North Coast Music Festival, taking place in Union Park September 4-6, has announced its 2015 lineup to include The Chemical Brothers (pictured), Chromeo, Atmosphere, Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Portugal the Man, Steve Aoki, The Roots, Disco Biscuits, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Galactic with Macy Gray, The Glitch Mob, Tycho, Wale, Booka Shade, Future Rock, Gold Panda, Green Velvet, Twin Shadow, Manic Focus, Sphongle, Exmag, The Heard, Zebo, Kill the Noise, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, with one additional headliner to be announced. Tickets are currently on sale for $180 and up. UPDATE: Widespread Panic has been added as the surprise headliner.
Taste of Randolph Street has announced its 2015 lineup to include Dinosaur Jr., The Dandy Warhols (pictured), Best Coast, Lettuce, Emancipator Ensemble, Tennis, New Mastersounds, The Revivalists, Bright Light Social Hour, Hey Rosetta!, Little Hurricane, Fort Knox Five, Swamp Heat and more. The event takes place June 19-21 in the West Loop along Randolph Street and will also feature a dance stage hosted by The Mid plus Corona beer and food from local restaurants including Belly Q, Nona’s, Tete Charcuterie, and Nicholas Quality Meats. Admission is a $10 suggested donation.
The thing about Twin Shadow (and the thing about Friday nights) is that really — no matter what you’re going through — music makes everything momentarily okay (I FINALLY GET YOU, CHUCK KLOSTERMAN). Such was the case Friday night at Metro when the Lolawolf-hat wearing George Lewis Jr. temporary provided a welcome respite to the weary hearts of the sold-out crowd. Lewis Jr. (perhaps best described as a cross between Morrissey and Prince) consistently performs with thoughtful, creative and expressive sensuality — not to mention a passion and talent that clearly shines through. And nowhere is this more evident than in a live setting. Crowd favorites “Take Me to the Floor,” “Five Seconds,” and “Old Love / New Love,” were played and vigorously enjoyed as Lewis Jr. captivated the audience with his trademark wit and charm. While we may not have ended the night solving all of society’s problems, during a brief moment in time on a Friday evening in Chicago, all was right with the world. BY ABBY YEMM–PHOTO BY LINDSAY FISHER
“Punch me in the face, you can call me Nancy”: The Gospel According to Father John Misty. Taking the stage beneath a giant red heart emblazoned with the words “No Photography”, it didn’t take long for the crowd to realize this would not be the only joke of the evening. Following a loud and farcical opening set by heavy garage rockers King Tuff, the black-clad Father John Misty (a.k.a. Joshua Tillman) appeared on stage with matching black hat. And while the mysterious Misty did not speak much in between songs, he continued to make the crowd feel at home with a steady stream of chuckle-inducing remarks throughout the set — including a satirical retelling of the Good Friday story that eliminated any guilt attendees may have had about enjoying themselves on this most solemn of Christian holy days. Yet all this diversion eventually took a back seat to a powerful, emotive performance highlighting Misty’s magnetic stage presence and musicianship, with much credit due to his band. Like Sunday school confession, listening to “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “I Love You, Honeybear” in a live setting was pure catharsis. BY LUKE BLANCO