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Riot Fest Chicago is back to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, from September 12-14. They don't quite say where it'll be taking place, but we're hoping the fest will be returning to Humboldt Park; stay tuned for more information.
They're also returning to Toronto from September 6-7 and Denver from September 19-21.
Distractions Distortions is slated to return for its 2014 edition at Multikulti on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The festival features over 30-bands, including The Runnies, Bring Your Ray Gun, Shiloh, and Le Tour, FREE beer for the early crowd, and a photo booth courtesy of Medium Gallery -- aka BVC photographer Stan Golovchuk. DD will kick off at 7PM each night and will run you $10 per/day at the door; 21+. You'll find the complete lineup and a few song streams at the bottom of this post.
While Distractions Distortions goes down in Noble Square, Logan Square steady The Burlington are hosting what's called the Slippery Kingdom Fest, which hones in on the heavy and off-kilter rather than competing with DD's garage rock-centric event. This one is also on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Day 1, dubbed Acid In The Grass, features brand new Disappears/Ant'lrd side project Cities of the Interior, The Sueves, Bike Cops, and more. Day 2, In Another Land, has Wizard Castle, Cokegoat, Creepy Band, and more. Each night will run you $8 at the door, or you can grab advance tickets + a festival t-shirt for $10. There's also a two-day pass for $14. The full Slippery Kingdom lineup can be found below.
And don't forget, the annual CHIRP Record Fair is also on Saturday, April 12 (daytime). Lots to do this weekend.
Full lineups for Distractions Distortions & Slippery Kingdom and some song streams lie after the jump...
Do Division 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
As discussed, Do Division 2014 is slated to take place from May 30 - June 1 on Division Street (between Damen Ave. & Leavitt St.). The street fest's initial lineup includes High on Fire (who also play the Empty Bottle on May 31), Bass Drum of Death, J Mascis (who also plays Subterranean on June 1), Screaming Females (who play Lincoln Hall on April 9), Oozing Wound, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and more. Admission is donation based ($5 per day is suggested). Check out the full initial lineup below...
HoZac Records' annual Blackout Fest is slated to return to the Empty Bottle for its 2014 edition from May 15-17. The fest's initial lineup features NYC protopunks The Dictators, Counter Intuits (featuring ex-Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments member Ron House and Times New Viking's Jared Phillips), Toronto power pop outfit First Base, gritty NYC punks Shocked Minds, 999999999 (ex-Tunnel of Love), Austin, TX's A Giant Dog, and locals Nones, The Man, Toupee, and Rainbow Gun Show.
Ticketing information for Blackout 2014 is forthcoming, but check Ticketweb for updates.
Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, and Skrillex would be playing Lollapalooza 2014, the full festival lineup has arrived and also features Outkast, Spoon, Interpol, Broken Bells, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, EL-P & Killer Mike's Run the Jewels, Darkside, Chance The Rapper, and many more. You can check out the full lineups-by-day at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup below...
(via CIMM Fest's Instagram)
As discussed, CIMM Fest 2014 is slated to take place from May 1-4 at 20+ venues throughout Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and beyond. Some films we're pretty jazzed about are Revenge of the Mekons, Water & Power (which will feature a live score from Califone), Led Zeppelin Played Here, Every Everything: The Life, Music, & Times of Grant Hart, the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, and more. The fest also features performances by Yo La Tengo, Murder By Death, Booker T. Jones, Wreckmeister Harmonies, and many more. The full festival schedule is now live, and festival passes (regular and VIP) are still available.
Check out the trailers for the above-mentioned films after the jump...
The A.V. Club have just announced the first annual "26th Annual Comedy Fest," co-presented by their sister publication The Onion. The festival will be held from June 12-14 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Podcast-cum-IFC hitComedy Bang! Bang! will be doing a live show on the 12th, comedians Tig Notaro and Kyle Kinane on the 13th, and podcaster, comedian, and loveable curmudgeon Marc Maron on the 14th. Tickets for individual shows go on sale this Friday (3/28) at 10AM CST, and you'll be able to grab three-night passes this Tuesday (3/25) at 10AM. Stay tuned for more information.
Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
We're still waiting on the Lollapalooza 2014 lineup -- Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, and more are rumored to be headlining -- but tickets for the festival will go on sale this week. Early Bird three-day passes ($225), VIP passes, and Platinum passes go on sale this Tuesday (3/25) at 10AM CST. Regular three-day passes ($250) will be available immediately after Early Bird's sell out. Single-day passes ($100 per) will go on sale at a later date.
Stay tuned for more Lolla '14 information.
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.
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...
CIMM Fest 2014--the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival--is slated to take place from May 1-4 at "20+ venues along 1.5 miles of Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square and beyond." The festival has shared its initial lineup, which includes music headliners Yo La Tengo, Murder By Death, Booker T. Jones, and more, with films like the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, Every Everything: The Life, Music, and Times of Grant Hart, Led Zeppelin Played Here, the Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls/the Heartbreakers) documentary Looking for Johnny, and you guessed it--even more films. The full festival schedule will be live on March 25. Four-day festival passes--both regular admission and VIP--are on sale now. Stay tuned for the full fest schedule.
Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
The Lollapalooza 2014 lineup isn't due to be announced until next week, but Greg Kot reports that "industry sources confirm that the headliners will include Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys." As per usual, Lolla '14 is slated to take place in Chicago's Grant Park, from August 1-3. Kot also says that tickets are scheduled to go on sale next Tuesday (3/25), but there isn't any official word on that as of yet.
Stay tuned for more information.
The Best Fest's Petty Fest, Dylan Fest, and Stones Fest are New York tradition. They've taken the fests elsewhere too--like Austin, Los Angeles, and San Francisco--and this year, Petty Fest is coming to Chicago for an event at Metro on April 23. It'll be hosted by The Cabin Down Below Band with special guests Jakob Dylan, Alison Mosshart (Kills, Dead Weather), John Stirratt (Wilco), Eric Pulido (Midlake), members of The Wild Feathers, Brendan Benson, Butch Walker, Cory Chisel, Ruby Amanfu, Danny Masterson, Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Jesse Malin, Dave Davidson (Maps and Atlases), Adriel Denae, Kelly Hogan, Lukas Nelson, Nikki Lane, Robert Elis, Butterfly Boucher, "and many more surprise guests." Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (3/14) at noon CST.
A few Tom Petty videos lie after the jump...
Pitchfork Fest 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. They've now revealed the festival's initial lineup, which includes Neutral Milk Hotel (who just played the Riv), Tune-Yards, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, the reunited Slowdive, Beck, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, The Julie Ruin, and more. Festival passes and single-day tickets are still available.
Check out the Pitchfork Fest 2014 initial lineups-by-day below...
Epitonic's inaugural Deep Freeze Festival is slated to take place on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 at Wicker Park venues Subterranean and Double Door. The festival aims to celebrate "local Chicago artists in Chicago weather, while local artists are doing less touring, and locals are looking to get out of the house." Its lineup features scrappy, melodic punks Meat Wave, Bruce Lamont's genre-straddling Bloodiest, anthemic indie rockers Carbon Tigers, gritty, alt-country outfit Shiloh, and many more acts, plus comedy. You can check out the full Deep Freeze Fest schedule below, which makes use of both the upstairs and downstairs of the two venues. Two-day festival passes are still available and you could also purchase tickets for each individual show.
The full Deep Freeze Festival schedule can be found below...
Philly's Two Piece Fest is slated to return for its seventh year on February 15. The all day festival features 20-some-odd twosomes, and the folks behind it will also be putting on the first annual Two Piece Fest Midwest at ChiTown Futbol on February 22. From 1PM on, Seattle's blistering Iron Lung (who were here last year), reactivated Virginia grindcore pair Suppression, Philly outfit Hirs, Toronto's Shahman, locals Foul Tip, and many more acts will play sets throughout the day. Advance tickets are on sale now.
The full Two Piece Fest Midwest lineup and a poster lie after the jump...
photos by Sara Pieper
Yuck // Diarrhea Planet at Lincoln Hall on 01.19.2014
Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 closed on a high note this past Sunday (1/19) with the solid bill of guitar-heavy outfits Yuck, Diarrhea Planet, Pink Frost, and Alvvays at Lincoln Hall. We've got a set of pictures--none of Alvvays unfortunately--and some video footage from the festival closer in this post. More below...
photos by Milos Markicevic
Weekend at Schubas on 01.17.2014
Shoegaze-y post-punk trio Weekend toured through Chicago last week to headline a Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 performance at Schubas on Friday night (1/17). Support on that show came from Bare Mutants, their heavy tourmates Nothing, and local dreampop outfit StarTropics, and we've got pictures and some video footage in this post.
After they polish off their current winter tour, Weekend will hit the road once again in March. Their spring stint includes another Chicago show at the Empty Bottle on April 5 and advance tickets are on sale now.
All Weekend dates and more pictures // some video footage from Schubas lie after the jump...
Superchunk at Metro on 01.18.2014
Superchunk came through Chicago this past weekend to headline one of the larger Tomorrow Never Knows performances at Metro on Saturday night (1/18). Support on that show came from Roomrunner and Split Single (aka the project of current touring bassist Jason Narducy), and pictures of all three acts are in this post. Before hitting Metro for a full-band show, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Jim Wilbur also played an acoustic in-store at Saki Records. The pair played a handful of tunes from 2013's great I Hate Music and slipped in "Detroit Has a Skyline," "Learned To Surf," and other older tunes. Pictures and some video footage from their Saki in-store are also in this post.
More pictures + their setlist from Metro and shots + videos from Saki lie after the jump...
photos by Brigid Gallagher
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.
photos by Brigid Gallagher
Oneohtrix Point Never at Lincoln Hall on 01.16.2014
On Thursday night (1/16) at Lincoln Hall, Tomorrow Never Knows hosted ambient electronic artists Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker, with local support from Circuit des Yeux and Soleman. A set of pictures----unfortunately none of CDY and Soleman----and some video footage from the packed-yet-low-key show are in this post. More below...
photos by Zach Pollack
Jim Jones Revue // Minor Characters at Schubas on 01.15.2014
Lincoln Hall and Schubas' annual winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows kicked off earlier this week with performances at a handful of venues throughout the city. UK rock 'n' roll band The Jim Jones Revue, local indie rockers Minor Characters, theatrical psych-pop outfit Diane Coffee, and blues rockers the Chicago Stone Lightning Band shared a bill on opening night (Wednesday, January 15) over at Schubas. We've got pictures plus some video footage from the show in this post.
Pictures and video footage from Wednesday night's show at Schubas lie after the jump...
Superchunk @ Hideout Block Party 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)
As we've been telling you, Lincoln Hall and Schubas are bringing a bunch of great bands through Chicago this week for their Tomorrow Never Knows Festival. Some of those bands will be playing in-stores at Saki Records in addition to their stacked venue shows. You already know that Diane Coffee----the project of Foxygen's Shaun Fleming----play a 5PM in-store tonight (Wednesday, 1/15) and that Mutual Benefit and Thin Hymns visit the shop for a 3PM event on Friday afternoon (1/17), and here are some new developments. Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Jim Wilbur are slated for a 3PM acoustic in-store on Saturday afternoon (1/18) and Diarrhea Planet will roll through for a blistering 4PM set on Sunday (1/19). All in-stores are free, open to all-ages, and are BYOB. You'll also get 20% off any title from a TNK band this week. Sweet deal, huh?
The 5th annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival is slated to take place from January 10 to February 2 at various venues. Justin Townes Earle, The Felice Brothers, The Autumn Defense, David Grisman, and many more acts can be found at City Winery Chicago, Tonic Room, Concord Music Hall, and SPACE. Here's the full lineup...
Jan 10 - Leagues & The Autumn Defense w/ The Giving Tree Band and Dick Prall @ Concord Music HallTickets for all shows (linked above) are on sale now. Check out a recap video from the 2012 festival after the jump...
Jan 10 - Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater @ SPACE
Jan 11 - Acoustics Anonymous w/ Clusterpluck @ Tonic Room
Jan 13 - Jonathan Batiste @ City Winery
Jan 14 - Tiny Miles & The Big Kids @Tonic Room
Jan 15 - David Grisman JazzFolk Trio @ City Winery
Jan 15 - Great Divide w/ Nick And The Ovorols @ Tonic Room
Jan 16 - David Grisman JazzFolk Trio @ City Winery
Jan 16 - Evergreen Grass Band w/ guests @ Tonic Room
Jan 17 - Justin Townes Earle & The Felice Brothers w/ guests @ Concord Music Hall
Jan 17 - Shamekia Copeland @ SPACE
Jan 18 - Greensky Bluegrass w/ Escondido @ Concord Music Hall
Jan 18 - Shamekia Copeland @ SPACE
Jan 18 - American Babies w/ guests @ Tonic Room
Jan 23 - Huckleberry Green @ Tonic Room
Jan 25 - Rusted Root w/ Donna The Buffalo @ Concord Music Hall
Feb 02 - Swear and Shake @ SPACE
Riot Fest Chicago will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year with a 2014 festival from September 12-14. Early bird three-day passes (and three-day VIP) go on sale TODAY (Wednesday, 11/27) at noon CST. A general admission weekend pass will run you $70, which is a steal for what the fest is poised to offer. This past year, RFC had The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket from the Crypt, Rancid, Brand New, Quicksand, Touche Amore, and many more.
Stay tuned for more information on Riot Fest Chicago 2014.