Pitchfork Music Festival: Day One Recommendations
Today begins Pitchfork Music Festival and we’ve arrived in Chicago! Here are our suggestions for who is not to be missed:
Hundred Waters | 3:30p | Red Stage
This Gainesville quartet creates songs that are better suited to be called orchestrations, built on strong musicianship grown in a tangle of wires and electronics that usually aren’t found in such intelligent indie rock. Vocalist Nicole Miglis has a voice plucked from the heavens that lightly weaves itself in and out of the soul-filled sounds her bandmates layer.
Neneh Cherry with Rocketnumbernine | 4:35p | Green Stage
As the stepdaughter of iconoclastic trumpeter Don Cherry, Neneh Cherry experienced a music education that was far-reaching and has been pursuing the freedom she experienced from her first taste as a teen ever since. A solid 35 year jaunt has found the chameleon musician dabbling in everything from punk, pop, and trip-hop. Today will mark the UK-based artist’s second US performance.
Sharon Van Etten | 5:30p | Red Stage
Sharon Van Etten recently released Are We There, an intimate portrait of the gamut of emotions experienced in the context of relationships. From the album’s onset with “Afraid of Nothing,” which fills its listener with hope, to “Every Time the Sun Comes Up,” which lays back like a Sunday morning, Van Etten paints soundscapes that are accessible and quickly endearing to her audience.
Sun Kil Moon | 6:25p | Green Stage
In February of this year, Sun Kil Moon released its sixth album, Benji, which painstakingly explores the impact of life and death. The album may leave its listener uncomfortable and unable to listen through in one take, but this is a mark of success, not failure; on it Mark Kozelek beautifully encapsulates moments in which the soul is exposed, raw as a fresh wound, but in embracing the importance of each subject’s life, there exists a path to healing.
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks | 7:15p | Blue Stage
Animal Collective’s Dave “Avey Tare” Ponter brings his side project to the blue stage this evening. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks explores the marriage of 60s garage rock and horror movies, providing a sound that is creepy without being cliche, unlike the above music video.
Beck | 8:30p | Green Stage
As the artist behind ‘94’s earworm “Loser,” Beck found himself debuted on the Billboard 200 with his most recent release, Morning Phase, this year. Hot on its trail will be the release of Song Reader, which includes twenty compositions previously released as sheet music.
Album Review: Sharon Van Etten, Are We There
It takes forty seven minutes to run the full gamut of human emotions. At least, if you’re Sharon Van Etten, it does. The songstress impressively touches upon many different experiences with relationships on her newest album, Are We There.
From the opening track ‘Afraid of Nothing’—which greets the listener’s ears with a hopeful swell of notes from blocked piano chords and shimmering guitars from which her voice rings out, exposed and raw, before it too grows into an angelic line that delicately rests on the evolving orchestration—to the closing track, ‘Every Time the Sun Comes Up’—which possesses solid tongue-in-cheek lyricism (People say I’m a one-hit wonder / But what happens when I have two? / I washed your dishes / but I shitted in your bathroom)—Van Etten impressively endears her fans to very personal emotions without being overly explicit or seeking pity. In short: she’s graceful in expressing a hurt that is often too messy to make sense of.
The only song that feels a bit out of place is the electronic-heavy ‘Our Love,’ which picks up just a bit too much after the heavy delivery of ‘Your Love is Killing Me.’ But excusing that small hiccup, the whole album has such a solid fluidity which can be traced back to its very chord structure, as both ‘Your Love is Killing Me’ and ‘I Know’ feel kindred in their shared keys. The lyricism is bold and guttural, offering all too clearly moments that paint a vivid picture of the heartache and confusion love can encompass—or dredge up memories of such for the listener. I doubt the lines “We’re as empty as a brick house that we / Built without the sides” from ‘You Know Me Well’ will ever fade from my memory.
In a world so often desensitized by over-stimulation, it is a blessing to experience fully the joys and pains bestowed upon matters of the heart. What Sharon Van Etten has done in exposing herself in her music will allow many to seek their owns means of healing. This is an album for every collector and a solid reminder of the humanity that music can often lack. And while the album title leaves the question hanging, I think we are a bit closer to the closure sought just by listening to this stunning record.
Tonight Van Etten will play the Beachland Ballroom with Jana Hunter (of Lower Dens) and local band Likenesses. Tickets are still available and can be found here.
Code Orange Release video for “I Am King”
Code Orange have released a new music video for the track, “I Am King.” Their new album, also called ‘I Am King,’ is set for a September 2nd release on Deathwish Inc.
The video has been speculated as being a potential teaser or intro track showcasing a new and darker image for the band. The all black and white clip features a mysterious message ‘“T.O.T.H.,” which ties back to the band’s website http://thinnersoftheherd.com/, featuring a mailing list sign up as well as the “I Am King” video.
Watch the video by clicking “Read More” below.
Bishop Allen Releases Video for “Start Again”—and Tour Dates!
Today Bishop Allen released the video for “Start Again,” their first single off forthcoming album, Lights Out. The album is the band’s first release in five years and will come out on August 19th via Dead Oceans. Alongside the video came a slew of tour dates. Check those out here.
Temples Announce Fall Tour; Share New Remixes
Check out this smooth remix by Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve of Temples’ “Move with the Season.” After a string of sold out dates on their most recent tour, which included performances at Austin Psych Fest and Coachella, Temples recently announced fall tour dates, including a performance at Austin City Limits. See if they’re coming near you here.
Turn to Crime recently released the title track off of their debut album, Can’t Love, over on The A.V. Club. The single features the distinct voice of Derek Stanton amidst a smattering of surfy guits and straightforward drums. It’s chill. We strongly suggest you get it in your ears immediately. They’ll be playing their album release show at Wild Kingdom in Brooklyn on June 28th. The album will be officially released on July 1st on Mugg&Bopp/Old Flame.
The Now Sound Interview: Alex Kerns of Lemuria
Things are heating up for Buffalo band Lemuria, who is currently on tour with The Menzingers, PUP, and Cayetana, as well as being recently added to the Riot Fest Toronto lineup. Tonight they’re at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights. If you’re in the area, do not miss this show! We recently caught up with their drummer/vocalist Alex Kerns to talk about what got him interested in music and how touring has impacted his life.
Parquet Courts’ newest album Sunbathing Animal is out today via What’s Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop. Get your hands on it at your local record store right after you watch this video for “Black and White.” The boys hit the nail on the fuckin’ head with this one and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. They’re on tour currently, with an upcoming date in Columbus at Double Happiness with Protomartyr this Friday, 6/6.
Bishop Allen to Release “Lights Out”; Follow Up to 2009’s “Grrr…”
After a four year wait, Bishop Allen announced the release of its upcoming album, Lights Out, on August 19th via Dead Oceans. Check out single “Start Again,” a poppy anthem that is sure to grace many of your summertime playlists. The band’s album release show will be August 21st at Glasslands. Tickets can be found here.
Potty Mouth @ The Happy Dog
05 | 13 |14 Cleveland, OH
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The Now Sound Interview: Potty Mouth
From left to right: Ally E (bassist), Abby (vocalist/guitarist), Victoria (drummer), & Ali D (guitarist)
By: Alexis Carek
I first heard Potty Mouth on a whim; I’d been perusing White Lung’s Last.fm “similar artists” looking for new ‘girl rock.’ I was immediately interested in their 90s sound, gritty recording style and the early Sonic-Youth-era, young Kim Gordon tone of vocalist Abby Weems’ voice. Luckily for me, the Massachusetts-based band was getting ready to embark on their first full US/Canada tour and would be stopping at The Happy Dog in Cleveland’s Gordon Square neighborhood— in which I happen to live. After weeks of listening to their Sun Damage EP and their most recent record, the full-length debut HELL BENT, I managed to get even luckier when the girls agreed to interview with me on the night of May 13th. They were everything you’d expect pop rock 20-something girls to be— funny, talkative and excited.
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Riot Fest Chicago Line Up Announced
Although there are still some ???????? in the line-up, the Riot Fest Chicago 2014 line-uo has officially been released. With expected headliners who are making the festival rounds such as The Flaming Lips and The National, we’ll also get some exciting performances from acts such as Pussy Riot and Die Antwoord.
Classic punk acts like Samhain, Descendents, Social Distortion, Title Fight and The Offspring will join up-and-comers PUP, Dads, Skaters, and Restorations.
Personally, we’re psyched and we’ll see you there September 12, 13, and 14 if you get your tickets! All three days are under $100 starting at 8 PM CDT 5/13 on Ticketfly.
The 1975 | 05.05.14 | LC Pavilion
The Now Sound Interview: Ciscandra Nostalghia
Get Weird With Wye Oak’s New Video for ‘Glory’
Wye Oak’s new video for ‘Glory,’ follows suit with the recent trend of highly stylized music videos. However, the video is totally appropriate for the indie rock turned dream pop duo’s fourth album, ‘Shriek.’
Formerly a rock duo combining the drumming of Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner’s guitar playing, the guitarist recently switched up her role in Wye Oak and introduced a synthesizer. While this may sound strange for fans of Wye Oak, to anyone with knowledge of Wasner’s other projects, Flock of Dimes and Dungeonesse, this will come as no surprise.
'Weird' doesn't begin to describe the trippy music vid which features rapid cuts between takes of four Virgin Suicides-esque blondes acting in peculiar ways. Check it out below!