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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"

photos & video by John Yingling

Wild Flag @ Metro on 4/05/2012
Wild Flag

Last Thursday (April 5), label mates Wild Flag and Hospitality visited Chicago to play a sold-out show at Metro. During their encore, Wild Flag covered a trio of songs- Bobby Freeman's "Do You Wanna Dance?," Television's "See No Evil," and Fugazi's "Margin Walker." Here are some pictures, plus a video of their Fugazi cover, from Thursday night. More below...

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Wild Flag @ Bowery Ballroom in October (NYC) (more by Amanda Hatfield)

today in Chicago
* Res @ The Shrine
* Trevor Hall @ SPACE
* Thomas Dolby @ Park West
* Guster, Jeff Garlin @ the Vic
* Wild Flag, Hospitality @ Metro
* Reptar, Quiet Hooves @ Schubas
* Antiserum, Ill Esha, Bandiit @ Double Door
* Shabazz Palaces, Chandeliers @ Lincoln Hall
* Turisas, Alestorm, Arkona, Huntress @ Reggie's
* The Black Lashes, Integrated Cookbook @ The Mutiny
* Royal Pines, The Fur Coats, Costanza @ Subterranean
* Cains & Abels, Holcombe Waller, Thin Hymns @ Hideout
* Architecture, Some Community, Videotape @ Empty Bottle
* Kill The Alarm, Josh Holmes, Fivestar Deluxe @ Abbey Pub
* The Nesmins, Boxsledder, Finishing School @ Ultra Lounge
* The Ladybirds, The Blind Staggers, Tracer Bullet @ Township
* Buck Gooter, Mounds, I Love You, Colin Liepelt @ The Burlington
* Young Distractions, The Beautiful View, Pinto & The Bean @ Beat Kitchen
* Chicago Rocks: The Honorable Story of the Indie City @ Chicago History Museum

Wild Flag and Hospitality play a sold out show at Metro tonight.

Shabazz Palaces visit Lincoln Hall.

Chicago Rocks tours host a discussion on Chicago-based independent music at the History Museum. Participants include Chris Connelly, Jeff Lescher, Josh Caterer, Scott Lucas, Dag Juhlin, Jon Langford, and Rick Rizzo. There will also be a post-discussion concert.

Jack White has an interesting new video for "Sixteen Saltines." Check it out below.

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Eleanor Friedberger @ a BV Holiday Party at MHoW (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As seen on BrooklynVegan, Eleanor Friedberger is heading out on tour this spring with label mates Hospitality, who have upcoming dates with Archers of Loaf, Tennis, The Love Language, and Wild Flag.

Eleanor's tour has just expanded to include not one, but two Chicago-area shows. She'll play Schubas on May 1 and SPACE in Evanston on May 2, both with Hospitality. Tickets for Schubas go on sale this Friday (2/24), at noon CST. Tickets for SPACE also go on sale this Friday, just at 5PM CST. The Fiery Furnaces member recently released a video for her track "Heaven," which you can view at the bottom of this post.

As mentioned, Hospitality are also opening for Wild Flag at Metro on April 5, which is now sold out. If you weren't able to grab tickets, stay tuned for a possible last-minute block to be released.

All 2012 dates and Eleanor's new video, below..

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger to play Schubas & SPACE w/ Hospitality"

Hospitality @ Glasslands in January (BKLYN) (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Brooklyn's Hospitality released their debut self-titled LP on January 31st via Merge Records. A few weeks before the record came out the band toured through Chicago, playing both an Epitonic Saki Session and Lincoln Hall as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2012.

They've recently added a bunch of dates to their 2012 tour schedule, supporting the likes of Tennis, The Love Language, and Wild Flag. One of the four shows Hospitality will play with the ladies of Wild Flag will be the previously announced, April 5th performance at Metro. Tickets are still available.

All 2012 tour dates and their recently released video for "Friends of Friends," below..

Continue reading "Hospitality announce more dates, some w/ Wild Flag (Metro)"


This winter, the city of Portlandia is coming to a town near you. As we get ready for the second season of IFC's hit comedy (January 6th!), the stars and creators of "Portlandia," Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, are hitting the road and heading out on a six- city tour.

The tour will feature Fred Armisen, who you may recognize from "Saturday Night Live," and Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney performing live music, presenting sneak-peek clips from the show's second season and sharing personal anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of Portlandia and its variety of eccentric characters, including Portland's openly reggae mayor (Kyle MacLachlan, "Desperate Housewives," "Twin Peaks"); Peter and Nance, an overly eco-conscious couple; and Toni and Candice, the shopkeepers of the feminist bookstore, "Women and Women First."

Fred and Carrie will hit Chicago's Hideout on January 18th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (11/22), at 10AM CST.

In related news, Fred will open up for Wilco at Lincoln Hall on December 18th. Carrie's current band Wild Flag will play Metro on April 5th.

All Portlandia tour dates are below..

Continue reading "Portlandia (Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein) is touring, visiting the Hideout"

Nada Surf @ the Bell House in 2010 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Wild Flag's Janet Weiss with fan @ Empty Bottle in October (more by John Yingling)

As announced, Nada Surf are set to release their new album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy on January 24th via Barsuk Records. They'll play a NYC record release show that very night, and two other gigs close in date to the show. A full 2012 tour will kick off towards the end of March, and reaches Chicago's Metro on April 2nd. Fan pre-sale starts tomorrow (11/9), at 10AM CST. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday (11/12), at noon CST.

Just a few days after Nada Surf play the venue (on Thursday, 4/5), Wild Flag will take the stage! This will mark their fifth show in Chicago (Subterranean, Wicker Park Fest, two nights at Empty Bottle), and is a large step up in size from the venues they have been playing throughout the country. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.

All announced tour dates for both acts are below..

Continue reading "Nada Surf & Wild Flag are both touring in 2012, playing Metro within days of each other"

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today in Chicago
* Parachute, Kate Voegele @ Park West
* Health & Beauty, Matthew Shelton @ The Whistler
* Dignan, Color Radio, The Soil & the Sun @ Schubas
* Evil Alive & Evil Dead 2 @ Lincoln Hall (Free Screening)
* Davila 666, The Barreracudas, Swimsuit Addition @ Empty Bottle

Check out Wild Flag's new video for "Electric Band" below.

Stream Joker's The Vision in its entirety via a widget below.

Amy Klein left Titus Andronicus, who played Lollapalooza not too long ago.

Sorry for the recent lack of posts. Blame BrooklynVegan and our CMJ events.

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photos by John Yingling

Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein @ Empty Bottle (10/09/2011)
Wild Flag

This past weekend, Wild Flag and YellowFever played two sold out shows at Chicago's Empty Bottle on Saturday (10/8) and Sunday night (10/9).

A set of pictures from their second night at the venue continue on below..

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Wild Flag @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

After playing the High Dive in nearby Champaign-Urbana last night, Wild Flag are here to play two sold out shows at the Empty Bottle, both tonight (10/8) and Sunday night (10/9).

The Sleater-Kinney, Autoclave/Helium, Minders supergroup played their first and second Chicago shows this summer, at Subterranean and Wicker Park Fest.

Joining them for both dates will be current tour mates YellowFever. This Austin, TX-based duo pack a punch, and I doubt it will be long until we're hearing more about them.

As you know, Empty Bottle books/puts on events at the IL Centennial Monument in Logan Square. Tomorrow's 4PM event is billed as "surprise guests." Wild Flag are in town for two days, could there be a correlation? We'll find out soon enough.

Check out Wild Flag's tour dates below, along with some videos from their Subterranean show shot by GONZO CHICAGO's/our own John Yingling.

Continue reading "Wild Flag are here, playing Empty Bottle tonight and Sunday w/ YellowFever"

words, photos, and video by John Yingling


Wild Flag, an all-girl quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), Rebecca Cole (the Minders), and Janet Weiss (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks) played their first-ever Chicago show this past Friday (7/22) at Subterranean.

I had only watched a handful of songs on that NPR live-stream they did a while back, but I was instantly floored by the music they were making. At the root of it all, I just wanted an excuse to see Carrie Brownstein scream away in such a small environment as Sub-t. To no surprise, Wild Flag translated extremely well live! Rebecca and Janet held back-up vocals in the brief moments the guitars went silent, sometimes bringing the entire building to an uproarious scream. People LOVED this show. Lots of talk about these women being their idols; the band grinned and laughed the whole time. In a past interview Brownstein said "chemistry cannot be forced", and they really needed no forcing. It was a great set that seemed effortless to them.

The following night, Wild Flag headlined the Wicker Park Fest.
You can view more of John's pictures, and some video footage below..

Continue reading "Wild Flag played their first Chicago show @ Sub-t (pics, video)"


today in Chicago
* Gillian Welch @ the Vic
* Sia, Oh Land, Ximena Sarinana @ Metro
* Other Lives, Thomas Dybdahl @ Schubas
* Wild Flag, Mickey, Radar Eyes @ Subterranean
* Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Michael Lux & The Bad Sons @ Empty Bottle

Fruit Bats have a new video for the track "You're too Weird." Check it out here.

Maps & Atlases have a new video for their track "Israeli Caves." View it below.

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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver

Wild Flag, Mickey, and Radar Eyes are playing Subterranean.

Sia, Oh Land, and Ximena Sarinana are playing Metro.

Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, and Michael Lux & The Bad Sons are playing the Empty Bottle.

Other Lives, and Thomas Dybdahl are playing Schubas.

Gillian Welch is playing the Vic.

Wicker Park Fest kicks off today.

Thee Oh Sees, Paul Cary, and Absolutely Not will play the Empty Bottle.

Viva Brother (formerly Brother), and The Dig will play Schubas.
"Unfortunately, The Dig will no longer be opening for Viva Brother. Stay tuned for more updates." - Schubas

Wavves, Lasers and Fast and Shit, and Love of Everything will play Subterranean.

Alps will play a 5PM in-store at Permanent Records.

Bon Iver, and The Rosebuds will play the Chicago Theatre.

Three Oh Sees, and Football will play at the IL Centennial Monument in Logan Sq.
FREE, All Ages w/ RSVP.


As previously mentioned, The Wicker Park Fest will take place from July 23rd - 24th in Wicker Park on Milwaukee Avenue, between North Avenue and Wood Street.

The festival boasts sets from: Wild Flag, Wavves, Blitzen Trapper, and MORE!

In other Wild Flag news: They're also scheduled to play Subterranean on July 22nd. Hope you grabbed tickets to this long-sold out show.

Head below to view the full lineup-by-day, now with set times.

Continue reading "Wicker Park Fest completes lineup, & announces set times"

DOWNLOAD: Wild Flag - "Romance" (MP3)

Wild Flag @ Radio City Music Hall in March (more by Tracy Allison)

The all-girl, superstar group; Wild Flag are set to release their debut self-titled LP on September 13th via Merge Records.

Above, you can stream/download their first single titled "Romance."

Before kicking off a North American tour this fall, the band have a few summer dates including a weekend stint in Chicago. They'll play Subterranean on July 22nd, and Wicker Park Fest on July 23rd.

Their fall tour will kick off on October 3rd in Minneapolis, MN, and the band will hit Chicago once again to play Empty Bottle on October 9th. Tickets are on sale now.

You can view all 2011 tour dates below..

Continue reading "Wild Flag announce debut LP & tour dates"