Riot Fest, taking place in Chicago’s Douglas Park September 14-16, has announced its 2018 first wave lineup. Acts include Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Incubus, Young the Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Bleachers, Atmosphere, Flogging Molly, Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Underoath, Matt and Kim, the Jesus Lizard, Sum 41, Twin Peaks, K.Flay, Suicidal Tendencies, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, the Wonder Years, Digable Planets, Liz Phair, Cat Power, Gary Numan, Wolfmother, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, JD McPherson, Reignwolf, Lagwagon, Pussy Riot, Andrew W.K., GWAR, the Aquabats, and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now for $160 and up.
In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Evanston venue S.P.A.C.E. is hosting a series of special performances across several Evanston locations during its “Out of Space” series this summer. Temperance Beer Company will host Shovels & Rope on June 21, The New Pornographers on June 22, and Rebirth Brass Band on June 23, with additional appearances by Dinosaur Jr. on July 19, The Lone Bellow on July 20, and Slick Rick on July 21. Events will then move to Canal Shores Golf Course, which will host Mavis Staples on July 27 and Indigo Girls on July 28. The series concludes at the Big Evanston Block Party, where Guided By Voices will perform on August 25 followed by Old 97s on August 26. For more information and tickets, visit spacepresents.com.
North Coast Music Festival, taking place August 31-September 2 in Chicago’s Grant Park, has announced its 2018 lineup. Headliners include Jamiroquai, DJ Snake, and Miguel, plus additional acts including Axwell & Ingrosso, Yellow Claw, Gramatik, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, RL Grime, Vulfpeck, Cashmere Cat, The Strumbellas, Mura Masa, Robert Delong, The Polish Ambassador and more. Now in its ninth year, the festival will also include complimentary yoga sessions and a pop-up art gallery in homage to the history of Chicago street art. Tickets are on sale now for $45-$55 per day or $199 for a 3-day pass.
BY ERIN MALYSA
PHOTO by James Rexroad
You can’t talk about Stephen Malkmus without first paying at least cursory lip service to Pavement and its now 51-year-old former frontman’s undeniable influence on ‘90s music. Good musicians are informed and pay attention to those before them, which is exactly what Pavement did as they followed in the footsteps of paths blazed by bands like The Fall and The Replacements. After spending most of the ‘90s fronting one of indie music’s most seminal bands, Malkmus mutated and grew into his solo career, releasing seven albums as Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (with the “Jicks” portion being made of rotating members from former drummer Janet Weiss to current bassist Joanna Bolme.) The band’s newest album, the well-timed Sparkle Hard, drops on Matador Records a couple of weeks before their Chicago show.