Archive for July, 2010

Late Summer/Fall Concert Preview – GET READY!

Posted in Tour Information with tags , , on July 26, 2010 by bangbangslang

Bang Bang Slang returns with an exciting Chicago concert calendar preview for the end of summer and our jaws have hit the floor at how incredible September/October are shaping up to be. Buy your tickets now, while you can… before it gets cold and the rest of Chicago realizes how enjoyable indoor concerts are again.  We’ve got our pictures from Pitchfork Festival 2010 ready to go, writing has been started, and there’s plenty more to come mid-week: concert pics from Big Boi and Major Lazer’s sets, festival coverage, and most likely another ‘From the Arcives’ post (Harlem, Foreign Born, Aqualung, Fruit Bats – any requests?).

For this ‘Windy City Sounds’ post, we’ve only highlighted recently announced shows or shows that weren’t announced on our website previously over the last month. So, to be clear – this concert calendar is NOT complete, but should help our regular vistors get some new shows on their radar before tickets are all gobbled up. I’m calling it early, but September and October might very well blow the entire summer calendar out of the water. Primus? Belle & Sebastian? Dandy Warhols? Ratatat? Gayngs? Vampire Weekend? Pavement? Ghostland Observatory? INCREDIBLE.

(Dates in bold indicate that BBS will definitely be in attendance)


  • 08/05: Phosphorescent @ Empty Bottle
  • 08/08: HEALTH @ Reggie’s Rock Club
  • 08/15-08/16: Interpol @ The Vic
  • 08/23: Brandon Flowers @ Park West


  • 09/02: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Lincoln Hall, Scissor Sisters @ Riviera
  • 09/05: Vampire Weekend/Beach House/Dum Dum Girls @ Aragon Ballroom
  • 09/08: Ghostland Observatory @ House of Blues
  • 09/10: Ratatat @ Riviera, Hot Hot Heat @ Lincoln Hall
  • 09/11: Kele @ DoubleDoor (RESCHEDULED)
  • 09/13: Pavement @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • 09/16: David Bazan/Mynabyrds @ Lincoln Hall
  • 09/19: Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s @ Lincoln Hall
  • 09/20: Crocodiles @ Empty Bottle
  • 09/22: Alberta Cross/Dead Confederate @ DoubleDoor
  • 09/24: Foals @ Lincoln Hall
  • 09/25: Menomena/Suckers @ Metro
  • 09/29: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Bottom Lounge
  • 09/30: Gayngs@ Metro, Klaxons @ Lincoln Hall


  • 10/01: Eels @ Metro, Hold Steady @ The Vic
  • 10/02: Broken Social Scene/Sea & Cake @ Riviera, Local Natives/Love Language @ Metro, Primus @ Congress Theatre
  • 10/05: Ra Ra Riot @ Metro
  • 10/09: Riverboat Gamblers @ Subterranean
  • 10/11: Belle & Sebastian @ Chicago Theatre, AA Bondy @ Schubas, Miike Snow @ Riviera
  • 10/13: Guided By Voices @ The Vic
  • 10/14: Bell XI (Acoustic) @ Schubas
  • 10/19: Band of Horses @ The Vic
  • 10/22: Blonde Redhead @ The Vic
  • 10/28: Planes Mistaken for Stars @ Subterranean
  • 10/30: Dandy Warhols @ The Vic

Bang Bang Slang’s TOP 3 “Early Picks” Concerts:

1.) Dandy Warhols @ The Vic, October 30th

LISTEN: The Dandy Warhols – “Boys Better”


2.) Gayngs @ Metro, September 30th

LISTEN: Gayngs – “The Gaudy Side of Town”


3.) !!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Bottom Lounge, September 29th

LISTEN: !!! – “AM/FM”


Any shows that we may have missed? Please let us know!

And as always, send us a message or leave a comment if you’d like to meet up and BBS will buy you a beer on US!


SURFER BLOOD LIVE! 03/10/10 Schubas – Chicago, IL

Posted in From the Archives (Concert Reviews) with tags , , , on July 21, 2010 by bangbangslang

Bang Bang Slang has downed all the free Heineken they could guzzle, nursed their sunburns with aloe, thrown their smokey, mud-covered duds in the washer, and has taken 48 hours to soak up the preceding musical mayhem that was Pitchfork Music Festival 2010. Before we publish our “best of” list, pics, and set reviews – we thought it would be fitting to share an ‘Archive’ post from Surfer Blood’s February stop at Chicago’s own Schubas, especially after their summery Sunday set that had thousands at Pitchfork pumping their fists in a sweaty sing-along. We need another 24-48 hours (and more advil/sleep) to bring our equilibriums back to full center, upload pictures, and find our writing voices again.

Surfer Blood have swam across the scene (and the world) like a drunken Michael Phelps in 2010, making a lasting name for themselves as indie and garage rock dignitaries with their super catchy glo-fi anthemic jams and impressive debut LP “Astro Coast” (Kanine Records). Due largely in part to their West Palm Beach roots, the boys in Surfer Blood have earned new age comparissons to the Beach Boys, which doesn’t really make sense at all, but their sound is clearly genre defying – like a scuzzball cauldron of Weezer, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, Built to Spill, and My Morning Jacket soup.  The dancey, feel-good beach inspired vibes really only shine through on the punchy riffs and percussions of “Take it Easy”, the 90’s-alternative arena rock ballad “Swim” has hooks and a chorus that would have any rock band drooling, and songs like “Anchorage”, “Slow Jabroni”/”Fast Jabroni”, and “Harmonix” are not only crowd pleasers when shredded live, but also starkly produced studio gems that push ‘Astro Coast’ as a whole towards the “indie classic” status. BBS has definitely held a spot in the top 10 for “Astro Coast” as a challenger for best album of 2010.

Back to Surfer Blood’s March 10th SOLD OUT performance at Chicago’s very own Schubas. With a tremendously intense opening set from Turbo Fruits, the energy and hype was at full swell before the 5 dudes from Surfer Blood took the stage. I had rolled solo to Schubas, camera in one hand, Pabst in the other and thankfully Turbo Fruits had slapped some adrenaline into my otherwise beaten and used up business-man brain, which was pretty washed out for a Wednesday. One Pabst turned into five and as I sprawled out on the sidebenches, slinking between the dancing spectatators to snap photos and document snippets of awesomeness from the performance, Surfer Blood ripped through more or less the entirety of “Astro Coast” with a sprawling, epic, unreleased encore. Next thing I know I’m raising a shot glass brimming with Jack Daniels to guitarist and vocalist J.P. Pitts and the next morning I wake up with a stiff neck and a half eaten turkey sandwich next to my bed. It was a good night. (Sorry… no setlist)

Surfer Blood – Astro Coast (2010)

LISTEN: Surfer Blood – “Take it Easy”

LISTEN: Surfer Blood – “Swim”

Surfer Blood will be all over Europe for the next month or so, but if you’re lucky you can catch them at Bumbershoot Festival on 09/06 in Seattle, WA.

Bang Bang Slang had a chance to catch Surfer Blood’s Sunday performance at Pitchfork Festival from the sidestage, but not too many pics unfortunately. In the meantime, while we still gather our brain cells and finish organizing our media from the festival, here’s a video of Surfer Blood performing “Take it Easy” live from Pitchfork. Can you smell the cigs and sweat and dirty feet and summery awesomeness?

Anyone else catch the Surfer Blood set?

BBS will be right back… Big Boi, Major Lazer, Pavement, Reviews, Festival Stories, etc.


TWITTER: @surferblood

The Swell Season Take Ravinia – Highland Park, IL

Posted in Tour Information with tags , , , , on July 15, 2010 by bangbangslang

Though the above video was shot in 2009 at a Swell Season show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles – not from last night’s performance at Ravinia – it bottles the emotion and talent of their shows to perfection. Years before Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova brought their folk rock greatness to Chicagoland last night and before they even snagged the Oscar for “Best Song”, I had a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience when The Swell Season dropped by Cleveland in 2007. The show in Cleveland began the same as the video above, with a gut-punching and breathtaking solo acoustic version of “Say it to me Now” and from there the set rode a train of emotional highs and lows that The Swell Season’s music freely evokes from their listener. Flying high off the overnight success of “Once” and swimming in the romantics of performing heartfelt music as a boyfriend/girlfriend duo- Hansard and Irglova delivered the goods in a big way that night and chilled me to my center, reminding me of the power that music can have on your brain and body. I walked away completely floored.

The Swell Season show at Ravinia last night (07/14/10) did not have that same effect on me as the 2007 show, but one thing remains certain: Glen Hansard is one hell of a performer. Don’t get me wrong, I dig Marketa Irglova too, but once Hansard makes a push this Fall to reunite The Frames – the band that started it all, the one that was supposed to make it  big before “Once” became a worldwide indie darling – I’m confidently assuming that Glen Hansard will be a musical force that you will be reading about a few months down the road… without Marketa. Maybe it’s time to give the “Once” project a break and bring it back to the roots.

It was my first trip to Highland Park’s gorgeous Ravinia Pavillion and upon arrival I parked my ass in the lawn section amidst the endless sea of wine & cheese and white people. (Whitest venue on earth?) I’d definitely head back there in a heartbeat, but next time it will be in the actual pavillion if I’m really into the artist(s). While Ravinia could be a strong contender for best community outdoor ampitheater I’ve ever been to, the only real flaw holding it back from that title is the visibility issues from the lawn – the stage and screens are lofted above the lawn section and if you’re a lawn patron, you gotta do without the visuals. But what a beautiful place. And The Swell Season definitely sounded as polished and harmonius as you’d expect with highlights ranging from 2009’s excellent “Strict Joy” (“Low Rising”, “Feeling the Pull”, “I Have Loved You Wrong”) to flawless standbys (“Falling Slowly”, “When Your Mind’s Made Up”) to compelling covers (Daniel Johnston’s “Devil Town”, Tim Buckley’s “Buzzin’ Fly”, Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic”). They killed.

Oh, Glen and Marketa – what will you do next?!


  1. Feeling The Pull
  2. The Rain
  3. Low Rising
  4. In These Arms
  5. If You Want Me
  6. Fantasy Man
  7. Leave
  8. Buzzin’ Fly (Tim Buckley cover)
  9. Back Broke
  10. Into The Mystic (Van Morrison cover)
  11. I Have Loved You Wrong
  12. The Court of New Town (Colm Mac Con Iomaire cover)
  13. When Your Mind’s Made Up
  14. Revelate (The Frames cover)
  15. Falling Slowly


  1. Say It To Me Now
  2. Crossroads
  3. Gold (Interference cover)
  4. Fitzcarraldo (The Frames cover)
  5. Devil Town (Daniel Johnston cover)

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – The Swell Season (2006)

LISTEN: The Swell Season – “When Your Mind’s Made Up”


July Tour Dates

  • 07/17: Rialto Theatre – Tuscon, AZ
  • 07/18: Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
  • 07/20: Britt Festivals – Jacksonville, OR
  • 07/22: Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
  • 07/23: Calgary Folk Festival – Calgary, AB, CA
  • 07/25: First Ave – Minneapolis, MN
  • 07/27:  Asbury Hall – Buffalo, NY
  • 07/28: Flynn Theatre – Burlington, VT
  • 07/30: Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NY
  • 07/31: Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD

August Tour Dates

  • 08/01: Newport Folk Fest – Newport, RI
  • 08/14: Rocky Mtn Folks Festival – Lyons, CO
  • 08/15: Red Butte Garden Amphitheater – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 08/16: The Crown Theater – Las Vegas, NV
  • 08/19: The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA
  • 08/20: Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre- Portland, OR
  • 08/21: No Depression Festival – Redmond, WA

The Swell Season: Official Website

Stay posted at BBS – we’ll be announcing the tour details for The Frames as they embark on their Fall ’10 tour!!!

RATATAT Announce Fall Tour! (And Chicago Date)

Posted in Tour Information with tags , on July 7, 2010 by bangbangslang

It’s true! Ratatat’s Mike Stroud and Evan Mast are hitting the road September, 7th, bringing their psych-rock dance party to Montreal, Quebec for the tour opener. A few days later, September 10th brings the boys back to Chicago with a stop at The Riviera …which is a Friday… which means the dancing and sweating and drinking and mind melting will be at extreme highs.

If you want to join into the debauchery (or just have some good ‘ol fashioned fun), be sure to grab tickets when the go on sale this Friday, July 10th @ 10:00 AM at JamUSA.

For a complete list of tour dates, see below:

  • 09/7 Tue Montreal, QC Metropolis
  • 09/8 Wed Toronto, ON Sound Academy
  • 09/9 Thu Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 09/10 Fri Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
  • 09/11 Sat Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
  • 09/14 Tue Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
  • 09/15 Wed Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
  • 09/16 Thu Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
  • 09/17 Fri San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
  • 09/18 Sat Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theatre
  • 09/19 Sun San Diego, CA House Of Blues
  • 09/21 Tue Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
  • 09/24 Fri Pomona, CA Fox Theater
  • 09/25 Sat Scottsdale, AZ Venue Of Scottsdale
  • 09/27 Mon Austin, TX Stubbs BBQ
  • 09/28 Tue Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
  • 10/1 Fri Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
  • 10/2 Sat Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
  • 10/5 Tue Boston, MA House Of Blues
  • 10/6 Wed Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
  • 10/7 Thu Washington, DC 9:30 Club
  • 10/8 Fri New York, NY Terminal 5
  • 10/9 Sat New York, NY Terminal 5

you’ve been warned

Outkast’s Big Boi Drops FREE Mix Tape!

Posted in Guess What Leaked with tags , , on July 7, 2010 by bangbangslang

While Bang Bang Slang has been bumping Big Boi’s first official solo album “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty” (Def Jam) for weeks now in our ‘Speakerboxxxes’, we somehow forgot to drop the news of the release of his retrospective mix tape: “Mix Tape for Dummies: Guide to Global Greatness “. Assisted by DJ X-Rated & DJ Esco, Big Boi twists up a nostalgic phatty of OutKast throwbacks, laced with some nuggs from “Chico Dusty”.

Did we also mention it’s completely FREE? Stank you very much, Daddy Fat Sax. (Click Below)

Big Boi – “Mix Tape for Dummies: Guide to Global Greatness” (2010)

DOWNLOAD: “Mix Tape for Dummies

Big Boi will be headlining Pitchfork Festival in support of “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty” on Sunday, July 18th here in Chicago (SOLD OUT). You can swoop onto Big Boi’s official website to exclusively grab a deluxe vinyl set w/ t-shirt or a very limited “GOODWOOD PACK” which includes a deluxe cd/dvd 6-panel softpack, DVD w/ music videos, 30″ ‘Goodwood’ chain, lithograph, & mp3 download code.


Here’s BBS’s favorite from “Chico Dusty”. Hotbox your car and turn the speakers up:

Big Boi – “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty” (2010)

LISTEN: Big Boi – “Tangerine”

See you at Pitchfork, Big Boi! Anyone else going?

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Nathaniel Rateliff & His Return to Chicago

Posted in Artist Spotlight with tags , , , , on July 7, 2010 by bangbangslang

Bang Bang Slang is back after nearly a week hiatus – happy belated birthday America (damn, you’re gettin old)! To pick up where we left off, continuing to build momentum for July music in Chicago and spreading the good word to the public on need-to-know artists, we’ve chosen a seasoned songwriter and mellow Midwesterner (via Denver)  to kick off our “Artist Spotlight” section: Nathaniel Rateliff. On the surface it would seem that Rateliff would serve as an odd musical force to propel BBS’ horsepower back into full gear, but in fact he’s quite the opposite. And he’ll be stopping through Chi-city July 21st at Schubas to prove to you he’s just not another singer/songwriter.

A month or so ago, I stumbled into Chicago’s Lincoln Hall (05/28), fuzz brained and spaced on a Sudafed and antibiotics cocktail, to see what all the fuss was about with Swedish one-man-band “Tallest Man on Earth”. Pushing through the sold out crowd and mental fog to a bar stool on the sidelines of the balcony, it hit me – “Oh, yeah. I get to see Nathaniel Rateliff tonight too… oh. This is him playing right now. Wow.” With a commanding, gorgeously sturdy vocal range, Rateliff and his band ripped through a faultless, haunting live version of “Early Spring Till” – a standout track from his Rounder Records 2010 debut “In Memory of Loss”.  His vocals were the magical glue that kept the crowd captivated and pin-drop silent (though the band was a notably polished unit), evoking a Jim James/Caleb Followill Southern frequency that held a definitive originality of its own – lyrically stirring as well.  I was floored and pretty sure the chills I was experiencing weren’t from the cold meds. Having missed about 20 minutes of his set opening, I was only able to get about 4 or so jams from Rateliff and gang, but made a mental note in between sets that I needed to get my hands on everything Rateliff had ever recorded quick.  (Sidenote: Tallest Man on Earth was incredible)

I still have yet to snatch up Rateliff and The Wheel’s  discography, but since I’ve learned a few things:

  • Rateliff’s first band, Born in the Flood, was pursued by Roadrunner Records with a deal to be molded into the next Nickelback outfit of sorts (ugh). Having respectfully – and thankfully – declined their offer (and potentially some serious cash), Rateliff and his band “The Wheel” went the more humbly fitting route of finding a home with the Rounder family
  • Rateliff is an avid Gardener
  • His “In Memory of Loss” effort is outstanding. Buy it HERE
  • Nathaniel Rateliff will be performing on July 21st at Schubas – tickets available HERE

Nathaniel Rateliff – “In Memory of Loss” (2010)

LISTEN: Nathaniel Rateliff – “Early Spring Till”

Indulge in a listen – or 10 – and be sure to catch up with Bang Bang Slang at Schubas for what’s sure to be a night of music that will surprise you and have you shaking your head in awe. Whiskey encouraged.

If you’re one of our non-Chicago web visitors – no need to worry. You can catch Rateliff on tour well into the final days of summer. (And Chicagoans, you’ll have 2 more chances to see him again in Dekalb & Rock Island):

  • 07/14: Santa Fe Brewing Company – Santa Fe, NM
  • 07/16: The Loft – Dallas, TX
  • 07/17: Emo’s Indoors – Austin, TX
  • 07/18: Mango’s – Houston, TX
  • 07/20: Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
  • 07/21:  Schubas – Chicago, IL
  • 07/22: Club Garibaldi’s – Milwaukee, WI
  • 07/23: Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
  • 07/27: Plush – Tuscon, AZ
  • 07/28: Bar Pink – San Diego, CA
  • 07/29: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
  • 07/30: Steynberg Gallery – San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 07/31: Café Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
  • 08/02: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
  • 08/03: The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
  • 08/04: The Media Club – Vancouver, BC
  • 08/06: Local 522 – Calgary, Canada
  • 08/07: Auditorium Hotel – Nanton, Canada
  • 08/14: Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 08/21: Bohemian Nights – Fort Collins, CO
  • 08/25: Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
  • 08/26: The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
  • 08/27: Rock Island Brewing Co – Rock Island, IL
  • 08/28: Otto’s – Dekalb, IL

Nathaniel Rateliff’s Official Website: HERE

Black Lips LIVE! 04/01/10 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL

Posted in From the Archives (Concert Reviews) with tags , on July 1, 2010 by bangbangslang

After telling a big lie to my girlfriend and driving half way across Chicago to drop my father off at a hotel downtown, I somehow made it to Logan Square just in time to crack a Pabst and position myself in front of the stage. Logan Square Auditorum is a timeless shithole of a venue. The place has got a lot of charm and it also always reaks of sour beer and staleness, but tonight that attribute fit perfectly well with the sentiment of the band that was walking onto the stage, one of my all time garage pop favs – Black Lips. Black Lips were meant to play this place.

It wasn’t until the end of my time living in North Carolina that I came to realize that Atlanta’s Black Lips had a massively loyal fanbase and following and it wasn’t suprising to come to learn. Their studio albums are all brilliant in their own way in that “fuck you, we don’t care what you want, we’re just making the music we want to make” sort of way. This mentality carries over into their hooched up, scuzzball stage behavior, which they’ve become notorious for. It’s not like watching Anton Newcombe kick some dude in the teeth for heckling his band, it’s more like same-sex makeouts, catching loogies during a guitar solo, foaming beer spits, and nakedness – sometimes. I don’t think they’ve peed on anyone (or each other) in a while, but that’s the debaucherous “flower-punk” art form that the ‘Lips have helped foster and make acceptable at their live shows. Pairing their uninhibited stage personalities with their simmering doo-wop punk sound makes for a highly enjoyable, free-spirited rock experience, proving that a lot of bands who attempt to recreate the ‘Lips sound just look like pussies.

Black Lips at Logan Square Auditorium killed. The acoustics of the old ballroom bounced and jarred the sharp guitar and drums from wall to wall as a tight-knit crowd of hipsters danced and stomped in spilled beer and sweat. Highlights of the set included some of my personal favorites “Dirty Hands” and “O Katrina!” (Yeah… I’m a big fan of “Good, Bad, Not Evil”, so what!) and the classic “Hippie, Hippie Hoorah” was a crowd pleaser. Black Lips’ latest album “200 Million Thousand” saw the tracks “Drugs” and “Starting Over” hit the crowd with a sloshed embrace, with dudes and chicks pumping their fists and middle fingers up at the ceiling in a drunken sing-along.

Here’s the only thing that bothered me about the show – and don’t get me wrong, I’m a Girl Talk and Greg Gillis fan. The up and coming scenesters who are sneaking hard booze and joints into shows these days have blindingly accepted this precadence that the Girl Talk generation has set, one where they find the need to make the show about themselves and not about the talent of the band. Rushing the stage and overcrowding it with a 6th period Algebra class of teens who are getting off on their cursory closeness to musicians and how cool their bodies feel with illegal substances in them for the first time. Enough is enough already. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but thank god for security for once. Now, while I enjoy the rest of my Ensure and prune juice smoothie blend, take a look at the rest of the pics from Black Lips’ stop in Chicago last April.

Black Lips – “Good Bad Not Evil” (2007)

LITSEN: The Black Lips – “Bad Kids”

To get a taste for Black Lips in all their artistic glory madness, check out Vice Tv’s Black Lips coverage as they shockrock their way through India (below). Vice Tv’s website is seriously amazing – there’s a lot more Black Lips coverage there too (one of my other favorite spotlights of theirs is on their visit to Israel & Palestine HERE)

To smooch with the Black Lips some more and buy albums check out their WEBSITE