Entries tagged with: Nicolas Jaar

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Darkside at Metro on 01.17.2014

Darkside, the collaborative project of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, tagged Chicago on Friday night (1/17) for a performance at Metro as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2014. The prog/dance duo brought airy, pulsating soundscapes and Pink Floyd-esque guitar lines to the packed venue of folks ready to let loose. Were you there? If so, what did you think of the show? A set of pictures from Metro are in this post.

More below...

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James Murphy on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

As discussed, the second annual Wavefront Music Festival is set to take place from July 5-7 at Montrose Beach. The fest, which features Nicolas Jaar, Diplo, Justice, and many others, have announced the second wave of their lineup. The additions include Fatboy Slim, Frankie Knuckles, and a slew of DFA Records artists -- James Murhpy, Holy Ghost, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Wang, and Shit Robot. Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.

Today, Red Bull Music Academy unveiled a short documentary about DFA to celebrate the label's 12th anniversary. You can watch 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, which is narrated by Marc Maron, and check out the full Wavefront Music Festival lineup below...

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Wavefront Music Festival is back for its second year on Montrose Beach. The EDM-heavy fest will take place from July 5-7, and boasts scene mainstays like Rusko, Caspa, and more, but also features Nicolas Jaar, Diplo, and Justice. You can check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post. Presale tickets are sold-out, but general admission passes go on sale this Thursday (4/4) at 9AM CST.

The full Wavefront Music Festival 2013 lineup is 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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Nicolas Jaar

Nicolas Jaar, who recently played a five-hour long set at MoMA PS1 in New York, is coming to Chicago to host a showcase for his label, Clown & Sunset, on March 24. Like his C&S showcase at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (which took place two days before the PS1 gig), Valentin Strip will act as main support.

Will other C&S acts (Nikita Quasim, Darkside aka Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, Pavla + Noura aka Valentin Strip and Paul Sara) be performing? Stay tuned for any/all lineup additions. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (February 25), at noon CST.

Some song streams, videos, and a few upcoming dates (SXSW included), below..

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Fred Flintstone @ Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010 (photo by Maria Marchenko)

Thanksgiving Day 2011 is just around the corner. Despite possibly being cooped up with strange relatives, there are also a ton of great Chicago shows surrounding the holiday...

Touche Amore, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Seahaven will play Beat Kitchen.
Tickets are still available.

Thee Oh Sees will play both an early and late show at the Empty Bottle.
Tickets are still available.

Yakuza, The Atlas Moth, Batillus, and The Swan King will play Subterranean.
Tickets are still available.

Flosstradamus, Supreme Cuts, and Calez will play Lincoln Hall.
Tickets are still available.

Naked Raygun, Falcon, Dan Vapid and The Cheats, and My Big Beautiful will play Metro. Tickets are still available.

Have vegan Thanksgiving dinner at the Chicago Diner.

Check out the parade, downtown (State St btwn E Congress Pkwy & W Randolph St), from 8AM on.

Tinariwen, and Sophie Hunger will play Metro. Tickets are still available.

Nicolas Jaar, Hernan Sanchez, and Striz will play Smart Bar. Tickets are still available.

Scattered Trees, A Lull, and Urbanites will play Lincoln Hall. Tickets are still available.

My Gold Mask, La Scala, and Baby Magic will play Empty Bottle.
Tickets are still available.

K. Flay, eTrain, and Add-2 will play Subterranean. Tickets are still available.

Marketa Irglova and Sean Rowe will play Lincoln Hall. Tickets are still available.

Tandoori Knights, Bloodshot Bill, Nobunny, Outer Minds, and Radar Eyes will play the Bottom Lounge. Tickets are still available.

The Kooks, YAWN, and The Postelles will play a sold out show at the Vic.

Cianide, Johnny Vomit, Cardiac Arrest, and Bones will play Empty Bottle.
Tickets are still available.

Peter Murphy, She Wants Revenge, Hussle Club, and DJ Scary Lady Sarah will play Metro. Tickets are still available.

Magic Milk, Small Wonder, and PK Fire will play Panchos. Tickets are still available.

Stay tuned for more shows in each day's "What's Going On?" post.