2011 Pitchfork Festival Tickets On Sale NOW

Taking place from July 15th to 17th, Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago will feature such premier names as Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, OFWGKTA, and Yuck. Single-day passes are3 going for $45 each and all-weekend passes for $110.

Buy tickets at http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com and check out the lineup (so far) below. Be sure to get tickets soon as last year they sold out in five days.

Animal Collective
James Blake
Das Racist

Fleet Foxes
The Dismemberment Plan
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Sun Airway

TV on the Radio
Cut Copy


Daphne Willis And Vangaurd Records Announce Innovative Album Campaign

Chicago based singer-songwriter Daphne Willis and her label, Vangaurd Records, have come out with a rather unusual way to release an album. Willis, whose sophomore album Because I can, will be physically released April 19th, 2011, will be releasing three 2-track digital 45’s beginning January 11th. From there, the next digital 45 will be February 8th, then March 8th, culminating with the release of the full album in April. The album will feature nine additional tracks not featured on the 45’s. Look for each 45 in all major digital outlet stores.

Smith Westerns Premiere New Video, Announce 2011 Tour Dates


Chicago’s Smith Westerns will release their sophomore LP, Dye It Blonde, on January 18 via Fat Possum Records. As hype surrounding the band continues to grow, thanks to their self-titled, self-released 2009 debut album, the trio are premiering Dye It Blonde‘s lead single, “Weekend” [#51 on Pitchfork’s Best Songs of 2010 List], as well as an accompanying video. Directed by Focus Creeps, the video gives you an idea of what a typical weekend is like for the band in their native Chicago. [Hint: cheese fries, Slurpees, and lumber-jacking all play pivotal roles. How diverse!]

The band is currently on a European tour supporting MGMT, and have announced a slew of early 2011 dates, including two NYC dates in January, as well as later dates with the UK band [and Fat Possum labelmates], Yuck.

Be sure to check out the complete list of 2011 dates, after the video:


Smith Westerns – Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.

Tue-Jan 18: Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
Wed-Jan 19: New York, NY – Pianos
Fri-Jan 28: Nashville, TN – The End*
Sat-Jan 29: Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light*
Sun-Jan 30: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
Mon-Jan 31: Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club*
Tue-Feb 1: Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn*
Thu-Feb 3: Orlando, FL – Backbooth*
Fri-Feb 4: Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder*
Sun-Feb 6: Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds*
Mon-Feb 7: Austin, TX – Emos*
Tue-Feb 8: Dallas, TX – The Loft*
Thu-Feb 10: Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room*
Fri-Feb 11: Los Angeles, CA – Echo*
Sat-Feb 12: Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar*
Sun-Feb 13: San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
Tue-Feb 15: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Wed-Feb 16: Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Thu-Feb 17: Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
Fri-Feb 18: Boise, ID – Neurolux
Sat-Feb 19: Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Mon-Feb 21: Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Tue-Feb 22: Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
Wed-Feb 23: Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Thu-Feb 24: Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Fri-Feb 25: Madison, WI – The Frequency
Sat-Feb 26: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Mon-Feb 28: Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Tue-Mar 1: Montreal, PQ – La Sala Rossa
Wed-Mar 2: Boston, MA – Great Scott

Fri-Mar 4: Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel

^ = w/ MGMT* = w/ Yuck

Unicycle Love You & The Holidays

Looking to wrap up a year that saw the release of their sophomore album, Mirror, Mirror, Unicycle Loves You have announced plans for a holiday show at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen. The cult-film inspired surf-rock group, who hail from Chicago originally, will invade Beat Kitchen on on Thursday, December 30 with help from openers Elephant Gun and Laarks.

Doors open at 9pm, and you’ll want to arrive promptly. Because, the first 100 attendees will received a copy Unicycle Loves You’s new album, as well as a 20 page “not-so-much for kids” coloring book created by guitarist Jim Carroll and bassist Nicole Vitale.  Unicycle Love You was also kind enough to offer us their new single “There’s a Giant Walking in My Heart” for free download. Grab it down below!


Levi’s And Urban Outfitters Plot The Last Secret Generator Series Concerts With Deerhunter And Neon Indian

Deerhunter // Revival

Levi’s and Urban Outfitters have united forces to bring free live music to the American public but decided to make a little more fun having people guess where these shows will take place, especially since the shows are all powered by a generator and could take place anywhere. The final two installments of this Secret Generator Series were made just a bit more concrete with the announcement of the final performers: Deerhunter lit up Chicago on September 25th and on October 5th, Boston will get to chill with Neon Indian.

The location information that is currently available is the result of thorough investigative work by Urban Outfitters’ Facebook friends and Twitter followers so now that the events are winding down, you should also keep you eye out for new clues by following the Urban Outfitters Blog HERE, checking your local media or texting SECRET to UOUOUO to guess the mystery locations, which will be revealed on 48 hours before a show.

Secondhand Sunday

We’re starting something called ‘Secondhand Sunday’ around here. To give you a brief overview, basically we are digging back in the vaults of indie music videos from years ago. These can be as old as say, a Sloan video from 1992 or as recent as an Of Montreal video from 2005. Its all about remembering those great songs that some of us have forgotten. A blast from the past if you will.

To start off our first Secondhand Sunday, we are posting a video of Phantom Planet’s ‘California’.  Lately I personally have been on a PP kick,going back listening to their older stuff as well as getting into Jason Schwartzman’s most recent project as Coconut Records. When I first saw the video for ‘California’ I remember it was right when our Cable company started giving MTV2 out for free. This is also a time when MTV2 actually played nothing but music videos. The tune was in heavy rotation at the time and I couldn’t get enough of it. It is one of the defining songs of my college years.