Photos: Modest Mouse @ Concord Music Hall (Chicago)


Last night, Modest Mouse played to a sold-out show at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall—just a tad over a week before the band is set to headline the city’s Riot Fest in support of this year’s excellent Strangers to Ourselves. ALARM was there to report back with the night in photos:

SETLIST:

  1. 3rd Planet
  2. Ocean Breathes Salty
  3. Breakthrough
  4. Lampshades on Fire
  5. Coyotes
  6. The View
  7. The Tortoise and the Tourist
  8. King Rat
  9. Bukowski
  10. Pups to Dust
  11. Dramamine
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  12. Dashboard
  13. Custom Concern
  14. Grey Ice Water
  15. The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box
    ENCORE: 
  16. Satellite Skin
  17. Missed the Boat
  18. Sugar Boats
  19. Trailer Trash
  20. Styrofoam Boots/It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright
  21. Float On

 

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Lollapalooza 2015: In Photos


We hit the ground hard for all three days of Lollapalooza. Check out the photos, including Paul McCartney, Metallica, and more, below!

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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Photos: St. Vincent @ The Orpheum Theatre (Madison)


Annie Clark is currently taking a victory lap around the globe following an extensive year of touring her wildly acclaimed self-titled album, which was released last February. After playing in Chicago three times over the course of 2014 (The Riviera Theatre, Pitchfork Music Festival, and the Chicago Theatre), the musician and her band played to a sold-out crowd at Madison, Wisconsin’s Orpheum Theatre, just a couple hours northwest of the Windy City. The setlist has morphed and evolved since the Digital Witness tour began last year—as have parts of Clark’s aesthetic (i.e., hair)—she offered up St. Vincent bonus track “Teenage Talk” and Strange Mercy‘s “Year of the Tiger.” The night further proved that Clark’s live show has grown into an enchanting, face-melting spectacle that is a thing to behold.

Photo Gallery:

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Photos: Tame Impala @ the Riviera Theatre (Chicago)


Australia’s Tame Impala played a mind-melting show to a sold-out crowd in Chicago Friday night with L.A.’s Mini Mansions in tow. Taking the stage at the same venue that Tame Impala’s Live Versions was recorded last year, Kevin Parker and his band ripped through fan favorites like “Elephant” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” while indulging themselves and the audience with the psychedllic jams sections (and accompanying light show), having truly fleshed out the live show into quite the experience.

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Photos: Leon Bridges @ The Green Mill (Chicago), 4/29/15


Less than a year ago, soul revivalist Leon Bridges‘ days were spent washing dishes miles from Chicago’s historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, with his nights consisting of open mic performances around his hometown of Forth Worth, Texas. But a pair of chance encounters with White Denim guitarist Austin Jenkins would change everything, as Jenkins and bandmate Josh Block would go on to record and produce an album for Bridges, carrying out a project they’d been dreaming of: to record a vintage voice with their troves of vintage equipment. They found the perfect sound in Bridges, whose Sam Cooke-esque croon embodies what early ’60s soul was all about. The duo rounded up local talents and helped the 25-year-old songwriter create his first full-length record, free of charge.

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Columbia Records would soon sign the young artist, allowing him to join the likes of some of the most iconic musicians in history (Beyonce, Adele, and Bob Dylan to name a few). And of course, he’s now gifted with the opportunity to tour and play such storied venues as the Green Mill in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which opened in 1907, served as a hangout for Al Capone, and is said to still have a network of underground tunnels used by gangsters back in the 1920s.

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Bridges, dressed to the nines in his signature high-waisted dress pants, a tan suit coat, and saddle shoes, with his stylish and endlessly impressive six-piece band in tow, melded naturally into the historic stage as he sang timeless songs for his mother (“Lisa Sawyer”) and grandparents (accompanied by a tale of how his grandfather first noticed his grandmother because of her long legs), and also dove into his pre-album release hits  “Better Man” and “Coming Home.” The latter track is what first caught White Denim’s Jenkins’ (far right in the photo below) attention back in Texas, and the guitarist looked more pleased than anyone to be performing it last night as he and Josh Block (on drums) accompanied Bridges for the full performance.

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The show was nothing short of endearing; Bridges’ nervous stage banter reminded the audience just how new he is to playing for a sold-out room that showed up specifically for him. It was also a telling performance, foreshadowing the popularity on the horizon for this inimitable young throw-back artist whose sound and style captures a musical time steeped in nostalgia, but with a fresh new twist. A major hat-tip to Jenkins and Block, who struck gold by championing this young Texan.

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Photos: Sufjan Stevens @ the Chicago Theatre (Chicago), 4/25/15


Sufjan Stevens‘ latest release, Carrie & Lowell, wrenches the heart. Named for his late mother, who suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance abuse, and his step-father, who serves at the helm of Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty, it tackles childhood, death, and the myriad of emotions that accompany both, as well as the search for peace in the wake of loss. As the artist told Pitchfork of the self-proclaimed “artless” release, “This is not my art project; this is my life.” That sentiment came to life at The Chicago Theatre Saturday night, as Stevens trekked through all of Carrie & Lowell and then some during a 20-song set that proved a far cry from the artists’ last stop in the Windy City when he brought his “Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Tour/Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice” to the Metro, complete with inflatable decor, unicorns, and a giant “Wheel of Christmas” from which he built his holiday sing-along setlist on the fly.

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And while a Yuletide concert sounds like a spiritual affair, Saturday’s show—with its serene scenes and touching home videos splashed on LED screens that resembled panes of stained glass—felt like church. The new songs were presented both as they sound on the album with Stevens solely plucking a guitar but were also gifted to the audience in much fuller forms, as the artist’s four-piece band swelled the sound, particularly for the pre-encore finale of “Blue Bucket of Gold.” The assistance of Dawn Landes on backup vocals (to whom Stevens dedicated “The Dress Looks Nice on You,” the only song from Seven Swans he played that night) added additional levels of delicacy and beauty. And, fittingly, the pick-me-up at the end of the emotional show came in the form of Stevens’ most recognizable track to date, “Chicago”, a special song to hear live always, but especially in a theatre of the same name. As the singer appeared to wipe a few tears from his cheeks at the end of the night, so did much of the audience. All things go.

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Setlist:
1. Redford (For Yi-Ya & Pappou)
2. Death with Dignity
3. Should Have Known Better
4. Drawn to the Blood
5. All of Me Wants All of You
6. Eugene
7. John My Beloved
8. The Only Thing
9. Fourth of July
10. No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
11. Carrie & Lowell
12. The Owl and the Tanager
13. In the Devil’s Territory
14. Futile Devices
15. Sister
16. Blue Bucket of Gold
ENCORE:
17. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
18. Casimir Pulaski Day
19. The Dress Looks Nice on You
20. Chicago

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Bonnaroo In Photos


Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival’s 14th year was one of its best yet; relieve the magic with the weekend in photos, including  Courtney Barnett, Florence & the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Kendrick Lamar, Earth Wind & Fire, Mac DeMarco and more: 

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Florence and the Machine // Photo by Ben Nadel

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Super jam Family Hang // Photo by Ben Nadel

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Reggie Watts, Bahamas, Shakey Graves, Rhiannon Giddens, Elizabeth Gillies, Denis Leary, and Robert Trujillo

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Squish: brand new holder of the world record for most high fives in a single hour.

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Photos: Wilco @ The Riviera Theatre (Chicago), 12/12/14


Chicago’s beloved Wilco closed out a six-show Winterlude run at the Riviera Theatre Friday Night with a nearly 30-song setlist. The show was what frontman Jeff Tweedy described as a “greatest hits” of the residency, which spanned the band’s vast discography and celebrated 20 years of Wilco with rarities, fan favorites, and an acoustic encore.

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Photos: St. Vincent @ the Chicago Theatre (Chicago), 12/2/14


St. Vincent‘s visit to The Riviera Theatre in April as well as her legendary sunset performance at Pitchfork Music Festival proved to Chicago that the Digital Witness Tour is one of the year’s best, and Annie Clark’s stop at The Chicago Theatre Tuesday evening only further solidified her rein as the queen of music in 2014. With Future Islands offering up the kind of opening set that dreams are made of, St. Vincent dazzled the crowd at WXRT‘s Big Holiday Concert with songs from her four-album solo discography, David Byrne-inspired theatrics, and endless charm.

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“I’ll Take You There” – Celebrating 75 Years Of Mavis Staples @ The Auditorium Theatre, 11/19


Gearing up backstage for what she endearingly referred to as her “Sweet 16” on Wednesday evening, Mavis Staples told a local news reporter, “I could have been president if I wanted!” And isn’t that the truth? As a member of one of the most influential R&B/gospel groups in history—the Staple Singers—an unwavering fixture in the civil rights movement, a musical icon across genres, and today, a universally adored 75-year-old vocal powerhouse, there really seems to be no limit to the reach (and lovability) of Ms. Mavis Staples.

And “Celebrating 75 Years” of the woman in question proved that to no end. With a little help from about 20 of her friends ranging from classic rock legends like Gregg Allman to blues icons like Taj Mahal and Otis Clay to younger Mavis mates, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne (who’s funky take on Talking Heads’ “Slippery People”—performed with Mavis—was a sure highlight of the night), and more, she proved that age truly is just a number, especially with her howling solo rendition of “I’ll Take You There.” Other highlights included Staples’ performance with her adopted Tweedy family: her “producer,” Jeff and “grandson,” Spencer, as the trio delicately gifted the audience with “You’ Are Not Alone”, the title track from Staples’ 13th studio album.

And what would this special concert event have been without the whole group joining for a heart-swelling rendition of The Bands’ “The Weight”—a Mavis staple (pun completely intended)? It was a magical night that left everyone in attendance hoping Staples will stick to her word when she said, “See you again in five years!” as she tearfully accepted the audience and cast’s rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Check out the full setlist here:

1 You’re Driving Me (to the Arms of a Stranger) – Joan Osborne
2 Heavy Makes you Happy – Keb Mo
3 I Ain’t Raisin’ No Sand – Otis Clay
4 Woke Up this Morning (With My Mind on Jesus) – Buddy Miller
5 Waiting for My Child To Come Home – Patty Griffin
6 Far Celestial Shore – Emmylou Harris
7 Freedom Highway – Michael McDonald
8 People Get Ready – Glen Hansard
9 Respect Yourself – Aaron Neville with Mavis Staples

Second set
10 Hope in a Hopeless World – Widespread Panic
11 For What It’s Worth – Widespread Panic
12 If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) – Ryan Bingham
13 Grandma’s Hands – Grace Potter
14 A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall – Bingham, Potter, Griffin, Harris
15 Eyes on the Prize – Eric Church
16 Wade in the Water – Taj Mahal
17 Have a Little Faith – Gregg Allman
18 Turn Me Around – Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples
19 Will the Circle Be Unbroken – Raitt, Staples, Mahal, Allman, Neville
20 Slippery People – Win Butler & Regine Chassagne (Arcade Fire) with Staples
21 You’re Not Alone – Jeff and Spencer Tweedy with Staples
22 I’ll Take You There – Mavis Staples

Encore

23 The Weight – Mavis Staples and the entire cast

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