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Slowdive / Deafheaven / Perfect Pussy
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. - [Arielle Gordon]

Pitchfork Fest 2014 closed things out this past Sunday (7/20) with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Deafheaven, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. We already posted some words and pictures about day 3 over at BrooklynVegan, but here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Also on BrooklynVegan // BV Chicago are pics and reviews from the other two days. Day two are HERE and HERE, and day one are HERE and HERE. More day 3 pics below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

As discussed, the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival is slated to take place from July 18-20 in Chicago's Union Park. The fests initial lineup included Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, tUnE-yArDs, Sharon Van Etten, Grimes, Slowdive, and more, and St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Schoolboy Q, Cloud Nothings, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Speedy Ortiz, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, Isaiah Rashad, Twin Peaks, and others have now been added to the festival.

UPDATE: just a month after this lineup was posted, DJ Rashad tragically passed away. Rest in Peace Rashad.

Festival Passes and single-day tickets are still available, and we've also got a few pairs of three-day passes to give away!

The full festival lineups-by-day and contest details can be found below...

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Neko Case @ Hideout Block Party 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)

Tickets to see Earth at the Empty Bottle go on sale this Friday (1/31) at 10AM CST.

Tickets to see Trail of Dead at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Schoolboy Q at Metro go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Ghost B.C. and King Dude at the Vic go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Taking Back Sunday at Concord Music Hall go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets to see The Both (Ted Leo + Aimee Mann) at Metro are on sale now.

Tickets to see Of Montreal at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets to see Neko Case and The Dodos at The Chicago Theatre go on sale this Friday at 10AM. A venue presale, WXRT presale, and a JAM Productions presale will all be active from 10AM to 10PM today; the passwords are CASE, xrtcase, and nekoman, respectively.

Schoolboy Q @ NYC's Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)

Black Hippy party rapper Schoolboy Q is slated to release his new album, Oxymoron, on February 25 via Top Dawg Entertainment // Interscope. The LP features great singles "Collard Greens" (feat. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year," and "Break The Bank," and includes guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Tyler the Creator, Black Hippy members (in addition to Kendrick), and others. The trio of singles are available to stream at the bottom of this post.

Q will be supporting Oxymoron with a world tour that features Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The three acts will tag Chicago as part of that run, for a performance at Metro on April 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday (1/31) at 10AM CST.

Speaking of Isaiah Rashad, he just released his new album, Cilvia Demo, earlier this week and also shared a video for its single "Soliloquy." The effort includes "Ronnie Drake" featuring labelmate SZA and "Shot You Down" with Jay Rock and Q. Those streams, Q's singles, and their full tour schedule lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q playing Metro on 'Oxymoron' tour w/ Vince Staples & Isaiah Rashad (dates, streams)"

Gauntlet Hair @ BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)

today in Chicago
* Chord @ The Burlington
* Soft Metals @ Subterranean
* Remain in Light @ Saki Records
* Summer Set Music Festival (Day 1)
* Baby Money, Heirlooms @ Quenchers
* Greensky Bluegrass, Dog1 @ Lincoln Hall
* Blackalicious, Young General @ Abbey Pub
* Trap Them, Neighbor, Jar'd Loose @ Cobra Lounge CANCELED
* So Many Dynamos, Elsinore, The Noise FM @ Schubas
* Gauntlet Hair, Population, Magical Beautiful @ Empty Bottle
* 97-Shiki, Fake Limbs, The Trophy Wives, Split Feet @ Township
* The Lawrence Peters Outfit, Jack Grace, Cloudbirds @ The Hideout
* Polarcode, AyOH, Aly Jados, Rachael's Surrender, Skye Daru @ Double Door
* The Appleseed Cast, Heartscape Landbreak, Red Fox Grey Fox @ Fireside Bowl

Chord headline The Burlington tonight.

BV Chicago contributor Kirstie Shanely's new photography show, Remain in Light, opens at Saki Records tonight at 6PM. Admission is free and Saki will be providing food and beverages (it's also BYOB). Music from Karaoke and Cinchel.

Gauntlet Hair, Population, and Magical Beautiful play the Empty Bottle.

97-Shiki, Fake Limbs, The Trophy Wives, and Split Feet play Township.

The Appleseed Cast play their second of two shows at Fireside Bowl.

Schoolboy Q has a new video for "Collard Greens" off of his forthcoming Oxymoron LP. Check it out below.

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What else?

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Bouncing Souls @ Bamboozle in May (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

today in Chicago
* Wicker Park Fest (Day 2)
* Tennis, Pet Lions @ Lincoln Hall
* Rebecca Gates @ Saki (Free; In-store)
* Rebecca Gates, Archer Prewitt @ Hideout
* Zoo Animal, The Wiitala Brothers @ Schubas
* Bouncing Souls, Menzingers, Luther, Masked Intruder @ Metro
* Alessandro Cortini, Richard Devine, Lichens, Keith Fullerton Whitman @ Empty Bottle
* Black Actress, The Brothers Gross, Not All There, The Van Buren Boys @ Subterranean

Rebecca Gates plays a 5PM in-store at Saki and then headlines the Hideout later tonight with support from Archer Prewitt (of The Sea and Cake, who are releasing a new LP).

Wicker Park Fest 2012 finishes off tonight.

Schoolboy Q has a new video for "There He Go." Watch it below.

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What else?

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A$AP Rocky @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob are slated to head out on the LongLiveA$AP tour in late-September, which features Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q. All three acts hit Chicago earlier this month to perform at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. That tour will reach Chicago on October 11 for a show at the Congress Theater. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.

In related news, Rocky was arrested in NYC last week after a brawl with some photographers, which caused him to miss his scheduled performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Brawls are kind of his thing.

All LongLiveA$AP dates are listed 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...

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

Schoolboy Q @ Reggie's on Tuesday (5/8) (via)

On Tuesday night (May 8), Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul brought The Groovy Tour through Chicago for a show at Reggie's. Where you there? How was it? Maybe you went to his meet and greet at Jugrnaut earlier in the day? Check out two videos from the show at the bottom of this post, one of which is an eight-minute clip of Q's "There He Go," "Hands On The Wheel," and a cover of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like."

Watch below...

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Schoolboy Q @ SOB's (NYC) (more by Julie Schabel)

As mentioned, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul play Reggie's tomorrow night (May 8), supported by Jugrnaut. Tickets for the show, which we don't suggest you miss, are still available. Q will also be hanging out at the Jugrnaut shop (427 S. Dearborn St.) from noon-3PM tomorrow afternoon.

You actually have two additional chances to see him in the coming months: the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival on July 14 and First Midwest Bank Amphitheater on July 27.

A few choice videos, below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q hits Reggie's tomorrow, but first a meet and greet @ Jugrnaut"

Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg @ Coachella (via)

Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller are heading out on the Under the Influence of Music tour this summer, which reaches Tinley Park's First Midwest Bank Amphitheater on July 27. Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q will open. Advance tickets are on sale.

As mentioned, Q has a Chicago show of his own at Reggie's on May 8. Fellow Black Hippy member Ab-Soul will open. Tickets are still available. As also mentioned, both Q and Kendrick Lamar will be performing at Pitchfork Fest 2012 in Union Park in July.

Snoop Dogg, who brought out Wiz and Kendrick as surprise guests at Coachella last weekend, is coming to the Horseshoe Hammond Casino on May 24. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, April 21), at 10AM CST. Snoop is currently trying to get "#snoop420" trending on Twitter. Help a guy out?

Schoolboy Q

LA rapper Schoolboy Q, who made a splash at SXSW 2012, has announced a spring North American tour in support of his sophomore LP Habits & Contradictions. Kicking off in late-April in his homestate of California, Q will reach Chicago's Reggie's on May 8. Advance tickets are on sale. Joining him on the entire tour, will be fellow Black Hippy member Ab-Soul. Their full spring schedule can be found at the bottom of this post.

As mentioned earlier today, Schoolboy Q has also been added to the lineup of the 2012 Pitchfork Festival.

All known 2012 tour dates and some videos, below..

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The Atlas Moth @ BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The Atlas Moth, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Iceage, The Men, Olivia Tremor Control, Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, and Sleigh Bells were all just added to the lineup of Pitchfork Festival 2012, taking place in Chicago's Union Park from July 13-15. Three-day passes are now sold out, however single-day tickets are still available.

20+ acts are still TBA. Current lineup below..

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