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EARLY SPRING CONCERT SCHEDULE: April 2011 + BBS Heads to Coachella!

Posted in Tour Information with tags , , , , on April 7, 2011 by bangbangslang

Bang Bang Slang jumps ship from Chicago with Coachella coverage 04/15 - 04/17

It was April before we knew it and by BBS standards, March had resulted in a slow concert calendar that wasn’t entirely up to par with our snooty, nearly-Springtime expectations. Booking managers in Chicago – get your shit together!  There were some limitations of course, preventing coverage at concerts like Middle Brother/ Dawes/ Deer Tick (wish those Godspeed shows could have worked out too), but in the end it was all ok. Where March lacked in quantity of shows, it certainly made up for its lingering pace with brilliant performances from Bright Eyes and Destroyer/War on Drugs. And Michael Showalter‘s 2+ hour comedy set at Scubas was pretty enjoyable. The bar has been set high and so have the expectations for quality live music as April hits Chi-town and the concert calendar starts to get bloated with much-anticipated shows.

Aside from having no excuse – though we could think of a few – for missing Queen of the Stone Age, Kurt Vile, and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears already, April’s concert calendar is still scorching and the months ahead are making us do that thing like a kindergartener does when they have to go pee really bad, but don’t know where the bathroom is. (SEE BELOW – dates in bold indicate that BBS will be in attendance)

AND WE’RE GOING TO COACHELLA!!!! (Details to follow next week as we finalize the attack plan and tsee how these daily schedules shape up. Come on already.)

APRIL 2011

  • 04/07: Cults @ Empty Bottle, Cave Singers @ Lincoln Hall, Two Door Cinema Club @ Park West (SOLD OUT)
  • 04/08: Cut Copy @ Riviera (SOLD OUT), Dom @ Subterranean
  • 04/09: Sharon Van Etten @ Lincoln Hall, Big K.R.I.T/Freddie Gibbs @ Bottom Lounge, Rober Plant @ Auditorium Theatre (SOLD OUT), Skeleton Witch @ Empty Bottle
  • 04/11: Phosphorescent @ Lincoln Hall
  • 04/12: Starfucker @ Lincoln Hall
  • 04/15: BBS LEAVES FOR COACHELLA!!! (Be back soon, Chicago…), Tobacco @ Lincoln Hall, Jeff Tweedy @ The Vic (SOLD OUT)
  • 04/16: Ha Ha Tonka @ Subterranean, Royal Bangs @ Empty Bottle, Jeff Tweedy @ The Vic (SOLD OUT)
  • 04/18: Black Angels @ Lincoln Hall
  • 04/19: Delorean @ Lincoln Hall, Foo Fighters “SECRET SHOW” TBA
  • 04/20: Fresh & Only’s/Crocodiles @ Lincoln Hall, Rose Hill Drive @ Beat Kitchen
  • 04/21: Low @ Lincoln Hall, Counting Crows @ House of Blues
  • 04/22: Arcade Fire/The National @ UIC, Black Lips @ Logan Square Auditorium, TV on the Radio @ Metro (SOLD OUT)
  • 04/23: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons @ Subterranean, Junip @ SPACE
  • 04/24: Arcade Fire/The National @ UIC (SOLD OUT), Pinback @ Bottom Lounge
  • 04/25: Arcade Fire/The National @ UIC (SOLD OUT)
  • 04/26: Foals/Freelance Whales @ Metro
  • 04/27: Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Lincoln Hall
  • 04/28: Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Lincoln Hall
  • 04/30: Coheed & Cambria @ House of Blues

Bang Bang Slang‘s Top 3 Concert Picks – APRIL:

1.) COACHELLA April 15-17

LISTEN: The Strokes – “Two Kinds of Happiness

2.) Arcade Fire/The National @ UIC Pavillion, April 22nd

LISTEN: Arcade Fire – “Modern Man

3.) Ezra Furman & The Harpoons @ Subterranean, April 23rd

LISTEN: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – “I Wanna Be Ignored

HONORABLE MENTION!!!

(if only we could attend. maybe after the Arcade Fire show. fingers crossed)

4.) Black Lips @ Logan Square Auditorium, April 22nd

LISTEN: Black Lips – “Navajo

 

Camera still broken. Concert archives are about to get LIVE next week. Stay tuned…

Which shows are you looking forward to this April? Let us know and come meet us as always for a free beer – on BBS‘s tab!

*Remember – you can buy tickets to all upcoming Chicago shows on our concert calendar by clicking on the respective pictures on the sidebar of the site. Word.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: OFWGKTA’s FRANK OCEAN

Posted in Artist Spotlight, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2011 by bangbangslang

Since the passing of R&B Doggfather, Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale, BBS has been feeling very soulful. Last week found us at Lincoln Hall for Destroyer and War on Drugs – our second favorite show of 2011 – and while the concert held promise as a sign of amazing indie rock crashing down the pipeline in Chicago, we couldn’t keep these funky feelings at bay. Couldn’t shake ’em and didn’t want to. We embraced them. We’re like – ‘Fuck this scene right now. We just want to grind on some R. Kelly and sip bubbly”. Chris Brown‘s “Deuces” remix has been on blast (don’t hate – Drake, T.I., Kanye, Fabolous, Rick Ross, & Andre 300?!), loving this mixtape by Toronto’s The Weeknd (free download below), and have concluded that the constant in this R&B equation has been OFWGKTA‘s smooth singer/songwriter – Frank Ocean. He’s the catalyst.

The Weeknd – House of Balloons

DOWNLOAD: HERE

Frank Ocean‘s debut, “nostalgia, ULTRA”, is just plain sick – the most impressive R&B album (that’s not really R&B) to hit our ears in years . The 23 year-old New Orleans native often leans on left-field rock samples to aid the tone of the album, but balances the mood with the elements you’d expect to find on a Pharrell project or on BET After Hours – the end product is very soulful and  fresh to death. For example, Ultra‘s first full-length song jocks Coldplay‘s beat for “Strawberry Swing“, copping the same song title even, but the song doesn’t evoke Chris Martin‘s goofball, rainbow Sgt. Pepper costume, but rather a wave of nostalgic imagery in the form of young lovers, spaceships leaving behind a “dying earth”, and a painstaking breakup. By the albums’ end, Ocean references Radiohead, Van Halen, Coachella and samples MGMT and The Eagles (and another track that sounds a little Kanye-heavy via 808’s & Heartbreak). There’s even a Nicole Kidman soundbit that gets some love, a heated argument of one-liners on Kidman‘s end from Eye Wide Shut. Bananas. All the while, these sampled cuts sound fresh – just as fresh as the songs that stand alone from the “borrowed” approach that will no doubt have Ocean‘s fanbase doubled once Odd Future barfs all over the rest of America by summertime.

The album’s shining moment is the bass-heavy, perfectly personified  “Swim Good” – here Frank Ocean finds himself heartbroken, in a black suit, driving his whip into the ocean, swimming away from the heaviness of relationships and life’s bullshit. The song ends with a sound clip of waves crashing and bubbling onto shores of a beach somewhere seemingly far away, seagulls chirping, wind blowing. Ocean‘s strongest quality as a songwriter is his ability to create really tangible and visceral imagery and this is showcased from start to finish on Ultra. When he’s not painting himself as R&B’s Johnny Cash, full-throttle, headfirst into the Pacific, he’s having “cocaine for breakfast (yikes!)” in a dirty kitchen and shooting porn in a nearby bedroom or banging a girl in the bed of a garden, “making love underneath the cherry leaves, up against the cherry tree”. The imagery can be super gritty, but it’s very candid and Frank Ocean isn’t afraid to be human. One of the best genre-crossing bold voices in music right now.

Odd Future, Tyler the Creator, blah blah blah blah – Frank Ocean is swimming to success and swimmin’ good.

 

Frank Oceannostalgia, ULTRA

DOWNLOAD: HERE

 

BBS will be catching Odd Future‘s set at COACHELLA next Friday. Will you be there?

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: HERE

FRANK OCEAN OFFICIAL TWITTER: HERE