Wolf Parade’s new album, Expo 86, gets an official release Tuesday. It’s highly recommended. Go buy it.
The headliner on the Petrillo stage at Taste Saturday is Gavin Rossdale. Once again, Taste tops itself for lameness.
But on the Taste stage (the one with the big Illinois Lottery banner), it’s Garage Rock day. Some local bands, including White Mystery, Mannequin Men and Lake Forest’s very own the Yolks, promise to throw a real cave stomper.
The headliner, White Mystery, is Alex White (fka Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra) and her brother Francis. She plays guitar and he plays drums. It’s a reverse of the early White Stripes schtick. The duo plays a stripped down, raw garage sound.
The Mannequin Men are a fun, punky band. The Yolks play an early ’60s garage style. Check the schedule for times and a full lineup.
Chicago music critic Jim DeRogatis says sources tell him that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is looking into Lolla’s requirement that bands playing the big gig can’t play any nearby shows for months before or after the festival.
Chicago music clubs have been complaining for at least the last couple of years about Lolla’s restrictions on bands. Artists, ranging from headliners to opening acts, have to agree that they won’t play other nearby shows unless Lolla blesses the gigs as afterparties.
In some cases, contracts say bands cannot play other Midwest shows six months before or three months after Lolla. A contract can prohibit a band or artist from playing a 300-mile radius, which means markets as far away as Detroit, Indianapolis, Iowa City, Madison or Milwaukee are screwed by a single Lolla contract, DeRogatis reports.
The new Stars album, The Five Ghosts, is out today. The single Fixed has been floating around the Interweb for at least the past couple of months.
The choices for Monday night live music usually aren’t so great. But tonight there’s actually decent competition. I already noted the Tame Impala show at Subterranean.
Jeff The Brotherhood is headlining a free show at the Empty Bottle. Like Tame Impala, the two-man Jeff The Brotherhood dabbles in psychedelic but also rocks.
Happy Father’s Day.
Taste of Randolph historically has been one of the best street fests in Chicago for live music (and is far better than Taste of Chicago in every way). This year isn’t a blowout lineup but there are some notable acts.
Superchunk, one of the great bands of the ’90s, headlines Sunday night. Califone and Headlights open. The rootsy band Lucero headlines Saturday and Athens, Georgia’s Twin Tigers plays earlier that day.
Australia’s very cool psychedelic band Tame Impala plays a pair of Chicago shows. The band opens up for MGMT Friday night at a sold-out Riv appearance and then gets its own gig at Subterranean on Monday.
I highly recommend seeing these guys. Check out a couple of their videos below. The highly addictive Solitude Is Bliss is made into an over-the-top video. The second video is from a live show.
As it turns out, Pitchfork won’t be the only Chicago stop for the reunited Pavement. The band will play a Sept. 13 show at Millennium Park. Unlike most of the Monday night shows at the Pritzker Pavilion this summer, you will have to pay. Tickets are selling for $15 to $40.
This is exciting news. Pritzker is a great venue and we Pavement junkies couldn’t possibly be satisfied by one show.
Two new Arcade Fire songs off the upcoming The Suburbs trickled out: Ready to Start and We Used to Wait.
It’s time for a roundup. Wavves put out a single and Dum Dum Girls just released a video. Japandroids have a new song. And, of course, Arcade Fire teases us with new tracks.
Check out Miike Snow’s video for The Rabbit (with a nod to 2 Live Crew).
The latest buzz band from Brooklyn, the Drums, releases its self-titled, full-length debut Tuesday.
Other releases: Here We Go Magic’s Pigeons, Deer Tick’s The Black Dirt Sessions, Tokyo Police Club’s Champ, Teenage Fanclub’s Shadows and Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Also, Golden Smog’s Down By the Old Mainstream is re-released on vinyl.
There are only a handful of Chicago street fests that really do a good job of booking music. This weekend’s Do Division fest is one.
There are two stages, one curated by Empty Bottle and the other by House Call Entertainment, the guys who book Subterranean and Beat Kitchen. Headliners Saturday are the Night Marchers and the Hood Internet. Sunday’s closers are Yacht and Jason Isbell (formerly of Drive-By Truckers).
Other acts include Pelican, Headlights, Ponys, Poison Arrows, Sybris, Warpaint and CoCoComa.
This new video for Foals’ Miami has everything: body builders, drag queens, a bouncing car.