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Queens Of The Stone Age Announce 2018 Villains North American Tour Dates

posted by Oscar October 18, 2017

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After rocking people’s faces off at Riot Fest and Denver’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Queens Of The Stone Age have today confirmed the dates for the 2018 leg of their Villains Tour through North America.

Following sold out dates in Indianapolis, Boston, Portland, and a headline show at NYC’s historic Madison Square Garden this month, QOTSA will hit cities across the West coast with stops in Canadian cities Victoria and Vancouver, then proceeding to Portland and Eugene in Oregon before a run of shows across California.

Tickets for the new dates will go on sale starting October 27. See more details below. Continue Reading

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Video: Joseph Chilliams feat. Sen Morimoto – “Toothbrushes”

posted by Oscar October 12, 2017

Joseph Chilliams’ got a new video out, this time it’s for his track “Toothbrushes” featuring Sen Morimoto. Pivot Gang’s most eccentric member gave his Henry Church joint the visual treatment, where we see him making use of an oversized toothbrush, sliding and macking smoothly on a church pew, and eating Tony’s frosted flakes while some neighborhood kids do their thing playing around with water guns.

Chilliams has also revealed that he will be joining Saba on the latter’s European tour later this month and into November. See the brothers play in cities like Dublin, London, Paris, and Berlin.

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NE-HI Share Video for “Rattled and Strange,” Announce New 7″

posted by Oscar October 4, 2017

NE-HI have announced that they will be releasing a new 7″ featuring the songs “Rattled and Strange” and “Long Time.”

Along with that news, the Chicago band have shared the video for “Rattled and Strange.” Speaking on the Weird Life Films production, bassist James Weir said in a press release:

“When you’re on the road as much as we are, it’s crucial to have something to occupy your time in between gigs… As dive bar aficionados, the game of pool has become that activity. The ‘Rattled and Strange’ video is an homage to The Hustler sequel aka 1986 pool hall drama The Color of Money. The reason being that it’s about the combination of three of the Earth’s most revered treasures: the game of pool, Chicago, and Martin Scorsese.”

The 7″ is out November 3rd on Grand Jury, the same week they hit the road for US tour that will include headline dates and supporting slots for friends Whitney and Chad VanGaalen.

Check out the visual above. See below for the band’s upcoming tour dates.

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Lorde Adds Run The Jewels and Mitski to her 2018 ‘Melodrama Tour’

posted by Oscar October 4, 2017

Lorde has revealed the artists that will be kick things off and rile up crowds as part of the New Zealand singer’s forthcoming Melodrama Tour. The supporting acts include Run The Jewels, Mitski, and Tove Styrke, and they have also teased that “special guests” will also participate.

The North American tour will start on March 1 in Milwaukee and will conclude April 15 in Nashville. Along with announcing the show openers, Lorde has announced the addition of a Seattle show for March 9th.

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Event: Knox Fortune’s 1st Show, feat. Peter Cottontale and Lido at Lincoln Hall

posted by Oscar October 3, 2017

Knox Fortune’s putting on his first show! Following the release of his stellar debut album Paradise, Fortune has rounded up his boys Lido and Peter Cottontale to perform at Lincoln Hall on November 13th. Oh yeah, and the Chicago DJ is teasing that the night will also feature special guests, so there’s your added incentive in case you were still needing some convincing.

Get your tickets here; $10 in advance and $15 at the venue. The show starts at 7pm; see you there!

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Video: See The Trailer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Documentary, ‘There Is No Modern Romance’

posted by Oscar October 2, 2017

The trailer for Yeah Yeah Yeahs documentary There Is No Modern Romance has been released. The tour doc was directed by Patrick Daughters followed the group on their 2003 UK tour, right in the middle of their rise to fame after their debut album Fever To Tell hit stores. The band’s Facebook post sharing the trailer shines a light on the tension brewing behind the scenes in those early days, saying “We almost fell apart before we even got started.”

The documentary will be available exclusively as part of the #FeverToTell deluxe physical reissue (Interscope/UMe). Pre-order now, available Oct 20th:

Check out the trailer above.

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Whitney Announces ‘Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings’

posted by Oscar September 28, 2017

Chicago’s own Whitney have announced their album Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings, which will arrive November 10th on Secretly Canadian. Along with that news, the band are sharing the previously unreleased song, “You and Me.” The track was written during the early sessions for their seminal debut album, around 2014-2015.

As noted in a press release, Light Upon The Lake, the debut from Whitney, was born from early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the most brutal winters in Chicago’s history. It’s so revered here at POD, that I even named it my favorite album of 2016, so learning that the band is packaging full demos that give everyone a peek at the early stages of the making of this album is nothing but exciting.

“After almost two years of non-stop touring we decided we wanted to close the chapter on Light Upon The Lake by releasing the songs in their earliest incarnations alongside a cover of a band favorite by Alan Toussaint, and an unreleased track called ‘You and Me.’ We’re looking towards LP2 as we finish out the year on the road.” – Love, Max and Julien

Listen To Whitney’s “You And Me” below:

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Announce Reissue for ‘Fever To Tell’ and Share Unreleased Track “Shake It”

posted by Oscar September 26, 2017

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced they will be reissuing their debut album Fever To Tell. The new edition of the album will be released October 20 via Interscope/UMe and will include unreleased music, rarities, and memorabilia, among many other things.

As mentioned on their Facebook account, the band’s signature record will be available on vinyl for the first time in over a decade.

Along with that news, Karen O and crew shared a previously unreleased track called “Shake It,” which will be part of the reissue.

Hear the unreleased song “Shake It” below. After that you’ll find more details on the reissue. Continue Reading

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101WKQX Announces The Nights We Stole Christmas Lineup feat. Queens Of The Stone Age, Rise Against, Run The Jewels

posted by Oscar September 25, 2017

Yooooo, shout outs to 101WKQX! Summer festival season may be over, but thanks to Chicago’s dope Alternative station, we have some great shows to look forward to at the end of the year!

101WKQX have announced the lineup for their annual concert series, The Nights We Stole Christmas and it has Chicago’s own Rise Against plus Foster the People and Queens Of The Stone Age all headlining!

Taking place at the Aragon Ballroom the weekend of November 30th, night 1 will see Rise Against with Papa Roach and Night Riots closing things off; night 2 has Sir Sly and Cold War Kids opening for Foster The People; and finally on night 3 (my personal favorite lineup) will have Biffy Clyro + Run The Jewels + Queens Of The Stone Age. I want to go to there…

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Jay-Z Adds Vic Mensa to his ‘4:44 Tour”

posted by Oscar September 20, 2017

Big news from Roc Nation today! Jay-Z is going out on tour in support of his 2017 album 4:44, and it was announced today that the iconic artist has recruited Roc Boy Vic Mensa to provide support on the tour.

The ambitious tour will take off on October 27 in Anaheim and will continue throughout North America (including a December 5 show in Mensa’ hometown of Chicago) before finishing off back in Cali on December 21 in Los Angeles.

According to Bandsintown, it looks like Vic will be on board for the entire tour! Check out the dates below. Continue Reading

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Get To Know Angry Blackmen, Chicago’s newest feel-good rap duo

posted by Alejandro Hernandez September 9, 2017

One of the newest acts in the ever-growing Chicago Renaissance is a duo that goes by the name of Angry Blackmen. Despite literally having the word angry in their name, the duo made up of Brian Warren and Quentin Branch are actually one of the most easy going guys you’ll ever meet, and their music is reflective of that. Their first single “OK!” was released in March and is an upbeat, easy-going track and their most recent single “Smile” is an ode to Black Boy Magic.

I had the chance to speak with them last week, and despite their limited body of work together as a duo, they show a lot of promise and I was sold on their potential. It’s time that you should get know the Angry Blackmen:

Question: How did you guys first decide to form a duo?

Quentin Branch: Basically, we met at a music video shoot by my friend Eric, and we exchanged info and just stayed in contact. This was in 2014, so it kinda happened naturally. At first, I really wasn’t fucking with being a part of duo, but I thought about it and decided that we make good music together. Plus as a duo we can rebrand ourselves as artists so we just did it.

Brian Warren: Late last year was when I brought up the idea that we should do a duo, and he was like “No! Let’s just stay solo since we’re just already doing our thing,” and I was like if you say so. Then it was in December that we got on the phone again and decided to do it, and literally as we were on the phone talking about it, he was drawing the logo. Then he sent the pic, and I was just like, we need to get that to be official, and then he sent the logo to this dude named Wesley who added his own special thing to it. Once he kicked it back to us, we decided that we were going to rock with it. So we really became official in January. We made “OK!” and got Ric Wilson to mix it, and then we dropped it in March.

Q: Who are your musical influences?

QB: Tyler for sure. I love him, he makes great production. Childish Gambino was the one who really got me into rap. Like I liked it before, but he really got me into it. I also really like Pharell’s production and try to infuse that poppy sound he’s known for. Then The Internet, Steve Lacy, and recently, Brockhampton

BW: For me, I gotta shout out the man Chance The Rapper. He’s just goes so hard. J. Cole, Kendrick, Eminem, he’s just so magical with his metaphors and punches. Then also Meek Mill for his punches. I’ll also say, and a lot of people really don’t say this, but battle rap. I don’t even know if they write their bars, but it’s just so creative with how they do it.

Q: What’s the reception been like to your music? Did that help reaffirm your decision to be a duo?

QB: When we first released “OK!” the reception was actually really good. I surprised actually because although I expected it to be popular, I wasn’t expecting it to get it tweeted by EARMILK or Ric Wilson, even though he said gonna do it, it’s one of those things where you never know. Then Rich Jones retweeted it and his manager retweeted it, so it was just getting a bunch of love. It was then that we definitely decided to keep this going. We knew we had something.

BW: I’ll say that when we created “OK!” we actually made it in a Krispy Kreme parking lot out in Homewood. We were just out there playing the instrumental, and then we just vibed off it and went off the type of energy we had. When we hear a beat, we basically freestyle to see who will sound better rapping on it and who can do the chorus. With the reception though, the energy of the people who reacted to it kept us going since we just had people talking about “This is really dope! This is hot!” Everybody was loving it, so we kept going.

QB: When we dropped “Smile” though, I was definitely scared a little just because we made something that was getting a lot of great feedback, but you never know what their expectations are like for the sequel. It’s like how it is with movies, you know? Like the original is usually always better.

BW: Yeah, we were definitely a little nervous just because we were like “damn, people are just gonna want something OK! related,.” When we made “Smile,” it’s more different since we made that as result of what’s going on with this whole racist, KKK, white supremacist stuff going on. “Smile”  is something we made to kinda talk about that because as much as what’s going on in the world and how hard it is for a Black man, we still need something to smile about. That’s where the chorus comes from, “Let me see that Black boy smile.”

QB: With “OK!” it’s definitely a song for everyone. It’s like asking are you feeling okay as a person, but with “Smile” we definitely made for Black people, which makes it more more political. All of our songs are for sure going to have those type of messages.

Q: Hip-hop is going in a new direction. Traditionally, it’s always been very aggressive and gangsta rap has been probably been the most popular subgenre of hip-hop for a while, but now we have guys like Tyler, The Creator and Joseph Chilliams who embrace a carefeee nature and you guys have a sound similar to that. How do you feel  this new direction?

QB: Yeah, you know when I was young, it was like if you weren’t about that life, it was like “you’re not Black enough.” I hate that. Like, I love anime and listen to bands, and dudes would look at me like “Really?” But now it’s cool because now we got dudes like Tyler rapping about being cute and shit and it allows us to actually be ourselves.

BW: I actually love it because hip-hop is finally not boring anymore. Like not that it was ever bad, but it got to a point where it was like “What else is there?” Now though, people can finally talk about other shit. Like maybe I don’t want to rap about stealing your girl or getting money. Like it’s cool if your getting money, but how’s your day going? What’s going on in Chicago that we don’t know? Bring that up and put some flavor on it. If you don’t have enough knowledge of what you look like, you basically a misfit in the world. How are you doing just as a person? People are rapping about that finally. There’s a lot more variety and we can finally talk and listen about things that weren’t really talked about, and it’s dope to be a part of that movement.

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Video: See The Trailer for ‘Neo Yokio,’ Ezra Koenig’s Anime Series

posted by Oscar September 7, 2017

Vampire Weekend lead singer Ezra Koenig is further flexing his creative muscle with his latest venture. Koenig as Creator, writer and executive producer, along with writer/executive producer Nick Weidenfeld and his Friends Night banner and executive producer Hend Baghdady present Neo Yokio, their new animated series for Netflix.

The show will star Jaden Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, and Desus & Mero as the notable talents lending their voices. Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, Amanda Stenberg, Dave Macklovitch (of Chromeo) and Nico Muhly also feature on the series.

The Series features music from Back, Vivaldi and Beethoven as well as original music from Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange) and Baths.

All six episodes of Neo Yokio will hit Netflix exclusively globally on Friday, September 22. Check out the trailer above.