Concert Calendar – Chicago – 2014

Here’s a list of the best shows coming to town:

WED 4/23         The Knife                                                      8:30pm @ Aragon ($32)

FRI 4/25           PAWS (opening for We Are Scientists)      10pm @ Lincoln Hall ($18)

**SAT 4/26        Temples w/Drowners +1                           10pm @ Lincoln Hall ($15)

SAT 4/26           Waxahatchee +2                                        9:30pm @ Empty Bottle ($12)

MON 4/28        The Pains of Being Pure At Heart +2        8:30pm @ Empty Bottle ($12)

WED 4/30        Disappears +1                                             9pm @ The Burlington ($12)

THURS 5/1       Yo La Tengo w/Phil Cohran                      9pm @ Concord ($24)

**SAT 5/3 Cloud Nothings w/Protomartyr, Ryley Walker 10pm @ Lincoln Hall ($15)

**SUN 5/4        Angel Olsen +1                                           8pm @ Lincoln Hall ($14)

WED 5/7          Woods w/Quilt +1                                      8:30pm @ Subterranean ($12)

**THURS 5/8      Television                                                 8:30pm @ Metro ($25)

FRI 5/9            Jessica Lea Mayfield +1                             9pm @ Empty Bottle ($15)

FRI 5/9            Baths w/Young Fathers +1                         8:30pm @ Concord ($15)

TUES 5/13        Wye Oak w/Braids                                     9pm @ Metro ($18-$20)

FRI 5/16          Tony Molina                                                 6:30pm @ Beat Kitchen ($10)

MON 5/19         Elbow w/ John Grant                                8pm @ HOB ($35)

WED 5/21         Atlas Sound +1                                            9pm @ Lincoln Hall ($20)

**THURS/**FRI 5/29-30    Conor Oberst w/Dawes          9pm @ Metro ($36)

SUN 6/1        J. Mascis                                                         10:30pm @ Subterranean ($18)

SAT 6/7         NO opening for Yann Tiersen                       8pm @ Bottom Lounge ($25)

TUES 6/10    Eagulls w/Cheatahs                                       8pm @ Beat Kitchen ($12)

WED 6/11     Disclosure [Live], Joey Bada$$ +2          5:30-10:30pm @ Lincoln Pk Zoo

FRI 6/13      Morrissey w/Kristeen Young                         8pm @ Civic Opera House

MON 6/16    King Khan & The Shrines +2                        8:30pm @ Empty Bottle ($15)

SUN 6/29      The Antlers +1                                              8pm @ Lincoln Hall ($20)

TUES 7/1      New Order                                                     8pm @ Aragon ($47)

SAT 7/12       Jeff Tweedy   onsale 5/22                             Taste of Chicago ($25)

7/18-20         Pitchfork Music Festival

SAT 7/19       The Donkeys                                                  9pm The Hideout ($10)

WED 7/23     Jack White w/Benjamin Booker                 8pm @ Chicago Theat. ($45-$75)

THURS 7/24  Jack White w/Benjamin Booker                8pm @Auditorium Theat. ($45-$75)

THURS 7/31   Lambchop performs Nixon                        8pm @ Maurer Hall ($22)

8/1-3             Lollapalooza

SUN 9/21       Bryan Ferry                                                  7:30pm @ Chicago Theater ($48.50 +)

Key: you’re shit outta luck
** – tickets going fast

New Release Calendar

APRIL

TEEN – The Way and Color (4/22)

Kelis – Food (4/22)

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (4/29)

William Tyler – Lost Colony EP (4/29)

Wye Oak – Shriek (4/29)

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth – Midnight Sun (4/29)

Pixies – Indie Cindy (4/29)

MAY

Gruff Rhys – American Interior (5/5)-UK

Lily Allen – Sheezus (5/6)

The Horrors – Luminous (5/6)

Savages – Fuckers/Dream Baby Dream 12″ (5/6)

Lykke Li – I Never Learn (5/6)

Papercuts – Life Among the Savages (5/6)

Rodrigo Amarante – Cavalo (5/6)

Fujiya & Miyagi – Artificial Sweeteners (5/6)

tUnE-yArDs – Nikki Nack (5/6)

The Clientele – Suburban Light (Reissue) (5/13)

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Days of Abandon (5/13)

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband (5/13)

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (5/13)

Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain (5/20)

LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye (5/20)-Digital version

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There? (5/27)

Owen Pallett – In Conflict (5/27)

Haunted Hearts – Initiation (5/27)

JUNE

Klaxons – Love Frequency (6/2)-UK

Morrissey – Vauxhall & I (20th Annv.  Remaster w/ Bonus Live CD) (6/2)-UK

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Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours (6/3)

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal (6/3)

PAWS – Youth Culture Forever (6/3)

The Donkeys – Ride the Black Wave (6/3)

Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin (6/3)

The Orwells – Disgraceland (6/3)

Various Artists – C86 [reissue] (6/9)

Jack White – Lazaretto (6/10)

The Fresh & Onlys – House Of Spirits (6/10)

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold (6/10)

The Antlers – Familiars (6/17)

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour (6/17)

A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent (6/24)

Thurston Moore (June)

JULY

Woman’s Hour – Conversations (7/15)

Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business (July)

Best of 2013 Playlist

Best of 2013: Songs That Tell Stories (at a medium pace)

1. Savages- She Will

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being In Trouble

3. Kurt Vile – Never Run Away

4. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

5. Deerhunter – Sleepwalking

6. Foxygen – San Francisco

7. Speedy Ortiz – Plough

8. Dean Wareham – Love Is Colder Than Death

9. Chvrches – The Mother We Share

10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street

11. The Holydrug Couple – Follow Your Way

12. Majical Cloudz – Mister

13. Waxahatchee – Swan Dive

14. Yo La Tengo – Well You Better

15. Rhye – 3 Days

16. Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out

17. Devendra Banhart – Your Fine Petting Duck

18. Night Beds – Borrowed Time

19. Chance The Rapper – Cocoa Butter Kisses

Early 2014 New Release Calendar

As you start considering your top albums of 2013, these are releases already scheduled for January and February of 2014.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags (1/7)

Broken Bells – After The Disco (1/14)

Warpaint – S/T (1/21)

Damien Jurado – Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Son (1/21)

Hospitality – Trouble (1/28)

Dum Dum Girls – Too True (1/28)

The Autumn Defense – Fifth (1/28)

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (2/18)

Beck – Morning Phase (Feb.)  

Upcoming Release Schedule – August-October 2013

Bare Mutants – The Affliction (8/6)
Polyphonic Spree – Yes, It’s True. (8/6)
Washed Out – Paracosm (8/13)
Superchunk – I Hate Music (8/20)
Ty Segall – Sleeper (8/20)
Julia Holter – Loud City Song (8/20)
Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion (8/20)
Porcelain Raft – Permanent Signal (8/20)
No Age – An Object (8/20)
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (8/24)
Disappears – Era (8/27)
Belle & Sebastian – The Third Eye Centre (8/27)
Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (8/27)
Dent May – Warm Blanket (8/27)
The Dodos – Carrier (8/27)
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (9/3)
Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium (9/3)
Arctic Monkeys – AM (9/10)
MGMT – S/T (9/17)
Bill Callahan – Dream River (9/17)
Sebadoh – Defend Yourself (9/17)
Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe (9/24)
Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day (9/24)
Quasi – Mole City (10/1)
Dr. Dog – B-Room (10/1)
Cults – Static (10/15)
The Head & The Heart – Let’s Be Still (10/15)
Arcade Fire (10/29)

2013 Pitchfork Primer – Saturday 7/20

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Saturday, July 20:

Gates at 12 p.m.

8:45 Rustie (BLUE)
8:30 Belle & Sebastian (GREEN) – The reason I bought tickets. This is B & S’s first festival gig in Chicago, hopefully steering the set towards the hits/earlier albums.
7:45 Andy Stott (BLUE)
7:25 Solange (RED) – Mostly a “get in place for B & S” and watch from afar sitch, but her EP ‘True’ is exceptional.
6:45 Low (BLUE) – Surprising stage location, but maybe suited to their hushed sound of late.  A good place to go sleep standing up?
6:15 The Breeders play Last Splash (GREEN) – Where I’ll be. Never saw The Breeders the first time around. Of course there’s “Cannonball,” but the album rocks more than I remember in the middle, then goes ultra-poppy on “Divine Hammer.”
5:45 Ryan Hemsworth (BLUE)
5:15 Swans (RED)
4:45 Metz (BLUE) – If ear-bleeding is something you seek, then head here.  Taut, heavy stuff reminiscent of early Nirvana.  Following this set seems like the best chance to grab some food & pre-game for The Breeders and the rest of your night.
4:15 Savages (GREEN) – Must-see of the weekend.  May draw a bigger crowd than Belle & Sebastian?  Heavy female 4-piece trading in Joy Division-esque throbbing tunes.  Their intensity is likely to be unmatched. 
3:45 Merchandise (BLUE) – A nice sound meld of heavy-ish backing band and fey Morrissey-like vocals at times.  Depart early for Savages.
3:20 …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (RED)
2:50 Parquet Courts (BLUE) – Likely to be a crowded scene for this early-Pavement/early-Strokes sounding band.  Ramshackle and low-fi by design.  Plus then you’ll be here in advance of Merchandise.
2:30 Phosphorescent (GREEN) – zzzzzz – Fine and dandy on record, but nothing I need to see live in a hot field.
1:55 Julia Holter (BLUE) – I’d say to arrive in time to hear her, but really no reason to get to a fest before 3pm in my opinion.
1:45 Pissed Jeans (RED)
1:00 KEN mode (BLUE)
1:00 White Lung (GREEN)

2013 Pitchfork Primer – Friday 7/19

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Friday, July 19:

Gates at 3 p.m.

8:30 Björk (GREEN) – Of course, you’re not gonna go home are you? 
7:20 Joanna Newsom (RED) – A harp and her voice in a large field?  Will this work?  I’ll be keenly watching and listening.
6:25 Wire (GREEN) – Pink Flag came out when?  I’ll pass as they have new music I don’t need to hear. 
6:15 Mikal Cronin (BLUE) – Likely the “star-making” set of the day.  2013’s Merge release has broadened his reach and polished his sound a bit though reports from his recent EB sets are that he and his band shred live.
5:30 Woods (RED) – Another toss-up time slot.  Woods will likely play a loose set that will be passable, but my pick is the delicate-voiced Olsen and to begin jockeying for position for Cronin who misses out on a larger stage due to a nod to rock vets Wire.
5:15 Angel Olsen (BLUE)
4:35 Mac DeMarco (GREEN) – No doubter, smooth guitars, chilled-vibes…hot day.
4:15 Trash Talk (BLUE)
3:30 Daughn Gibson (RED) – This matchup is a toss-up, but given the number of other strong female performers on this day, roll the dice on the electro-baritone of Gibson.  Is this stage right for him?  Saw him @The Vic as a 1-piece, just a man and his drum machine.
3:20 Frankie Rose (BLUE)

You can always head for shade at the CHIRP record fair.  Björk might be shopping.  (Björk won’t be shopping.)

Hebronix – Unreal

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Its not Yuck [Part II], but Hebronix is the new work of that group’s former lead vocalist Daniel Blumberg.  At times lethargic and meandering (see “Wild Whim & “Unreal”), at others bouncy and reverb-drenched (see “Garden”).  Its no mistake that most of the six songs here stretch into 7-minute territory. Undoubtedly some listeners ears won’t be prepared to absorb the spacious tunes contained here, but patient and passive listening isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  For me, the record works as chewing gum for the mind, especially the tail end of album closer “The Plan.”

My favorite track (#3) is “Wild Whim.” There are guitars piled upon guitars with minimal drumming that musically echoes the lyrical content of a circuitous walk. A triumphant record that won’t blow your socks off.

*More info & song streams here: http://www.atpfestival.com/recordings/artist/hebronix/view.php