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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.
Superchunk @ A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Annual winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows is continuing to expand its lineup to both include new shows and feature great openers.
A pair of new ones are Superchunk and Roomrunner at Metro on January 18 (tickets) and Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker at Lincoln Hall on January 16. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (11/15) at noon CST.
An updated TNK 2014 schedule can be found below...
Jim Jones Revue @ Brooklyn's MHoW in 2011 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
As we've been telling you, Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 is set to take place from January 15-19 at Schubas, Lincoln Hall, Metro, Smart Bar, and the Hideout. In addition to the initial festival lineup of Darkside, Yuck, Weekend, Betty Who, John Newman, The Rural Alberta Advantage, James Adomian, Nikki Glaser, and Natasha Leggero, more acts have now been announced. That list of newly confirmed artists includes The Jim Jones Revue, Cayucas, San Fermin, Pink Frost, Landmarks, and Indians.
Here's the full festival lineup:
As discussed, Schubas and Lincoln Hall's annual Tomorrow Never Knows Festival is slated to take place from January 15-19 in 2014. Shows will also be taking place at Metro, Smart Bar, the Hideout, and The Athenaeum Theatre, and they've now shared their initial lineup. That lineup includes Darkside, Yuck, Weekend, Betty Who, John Newman, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and comedians James Adomian, Nikki Glaser, and Natasha Leggero. Early Bird five-day passes are long sold-out, but hang in there for additional ticketing information.
We do know that Darkside will be playing Metro on January 17 as park of TNK 2014, and advance tickets for just that show are on sale now.
All other festival information is forthcoming. The current TNK 2014 lineup is below...
photos by James Richards IV
Sigur Ros / Frightened Rabbit / My Brightest Diamond
While Riot Fest 2013 was underway in Humboldt Park, the inaugural Laneway Festival Detroit took place in Rochester Hills, MI. Its lineup featured co-headliners The National and Sigur Ros, as well as Matthew Dear, The Dismemberment Plan (who also played Riot Fest), Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Phosphorescent, My Brightest Diamond, and many more. We've got pictures from Laneway's North American debut in this post.
Dinosaur Jr. / Guided by Voices
We began day 2 of Riot Fest Chicago 2013 by catching Stars at the Rise Stage. Their eloquent indie pop was a nice way to ease into the afternoon. Before performing "Take Me To The Riot," frontman Torquil Campbell shared, "It only took us six-years [since the release of In Our Bedroom After the War in 2007] to get to Riot Fest with the fucking theme song for Riot Fest!" --ZP
Alt-rock veterans Dinosaur Jr. hit the Roots Stage at 3:15PM and kicked things off with "Thumb," a classic from their Green Mind LP. The trio followed that up with a few songs from their post-2007 discography. J Mascis attacked his signature Jazzmaster guitar with a number of well placed solos. Lou Barlow also took center stage, singing on a couple of songs including a short cover of a Void song about not going to college, a decision Barlow sardonically said he regrets. The band also played a few tracks from their fuzzed-up lo fi classic You're Living All Over Me, which got even the most lazy listeners nodding their heads. The trio then topped off their excellent set with their awesome cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven." -- MM
After a bit of Dinosaur Jr., I headed over to the Rock Stage where Glassjaw had already begun to play. I've been a fan of their heavy, forward-thinking post-hardcore since my teenage years (around the time I discovered stuff like At the Drive-In, etc.), and they still deliver today. Daryl Palumbo and co. were heavy on material from 2002's Worship and Tribute but also touched on a few songs from their debut LP and more recent EPs. --ZP
With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. I didn't get a chance to hear the band perform my personal favorite, "Everywhere with Helicopter," but here's to hoping I catch them perform that gem next time. -- MM
Blondie took to the Roots Stage in the early evening, just as the sun had set. Looking beautiful as ever, Debbie Harry and co. opened with their classic "One Way Or Another" while fans cooled down in the fall air. The highlight of the show was when the band later threw in a cover of The Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" during "Rapture" which they've been known to do. -- MM
One of the cool things about Riot Fest was how many bands from my youth (Glassjaw, blink-182 -- more on them in a sec) I got to see play alongside bands I got into later in life. Taking Back Sunday, another of those from my youth, played a very fun set that included about half of their 2002 debut, Tell All Your Friends, which they recently toured in full with their original lineup. We got songs like "You Know How I Do," "Timberwolves at New Jersey," and of course "Cute Without the E," plus some post-TAYF cuts like "A Decade Under the Influence" and "Number Five with a Bullet." The whole crowd knew the words, and it was a ton of fun belting along. --ZP
Famous goofballs or not, blink-182 were an influential band for many who discovered them in their formative years, which we recently argued in length. They were one of the first punk (or "pop punk") bands I personally discovered, and if not for them, I wouldn't have found bands like Superchunk, Rancid, The Thermals, Sloan, etc., so it was great to see them at this festival. The band was great, playing a ton of old favorites like "The Rock Show," "What's My Age Again?," "All The Small Things," "Josie," and so many more, plus newer ones like "Dogs Eating Dogs." The trio encored with "Carousel," "Dammit," and "Family Reunion," and at some point towards the very end of their set, tons of white confetti was shot into the crowd. What a way to polish off Day 2 of Riot Fest. --ZP
Andrew WK / Smoking Popes
We began the first day (9/13) of Riot Fest 2013 by catching Dessa, who played the very first set on the Roots Stage. She riled up the early crowds with a set of slinky, soulful hip hop. "I'm determined to make it feel like 9:30PM," she asserted. And she definitely did, with the help of her talented backing band. They were impressively able to turn on a dime from harder-edged hip hop to more ballad-y numbers. --ZP
Next up was Saul Williams over at the nearby Riot Stage. Williams, known for his successful poetry and writing career, performed just that rather than music. He gathered and managed to keep a large crowd while rifling through social and political commentary. It was great to see how many people (myself included) were way into it. --ZP
Smoking Popes amassed a large crowd for their late afternoon set on the Roots Stage. Amidst a cool fall breeze, the Chicago crew played a slew of staples from their back catalogue which served to transport many fans to the 90s. Their tight and enjoyable set was a reminder of the Popes' serious heyday. --MM
The Ambassador of Party (aka Andrew W.K.) played a raucous set on the Rise Stage. Decked out in his white-on-white uniform, W.K. gave a brief spoken word introduction for each song. "This song is about party; this song is about partying all night," and so on. The crowd broke out into circle pits as Andrew and co. continued to bring the rock... I mean party. --ZP
Not long after that on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." --MM
One of the things I miss in hip hop today is the old school scratching that was once as common in production as guitars are in rock music. Atmosphere didn't just bring back scratching with one DJ, but two. Onstage the duo scratched and mixed beats while Slug spit fire and got people's "hands hammering" the air. Fans went nuts for "Woman with the Tattooed Hands" and nodded their heads along to the fat beats. --MM
Joan Jett and her Blackhearts blazed through their set performing fan favorites "Bad Reputation" and "Do You Want To Touch Me." She played a few new songs including one co-written with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, a close friend of Jett's, who joined her on stage for the song. Later in the set Jett told the crowd how she empathized with people's experiences with natural disasters after she recently experienced Hurricane Sandy at her home in New York. She was inspired by people's hope and resilience and penned the song "Any Weather." Jett is one of the all time great rock icons and she played a set that lived up to her reputation (not that she gives a damn). --MM
The festival is on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times); stay tuned for more coverage.
More day 1 pictures at BrooklynVegan and below...
photos by James Richards IV
Gary Clark Jr. // Wu-Tang Clan // crowd
North Coast Music Festival 2013 finished off on Sunday, September 1 with performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Gary Clark Jr., Danny Brown, Purity Ring, and many more. You've already seen pictures from Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival, and shots from Day 3 are in this post. More below...
Mavis Staples @ Hideout Block Party this past weekend (more by Jeff Ryan)
Chicago, well... staple Mavis Staples has been added to Tuesday (9/10)'s Station to Station Chicago stop at Union Station. The Doug Aitken-helmed multimedia experience also features No Age, Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught On Tape, White Mystery, and more. Tickets for the Chicago "happening" are still available.
Take a listen to Mavis' new album, One True Vine, below...
Pixies at Wellmont Theatre in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Riot Fest Chicago 2013 takes place this weekend (9/13 - 9/15) in beautiful (and not scary!) Humboldt Park. The fest have now revealed set times for this coming weekend's debauchery, and thankfully there aren't many conflicts. The main thing folks have been worried about is The Replacements' headlining set clashing with The Pixies. Well, you can rest easy on that one; you'll be able to catch both acts. The complete RFC 2013 set times can be found HERE.
photos by Jeff Ryan
Ted Leo (with The Both) // Superchunk
A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party 2013 finished off on Saturday evening (9/7). While Day 1 of the festival featured Neko Case, Mavis Staples, and more, Day 2 was fairly stacked, with performances by The Hold Steady, Superchunk, The Walkmen, The Both (aka Ted Leo + Aimee Mann), and even more. We've got pictures and some videos from Day 2 of the 2013 fest in this post. More below...
photos by Jeff Ryan
Mavis Staples // Neko Case // crowd
A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party 2013 began on Friday evening with performances by Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Trampled By Turtles, and Nude Beach. Neko headlined the whole shebang in support of her excellent new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. She's also got a new band member--Archers of Loaf // Crooked Fingers leader Eric Bachmann on guitar. We've got pictures and a few videos from Day 1 of the festival in this post. Day 2 is now underway, and more of our Day 1 coverage can be found below...
photos by James Richards IV
El Ten Eleven // crowd
North Coast Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (8/31) with sets from On An On, Flatbush Zombies, El Ten Eleven, and many more acts. You've already seen pictures from Day 1 of NCMF 2013 and a selection of shots from Day 2 are in this post. More below...