“I spent a summer wasting…”* my time at rocks shows that morphed into dance parties, watching the young minds of another generation relishing, gyrating, and breathing in the beats and rhythms of indie, punk, pop, dance, electronic (and sundry other eclectic styles) music’s past, present, and future. It was totally life-affirming. Despite seeing more live shows than ever (77 shows and counting), I’ve yet to tire of the experience and euphoria. #therewillbeplentyoftimeforsleepinglater
Highlights? So many but to name a few…
- Watching the ladies (and gents) of Lucius embrace a late night crowd, wooing us with their harmonies, impressing us with their backwards crowd surfing duet, and serenading us with an intimate acoustic set. They didn’t need to steal any hearts, we gave them willingly.
- Sharon Van Etten on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon at Pitchfork bearing her deeply intimate songs and weaving a magical spell on a crowd of attentive and thankful listeners.
- Lykke Li whose onslaught of dense, layered pop and flair for the dramatic put to shame (for this listener) the headlining efforts of Eminem and Arctic Monkeys who despite the billing felt dated and sleepy.
- Watching The Front Bottoms bring a room of 500 teens and 20-somethings to feverishly sing and shake with every note; confirming that the kids still love rock n roll.
- Angel Olsen returning to Chicago casting us in her gorgeous dream-like world.
- The National (as always) getting the entire crowd at the Chicago Theater revved up with fists in the air, voices to the wind, and reminding me that they are the best live act out there.
Despite this pleasing past as prologue, the Fall offers some equally grand potential. See the list below. I’ll definitely be at the “Purple Bold” ones but strongly considering all other dates. Feel free to make me join you for more…
26th – Anthony Saint and the Downers @ Schubas
27th – the Lemons at Empty Bottle
29– 30 – North Coast Music Festival at Union Park
4th – Owen Pallet at the Metro.
5th – Hideout Block Party Day 1 w/ Death Cab For Cutie & Hamilton Leithauser (from the Walkmen)
6th – Hideout Block Party Day 2 w/ War on Drugs, Dismemberment Plan, Marc DeMarco, Sylvan Esso, Valerie June, etc.
12th – Riot Fest Day 1 w/ Jane’s Addiction, Pussy Riot, NOFX, Gogol Bordello, Pity Sex, The Hotelier . . .
13th – Riot Fest Day 2 w/ The National, Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang, Taking Back Sunday, Get Up Kids, The Afghan Whigs, Dashboard Confessional, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Orwells, The World is a Beautiful Place…, Lemuria
14th – Riot Fest Day 3 w/ The Cure, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, Patti Smith, Superchunk, Billy Bragg, The Hold Steady, Lucero, Kurt Vile, The Front Bottoms, Dads….
16th – Spoon and EMA at Chicago Theater
19th – Bonobo (DJ Set) at Metro
21st – Andy Stott an Demetre Stare at Thalia Hall
23rd – Justin Townes Earle at the Vic or Ty Segall and La Luz at Thalia Hall
25th – Slow Club at Schubas
5th – Tennis & Pure Bathing Culture at Lincoln Hall
6th – Buke & Gase at Empty Bottle
7th – Banks at the Metro
8th – Lucius at the Metro
10th – Sharon Van Etten with Tiny Ruins at Thalia Hall
13th – Charli XCX at Lincoln Hall
16th – Foxygen at Lincoln Hall or Ryan Adams at Chicago Theater
22nd – Tune Yards at the Riv
25th – Rhye at the Vic or Speedy Ortiz at the Empty Bottle
27th – Courtney Barnett & San Fermin at the Metro
30th – St. Paul and The Broken Bones
2nd – Alt-J at the Riv
13th – FKA Twigs at the Metro
14th – Peter Hook at the Metro
21st – Stars at the Vic
22nd – First Aid Kit at the Vic
28th – Lydia Loveless at Lincoln Hall
See you at the venue!