Entries tagged with: Youth Lagoon
Majical Cloudz @ a BV-presents show last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Montreal's Majical Cloudz (aka the project of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto) are currently on tour throughout North America with Youth Lagoon. That tour includes a performance at Metro on May 15, and advance tickets are still available. Majical Cloudz will also be playing an in-store at Permanent Records at 5:15PM on the 15th. Admission is free and all-ages are welcome, but space is very limited. We suggest you get there early if you plan on making it inside the small shop.
Majical Cloudz will welcome their Matador Records debut, Impersonator, on May 21. You may have already heard the LP singles "Childhood's End" and "Bugs Don't Buzz," but if not, you can take a listen to both at the bottom of this post. Impersonator is up for preorder via Matador's webstore.
All known Majical Cloudz tour dates and those song streams are below...
The 2013 Pygmalion Music Festival is slated to take place from September 26-28 at various venues throughout Champaign-Urbana, IL. Their initial lineup features The Breeders, Youth Lagoon, Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper, Foxygen, Daughter, Perfume Genius, Metz, On An On, Nat Baldwin, and many more, with a second artist announcement due in June. Three-day festival passes go on sale TODAY (Tuesday, May 7) at noon CST.
PMF 2013's initial lineup can be found below...
Akron/Family @ BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
today in Chicago
* The Black Crowes @ the Vic
* Prizehog, Arbogast @ Ultra Lounge
* Shuggie Otis, Jesca Hoop @ Lincoln Hall
* The Parlotones, Dinner and a Suit @ Schubas
* Los Vigilantes, Rabble Rabble, Las Ardillas @ The Burlington
* Butterclock, Teen Witch, Magicks, Shuteye, Moon River @ Reggie's
* Akron/Family, All Tiny Creatures, M Geddes Gengras @ Empty Bottle
Prizehog and Arbogast play Ultra Lounge tonight. RSVP for free entry.
Shuggie Otis plays his first of two shows at Lincoln Hall.
Butterclock headlines Reggie's.
Akron/Family, All Tiny Creatures, and M Geddes Gengras play the Empty Bottle.
Youth Lagoon has a new video for Wondrous Bughouse's "Mute." Check it out below, and catch him at Metro on May 15 with Majical Cloudz.
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Tickets for Marnie Stern's BV Chicago-presented April 17 show at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.
Youth Lagoon @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Youth Lagoon (the project of Trevor Powers) is set to release his second album, Wondrous Bughouse, on March 5 via Fat Possum. You may have already heard the LP's lead single "Dropla," and today, Powers has shared another album track called "Mute." Both cuts are much larger sounding than anything on The Year of Hibernation, though despite the change, Powers has managed to stay intimate with the listener. Decide for yourself by sampling "Dropla" and "Mute" at the bottom of this post.
Youth Lagoon will be heading out on a North American tour in support of Wondrous Bughouse later this month. That tour includes a performance at Metro on May 15 with support from Montreal's Majical Cloudz (who recently signed to Matador and will be playing Schubas with Autre Ne Veut on March 2). Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (2/15) at noon CST.
All Youth Lagoon tour dates and streams of "Dropla" and "Mute" are below...
Wild Flag / 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...
Father John Misty @ Hotel Vegan (BV-SXSW 2012) (more by Tim Griffin)
Tillman has announced some new summer dates with Youth Lagoon, set to begin in early-July. The Pitchfork Music Festival, which Youth Lagoon are playing and Tillman is not, is smack in the middle of their tour. Due to this, Tillman has gone and added another show at Schubas, set for July 14. Tickets go on sale this Friday (May 11), at noon CST.
All 2012 tour dates and a video of FJM's recent Letterman performance below...
Youth Lagoon @ Hotel Vegan (BV-SXSW) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in Chicago
* J*Davey @ The Shrine
* Lee Ritenour @ Mayne Stage
* Dom Kennedy, Jugrnaut @ Reggie's
* DC Pierson @ Gorilla Tango Theatre
* Youth Lagoon, Porcelain Raft @ Metro
* Metronomy, Hey Champ @ Lincoln Hall
* Lost in the Trees, Poor Moon @ SPACE
* Reed/Bishop/Bauder/Schneider @ Hideout
* Stinker, 1956, Eat Shit & Die @ The Mutiny
* Moon Taxi, Save the Clocktower @ Subterranean
* Elephant Revival, Spirits Of The Red City @ Schubas
* The Treasure Fleet, Shy Mirrors, Ratasucia @ Township
* Keep Shelly in Athens, Jonquil, Speck Mountain @ Empty Bottle
* Victorian Halls, The Beginning, Asteria, Warhellride @ Beat Kitchen
* Disembodiment, Eva Von Braun, Male Bondage, Yeti @ Ultra Lounge
* Tim Larson and The Owner Operators, Antony and The Tramps @ The Burlington
* The Bright Light Social Hour, Aktar Aktar, Mike Golden & Friends, Made by Man @ Double Door
* Say Anything, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Fake Problems, The Front Bottoms @ House of Blues
Metronomy return to Lincoln Hall. Get ready to dance.
Keep Shelly in Athens hit the bottle with Jonquil and Speck Mountain.
Colorado's Elephant Revival (who played Metro with Devotchka in January) headline Schubas tonight.
Serengeti has a new Cubs-centered video for "Don't Blame Steve." Check it out below.
Remiddi has just announced a Chicago show of his own, taking place on June 7 at Schubas. Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 23), at noon CST.
All known 2012 tour dates and a recent two-part Take Away Show, below..
Porcelain Raft @ Union Pool during CMJ 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Brooklyn's Porcelain Raft (aka Mauro Remiddi) released his debut LP, Strange Weekend, on January 24 via Secretly Canadian. Stream the album in its entirety via a widget below.
So far this year, he's toured Europe with M83 and the states with Chicago's Smith Westerns. Towards the end of March, Remiddi will hit the road with Youth Lagoon, opening a number of dates on the now-duo's spring North American tour. This includes the previously announced, April 4 show at Metro. Tickets are still available.
All 2012 tour dates, LP stream, and some videos, below..
Netherfriends @ Hopscotch Festival 2011 (NC) (more by Alex Broadwell)
Cut Hands is the solo project of William Bennett, founding member of UK noise group Whitehouse. His first foray with the project Afro Noise I, came out in August of 2011. Catch Cut Hands at the Empty Bottle on February 18th. Tickets are on sale now.
Much-loved UK duo Slow Club are returning to the US for a second run of dates in support of their recently released album Paradise. They'll hit the Empty Bottle on February 22nd with support from Air Waves. Tickets are on sale now.
Keep Shelly in Athens @ Lincoln Hall (more by Ben Rodig)
Youth Lagoon @ Lincoln Hall (more by Chris Hershman)
Youth Lagoon has played Chicago twice so far. They drew a large crowd to the Empty Bottle in October, and were booked at Schubas in November, only to sell it out and be moved to Lincoln Hall (they sold that out too). The duo will return on April 4th to play the much larger Metro. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (12/17), at noon CST.
Loudon Wainwright III @ Prospect Park (BKLYN) (more by David Andrako)
Loudon Wainwright III is set to play two shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music on April 21st. Both the 7 and 10PM performances will be opened by The Pines. Tickets are on sale now.
photos by Chris Hershman, words by Claire O'Connor
Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon walked on stage last Tuesday night (11/22) at Lincoln Hall flanked by two dimly lit lamps perched atop a couple of bar stools. The sold out show was simple. With just his keyboards and synthesizers, Powers opened the set with dreamy piano pop song "July", triggering all of his beats with a foot peddle. Longtime pal Logan Hyde on guitar helped fill in Youth Lagoon's massive wall-o-dream sound and made it sound like there were a lot more than two people on the stage. "Cannons" inspired a heartfelt sing-along while songs like "Montana" and "Seventeen" brought the crowd into Trevor's head. Trevor thanked us between songs and gave back a bit of the love that the large audience was giving him.
Houses opened up the night with songs off of their 2010 release All Night. Young Magic (Carpark Records) followed with a visually stimulating set. Adorned with "Planet Earth-like" visuals on a giant backdrop screen and a two-person backing band, Isaac Emmanuel and co. delivered a great show. "You With Air" off of the EP You With Air contained haunting harmonies, while songs like "Sparkly" and "Slip Time" created an almost R&B vibe to Young Magic's otherwise worldly afro-beat, synthed out, Yeasayer-like sounds.
More pictures from the Lincoln Hall show (though none of Houses), below..
Youth Lagoon in NYC earlier on tour (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Youth Lagoon and Young Magic are currently touring their way to Chicago, for a sold out performance at Lincoln Hall tomorrow night (11/22). Local band Houses will open.
Youth Lagoon played their last Chicago show at the Empty Bottle in October. This time around, they were booked at Schubas, and promptly moved to Lincoln Hall after selling it out (which they did at the larger venue as well). Earlier on tour in LA, before their show at the Echo, the duo played an in-store at Origami Vinyl.
A video of their LA in-store, along with all 2011/12 tour dates is below..
The previously mentioned, November 22nd Youth Lagoon show at Schubas has now been moved to their larger sister venue Lincoln Hall. All tickets purchased for Schubas will be honored, and more are on sale now via Lincoln Hall.
Karkwa are playing Schubas on December 6th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (10/21), at noon CST.
Elefant's Diego Garcia is playing Schubas on December 12th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.
The Saw Doctors are playing the Vic on March 24th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at 10AM CST.
photos by Matt Ziegler, words by Jamie Gooden
Youth Lagoon @ Empty Bottle (10/07/2011)
Two young men resembling better looking versions of Zack and Screech from "Saved by the Bell" took their places on stage. The crowd bopped their heads along to the smooth guitar lines and dancey keys. Multi-instrumentalist Trevor Powers released his debut album The Year of Hibernation, under the moniker Youth Lagoon, less than a month ago. He has recently been on the road supporting Gardens & Villa.
Trevor's voice has a familiar sorrow to it, a nostalgic kick back to being young and carefree, to a time when direction meant less and responsibility was something to be pushed aside. His set was equal parts playful and pensive. Once the beat machine kicked in, songs picked up and adopted a more whimsical sound. The only obvious setback, were the tech problems he was having with said beat machine. Trevor offered to play acoustically, but it was clear that if had he done so, the crowd would have talked over him. The issue was quickly solved, and he finished the set out strong.
Head below to view more pictures from Friday night.
Earlier today, Youth Lagoon announced a full-on headlining tour with support from Young Magic (who are playing a BrooklynVegan CMJ Party). The two acts will reach Schubas on November 22nd. Tickets go on sale this Friday (10/14), at noon CST.
All 2011 tour dates are below as well...