Great Divide, Thibault, Nathan Scott, American Royalty, BS Brass Band, and The Ivorys are among the bands just announced as additions to this year’s Taste of Randolph Street, taking place June 14-16 along Randolph Street in the West Loop from Peoria to Racine. They join previously announced acts including The Joy Formidable, Divine Fits, Milo Greene, Lord Huron, Escort, Bear In Heaven, New Mastersounds, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Van Ghost, and Greensky Bluegrass. The festival has also posted its daily schedule, with Divine Fits headlining Friday, The Joy Formidable headlining Saturday, and Milo Greene closing out the fest Sunday. The fest has also announced a series of afterparties at nearby City Winery, including Greensky Bluegrass on Saturday and New Mastersounds on Sunday. Festival admission is a suggested $10 donation.
Future Rock, Danny Brown, Conspirator, Porn & Chicken, Midnight Conspiracy, The Coop, Ghosthouse, and Gemini Club are among the artists just announced as additions to this year’s North Coast Music Festival, taking place in Union Park over Labor Day weekend August 30-September 1. They join previously announced acts including Wu-Tang Clan, Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Nas, Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Gary Clark Jr., Purity Ring, Laidback Luke, Rebelution, Madeon, Paper Diamond, Skream, Claude Von Stroke, Mac Miller, Aloe Blacc, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Thibault, and El Ten Eleven. Tickets are now on sale for $135 and up, with one final wave of artists still to be announced.
BY GRIFFIN WATERMAN
If you had to pick one person as the godfather of psychedelic rock, Roky Erickson is your man. His original band, the 13th Floor Elevators, is one of the greatest bands of the Nuggets era, and long stays in mental institutions never stopped Erickson from writing countless songs about zombies, demons, and aliens. No previously existing templates for rock and roll or blues can survive once Erickson gets his hands on them. He can twist anything into his image, and even indie folk powerhouses Okkervil River got sucked into Erickson’s headspace when they agreed to back him up on his last album Love Will Cast Out All Evil. And since no one wants to miss their chance to see a living legend, we advise you not to miss this one.
BY RYAN BRAY
PHOTO BY KYLE CASSIDY
Ted Leo might well be one of the last remaining vestiges of tried and true indie rock, but the DIY torchbearer made waves in 2011 when he laid bare the harsh realities facing working musicians like himself in an era of depleted record sales and incessant touring. The word “retirement” got thrown around haphazardly, but thankfully Leo hasn’t left us. While the Pharmacists have been lying relatively low, Leo has kept busy with solo shows as well as #BOTH, his side project with Aimee Mann. He’s also readying tracks for the Pharmacists’ follow up to 2010’s The Brutalist Bricks. Expect the band to rip it with a renewed energy that hopefully will stave off retirement for at least another decade or two.