lincoln Hall
* Joe Pug, Amy Cook @ Old Town School of Music
* Sasha Go Hard, The GTW, Beng Feng @ Reggie's
* Lightfoils, Scale Model, Otter Petter @ The Burlington
* Shiny Toy Guns, MNDR, Colour Music @ Subterranean
* David Wax Museum, Fort Frances @ City Winery Chicago
* Harpoon, Winters is Osaka, Child Bite, Backs @ Ultra Lounge
* Roky Erickson, Nude Beach, Hounds of Baskerville @ Empty Bottle
* Gardening, Not Architecture, Yards, Maish Thomas, Sarabellum @ Township

Those Darlins and Heavy Cream play Schubas tonight.

Sasha Go Hard headlines Reggie's.

Roky Erickson plays the Empty Bottle with Nude Beach and the Hounds of Baskerville.

Harpoon play Ultra Lounge.

Watch Mister Lies' first music video, for the track "Dionysian," below.

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Chad Valley @ Schubas in September of 2011 (more by Matt Ziegler)

UK synth popper Chad Valley is set to welcome his debut LP, Young Hunger, on October 30 via Cascine. The 11-track album features guest appearances from many of his recent tourmates/collaborators, including Twin Shadow, Active Child, Glasser, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more. Glasser jumped on the album's lead single "Fall 4 U," which you can stream at the bottom of this post with a Lissvik remix. A stream of the falsetto-heavy "Tell All Your Friends" can also be found below.

Surrounding his appearance at CMJ in NYC, Valley will play a couple of select US shows in October. One of those shows is a performance at Schubas on October 20, with support from Mister Lies. Advance tickets are on sale.

Mister Lies, who we recently interviewed, is also headed to NYC to perform at CMJ later this month. He's ALSO headed there tonight (Friday, October 5) to make his live NYC debut at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. His current 2012 tour schedule is also below.

All Chad Valley // Mister Lies tour dates and some song streams are below...

Continue reading "Chad Valley releasing 'Young Hunger,' touring, playing Schubas w/ Mister Lies"

by Milos Markicevic
Nick Zanca has been producing ambient electronic music under the moniker Mister Lies for roughly a year. With only a couple of EPs and a handful of shows under his belt, he's garnered much attention and critical acclaim. The positive buzz helped Zanca to secure a record deal with Lefse, who release his Dionysian 7" today (Tuesday, October 2). He'll also be welcoming his debut full-length album via the label in early 2013.

We recently sat down to talk about how he got his start, the music that makes him tick, and his creative process... among other things. Our chat begins below, and you'll also find a stream of his Dionysian 7" down there...

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DOWNLOAD: Mister Lies - "Dionysian" (MP3)


As mentioned, Chicago via Connecticut producer Mister Lies (aka Nick Zanca) made his Chicago debut at the Empty Bottle on July 11 as part of a PORTALS showcase. Zanca has just secured his second area show, at Schubas on September 3, where he'll act as main support for Xiu Xiu. Tickets are still available.

Zanca is currently prepping his debut full-length LP for release via Lefse, which should be hitting stores before the end of 2012. He also just recently made a mix/end-of-summer playlist for The Soul Electronic, which includes tracks from Laurel Halo, Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Haleek Maul, Aphex Twin, and others. You can stream the mix in its entirety below.

UPDATE: Mister Lies is also releasing a 7" of "Dionysian" b/w "Waveny" on October 2 as part of Lefse's 7" series. Download "Dionysian" at the top of this post/and or stream it below.

Take a listen to the new Mister Lies mix/new track below...

Continue reading "Mister Lies opening for Xiu Xiu at Schubas in September"

Mister Lies

Young Chicago via Connecticut, Lefse-signed producer Mister Lies made his Chicago debut at the Empty Bottle on July 11 as part of a PORTALS showcase. Supreme Cuts, The-Drum, Different Sleep, and Soleman were also on the bill. Were you there? How was it? Watch his set via a few videos at the bottom of this post. He performed songs from his debut EP Hidden Neighbors, played around with some samples (including Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy"), and also slipped in some of his newer work.

Speaking of newer work, Mister Lies has three new tracks on the recently released Svengali Label Compilation Two. They are called "Dive (Into It)," "...And Then...," and "Apollonian." "Dive (Into It)" samples a few lines from Bjork's "The Anchor Song." Stream all three at the bottom of this post and take a listen to Compilation Two via bandcamp.

The-Drum, who also performed at the PORTALS showcase, released their new EP Sense Net today (7/17) via Mishka. You've already heard its lead single "/SYS" and you can now download the EP for free via bandcamp.

Mister Lies song streams and videos from the Bottle below...

Continue reading "Mister Lies made his Chicago debut @ the Bottle (video); download The-Drum's 'Sense Net'"

DOWNLOAD: Supreme Cuts - "Sherm" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Supreme Cuts - "Gully" (feat. Haleek Maul) (MP3)

Supreme Cuts @ The Dustbowl in April (more by Tyler Trykowski)

Chicago footwork duo Supreme Cuts are getting ready to release their debut LP, Whispers in the Dark, on July 10 via Dovecote Records. Download the album's lead single "Sherm" at the top of this post and listen to a few other LP tracks below.

They're also working on a new mixtape, Chrome Lips, due out later this summer via Dovecoat/Mishka. The tape's lead track "Gully," which is available for download at the top of this post, features Brooklyn rapper Haleek Maul and is a good mix of their space-y production and his tight rhymes.

The duo will hit the road with Poliça in August for a few dates (all are listed below) and before that happens, they'll also play a number of Chicago shows. First up, on June 4, is Teengirl Fantasy's show at the Bottle. Then they'll play the Redmoon Theater on July 14 with The-Drum and Mister Lies, and open up for Gold Panda at the Bottom Lounge on July 27.

All Supreme Cuts dates are listed below, along with some song streams.

Continue reading "Supreme Cuts releasing 'Whispers in the Dark,' touring w/ Polica, playing the Bottle w/ Teengirl Fantasy"