Thurs Sept 18
3 PM - Nightbox
5 PM - Ned Van Go
Fri Sept 19
10 AM - Fill In the Blank (air date 9/16)
12 PM - Steve Stanley
1 PM - Fishbone
4 PM - Ranch Ghost
Nightbox: We’ve been offered some fantastic gigs this fall: Electric Picnic and Reading & Leeds Festivals in the British Isles, plus an extensive U.S. tour with rising Brooklyn dream-popsters Snowmine. It’s the sort of touring run that can help break a band into the wider public consciousness and we’re all keen to seize the opportunity.
Hollywood Records/SYCO Music recording artist Bea Miller will join platinum-selling labelmate Demi Lovato for a string of North American dates on Demi’s World Tour starting on October 14 at Chicago’s United Center and ending on October 24 at Giant Center in Hershey, PA.
Jonah Tolchin’s Yep Roc debut album Clover Lane will be released this summer, and Tolchin will be back on the road, touring with Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Joseph Arthur, Christopher Paul Stelling, and other artists. This follows recent appearances with Tom Paxton, Chris Smither, Rickie Lee Jones, Deer Tick, Burton Cummings, and Tony Joe White. Tolchin has also appeared at SXSW Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, the Newport Folk Festival, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Cellist and composer Ian Maksin has gained international acclaim for his beautiful tone and distinct style as well as his uniquely charismatic way with the audience. Apart from being recognized as one of the leading classical musicians, Maksin plays jazz, world, blues, flamenco, rock, R&B, pop, and has taken the cello well outside its conventional scope.
For Discussion: Tuesday, September 16
We've just got the one Earth. How do we take care of it? How do we use our art to inspire others to do the same? How do we really understand the cost of our action or inaction? We'll talk to environmental activists and artists to learn how we can each do our part.
Renegade Lightning Rebellion has been bringing their indie chamber-rock sound to Chicago and surrounding areas since summer 2011. This six-piece outfit performs an eclectic batch of songs that reflect such diverse influences as contemporary Indie music (such as Of Montreal and Fleet Foxes), classic prog (such as Yes and Genesis), gypsy jazz and classical chamber music.
Dr. Martens AirWair USA is proud to announce its first U.S. #STANDFORSOMETHING tour headlined by NYC indie rock band Drowners. Continuing the brand’s success in celebrating the free-thinking individuals who wear Dr. Martens, the tour will take an exciting live act into intimate venues across the country giving music lovers the chance to experience performances up close and personal. This also marks the first time the Drowners will headline, offering fans a truly unique band and brand experience. The tour starts in Columbus, OH in late September and travels to 21 cities across the U.S., finishing in late October in Boston, MA.
Chicago Rock and Roll sister duo, The Kuhls, have independently released their highly anticipated first ever music video for their hit song, ‘A Woman is Like a Man.’ You can see the music video here.
Buscabulla brings a warm Caribbean sound to Kitsuné with the release of their new EP, out October 6th!
Notoriously defying any and all expectations, Happy Colors is a rare breed of electronic musician who truly follows what he feels creatively without concern for the status quo. Celebrating his recent interview for THUMP, Happy Colors has passed along a sweet new original called "No Me Jodan."
Aggressive modern metal band INCITE, fronted by Richie Cavalera, released their new album Up In Hell last week via Minus HEAD Records. Today, the band has unveiled a brand new music video for their track ‘Fallen’, directed by Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed director, Robert Sexton (Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Angel). The music video was shot earlier this year in Hollywood, CA.
On Wednesday, October 1st, English Synthpop act La Roux (Cherrytree/Interscope Records) will perform in Chicago with Midnight Magic at Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee ave). Tickets are available in advance for $28.00. Doors open at 7:00PM and the show is open to all ages.
Portland duo Priory have debuted a new video for their single ‘Weekend.’ Starring Nick Krause (The Descendants, Boyhood) and Bailey Noble (True Blood) entangled in a twisted love story, the video takes place in a dusty old roller rink. Watch it below. ‘Weekend’ debuted on the alternative radio charts in its first week and has climbed to #14, deeming the band a Billboard ‘Emerging Artist.’
Canada's acclaimed pop multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award winner Lights has released a new music video for "Up We Go," the first single off her third studio album, Little Machines, out on September 23rd via Warner Brothers Records. Watch the video via the Noisey premiere or YouTube.
Directed by 11 Frames Productions, the video for “Hector’s Hymn” - the opening track to (r)Evolution, the ninth studio album by Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL due out in North America on September 2nd - is now available for viewing.
Arkansas native Jordan-Morgan Lansdowne has joined the Autumn + Colour roster and to celebrate the label is offering a 3-song EP titled 'Platte City Sun Sessions' as a FREE download on their website.
JM is working hard on writing and recording new material that will be released by A+C later this year.
PAUL VAN DYK
WITH NATHAN SCOTT AND GUS KARAS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
DOORS OPEN AT 10:00 PM 21 AND OVER
The legend PAUL VAN DYK will perform at The Mid in Chicago, IL on Saturday, September 13 with supporting sounds from Nathan Scott and Gus Karas. The Grammy-nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ is preparing to release his latest album THE POLITICS OF DANCING 3 this fall via Vandit/Ultra records. Marking the first in a series of new productions PAUL VAN DYK has returned to the singles realm with “Come With Me (We Are One),” a collaboration between the electronic music overlord and Turkish/Dutch wunderkind Ummet Ozcan.
The Ocean Blue's major label releases (Sire/Warner Bros. and Mercury/Polygram) in the late 80's and 90's were chart toppers that garnished widespread acclaim and radio & MTV airplay. In 2013, the band returned after a 10 year break with Ultramarine (Korda 004) which All Music hailed as "one of The Ocean Blue's best albums", and USA Today called "fresh but also...like beautiful, vintage Ocean Blue".
Slayer has just entered the studio to record its first album since 2011's critically-acclaimed, Grammy-winning World Painted Blood. This is an album of firsts - the band's first album without Jeff Hanneman, the first album to be released on the band's own label (through Nuclear Blast), and Slayer's first since 2001's God Hates Us All with returning drummer Paul Bostaph. Slayer surprised its fans back in April by making a brand new song available as a free download - "Implode" - written by Kerry King. The new album is expected out in early 2015.
It’s astounding when you think of all the amazing talent that has recently signed up with Rogue Records America. Perhaps it’s because the label isn’t a true “label” in the sense of the word, leaving the majority of power with the artist, allowing them to recoup faster on releases, and also allowing them full ownership and rights of their music and recordings!
On August 19th, British soul revivalist Christian Gregory released his critically acclaimed debut EP Count On You via Movement Records. The new label was started by Gregory along with his friend and collaborator Michael Kiwanuka.
With his latest album, If There's A Hell Below, set to be released on October 28th via his own independent label, Computer Ugly, critically acclaimed rapper/producer Black Milk announces Fall Tour dates with live band Nat Turner. Kicking things off on October 17th in NYC at Webster Hall, they'll be touching down in several U.S. cities, in addition to several dates in Canada during the tour. This follows a recently concluded European Tour, which Black performed throughout August. Speaking on a past tour, LA Weekly shared praises, saying "Master of Ceremonies Black Milk was expertly both directing and starring in this show."
With only a week to go before Sloan releases their 11th studio album Commonwealth, fans can now get a sneak peek at the record via Pitchfork Advance. The new album, which is out on September 9th via Yep Roc Records, is a 15-song collection that sees Sloan creating one of the most unique and ambitious recordings of their two-decade-plus career. To celebrate the album, the band will hit the road for a North American tour (details below – more dates to be announced soon). Commonwealth is available for pre-order on iTunes now, with an immediate download of album tracks, "Cleopatra," "Carried Away," "13 (Under A Bad Sign)," and "Keep Swinging (Downtown)."
Sarah Jaffe has returned with an arresting new album, Don't Disconnect, that further removes the singer-songwriter from her acoustic folk beginnings. The single "Lover Girl," which was released last month, has received an imaginative music video that recalls the oddball brilliance of David Lynch.
Guitar Center's Your Next Record with renowned EDM producer and DJ Steve Aoki is now OPEN and accepting submissions! As one of today’s most in demand electronic music producers, Aoki will offer one talented, unsigned artist a career-altering opportunity including studio time with Aoki, new gear and more.
James, Sandra, Jack and William came to visit the studio in Oct of 2013 before the "pause". All things do come and go, but here are a few photos with the podcast below of Modern Day Escape last year. They had a great time with Jaco and we have the pics to prove it! Enjoy with a friend...
Australia’s BIRDS OF TOKYO is embarking on a new round of extensive U.S. tour dates with Irish rockers Kodaline this fall, starting October 2 in Houston, TX at the House of Blues.
While I was at Summer Set I had the chance to interview a few artists and snap a few photos along the way!
Summer Set Music And Camping Festival took place August 14-16 in Somerset, Wisconsin. I had the chance to attend the festival this year and it was an absolute blast. As only the third year of this festival, I was highly impressed. Every artisted that performed did an amazing job, plus the sound system at every stage was phenominal. There were water and food stations at every stage and in the camping areas to help keep everyone hydrated. Vendors from all over the country were there selling everything from hat pins, to art work, to hand made clothes-and all resonably priced. Fireworks, statues, and carnival rides topped off the exciting attractions to see while at the fest.
The Pygmalion Festival, now in its 10th year, is excited to release the official Schedule for the 2014 event, taking place in Champaign-Urbana, IL this September, 25-28, 2014. CHVRCHES will be headlining, along with American Football, with support from Panda Bear, Real Estate, Tycho, Sun Kil Moon, Deafheaven and many more.
Seattle based Spartan Records is proud to officially welcome Louisville based alternative rock band The Foxery to the labels growing, eclectic roster. The sextet will be releasing their debut full-length album, Unless, on September 9th. All pre-orders will include an instant download of “Broken Vessels.”
Royal Blood's debut album is now available to hear in full a week prior to its official release via iTunes First Play. The self-titled album will be available everywhere on August 25th on Warner Bros. Records. To pre-order the album now, click HERE. This fall the band will embark on a North American tour, which includes 10 nights supporting The Pixies in addition to headlining dates. See below for a complete list of upcoming shows.
Kimbra's The Golden Echo is available now on all participating retailers. The colorful video for "Miracle," which premiered this morning on Refinery29, features a jubilant Kimbra dancing through the streets of New York, joined by everyone from mimes to mailmen in the grand finale. The track features collaborators Thundercat and Daniel Johns (Silverchair).
Los Angeles indie artist Kina Grannis is thrilled to announce a full World Tour this fall in support of her sophomore studio full-length, Elements. Set to kick off here in the States on October 15th in Minneapolis, Grannis, joined by her full band, will make her way through the Midwest and East Coast before closing out the first leg of tour at NYC's Stage 48 on October 30th. Then she'll hop on a plane and take on Europe through Thanksgiving before heading home to the West Coast in December. She'll wrap up the extensive tour with a hometown show at LA's Fonda Theatre on December 12th. Grannis will be joined on all dates by Imaginary Future.
June 13th, 14th, & 15th, Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF) returned to Chicago at the historic Soldier Field for the third year in a row, with over 100,000 people in attendance over the course of three days. SAMF brought together some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, with Tiesto, Pretty Lights, and Kaskade closing out each night, along with Knife Party, Diplo, Big Gigantic, Steve Aoki, Flux Pavilion, Eric Prydz, and many more.
Caught A Ghost will be playing a free show at the Getty Center this Saturday, July 26, as part of their U.S. tour, which includes dates with Youngblood Hawke and The Crookes. See below for itinerary.
The Downtown Fiction is excited to announce that they will be joining The Ready Set and Metro Station on The Outsiders Tour. The tour is set to kick off on October 21st in Salt Lake City, UT and features additional support from Against The Current.
Indie rock artist Grey Gordon has debuted another new song from his upcoming record, Forget I Brought It Up, which is due out on September 2nd from No Sleep Records. Today, the tattoo clad troubadour has premiered his track “Revelation Summer” with Purevolume.com.
American rock quintet The Wild Feathers have announced that they will hit the road for additional tour dates this fall in support of their self-titled, critically lauded debut album. The seemingly indefatigable Nashville quintet has continued to organically grow its audience at a rapid pace, with constant touring and barn-storming shows at clubs around the world and festivals across the country, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Summerfest this summer.
"I think it's important to separate yourself from the world when you're making a record," says Dry the River frontman Peter Liddle in the opening of the mini-documentary behind the making of their new album. "Being away from everyone and everything," continued Liddle, "that really just multiplied the sense of alienation and being inside the record. To some degree I was aware that the whole process was going to be quite intense." The UK indie-rockers will release their anticipated sophomore album Alarms in the Heart on August 25th via Transgressive Records/PIAS and the short film gives listeners a look behind the isolation the band endured in order to get the sound they were searching for.