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Chicago rippers Meat Wave have announced that they'll be releasing the follow-up to their scorching 2012 self-titled LP, titled the Brother EP, on January 19 via newly-minted label Brace Yourself Records. Its title track also appeared on the full length, and you can take a listen to that tune and two new ones called "Sham King" and "It's Not Alright" at the bottom of this post (via Noisey). The EP features four other songs, including a cover of The Wipers' "Mystery." That's its cover art above, and tracklisting for the EP can also be found below.

Meat Wave have a handful of upcoming shows on their docket for 2014 and early 2015. They'll kick things off with a FREE SHOW at The Mutiny on Thursday, November 13 with support from local greats Fake Limbs, as well as Hot Garbage and Coward. 8PM start.

All Meat Wave dates, those new streams, and EP info. for Brother lie after the jump...

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Liars @ Austin Psych Fest (more by Tim Griffin)

Pitchfork Festival 2014 takes place next weekend in Union Park (July 18-20) and there are also a handful of fest aftershows at various venues throughout the city. One brand new late-night option is FREE SHOW at The Mid on July 18 featuring Liars with Vatican Shadow and Dave P. & Sammy Slice. You must RSVP for entry (21+ only).

Check out a recent Liars KEXP live session below...

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Courtney Barnett @ the Empty Bottle in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is currently in the midst of a summer North American tour. As discussed, that tour includes an appearance at Lollapalooza 2014 and a Lolla "after"-show at Schubas on July 30 with locals Varsity (sold-out). She'll also tag Chicago much sooner, for a FREE SHOW at Schubas on June 23. It's an 93XRT + Bud Light show, and admission will be on a first come, first served basis. Doors are at 7:30PM // show at 8PM (21+ only). You can also enter to win guaranteed seating for two via XRT.

All known Courtney Barnett dates are listed below...

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We're currently in the midst of the 5th annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 15-25) and there are a wealth of beer-focused events happening throughout the city. Logan Square's The Owl have just shared details on a surprise event they're throwing TONIGHT (Monday, May 19). Local post-metal favorites Pelican will play a FREE SHOW at The Owl at 9PM with a special tap list courtesy of Goose Island. Plan on getting there early if you want to get in!

Morgan Delt @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Delightfully twisted Los Angeles psych rock auteur Morgan Delt welcomed his fantastic self-titled LP in late-January via Chicago's own Trouble in Mind. It's some truly brain-scrambling stuff (in a good way), and you take take a listen to the album in its entirety at the bottom of this post. Delt, who just recently played Austin Psych Fest, will be opening a handful of Midwest dates for The Flaming Lips in June/July. Before that run kicks off, Delt will tag Chicago for a free show at the Empty Bottle on June 9 with Verma and Canada's Crosss. Verma headline in celebration of their forthcoming TiM LP Sunrunner, and no RSVP is needed.

All Morgan Delt dates and a stream of his self-titled LP lie after the jump...

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Pritzker Pavilion lawn (more by Zach Pollack)

You've already seen the lineup for Millennium Park's 2014 Loops & Variations series (Thursday evenings from May 29 - June 3), and their Monday evening Downtown Sound series at the Jay Prizker Pavilion has now been announced. The lineup features Bob Mould on June 23 with Jason Narducy's Split Single, My Brightest Diamond on June 30 with White Mystery, Maps & Atlases on August 4 with Wooden Shjips, Russian Circles on August 11 with Colin Stetson, and a few other performances from June 2 - August 11. You can check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post. Each show begins at 6:30PM and is 100% FREE.

Full lineup below...

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Glen Hansard @ Pritzker Pavilion in 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)

Millennium Park's annual Loops & Variations series is slated to return to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Thursdays evenings from May 29 - June 3. It's Millennium Park's more electronic offering (stay tuned for information on Downtown Sound), and features performances from Yacht on May 29 with Hauschka & Chicago Q Ensemble, Arca & Jesse Kanda on June 5 with Civitas Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird on June 19, Oneohtrix Point Never and Nate Boyce on June 26 with Spektral Quartet, and a couple of other performances. The full Loops & Variations lineup can be found at the bottom of this post. Each show begins at 6:30PM and is 100% FREE.

Full lineup below...

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Run the Jewels @ NYC's Webster Hall, August 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

El-P and Killer Mike's Run the Jewels project have announced that they'll be playing a FREE show at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios' Reverie Gallery on Thursday, May 1. The show is part of FADER and Goose Island's new "Analog Migration" series, and GI's new 312 Pale Ale will be provided. Tijuana Panthers and DJ Timbuck2 will get things started, and you must RSVP for entry.

RTJ are currently working on the follow-up to their awesome 2013 self-titled debut. It's called Run the Jewels 2 and is due out sometime this year. Stay tuned for more information. This also isn't the first time RTJ have worked with Goose Island -- they collaborated on a very limited Run the Jewels beer, which was available at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival.

A flyer for the "Analog Migration" show and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

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On Sunday, April 27, Owls will be playing a FREE, FILTER-sponsored show at Thalia Hall's basement bar the Punch House. You must RSVP for entry (21+). The event will go from 4-6PM and will feature complimentary gin and juice from Letherbee Distillers and Seasons Soda, and refreshments from Revolution Brewing.

Owls also play Subterranean on May 16, and related project American Football have just announced their reunion and will play the 2014 Pygmalion Music Festival. Owen (aka Mike Kinsella)'s Their / They're / There project also just played the BV Chicago-presented Record Store Day event at Saki Records.

Check out a flyer for the free Owls show below...

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by Milos Markicevic


Attention Hüsker Dü fans, Grant Hart is playing a pair of Chicago shows this week. The first of two is TONIGHT (Monday, 9/9) at Danny's with Chris Connelly; there isn't a cover. Hart will also play an in-store at Reckless Records' Wicker Park shop on Tuesday at 5PM. The former Hüsker Dü drummer // songwriter recently released an excellent concept album, called The Argument, based on John Milton's Paradise Lost. With both Hart and Bob Mould so close to one another (Mould plays Riot Fest this weekend) it's a shame we won't see the guys performing on the same stage. But with the amount of reunions in the past few years, fans can still dream right?

Stream the new album and some of Hart's Hüsker Dü classics below...

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The Runnies

Local acts The Runnies, Future Hits, and Matt Ulery's Loom are teaming up for a free show at the Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square on Saturday, August 24. Their performance, which is part of the Summer Sessions on the Square series, will begin at 5PM. It's the very last Centennial Monument show of the season, so don't miss out.

Song streams from all three acts can be found below...

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Russian Circles and Thermals flyers

As promised, we've been busy planning a surprise for Chicago this upcoming Lollapalooza weekend and it includes nine bands, two free shows, one not-free show and a lot of free beer. Join us at Ultra Lounge this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for headlining sets by Weedeater, The Thermals and Russian Circles. More details in the flyer above, and below....

Thursday's show, part of a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-sponsored tour, will set you back $15 and you're on your own for beverages, but Friday and Saturday are both free (the ticket price and the Sapporo!). The free shows are first come, first served (and 21+). No RSVP necessary.

Joining us on Friday with the Thermals will be two bands both flying in just for this show from NYC. You'll get some fuzzy indie rock courtesy of Heliotropes and get to experience the lo-fi/indie pop punk sounds of Aye Nako (who also play Black and Brown Punk Show at the end of August). Saturday we keep it completely local with opening sets by instrumental rock quartet An Aesthetic Anaesthetic and Carbon Tigers. AND DJ Cool Hand Luke will be spinning on Friday and Saturday night. Doors are at 9PM for both free shows, and Ultra Lounge is open until 3AM. See you there!

The Black Angels @ the Bell House earlier on tour (more by PSquared Photography)

As discussed, The Black Angels are slated to visit Chicago later this week for a performance at the Vic Theatre on Friday night (4/19) with tourmates the Allah-Las and Elephant Stone. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available. While they're in town, the band will also be playing a 2PM in-store at Reckless Records' Lakeview location. Admission is free and all ages are welcome; get there early as space is limited.

The Black Angels are touring in support of their great new album, Indigo Meadow, which hit stores earlier this month via Blue Horizon. Take a listen to the LP and check out their full 2013 tour schedule below...

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We're excited to announce that we have once again joined forces with Saki Records to bring you a full day of in-store performances on Record Store Day 2013 (Saturday, April 20). For those looking to grab some of RSD's many exclusive releases, Saki will be opening up at 9AM. The first 10-customers of the day will receive a free, Ryan Duggan-designed BV Chicago // Saki tote bag (they will also be for sale). In-store performances will begin at 1PM and continue up until 7PM.

Here's what the day will look like:

1PM Twin Peaks
2PM Radar Eyes
3PM The Oarsman
4PM The Beets
5PM Pink Avalanche
6PM Fake Limbs

CHIRP Radio DJs will be spinning between sets.

And stick around after our full day of in-stores, as local comedians Joe McAdam and Nick Rouley will be bringing their Revolutions Per Minute podcast to Saki. That'll start at 8PM, and their musical guest is Blizzard Babies.

Join us at Saki on Record Store Day!

Pritzker Pavilion lawn (more by Zach Pollack)

The City of Chicago's annual, free music programs at Millenium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, called Downtown Sound and Loops & Variations, will return this summer on Monday and Thursday evenings, respectively. The Downtown Sound lineup features Lee Ranaldo Band with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Sharon Van Etten with Speck Mountain, An evening with Glen Hansard featuring Lisa Hannigan and members of the Frames, Lee Fields & the Expressions with Theo Huff & the Platinum Band, Dawes with the Cairo Gang, Dessa with Psalm One, and more. The decidedly more electronic Loops & Variations series boasts performances by Falty DL with Bill Kouligas, Matmos with Fonema Consort, ICE with Nosaj Thing, Dan Deacon, and more.

Each show for both series' will begin at 6:30PM. Check out the full Millenium Park music schedule below...

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Waxahatchee @ Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, December 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield, formerly of P.S. Eliot) is currently on tour throughout North America in support of her excellent new album, Cerulean Salt. As discussed, Katie and her band will visit Chicago on July 21 to play the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival. They'll also hit Chicago much sooner than that, for a 6PM in-store at Permanent Records TONIGHT (Friday, March 29). Admission is free but space is very limited; get there early.

All known Waxahatchee tour dates and a stream of Cerulean Salt are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Purling Hiss - "Mercury Retrograde" (MP3)

Purling Hiss @ NYC's Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

Philly rockers Purling Hiss welcomed their new album, Water on Mars, last week via Drag City Records. Water on Mars is their first for the label and the most high quality material they've released thus far. Thankfully, they haven't gone and polished up too much - the fuzz-laden influence of Dinosaur Jr. comes across loud and clear. Grab the album's lead single "Mercury Retrograde" and the top of this post and/or stream it below.

Purling Hiss will be embarking on a U.S. tour next month before heading to Europe for all of May. That tour includes a FREE show at the Empty Bottle on April 15 with support from Teepee and Axis:sovA. No RSVP is needed.

All Purling Hiss tour dates and a stream of "Mercury Retrograde" are below...

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Dawes @ The Parish during SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Dawes are set to welcome their new album, Stories Don't End, on April 9 via Red General Catalog (US) // Hub Records (Canada). A video playlist can be found at the bottom of this post, which includes a lyric video for their slick new single "From A Window Seat," studio footage // brief interviews, and an LP trailer.

Dawes are currently on tour throughout North American, and won't head home for good until late-July. That tour includes a FREE, 6PM show at Reggie's on April 1. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis (21+ only), and you can enter to win guaranteed entry for two HERE.

All Dawes tour dates (including some with Bob Dylan) and that video playlist are below...

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Local Natives @ Aragon Ballroom, December 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)

As discussed, Local Natives will be touring through Chicago later this week in support of their excellent second album, Hummingbird. They'll play a sold-out show at the Vic Theatre on Thursday, March 21 with support from Superhumanoids; we hope you grabbed tickets in time. In addition to that performance, they've also just announced that they'll play a FREE, 5PM show at the Empty Bottle that night. No tickets // RSVP needed, and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The bar opens at 3PM and doors for the show will be at 4:30PM. (Leave work early... really early.) Enter to win guaranteed entry for two HERE.

All Local Natives tour dates and their video for "Breakers" are below...

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Low @ Pritzker Pavilion in 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)

As part of the ongoing City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events series Off the Record, Low will be performing stripped down selections from their forthcoming album, The Invisible Way (out 3/19 via Sub Pop), on March 7 at Saki Records. The event will kick off at 7PM, and features a Q&A session with the band and The Invisible Way producer Jeff Tweedy. Admission is free and open to all ages, but space is limited, so we suggest that you plan on getting to Saki early.

As discussed, Low will be embarking on an international tour in support of The Invisible Way this spring. That tour includes a performance at Metro on March 22 with Geoff Farina, and advance tickets are still available.

All Low tour dates and a few song streams from The Invisible Way are below...

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We're excited to announce that BV Chicago will be returning to SXSW this year! We have teamed up with Epitonic to bring you a FREE unofficial two stage day party at Swan Dive and Barbarella Patio (615 Red River Street) on Wednesday, March 13 from noon - 6PM. The outdoor Barbarella Patio stage will feature Chicago-based acts, while the indoor Swan Dive stage boasts an international lineup.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will headline the Barbarella Patio stage, along with support from All Eyes West, Twin Peaks, On An On, Minor Characters, Mister Lies, Mahogany, and Many Places. Attendees will be able to move freely between the patio and Swan Dive, which will house Generationals, The Besnard Lakes, Ume, Eric Pulido (of Midlake), WHY?, Autumn Owls, Tango in the Attic, and The End of America throughout the day.

It'll look like this:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - BV Chicago Stage at Barbarella Patio
12:00PM - Many Places
12:45PM - Mahogany
01:30PM - Mister Lies
02:15PM - Minor Characters
03:00PM - On An On
03:45PM - Twin Peaks
04:30PM - All Eyes West
05:15PM - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Epitonic // 1-Up PR Stage at Swan Dive
12:00PM - The End of America
12:45PM - Tango in the Attic
01:30PM - Autumn Owls
02:15PM - WHY?
03:00PM - Eric Pulido (of Midlake)
03:45PM - Ume
04:30PM - The Besnard Lakes
05:15PM - Generationals

Admission to Swan Dive // Barbarella Patio is 100% FREE and no badges/wristbands are required. There IS a 21+ age restriction though, sorry about that!

Thanks to our sponsors Redken for making this party possible. They'll be giving out free samples of their products throughout the day. More free stuff is TBA.

And stay tuned for the announcement of BrooklynVegan's day parties and showcases!


Montreal-based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk is set to release his new album, North Americana, on February 19. Vollebekk spent two-years on the LP, recording in Montreal, New York City, upstate New York, and La Frette-sur-Seine, France. North Americana features violinist Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire), who arranged her own parts. You can stream the album's lead single "Off the Main Drag" at the bottom of this post.

Vollebekk has a number of North American tour dates coming up, including a free show at the Empty Bottle on March 4 with Conductive Alliance. No RSVP is needed for his Chicago performance, just show up.

All known Leif Vollebekk tour dates and a stream of "Off the Main Drag" are below...

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Action Bronson @ MHoW in August (more by Ryan Muir)

Action Bronson hit the road with Cypress Hill earlier this year. As you might remember, the two acts were originally supposed to appear at the Double Door together on November 4. Cypress Hill had to reschedule some dates due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and those rescheduled dates-- including a December 3 performance at the Double Door-- did not include an opening set from Action. Though he didn't make it to Chicago earlier this month, Action was scheduled to appear at Reggie's tonight (December 29). He's since moved that performance to January 27, and all tickets will be honored. More will be on sale soon; check Ticketsfly for updates.

UPDATE: Tickets for Action Bronson's January 27 show are on sale now.

Since Action Bronson can't make it tonight, Chance the Rapper headlines a FREE show at Reggie's. Chuck Inglish, Johnny Polygon, and Impala Sound Champions will open the show, and you don't need to RSVP for entry.

Check out the video for Action Bronson's "The Symbol" from his newest mixtape Rare Chandeliers below...

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Twin Shadow @ Lincoln Hall in 2011 (more by James Chadwick)

As discussed, Twin Shadow play a MINI // RCRD LBL-sponsored show in a "not normal" venue in Chicago tonight. That venue is Lubinski Furniture in Wicker Park (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.), and the show will begin at 6:30PM. According to the event's Facebook page, only the first 100-fans in line will get in. If you're set on going, get there early.

Happy Monday.


Indians (the project of Copenhagen's Søren Løkke Juul) are currently touring throughout North America with Other Lives. As discussed, that tour finishes off with a two-night stand in Chicago - Schubas on December 7 and Lincoln Hall on December 8. Though two-show passes are now sold-out, individual tickets for their Schubas and Lincoln Hall performances are still available. Indians will also be playing an in-store at Permanent Records on December 8 at 2PM. Admission is free but the shop doesn't hold all that many people; get there early.

Juul and co. are gearing up for the release of their debut LP, Somewhere Else, out January 28 (UK) // 29 (North America). The first few singles that Indians have shared so far remind me a bit of early Youth Lagoon, but with more avant-pop in the mix. You can take a listen to the tracks "Magic Kids," "New," "I am Hunted," and "Cakelayers" at the bottom of this post. 4AD have also said that "whilst stocks last, a ten-track tour edition of the album has been pressed on vinyl and will be on sale on their tour." Look for Somewhere Else at Schubas, Lincoln Hall, and possibly Permanent Records (on that Saturday afternoon at least).

All Indians tour dates and some song streams // videos are below...

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