Jam Productions has announced that Wilco will be performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Sunday, August 21 at 6:30 pm. The show will be in support of the release of the Grammy-nominated Star Wars (dBpm Records), the band’s ninth studio album — which was initially made available with no advance notice as a free digital download last summer — and its first since 2011’s The Whole Love. Tickets go on sale at 11 am Friday, February 26 for $30 and up.
Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place once again in Chicago’s Union Park July 15-17, has announced its 2016 lineup. Friday will see performances from Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, Girl Band, Julia Holter, Mick Jenkins, Moses Sumney, Shamir, Twin Peaks, and Whitney. Saturday features Brian Wilson (pictured) performing Pet Sounds, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Savages, Car Seat Headrest, Circuit des Yeux, Digable Planets, Holly Herndon, Jenny Hval, Kevin Morby, Martin Courtney, Oneman, Royal Headache, Anderson .Paak, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Blood Orange. Sunday features Empress Of, FKA Twigs, Holy Ghost, Jeremih, JLIN, Kamasi Washington, LUH., Miguel, Nao, Neon Indian, Oneohtrix Point Never, Porches, RP Boo, Sun Ra Arkestra, The Hotelier, Thundercat, and Woods. Tickets are now on sale for $65 and up.
Yes, Chicago is getting yet another summer music festival. This one is called Chicago Open Air, taking place July 15-17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview produced by Live Nation and Danny Wimmer Presents with 40+ bands in the heavy rock/metal genre. Friday acts include Rammstein, Chevelle, Ministry, Of Mice and Men, and Meshuggah. Saturday bands include Disturbed, Korn, Helmet, Deafheaven, and Gojira. Sunday performers include Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Bullet for My Valentine, and Killswitch Engage. The festival will also include “Gourmet Man Food” and a craft beer village. Tickets are now available for $50 and up on the festival website.
BY WILLIAM KOSH
Sometimes it’s great living in “the new ‘80s.” Drowning in synth, arguing about whether Pitchfork is the new Spin and generally living life like one long Portlandia sketch is a gas. Until it’s not. And on days it’s not, you want something real, sweaty, gut-wrenching and rich with grime. You want to go back to Black Sabbath, to Black Label Society. You want Zakk Wylde, guitar god and all-around musical badass. Wylde blew up as a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and today he’s one of the few true flagship artists remaining in the painfully diminished heavy metal genre. Next time you hear someone complaining about how they want to see a hard rock Renaissance, tell them it never died. Wylde has been making music this whole time.