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Wed. Oct 01 2014
Wednesday, October 01 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.

“Too Bright”, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a brave, bold, unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.

The fragile yet defiant “I Decline” opens the album, draped in hushed, languorous beauty, but it is an outlier. The next line you hear after that however, on the following track (and first single) “Queen”, are the words “Don’t you know your queen?” boomed out over ominous keyboards. This is not so much a genuine question as a rhetorical one, as Hadreas deconstructs gay panic with relish, singing “no family is safe, when I sashay” before the chorus explodes into a gloriously cacophonous symphony of synths and vocals. It is both the most anthemic work Hadreas has done so far but also his most perverse, a gleeful kiss off to what he describes as “faces of blank fear when I walk by…if these fucking people want to give me some power – if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles – well, here she comes”.



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Thu. Oct 02 2014
$20 Doors
Thursday, October 02 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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Fin Greenall, who is the voice and heart behind Fink, often gets mistaken for other people.

At the BMI Awards in the US, a ‘roomful of gangstas and playas’ were convinced the Cornwall-born, Bristol-raised Englishman was a lawyer, and not a songwriter picking up an ‘American Urban’ gong – one of three BMIs he received for his work with John Legend on the soul singer’s Evolver album.

In Berlin, clubbing capital of the world, they think he helps run a small minimal techno label. In certain London circles he’s known as the hardworking insider whose past roles at DefJam, Sony Music, Talkin’ Loud, and Source saw him work with a range of artists longer than the horizon. At the BBC, they imagine Fink as perhaps the only musician who has played both the Electric Proms and the actual Proms (was that really the same guy leading a 120-piece orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in an ‘immense’ cover of Roy Ayers’ Everybody Loves The Sunshine?).


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Fri. Oct 03 2014
Silver Wrapper presents:

Slow Magic



Friday, October 03 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend.


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Sat. Oct 04 2014
Saturday, October 04 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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“Family” is a word that encompasses a variety of definitions. With that in mind, let this introduction to Kopecky Family Band be taken with an open mind and with a grain of salt. This family is connected not by blood or by heritage, but by circumstance. This is a family bound by the miles on their odometer and by the songs they have crafted over the years. These six young musicians have created a family through their commitment to each other and to their craft. Crack open your dictionary, if you need to.

The Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. And the musical canvas is covered with broad brushstrokes – ranging from clanging tambourines and guitars, booming percussion, intelligent string arrangements, and triumphant horns. These six bandmates – siblings, if you will – swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous, and energetic environment onstage.

In late 2007, founding members Kelsey Kopecky and Gabriel Simon became united with four friends who shared a mutual vision. They planted seeds that have been nurtured for the past five years through persistent touring and recording – and those seeds are rapidly reaching maturity. With thousands of miles traveled, and surely thousands to come, the Kopecky Family Band is only just beginning their adventure – and they want to bring you along for the ride.


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Sun. Oct 05 2014
Sunday, October 05 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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The "Small Sound" EP follows Tennis's much lauded previous full length efforts, 2011's "Cape Dory" and 2012's "Young and Old." Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track "Cured of Youth" produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). The band inked a new deal with Communion Records and will return to the studio to work on new music for a Spring 2014 full length album. "Small Sound" is available as a limited 10" vinyl release, as well as CD and digital formats -- all of which can be purchased directly from the band's website, www.tennis-music.com.

Tennis was born aboard Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley's nearly seven-month sailing trip. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was "Cape Dory," an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.

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Tue. Oct 07 2014
Unabridged Bookstore presents:
An Evening With...

John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats)



Tuesday, October 07 2014
7:00 PM | All Ages
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If you would like to pick up your copy of WOLF IN WHITE VAN when it's released on 9/16/14, please bring in a copy of your confirmation email to Unabridged Bookstore (3251 N. Broadway)

John Darnielle, writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats, gives us a breathtaking new novel, Wolf In White Van, the story of the Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move.

Join Unabridged Bookstore for an unforgettable evening as John Darnielle sits in conversation with Mairead Case, columnist for Bookslut and who has spent a decade working in Chicago schools, small presses, and libraries. You will not want to miss Darnielle, widely considered one of the best lyricists of his generation, see what he can do with the novel.

Brilliantly constructed, Beautifully written, and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle’s audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.

Unabridged Bookstore (unabridgedbookstore.com) is an independent bookstore that opened in its current location at 3251 N. Broadway in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday, November 1 1980. Unabridged is known for its dedicated, knowledgeable staff, (and their hand-written personal recommendations) an unparalleled sale book section, and an award-winning children's section.

Mairead Case (@maireadcase) is a writer, teacher, and editor. After a decade working in Chicago schools, small presses, and libraries, she now lives in Colorado where she is a PhD student at the University of Denver. Mairead is a columnist at Bookslut, and her first book comes out from featherproof in October 2015.


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Wed. Oct 08 2014
Wednesday, October 08 2014
8:00 PM | 18+
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It was the kind of bar where nobody nice goes on the kind of street where nobody nice lives, which is probably what made it so cheap, which is definitely what made We Are Scientists take meetings there. Not that Murray & Cain were cheap, but they could do math just fine. If they were sticking a quarter into a video game machine, they’d just as soon the thrills last for more than thirty seconds. Same with buying a lady dinner. Of course it had been a long time since video games or dinner with a lady cost a quarter, and anyway they weren’t looking for video games or ladies, except in the deep-down quiet way that men always are. They were looking for a producer.



“The band’s finely nuanced and understated treatment of the [late 80s / early 90s] era works on Pythons. Aided by Foo Fighters and Pixies producer Gil Norton, Surfer Blood conjure college rock’s feeling of youthful, nostalgic melancholy without using any of the sub-genre’s gimmicks.” – NME, 8/10 rating


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Thu. Oct 09 2014
Thursday, October 09 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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Trust is the musical project of Toronto artist Robert Alfons.

After years of extensive touring, and garnering glowing praise from top international critics at Pitchfork, VICE, and The Guardian UK for the 2012 Juno-nominated debut album TRST, the follow up album Joyland was released by Arts & Crafts on March 4, 2014.

Joyland is an eruption of guts, eels, and joy.


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Fri. Oct 10 2014
Friday, October 10 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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Easton, MD -- Front porch of producer John Alagia's house on the Chesapeake Bay.

I've just woken up from another end of the world dream where Bon Jovi was an alien planting explosive devices in cupboards that eventually cause massive flooding when I decide I need to do a morning coffee run (ok, I need cigarettes) so I grab my keys and head to town. E-Rob (Eric Robinson), our engineer, is just going to bed after working late on a vox comp for 'You Won't Let Me' and it occurs to me how I've truly lucked out with the people involved in "Chesapeake."

I am in the studio. And when I say studio, I mean Alagia's house that we've spent weeks converting into a studio. We shipped gear, borrowed microphones, amps, guitars, and a grand piano that's living in his bedroom (because that's where we get the best sound). We housed vox mics in his shower for some natural reverb and of course the porch where I write this -- a past scene of pre production jams complete with drums made out of cardboard beer cases and recycling bins -- cellos stuck in wads of duck tape so as not to slip on the floor, a wurly set up by the table of receipts I'm calling 'my office' etc.


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Sat. Oct 11 2014
Saturday, October 11 2014
10:00 PM | 21+
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Where GOD IS GOOD was the first step in a more ornate and sophisticated direction for OM, ADVAITIC SONGS achieves a level of composition that would’ve been impossible to foresee.

There remains the singularity of purpose that is the core of all OM records, but no single reason can account for this comprehensive nature of their evolution. On this album the core primary sound of OM remains, yet everything reaches further and becomes more of itself. Whatever drone-doom camp that OM had previously been placed in has been decimated by the sheer imagination and expansive quality of this recording. For a band that has continually followed its own course, and stood alone in its sound and approach, ADVAITIC SONGS for certain, is the band’s most focused, progressive document.


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Sun. Oct 12 2014
93XRT welcomes...

Ásgeir



Sunday, October 12 2014
8:00 PM | 18+
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Ásgeir is a singer-songwriter from Iceland. With the release last September of ‘Dyrd i daudathogn’, at just 20 years of age Icelandic singer- songwriter Ásgeir has become something of an overnight sensation in his country’s music scene - breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist.

That was reinstated at the Iceland Music Awards that took place on February 20th, Asgeir making an impressive sweep of the board, picking up Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, Icelandicmusic.com Award for online achievement and the Public Choice Award.

Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, Dyrd í dauðathogn (‘In the Silence’) immediately recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake. In Iceland, the unusual poetry of lyrics have attracted almost as much attention as the music itself, in part because they are mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father.

The songs themselves, however, are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctive melancholic voice their vibrancy elevates their appeal way beyond the folktronica tag.

One such fan of Dyrd i daudathogn was John Grant (‘Queen Of Denmark’) – currently resident of Iceland himself – who has collaborated with Ásgeir to create an English language version, 'In The Silence', which is out now.


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Mon. Oct 13 2014
Monday, October 13 2014
7:00 PM | All Ages
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"Before, it felt finished. Now, it feels perfect. It's feels like a proper thing."

The proper thing on the mind of 20-year-old shooting star Charli XCX is an album long in the making, one which finally sees the light of day in 2013. The wait has been as agonising for Charli as it has been for her fanbase -- rapidly swelling on both sides of the Atlantic ? but patience has paid handsome dividends. The debut album she releases in 2013 -- perhaps unlike the album she could have released in 2012, or even 2011 -- finds XCX's vision fully realised. Sweeping synths, crunchy beats, emotive vocals, coy raps, spiky and persuasive lyricism and big ideas about life, love and everything else: The album tracks (and soundtracks) Charli's journey from teenager to young woman, but deftly swerves coming-of-age cliches.

"There were all these questions while I was making the album," Charli recalls. "Like how can I twist something mundane to something really amazing that's never been done before? How can I make beautiful pieces of pop? How can I just let my mind go and let all the colours flow out?" Many of the answers have only really appeared in the last twelve months as Charli's vision has finally come into focus. And now the album is finished, its ample vindication for one of Charli's most firmly-held beliefs: "We need to reboot British girl power."


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Tue. Oct 14 2014
Tuesday, October 14 2014
7:00 PM | 21+
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Cameron Esposito has appeared on LOGO, NPR, at TBS' Just for Laughs Chicago, SXSW, the Aspen Rooftop & Bridgetown Comedy Festivals (Portland Mercury Best of the Fest). Cameron got her start in improv comedy at Boston's ImprovBoston & Improv Asylum, trained at the Second City Conservatory & began her career as a standup in Chicago. Cameron has earned a Chicago Magazine Best of Chicago, toured nationally as a circus ringmaster (nope. I'm not kidding.) & created SIDE MULLET NATION, a solo show that debuted as a part of TBS’ Just for Laughs Chicago (Time Out Chicago Critics’ Pick, Chicago Reader Recommended & AV Club Best of the Fest) & has played across the country, including at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (Time Out New York Critics’ Pick).

Cameron relocated to LA in fall 2012 & since then has been named one of the top 12 LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013 by LA Weekly, a Best of 2012 by LA’s thecomedybureau.com & launched Put Your Hands Together, the only weekly standup show at Los Angeles' Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Known for her “effervescent storytelling” (AV Club), Cameron is the brains and voice behind revolutionary all-standup podcasts Standup Mixtape (Underground Communique Records) and Put Your Hands Together (aspecialthing records). She is also the host/creator of the Wham Bam Pow action & scifi movie podcast on the Maximum Fun network. Cameron is also the founder of the Feminine Comique, the world's only all-female standup course. Her debut album, Grab Them Aghast, was released in 2010 on Rooftop Comedy Records.



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Wed. Oct 15 2014
Wednesday, October 15 2014
8:00 PM | 18+
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For X Ambassadors, an unshakable sense of brotherhood has long shaped the sound and spirit of the band. Growing up in small-town upstate New York, frontman Sam Harris, his brother Casey, and childhood friend Noah Feldshuh bonded over an obsessive love for punk, rock & roll, soul, and hip-hop that defied the conventions of their peer group. Forming their first band in middle school, the three channeled their infatuation with artists as eclectic as The Stooges and The Staple Singers into a string of musical projects that sharply clashed with their local scene’s favoring of folk and country. After graduating high school and decamping to New York City in search of a greater music community, the Harris brothers and Noah joined up with L.A.-raised drummer Adam Levin—a move that helped X Ambassadors solidify their sound into a groove-fueled take on alt-pop, and ultimately land a deal with KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records.

Born in Bristol, England, Commons was relocated to Chicago with his family at the age of six, and for the next eight years he was immersed in the city where the Chicago blues was born, and the music became his lifelong passion. He returned to England's West Country six years later at the age of 16, taking with him a clear sense of the blues and its role in the mythic allure of the American South, not to mention an Americanized accent. Commons learned how to play the guitar and then moved to London to study music at Goldsmiths in New Cross, emerging in his twenties with a hoarse, gravel-laced voice that belied his years and a dark, Southern swamp gospel vision of songwriting.



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Thu. Oct 16 2014
The Big Beat on XRT welcomes...

Foxygen



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Thursday, October 16 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections.

Jagjaguwar is proud to share with you Foxygen’s bedroom masterpiece, Take the Kids Off Broadway.

The first track, “Abandon my Toys,” only gives you two seconds of electronic soundery before acoustic instruments take over along with a vocal that sounds channeled in by a medium. “Why Did I Get Married?” plays like a mournful lounge act until about the two minute mark, when it starts to crash into something else, and a gooey kind of Ray Davies vocal gives way to shouts and barks. After you listen to even a few songs on the album, any attempt to define its genre will start with a discussion and end with a shrug, maybe a “rock and roll?” or a “psychedelic?” And that’s how shit needs to be said. More question marks. Less periods. Less declarations. Cause it’s only questions that can take us where we need to be, to a place of profound and active ignorance. As a tiny organism adrift on a sea of infinite nuance, ignorance is the only honest state of being. And Take the Kids off Broadway is an album full of question marks. It’s time for a motherfucking paradigm shift. Foxygen knows this. Or at least they sound like they do. A hard rain’s going to fall. Get ready.


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Fri. Oct 17 2014
The Big Beat on XRT welcomes...

Foxygen



$18 Doors
Friday, October 17 2014
10:00 PM | 21+
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Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections.

Jagjaguwar is proud to share with you Foxygen’s bedroom masterpiece, Take the Kids Off Broadway.

The first track, “Abandon my Toys,” only gives you two seconds of electronic soundery before acoustic instruments take over along with a vocal that sounds channeled in by a medium. “Why Did I Get Married?” plays like a mournful lounge act until about the two minute mark, when it starts to crash into something else, and a gooey kind of Ray Davies vocal gives way to shouts and barks. After you listen to even a few songs on the album, any attempt to define its genre will start with a discussion and end with a shrug, maybe a “rock and roll?” or a “psychedelic?” And that’s how shit needs to be said. More question marks. Less periods. Less declarations. Cause it’s only questions that can take us where we need to be, to a place of profound and active ignorance. As a tiny organism adrift on a sea of infinite nuance, ignorance is the only honest state of being. And Take the Kids off Broadway is an album full of question marks. It’s time for a motherfucking paradigm shift. Foxygen knows this. Or at least they sound like they do. A hard rain’s going to fall. Get ready.


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Sat. Oct 18 2014
Saturday, October 18 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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An artist’s capability to transform suffering into great work is one of humanity’s great phenomena. When considering the “divorce” subcategory of suffering and the “music” subcategory of art, the manifestation has traditionally tended toward the dirge (e.g. Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks,” Mitchell’s “Blue). Please, Sondre Lerche’s stunning new album, however, is a different animal: despite aligning with a recent divorce from his wife of eight years, it is brimming with crisp electronic flourishes, bold, economic production, and an infectious new energy and sense of purpose.

The juxtaposition of romantic idealism and the chaotic struggle to live up to said ideals is meticulously explored: for the first time in his career, Lerche is presented unraveled. The moans and wails are unedited, and the cutting room floor is clean. The first evidence of this (on opener and first single “Bad Law”) is Lerche’s witty self-awareness as his voice cracks while singing “it all sounds unlikely...”.

Lerche has always written about love, but never in such a primal, sexual way. Lerche's well-proven melodic instincts are sharper than ever, but he's moved from the brain to the body, from the soulful to the physical.


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Sun. Oct 19 2014
Sunday, October 19 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Let’s cut to the chase. The captivating third, self titled album from Angus & Julia Stone, is the best record the siblings have ever made, a record born of spontaneity, and totally unplanned.

“It took a while to get to a place where we thought it was a good idea,” they admit. “We were enjoying the time apart, enjoying our different directions. There was no conversation of, ‘When are we doing another Angus & Julia record?’ It never even came up.” In fact, the pair, over the last couple of years on solo adventures never even saw each other, aside from unexpectedly bumping into each other on the street in Paris.

It took the legendary US producer to spark the flame. From Jay Z to the Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash to Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Rick Rubin knows good music. After Rubin heard Angus and Julia’s music playing at a friend’s party he decided he had to get in contact with them. Julia received an email from one of the notorious producer and former Def Jam head associates, who visited the singer at one of her NYC solo shows, urging her to take a meeting. Weeks later in LA, Julia met up with Rubin. “At that point I was saying, ‘but my brother and I aren't playing music together,” Julia recalls of the initial meeting. “Rick said, ‘well I’d really like to meet him too.”


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Tue. Oct 21 2014
Tuesday, October 21 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Within weeks of finishing work on 2011’s award-winning, internationally renowned debut LP, Moonfire — months before it was even released — singer / songwriter Dave Hosking was hit by a creative tsunami. Boy & Bear is a band that likes to follow their muse — and the new songs were flowing.

The cocoon-like existence of working together in a strange new environment — Nashville, in the case of Moonfire — generated its share of magic, but Hosking and his fellow Boy & Bears wanted to bring it all back home, to get back to where their musical journey began in 2009. His band mates Tim Hart, Killian Gavin, Jon Hart and new(ish) addition, bassist (and table tennis ace) David Symes, agreed. ‘Good art is personal,’ says Hosking, ‘it comes from a really personal place. These new songs started in my living room, and it made sense to keep this local, and let our personalities and experiences filter into the record.’


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Wed. Oct 22 2014
Wednesday, October 22 2014
8:00 PM | 18+
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Working under the apt nameplate The White Buffalo, singer/songwriter Jake Smith has resolutely charted his own single-minded course for more than a decade. An imposing figure with a voice to match, a resonant, roughhewn baritone, Smith writes about rebels, outsiders and troubled souls battling their way through the obstacles life throws in their paths, telling timeless tales generally set against recognizably contemporary backdrops. “I skirt the line between good and evil in a lot of my songs,” Smith points out. The hard-bitten themes and performances that have defined his career led the producers of Sons of Anarchy to grab six of Smith’s songs for use under scenes in the similarly edgy series, while The White Buffalo’s “American Dream,” written specifically for the 2013 feature film The Lone Ranger: Wanted, appears on the soundtrack album alongside contributions from fellow iconoclasts Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, Iggy Pop, Ben Kweller, The Aggrolites, Shane MacGowan of The Pogues and Iron & Wine.


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Thu. Oct 23 2014
$13 Adv. / $15 Doors
Thursday, October 23 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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"Pond, an Australian rock band, toppled the stateliness of Britpop anthems into psychedelic turbulence, melting down grandiose riffs or pushing them toward screaming tantrums." -- New York Times

"from sleazy rock excess, to introspective, cracked psychedelia and back again" -- Fader

"Pond...are very good at nailing tracks with best-of-both worlds approach, fusing those indulgent chunks of far-outness with fundamentally solid rock'n'roll tunes." -- Pitchfork


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Fri. Oct 24 2014
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Friday, October 24 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad’s Tascam Studio 8 reel-to-reel home tape machine at 13. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, WA—about midway between Portland and Seattle—Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby, an expert string player) and with their band The Courage. He’s already placed songs on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy (the title track from his 2011 solo album Family, “David” and “He Got Away,” a track he sang written by the show’s creator Kurt Sutter and music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr.), Vampire Diaries (“Family”) and One Tree Hill (“Middle of June” from his 2009 EP Saints and Liars).

His latest album, Ledges, self-produced and recorded at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, represents the latest stop in a journey which began in his strictly conservative, religious home growing up, where he was strictly forbidden to listen to secular music. Instead he grew up listening to Bob Dylan’s gospel albums, along with Christian artists such as Keith Green, Larry Norman and Rich Mullins.

“I’m not a religious person anymore, but I’ve learned that spiritual energy transcends religion and that’s something I’ve attempted to incorporate into my music,” Noah explains.

An impressive personal work, Ledges co-mingles the sensual and the sexual with the spiritual, often using religious and biblical imagery like Leonard Cohen to plumb the depths of everyday emotions and feelings. The album explores doubt and faith, sin and redemption, mortality and transcendence in 11 songs that get underneath the skin and cut to the heart.


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Sat. Oct 25 2014
(FREE For Non-Walkers)
Saturday, October 25 2014
1:30 PM | All Ages
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Tickets: $15 for one (1), $55 for four (4) ticket family pack, FREE for non-walkers. If purchasing the four (4) ticket family pack, please note that one (1) ticket will cover entry for four (4) people.

Hundreds of thousands of kids aged 6 months to 6 years, dancing their little booties off (to real disco music!) at some of the coolest clubs in the world while their parents sip cocktails, munch on organic snacks and dance along with their kids.

Baby Loves Disco transforms the world’s coolest nightclubs into child-proof discos.

Make no mistake, this is not the Mickey Mouse Club, and Barney is banned. Baby Loves Disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real DJs blending classic disco tunes from the 70s & 80s guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving.

The fun spills out from all corners of the club: bubble machines, egg shakers, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puzzles), diaper changing stations, a full spread of healthy snacks and dancing…LOTS of dancing.


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Sat. Oct 25 2014
Saturday, October 25 2014
10:00 PM | 21+
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This Will Destroy You began in earnest during the mid-00’s in San Marcos, TX. In many ways, the initial sound of the band was the logical destination point for four friends (Christopher Royal King, Jeremy Galindo, Raymond Brown, and Andrew Miller) that had been playing in a variety of bands together throughout their teens. In 2005, the group began writing and recording what was intended to be a simple 6-song documentation of where they were at musically. Externally, Brown had been accepted into medical school, King was working on high profile graphic design gigs, and the four genuinely thought that they’d be moving into other fields, ultimately requiring the dissolution of the band.

This plan changed dramatically one fateful day when King sent the 6 songs (recorded by a 17-year old high school student) to Virginia’s Magic Bullet Records as a “thank you” for releases he personally enjoyed over the years from the label’s catalog. An immediate connection was established between the label and band. Within weeks, the 6-song demo became “Young Mountain,” This Will Destroy You's first retail full length, and the band found themselves on their first tour (a brief west coast stint with labelmates Sparrows Swarm And Sing).


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Sun. Oct 26 2014
Consequence of Sound welcomes...

The Adventures of Danny and Mike: The Podcast



$10 Podcast // $25 Podcast + Polaris
Sunday, October 26 2014
6:00 PM | 21+
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You might remember Danny Tamberelli and Mike Maronna from 90's classics like “All That“, “Figure it Out“, “Igby Goes Down“, “The Mighty Ducks“, “Slackers” or “Home Alone“, just to name a few. But chances are you remember them as “Pete’s” in Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Pete & Pete“, where they played sharp-tongued brothers bent on adventure. Well, times have changed and the guys are all grown up — but that doesn’t mean that the adventures have stopped! Join them for their all new monthly podcast “The Adventures of Danny and Mike” where they wander out into the world in search of their next great adventure. The podcast is produced by Jeremy Balon and Marianne Ways and a part of the FeralAudio.com podcast collective.

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Sun. Oct 26 2014
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Polaris from the Adventures of Pete & Pete



Sunday, October 26 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Polaris! Until today they only lived in your tv. Things are about to change….

Polaris is the house band for The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Muggy, Jersey, and Harris Polaris. They open every show and perform much of the music heard in each episode. They made a record, made t shirts, appeared on a cereal box, but they never played a show. Never. That all changed last year in Hollywood. Polaris headlined the Pete and Pete reunion show at the majestic Orpheum Theater and sold it out. The people had waited long enough. They waited for October and now it's here. The Polaris lads are about to do their first ever tour!

Polaris was a one-off musical project in the mid-1990s involving members of the New Haven indie rock band Miracle Legion. The songs were written for the tv show by Mark Mulcahy and the band is Mark, Scott Boutier, and Dave McCaffrey. 'Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete', released in 1999 on The Mezzotint Label, contains many of the songs Polaris recorded for the show and is the group's only album release.


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Mon. Oct 27 2014
Brass Inferno Productions presents:

Matching Pursuit Film Screening



Monday, October 27 2014
7:30 PM | 21+
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A web series and a jazz quintet walk into a bar...

Meet Rachel Blumenfield-Goldenfeinberger: a statistician who's about to take a chance.
Now meet The Dixie Hoppers: an early American pre-jazz quintet from Chicago.

Brass Inferno Productions presents a screening of Matching Pursuit, a Chicago-based comedy web series created by Nora Fiffer and Rachel Abrams. Join the cast and crew of Matching Pursuit for an exclusive screening of part one, Q&A with cast and creators, with live music from the series by The Dixie Hoppers.

Matching Pursuit follows Rachel, a painfully shy mathematician, who suddenly finds herself at odds with the banality of her carefully calculated life. Along with some often misguided help from her grandmother, professor, friend, and tutee, Rachel dubiously embarks on a journey to find love and happiness in what she discovers to be a frustratingly unpredictable world.

Matching Pursuit is written and produced by Nora Fiffer and Rachel Abrams, directed by Nora Fiffer, and filmed by Zac Osgood. The cast includes Nora Fiffer, Melanie Brezill, Aaron Carney, Francesca Mereu, and 95 year-old Lillian Michaels in her acting debut as Rachel's Bubbe. To find out more about the series, visit www.matchingpursuit.com for episodes, behind-the-scenes extras, and more.


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Tue. Oct 28 2014
Tuesday, October 28 2014
8:00 PM | 18+
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"Without/Within," the sophomore EP from critically acclaimed British trio Bear's Den will be released March 4, 2014, via Communion Records.

Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers) produced "Without/Within." Of the new music Andrew Davie (vocals, guitar) notes, "The songs were in many ways our most personal yet and also our most ambitious sonically. Joey's playing is particularly beautiful to me and his guitar and banjo melodies carry the songs so perfectly at times. Kev was experimenting more with synth bass and piano on top of drums before anyone else even picked anything up. I was experimenting for the first time in my life really on electric guitar and with delayed and reversed guitar loops. We all had our own responsibilities within this record and we all had complete belief and trust in each other. We wanted to push ourselves so that we could grow into the songs on the road and hopefully push ourselves to become a better live band because of it."


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Wed. Oct 29 2014
Wednesday, October 29 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Birds of Chicago is a collective built around JT Nero ( of JT and The Clouds, Chicago, USA) and Allison Russell ( of Po’Girl, Montreal, Canada) — they are constant vagabonds touring almost 11 months last year in support of their debut, self-titled album. Their brand of rock and roll poetry can be a little hard to categorize, for people that insist on categorizing… their voices are undoubtedly the centerpiece, while the band pressure cooks country, soul, blues in a way that forces some people to reach for extra hyphens in their description… they used to use the phrase “rock n roll” to describe this American mash up — Birds of Chicago still do.

Nero and Russell are most at home on the road – pick almost any night in the next two years and you can bet they will be in some festival, theater, pub, VFW hall, roller rink (they wish) or living room dovetailing their voices, singing their songs of hope, despair, love…. and electric seahorses. And honey bee apocalypses. And ice cream. It’s familiar and strange stuff – the everyday and the magical. Come see ‘em, they won’t be hard to find.


Black Lillies front man Cruz Contreras knows a thing or two about the road.

After co-founding Robinella and the CCstringband with his wife, he spent nearly a decade traveling the road and making music from coast to coast. When his marriage – and the band – dissolved in 2007, he returned to the road … this time, as the driver of a truck for a stone company. It was here, over a year spent rolling down the highways of East Tennessee, that the songs and sounds that would form the nexus of The Black Lillies were conceived.

And “Runaway Freeway Blues,” the band’s third studio album, was realized exactly there … on the road. When the Lillies weren’t playing their 200-odd gigs during 2012, they were in Wild Chorus Studio in their hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., working with Scott Minor of Sparklehorse to craft a beautiful ode to restless spirits and rambling hearts. Rooted in the mud-rutted switchbacks of Appalachia, “Runaway Freeway Blues” is the sound of a band that’s becoming something of a phenomenon across the country.


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Thu. Oct 30 2014
Thursday, October 30 2014
7:00 PM | All Ages
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Don’t bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion (out August 5th on The Grand Jury) isn’t as spooky or surreal as David Lynch’s short-lived TV show. It’s more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

If combining the influence of so many classic artists seems like a lofty goal for a group of 20 year olds, just remember that Twin Peaks’ core quartet—frontman Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan and drummer Connor Brodner—has roots that reach back to elementary school. And while their friendships were forged long ago, James also learned the ins and outs of the local Chicago scene with his last project: Teenage Dream, a minimal-yet-mean duo with his older brother Hal.


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Fri. Oct 31 2014
Mucca Pazza's 10th Anniversary Halloween Weekend Extravaganza

Mucca Pazza Album Release/10th Anniversary Halloween Celebration!



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Friday, October 31 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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Mucca Pazza is the marching band that thinks it’s a rock ‘n roll band. The group is a collection of shameless band nerds wielding instruments of incongruous traditions, sometimes in competition, often in cooperation. Many of them played in traditional marching bands in high school. Others wanted to but couldn’t because they played violin or accordion, and no one had yet come up with the amplified helmet. With speakers strapped firmly to heads, their rambunctious live show has brought them to such acclaimed venues as the Late Show with Conan O’Brien, Lollapalooza, and a fleet of canoes floating down the Chicago River.

Their music skips from genre to unnameable genre, never settling in one place for long, but held together by the band’s unmistakable sound and irresistible energy. To their credit, they only have one march in their original repertoire, their other music includes zombie-mambo, snake-charmer-metal, gypsy-reggaeton, punk-classical, and some demented arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich, Bela Bartok, and famed Egyptian composer Kemal El Tawil.

They play everywhere: from punk venues to orchestral halls, from public parks to public radio, from diva palaces to dive bars. Some have called them “circus punk,” some say they’re “geek love,” but no one calls them dull.


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