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We're currently in the midst of the 5th annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 15-25) and there are a wealth of beer-focused events happening throughout the city. Logan Square's The Owl have just shared details on a surprise event they're throwing TONIGHT (Monday, May 19). Local post-metal favorites Pelican will play a FREE SHOW at The Owl at 9PM with a special tap list courtesy of Goose Island. Plan on getting there early if you want to get in!

Nothing @ Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, Nothing will be embarking on a brief Midwest tour with Pelican in mid-May. Their schedule now includes a handful of dates leading up to that run, and one of those is a show at Subterranean on May 10. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (4/5) at 10AM CST. Tickets for their show at The Highdive in Champaign, IL on May 17 with Pelican are on sale now.

Nothing also have a new video for the Guilty of Everything standout "Bent Nail." It was directed by Don Argott (The Art Of The Steal, As The Palaces Burn) and features a cameo from fellow Philadelphian Kurt Vile. Check it out, alongside their full 2014 tour schedule, below...

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Pelican @ Invisible Oranges-CMJ 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

Long-running Chicago post-metal crew Pelican welcomed their most recent effort, Forever Becoming, last fall via Southern Lord. It's their first to feature new full-time guitarist Dallas Thomas and is some of the heaviest and most dynamic material they've released in years. They'll continue to tour in support of the LP this spring and summer, with a Midwest run featuring Nothing (who just played Chicago) and a West Coast stint with Tombs. That Midwest run doesn't include a Chicago show, but Pelican and Nothing will play The Highdive in Champaign, IL on May 17. Ticketing information is forthcoming, but check the venue's site for updates.

All Pelican dates and some song streams lie after the jump...

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Queens of the Stone Age @ NJ's Vintage Vinyl (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

Tickets for Queens of the Stone Age's August 1 show at Metro go on sale TODAY (Friday, July 12) at 10AM CST.

Tickets for Alt-J's September 9 show at the Riv go on sale this Saturday (7/13) at 10AM. A JAM Productions presale begins at 10AM today; the password is awesome.

Tickets for Nick Lowe's October 2 show at SPACE go on sale this Saturday at 11AM.

Tickets for Obits' October 8 show at the Empty Bottle go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for The Weeknd's two-night stand at The Chicago Theatre on October 13 & 14 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Men, Fuzz, Purling Hiss, and CCR Headcleaner's October 18 show at the Logan Square Auditorium go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for Mount Kimbie's October 22 show at Lincoln Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Jacco Gardner's October 26 show at the Empty Bottle go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for And So I Watch You From Afar, TTNG, and Mylets' October 26 show at Subterranean go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for Delorean's October 31 show at Lincoln Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Pelican's November 13 show at Bottom Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Pelican at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

As discussed at Invisible Oranges, Chicago instrumental favorites Pelican are readying their first LP in four years, Forever Becoming, which is due out on October 15 via Southern Lord. You can listen to the LP's triumphant lead single, "Immutable Dusk," at the bottom of this post.

In addition to upcoming shows at Fun Fun Fun Fest and NYC for two nights of Invisible Oranges CMJ-ing, look for the hometown boys to hit Bottom Lounge on November 13th. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon CST.

All Pelican dates and a stream of their new single are below...

Continue reading "Pelican releasing 'Forever Becoming' (stream a track), playing Bottom Lounge on fall tour"

Pelican @ Lincoln Hall, June 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)

Chicago post-metal outfit Pelican, who now call The Swan King's Dallas Thomas a fulltime member, are currently working on a new album. It'll be their first full-length since 2009's What We All Come to Need, though last year's great Ataraxia/Taraxis EP shouldn't be overlooked. It'll be a while until we hear anything from the LP, but knowing it's coming puts a smile on my face. Meanwhile, Pelican will play a hometown show at Bottom Lounge on April 18 with The Life and Times and Sweet Cobra. Advance tickets are on sale now. They'll also be touring throughout Europe this summer.

All tour dates are listed below...

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a preview of Yuck! (via Saki)

Delicious Design League began as the rock poster design/screenprinting moniker of pals Jason Teegarden-Downs and Billy Baumann in 2006. They've since grown into a full-time design and illustration studio that has cranked out work for just about everyone under the sun (Mozilla / Firefox, Chicago Reader, Lincoln Hall, Empty Bottle, Nike, Insound, etc.). This month, Delicious Design League are exhibiting Yuck!, a collection of screen-printed works, at Saki Records. There will be an opening reception party on January 18 (from 6-9PM), with food provided by Uptown Naturals, beverages provided by Saki, and a musical performance from Trevor de Brauw (Pelican/Chord/solo).

Check out a few pieces of Delicious Design League's work below, including the jaw-dropping album packaging they've done for Pelican and Chord...

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Trevor de Brauw @ Lincoln Hall in June (more by Zach Pollack)

Pelican // Chord guitarist Trevor de Brauw has told us his top 10 favorite things of 2012. As we near the end (of the year, NOT the world), Trevor delivers a list that includes albums, songs, live shows, and major life experiences. Check out his favorite things of 2012 after the jump, but first, a message from the man himself...

There was a fucking ton of good music this year and anyone who claims the contrary needs to stop being a cynic and get on the party train. I feel like almost every one of my favorite bands/musicians made new albums this year, many of which were career highlights. Additionally great new bands are popping up at a rate that's difficult for semi-old-timer's like myself to fathom. For this year's top ten I reluctantly decided it was unfair to include clients from my PR career (difficult because I did press for so many great records, including, but not limited to, OM, Zammuto, OFF!, Codeine, William Basinski, Mono, Hundred Waters, EL-P, etc) - in part because they have the unfair advantage of me automatically obsessing over their albums, but also because it feels weird ranking them against one another. Fuck it, they're all great. But as for things I have less difficulty ranking, here's a small sample of my 2012 obsessions:

Continue reading "Trevor de Brauw's (Pelican, Chord) Top 10 Things of 2012"

photos by Zach Pollack, words by Parker Langvardt

Pelican @ Lincoln Hall on 6/29/2012

Anatomy of Habit's sprawling compositions make for a captivating live performance. The fluctuating tension over the course of their seven-plus-minute songs creates a sense of drama that negates the attention span problems that could potentially result. Their performance at Lincoln Hall (on 6/29) consisted of the two tracks from their new self-titled EP and the noisy and heavy "Torch" from their self-titled LP. Frontman Mark Solotroff delivered his softer clean vocals with thoughtful inflection and enunciation, becoming more assertive as the group got louder, eventually yelling twisted melodies. Percussionist Blake Edwards complimented drummer Noah Leger (also of Electric Hawk) with a large gong bass drum and an array of industrial objects including a big spring and the brake drum of a car, which he hit and scraped with metal mallets. After the slow droning intro of "Torch," guitarist Greg Ratajczak provided a chugging rhythm that repeated throughout bassist Kenny Rasmussen's low-frequency noise experimentation. Rasmussen got on top of the subwoofers to create feedback through a PA speaker, and then proceeded to saw his bass, strings down, against the subs.

A recording of "Ataraxia," the introduction of Pelican's Ataraxia/Taraxis, played until the band walked on stage to perform "Lathe Biosas". As a result of guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec's official announcement of indefinite hiatus two days prior, The Swan King guitarist Dallas Thomas filled his place, as he has done for all non-Chicago shows for the past two years. Thomas' tight, rhythmic style fit in well with Trever de Brauw's often harmonizing or atmospheric guitar parts. Their set consisted of songs from their third album, City of Echoes, and the releases that followed. They played the sludgy "Mammoth" from their debut EP as an encore.

More pictures and the setlist from Pelican's 6/29 hometown show below...

Continue reading "Pelican, Anatomy of Habit & Redgrave played Lincoln Hall (pics, setlist)"

Pelican (Laurent is second from the front)

It is with resignation that we report that our guitarist and founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec is taking an indefinite hiatus from the band. Many may have already noticed his absence from live shows over the last couple of years (he stopped traveling for out of town shows in 2010), his role as a composer is now also going on hold for the foreseeable future. The decision is not due to any internal turmoil or conflict - since our last full length album Laurent has made his family and career the central focus of his life, which the members of Pelican completely respect and honor. In 2010, when his interest in playing out of town declined, Laurent was the first to suggest that we find a substitute guitarist and continue getting the music out to our fans. He continued to play local shows with us and rehearse (in the rare instances that all four of us were in Chicago), but after recording sessions for our last EP, Ataraxia/Taraxis, when we were ready to begin writing our next album and began planning the writing sessions it would entail, Laurent confided that his heart wasn't fully in it and, rather than deliver music that was half-hearted, he would rather sit it out.

Laurent is our friend and our brother - while his decision is disheartening, we completely respect it. We don't yet know what the repercussions of his departure will be, but we're thrilled by the strides made on our last EP and excited with the direction of the new material composed since its recording. Laurent has given us his blessing to carry on. For now Laurent's place at live shows will be filled, as it has been for the past two years, by the immensely talented Dallas Thomas of the superb band The Swan King - anyone who saw our shows out West last year or in Europe this Spring knows he is a shredder and fully up to the task. As for writing, we are currently working as a three piece since we're not looking to significantly alter the DNA on the compositional front. We hope that you stick with us and see what coming; as said previously we're very excited with the path we're on.

We've said since day one that Pelican is and always will be the four of us - we stand by that statement. Laurent is an integral part of this band whether or not he is standing on stage or composing with us. His unique musical voice and confidence of purpose have impacted us all and is present in every show and note we play. Our best wishes are with him in everything he does.

All the best, Laurent.

Catch Pelican at Lincoln Hall on Friday (6/29), with Anatomy of Habit and Redgrave.

by Parker Langvardt


Though probably not his busiest year in music, Trevor de Brauw has been working on a diverse array of projects. His heavy instrumental group Pelican released their EP Ataraxia/Taraxis and toured Europe in April, playing Bonnaroo last week. After a pair of Southern Lord showcases in California, they will be performing at Lincoln Hall on June 29 with Anatomy of Habit and Redgrave. Tickets are still available.

De Brauw's ambient collaboration, Chord, also shared a bill with Anatomy of Habit on June 12 at The Hideout. They released their album Gmaj7 on June 5, along with recordings of their performance at the Empty Bottle that led to the album. Miracle Condition collaborated with Chord on the second track of Gmaj7 (Empty Bottle - 11/20/10), and their drummer Pat Samson is featured on the studio recording "Gmaj7 (Kinesis)". Gmaj7 is available on vinyl via English label M.I.E. Music.

He also performed solo for the first time in several years with an ambient set at the Empty Bottle on March 26, which was recorded and posted to his Soundcloud with the title "Don't Be an Asshole." He will be playing again on Tuesday (6/19), with Sweet Cobra, Old Baby, and Electric Hawk at Lincoln Hall. Tickets are still available.

Trevor and I spoke yesterday about one-chord jams and not being an asshole, among other things. Our chat begins below...

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Anatomy of Habit @ Saint Vitus in Brooklyn (more by Mariah Karson)

Local doom favorites Anatomy of Habit recently lost their longtime bassist/drummer, but show no signs of slowing down.

Next Saturday (April 21), they're headlining The Burlington with support from Man (aka Sean Patrick Riley of Bloodiest). As always, shows at The Burlington run on a suggested donation-basis (this one says $8). You can also catch the band at the Hideout on May 12, joined by Chord and Jon Mueller. Advance tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Chord (which features Pelican guitarist Trevor de Brauw), Anatomy of Habit have been added as one of the openers on his other band Pelican's June 29 show at Lincoln Hall. Redgrave are also included on the bill, for which tickets are (somehow) still available. Pelican's new EP, Ataraxia​/​Taraxis, just hit stores yesterday via Southern Lord.

A few days before they open for Pelican, AoH will act as main support for NYC trio RØSENKØPF's June 22 show at the Cobra Lounge. Maledicere and Sun Splitter are also on the bill; advance tickets are on sale. Just yesterday, RØSENKØPF released a new track from their forthcoming debut LP for Wierd Records. Stream the song, titled "Burning Spirits," over at BrooklynVegan.

As mentioned, AoH entered Soma Studios in January to track their forthcoming album with Tortoise drummer/producer to many John McEntire. The band recently revealed that test pressings are just a few weeks out and will once again be mastered and cut by Chicago Mastering Service's Bob Weston (who's also the bassist of Shellac).

Stream AoH's debut LP below...

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by BBG


Kwaidan will headline a show at the Empty Bottle TONIGHT (3/26). Kwaidan is a new project that features the talents of Mike Weis (Zelienople), Andre Foisy (Locrian), and Neil Jendon on drums, guitar and synth respectively. The 100% FREE show will also feature a stellar lineup of local favorites including appearances from Winters In Osaka (who have a new split with Fossils), Trevor de Brauw (of Pelican/Chord), and Dead Dragon Mountain (9:30 start time). Kwaidan recently released a new cassette via Accidental Recordings and you can stream a snippet of that below.

In related news, Locrian recently signed on to do a new LP with Relapse Records. The label will also release The Clearing in a two-disc deluxe version with bonus material as The Clearing/The Final Epoch. Locrian and Mamiffer recently teamed for a collaborative LP, and Eugene Robinson of Oxbow interviewed the bands about it.

Stream that Kwaidan material below.

Continue reading "Kwaidan celebrates a new cassette release with Winters in Osaka and Trevor De Brauw TONIGHT at Empty Bottle"


Chicago/LA-based Pelican are set to release their new EP, Ataraxia​/​Taraxis, on April 12 via Southern Lord. Take a listen to the album track "Lathe Biosas" via a widget below.

The band are about to spend most of April touring throughout Europe and have just announced a June 29 headlining show at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 23), at noon CST.

Mike Hill (of Tombs) recently interviewed Pelican's Trevor de Brauw and Larry Herweg in LA. Check out their entire chat over at BrooklynVegan.

Ataraxia​/​Taraxis' tracklisting, a stream of "Lathe Biosas," and all known 2012 tour dates, below..

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Pelican @ Power of the Riff in LA (more by Adam Murray)

Remember that John Maus/Liturgy/Dirty Beaches/Frankie Rose & The Outs/Chandeliers show we announced?

As it turns out (now that more details have become available), that show is part of a small series that The Wire and Empty Bottle are putting on together titled Adventures in Modern Music: A Five Day Celebration of Outsider Sounds.

The other four events are as follows:

09-29 @ Empty Bottle
JEFF the Brotherhood, Grouper, Starlicker, Vockah Redu & The Cru

09-30 @ MoCA
Oval, Peaking Lights, plus a screening of collected visions from Deep Magic

10-01 @ Heaven Gallery
Oneohtrix Point Never, plus an edited screening of Staring Into The Sun by Olivia Wyatt ($15 at the door)

10-02 @ Empty Bottle
Pelican, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, Ducktails, Nicholas Szczepanik