Deerhunter played a number of Chicago sets over the years, hitting Empty Bottle, Pitchfork, Lollapalooza and even a spot below an expressway bridge (see video below). When Bradford Cox and his gang last played Metro, it was epic.
Four years after Justin Vernon’s side band released its debut, Volcano Choir is touring a second album, Repave. Fans of Bon Iver should appreciate Volcano Choir’s music. It’s Vernon backed by a band that creates a big, full sound compared with the more intimate folkiness of Bon Iver. The downside is Volcano Choir isn’t quite as interesting as Vernon’s better-known project.
Still, this looks to be a good show. Volcano Choir plays Metro Friday night. Volcano Choir is actually Vernon’s second side project of the year. In April, he released Grownass Man as the Shouting Matches, a trio that plays more of a country blend.
Flume makes his return to Chicago Wednesday with a show at Metro. This sounds like it will be an elaborate production and I’m a little surprised it hasn’t sold out yet. This should be a pretty hot set.
Also check out this cool remix of the single from the album, Illusions.
Also, check out this fan video pairing Gangs in the Garden with Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon.
The Canadian duo known as Majical Cloudz just shared this sparse, captivating song, Bugs Don’t Buzz, ahead of the album Impersonator, which is out May 21.
Majical Cloudz open for Youth Lagoon at Metro May 15.
Bugs Don’t Buzz – Majical Cloudz
Nada Surf made one of the best and most memorable pop albums of 2012, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy. You can catch the band at Metro Saturday night with opener Eternal Summers (which also made a fine album this year, Correct Behavior).
Australia’s Tame Impala is playing a sold-out show Tuesday night at Metro. My guess is these guys will be playing a much larger venue when they return to Chicago for another gig. Check out the band’s website and you’ll see a number of sold-out shows. Tame Impala’s latest album, Lonerism, was just released last month.
Here’s a just-released video of Feels Like We Only Go Backwards from the album.
I have to admit I was far more excited to hear the first Guided By Voices reunion album this year compared to when I learned there would be a second. In all, there will be three GBV albums and at least two solo records from frontman Robert Pollard released this year. Excessive? Not for Pollard. And it’s not like he puts out anything that’s bad. Pollard has just never been one to edit himself.
Take Class Clown Spots a UFO, the second GBV album of 2012. It’s full of highlights (the title track, He Rises! Our Union Bellboy, Keep It in Motion) but are all 21 songs on the release amazing? Of course not. That said, I’m glad GBV is back. The band features the mid-90s “classic” lineup behind Pollard, the guys who made Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes.
It’s a week of homecomings and record release shows for some local bands. Kicking things off tonight (Tuesday), soft-pop group the Hudson Branch plays a record release show at Lincoln Hall for the new album World Kid.
Finally, soul and R&B revivalists the Right Now, a band I really like, will play its own record release show Saturday at Lincoln Hall. The Right Now is promoting its new album Gets Over You.
As a bonus, the legendary Os Mutantes open.
Halcyon Digest may sound a little straighter than Deerhunter’s previous releases but it’s a good album.
So what to do about a video? How about a drummer named Runar motoring down the road until he meets up with a tribe of loincloth-wearing screamers who form a drum circle? I’m not going to try to deconstruct this video.
Them Crooked Vultures are teasing us with a tiny sample — just 14 seconds — of the new super group’s sound.
I suppose when you’re Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones, you can get away with this stuff but it’s still kind of maddening.
The band debuted here in Chicago with a show at the Metro this month. A second show is planned in Amsterdam Wednesday.
The second video below is only a snippet but the best clip I’ve seen from that Metro show. Judging by the samples I’ve heard, the group sounds most like Queens of the Stone Age. I hope to hear more soon.
There are a ton of Lollapalooza videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, most of them are messed up. Hopefully, there will be more posted in the coming days. There were certainly some interesting moments to be caught on video (check out Lykke Li’s set).
Here’s a Lolla aftershow with The Decemberists doing a pretty faithful rendition of Heart’s “Crazy On You.”
Surely, someone produced a good quality video of Decemberists’ gig at the festival. Instead of playing the hits, the band performed the new album “The Hazards of Love” in its entirety. That took a lot of guts.