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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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by Milos Markicevic

Foxygen @ Public Assembly during BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

While they're in town to play Metro with Of Montreal on December 9, Foxygen will also be playing a 3PM in-store at Saki with support from Chicago songstress Angel Olsen. As always, in-stores at Saki are free and open to all ages.

Foxygen came together while core members Sam France and Jonathan Rado were still in high school. France and Rado disbanded when they went to college but reunited in 2009, spending the summer going through dozens of their original recordings to pick their favorite songs. Many have compared the band to the Rolling Stones, with lead singer Sam France's voice sharing a strong likeness to Mick Jagger's. Like the Brian Jonestown Massacre (another favorite of theirs), they draw their influences from the rock and roll icons of the 60s and 70s. But where BJM have experimented more and more with each release, Foxgen seems to have played it safe with their newest effort, Take The Kids Off Broadway. All the same, take a listen to the LP in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

All known Foxygen dates and a stream of Take The Kids Off Broadway are below...

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Witch Mountain @ Saint Vitus in June (BKLYN) (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Portland, OR-based doom metal outfit Witch Mountain are set to embark on a month-long North American tour with San Francisco's Castle in October. That tour kicks off in Portland on October 11, and will reach Chicago on October 22 for a FREE show at the Empty Bottle. Mares of Thrace are also on the bill, and no RSVP is needed. All dates are listed below.

Witch Mountain welcomed their third LP, Cauldron of the Wild, in June via Profound Lore. Stream the album in its entirety and check out WM's full 2012 tour schedule below...

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Berlin-based, Swedish-born songwriter Molly Nilsson is set to tour North America this fall. She begins her run in NYC on Thursday (9/6) and will visit Chicago on October 1 to play a FREE show at the Empty Bottle. Support for that show is TBA, and no RSVP is needed.

Nilsson welcomed her most recent record, History, in 2011 via her own Dark Skies Association. You can check out the video for the album track "Hotel Home" along with all 2012 tour dates below...

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Xiu Xiu @ Bowery Ballroom in May (NYC) (more by Joe McCabe)

As mentioned, Xiu Xiu are currently on tour and are set to visit Chicago on Monday, September 3 for a performance at Schubas with Mister Lies. Tickets for that show are still available. If you're interested in catching Xiu Xiu for free, they will also be playing a 12:30PM in-store at Saki on Tuesday, September 4.

Xiu Xiu released their most recent album, Always, earlier this year via Polyvinyl. Maybe you caught them on tour in support of it at Lincoln Hall in May? Stream the album-- their ninth overall studio effort-- in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

All Xiu Xiu tour dates and a stream of Always are below...

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Duchess Says @ Public Assembly in Brooklyn earlier on tour (more by Chris La Putt)

Montreal dance punks Duchess Says are on tour and will hit Chicago this Sunday (8/26) to play a FREE show (21+) at the Cobra Lounge with their current tourmates Minneapolis' The Blind Shake, E.T. Habit, Terrible Twos, and Fake Surfers. The event is part of the ongoing City Build concert series, and will kick off at 2PM. It'll actually be taking place in Cobra Lounge's parking lot, featuring a slip 'n slide (remember those?) and free food / beer. Live music will begin at 4:30PM and set times are listed below.

Speaking of The Blind Shake, they've recently announced a fall North American tour which will bring them back to Chicago for a Halloween (October 31) show at the Empty Bottle. Football, Outer Minds, and Paul Cary are also on the bill, and ticketing info is forthcoming.

Set times for City Build, all Blind Shake dates, and song streams from all acts are below...

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NYC-based group Amen Dunes-- the project of songwriter Damon McMahon-- have an expansive fall international tour ahead of them. They'll begin that run with a couple of US shows in early-September, including a performance at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC, and then will spend the remainder of that month and early-October touring throughout Europe. When they return stateside, Damon and co. have a couple of shows with Godspeed You! Black Emperor (who were recently in Chicago to play Pitchfork Fest) and then a free one at the Empty Bottle on October 15. E+ (who play the Hideout this weekend) and Sonoi are also on the bill. No RSVP needed.

Damon's most recent release, the Ethio Covers 7", arrived in May. You can stream all four tracks at the bottom of this post. The 7" was self-released in a limited pressing of 300. Copies are still available for purchase.

All Amen Dunes dates, some song streams, and a video below...

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Dustin Wong @ Glasslands in Brooklyn (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Former Ponytail member Dustin Wong put out his most recent solo effort, Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, back in February via Thrill Jockey. You can listen to two Dreams Say... tracks, called "Pink Diamond" and "Diagonally Talking Echo," at the bottom of this post. The LP is also streaming on Spotify.

Dustin is slated to open up a number of dates for Beach House in September and October, but before that happens he'll play a free show at the Empty Bottle on September 10, with support from Blues Control, Bitchin' Bajas (aka the solo project of CAVE's Cooper Crane), and Axis:sovA. No RSVP needed.

Psychedelic rockers Blues Control released their new record, Valley Tangents, in June via Drag City. Maybe you caught them at the Hideout in late-July when they toured through Chicago in support of the LP? This Empty Bottle show is part of a small string of September tour dates for the band.

Dustin Wong / Blues Control dates and song streams from all are below...

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Big Black Delta @ Central Park Summerstage on 8/8/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Big Black Delta (aka former Mellowdrone member Jonathan Bates), who opened for M83 on Wednesday night (8/8) in NYC, is currently touring throughout the US. Bates has a few more East Coast shows and then will make his way to Chicago on August 24 to play a free one at the Empty Bottle. RSVP for entry and/or buy tickets to guarantee it.

Bates released his debut, self-titled LP under the moniker in 2011. Stream a few tracks from that album at the bottom of this post. Last year he also contributed to M83's "Midnight City" remix EP, and you can check out his version of the song below.

All Big Black Delta dates and some song streams are below...

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Twin Shadow @ BAM in May (BKLYN) (more by David Andrako)

Here is your formal welcome to festival season in Chicago. Pitchfork Fest just wrapped up, Lollapalooza is just two-weeks away, and after/side party announcements are beginning to pour in. FILTER and the Empty Bottle are taking over the Logan Square Auditorium on August 2 & 3 to host FREE parties with some pretty great lineups.

Twin Shadow (who also plays Lincoln Hall that week), Neon Indian, and Passion Pit DJs (who play a full-band set at the House of Blues) will be performing on August 2. Grimes, The Big Pink (who also play Subterranean), and THENEWN02 will be playing on August 3. Admission is free w/ RSVP (21+ only) and both events stretch until 2AM.