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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


(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.



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


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



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



BANG ON THIS! Surfer Blood “I’m Not Ready” (Halfway House Sessions) + Lincoln Hall Shows TOMORROW!

Posted in Bang on This! (Song of the Day) with tags , , , on October 13, 2010 by bangbangslang

First off – Congratulations to Tim who won last week’s Alejandro Escovedo ticket giveaway!

Bang Bang Slang‘s “Bang on THIS!” song-of-the-day comes from West Palm Beach 2010 indie breakout group Surfer Blood – a familiar band featured on BBS – and their Halfway House performance of a newer, non-Astro Coast song, “I’m Not Ready”. With tomorrow’s double-header performances at Lincoln Hall this will be the 4th time that Surfer Blood has cruised into Chicago this year. Might be more. The last time that BBS caught up with the Surfer Blood dudes was at Pitchfork Fest, where they jammed through a breezy afternoon set to a sweaty group of hundreds, crammed in the corner of the festival grounds. While it still might be a bit crammed at their 7:00 PM NEARLY SOLD OUT LH show tomorrow, tickets to the 10:00 show are still available… and The Drums are opening, so give me a break. Buy a ticket already.

LISTEN: Surfer Blood – “Anchorage

LISTEN: The Drums – ” Let’s Go Surfing “

If “I’m Not Ready” is a sign of what’s to come with the follow up to 2010’s Astro Coast, then Surfer Blood should have no problem riding out the wave of success they’ve been hanging on over the past year or so. “Ready” captures a similar tone and song structure utilized on Astro Coast – it could’ve very well been slipped onto the tracklist unnoticed, a nice accent and contribution to the already near flawless debut. But as with the rest of the Halfway House recordings for the Surfer Blood session, “Ready” carries an air of maturity for the band as a whole that didn’t exist last Fall when they started to blow up. They’re playing their instruments  better than ever before and have made some harmonious changes in their arrangements that have given their songs a bigger, more commanding sound. JP bellows a spot-on Tim Kasher style “Ah-oh-Ah-oh” to end the song – his vocal ability is finally at that level of balance between perfectly imperfect and extremely genuine to favor the sound of his band. We’re loving it.

If BBS had to guess, we’d say that Surfer Blood‘s follow up album follows in the same suit as The Strokes‘ “Room on Fire“. No need to shake up the formula, but a second offering of Astro Coast might just work the best here.


7:00 show – ALMOST SOLD OUT!



As usual, FREE BEER to anyone that wants one and send us an email or comment on the post! See you at Lincoln Hall

To hear the rest of the badass Surfer Blood Halfway House Sessions – CLICK HERE

For Surfer Blood News & Tour Dates – CLICK HERE

FALL CONCERT SCHEDULE: Round #2! (October 2010)

Posted in Tour Information with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by bangbangslang

In the blink of an eye and the chug of a beer, we’re nearing the second week of October and BBS has completely dropped the ball on our monthly “Chicago Concert Calendar” post! After catching a mindblowing performance from indie troubador Will Oldham and his band Bonnie “Prince” Billy at Lincoln Hall and experiencing a dance funk house party – that we wouldn’t have anticipated in a million years – from Eels at Metro last week, October has clearly started on a sizzling hot note. November holds some equally hot promise for Chicagoans from acts like Danzig, Dawes, Mike Gordon, Delorean, and The Frames.

But as always, let’s focus on the now and hit you with the pressing dates that matter most (SEE BELOW – dates in bold indicate that BBS will be in attendance:


  • 10/06: Teenage Fanclub @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/07: Jimmy Eat World @ Riviera, Stars @ The Vic, Dungen @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/09: Riverboat Gamblers @ Subterranean, Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) @ Schubas
  • 10/10: Dan Deacon Ensemble @ Logan Square Auditorium
  • 10/11: Belle & Sebastian @ Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT), AA Bondy @ Schubas, Neon Indian @ Metro, Miike Snow @ Riviera
  • 10/12: Temper Trap @ Metro, Alejandro Escovedo @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/13: Guided By Voices @ The Vic (SOLD OUT), Walkmen w/ Miniature Tigers @ Metro
  • 10/14: Bell X1 (acoustic) @ Schubas (SOLD OUT), Surfer Blood w/ The Drums (2 shows) @ Lincoln Hall, The New Pornographers w/ Tokyo Police Club @ The Vic
  • 10/15: Sufjan Stevens @ Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT), Devotchka @ Lincoln Hall, Safari @ Horseshoe, Felice Brothers @ Empty Bottle
  • 10/16: Gorillaz @ UIC Pavillion, Devotchka @ Lincoln Hall, Jason Isbel & The 400 Unit w/ Langhorne Slim @ DoubleDoor, Raekwon @ Logan Square Auditorium
  • 10/18: The Bloody Beetroots @ Lincoln Hall, Joan of Arc @ Empty Bottle
  • 10/19: Band of Horses @ The Vic (SOLD OUT)
  • 10/20: Avi Buffalo @ Schubas, Social Distortion w/ Lucero @ Riviera
  • 10/21: Dr. Dog @ The Vic
  • 10/22: Blonde Redhead @ The Vic, Deerhunter w/ Real Estate @ Metro
  • 10/23: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses (2 Shows) @ Subterranean (SOLD OUT)
  • 10/25: LCD Soundsystem w/ Hot Chip @ Aragon Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
  • 10/26: LCD Soundsystem w/ Hot Chip @ Riviera
  • 10/27: Two Door Cinema Club @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/28: Planes Mistaken for Stars @ Subterranean, Black Mountain @ Metro, The Vaselines w/ Dum Dum Girls @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/29: Bear in Heaven @ Lincoln Hall, Jaill @ Mayne Stage, Born Ruffians @ Empty Bottle
  • 10/30: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Riviera, Dandy Warhols @ The Vic, Soft Pack w/ Kurt Vile @ Empty Bottle, Deer Tick @ Bottom Lounge, Morning Benders @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/31: Mumford & Sons @ The Vic (SOLD OUT) (Happy Halloween!)

BANG BANG SLANG’s Top 3 Concert Picks – OCTOBER:

1.) LCD SOUNDSYSTEM w/ HOT CHIP @ Aragon Ballroom, October 25

LISTEN: LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”

2.) RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES @ Subterranean, October 23

LISTEN: Ryan Bingham – “Dylan’s Hard Rain”

3.) CARL BROEMEL (of My Morning Jacket) @ Schubas, October 9

LISTEN: Carl Broemel – “Heaven Knows”

Our next round of shows will resume tomorrow with Jimmy Eat World‘s stop at Riviera. We’ve been fans of these Tuscon indie/pop innovators for well over a decade now, having last seen them on their Bleed American tour, appropriately on September 10, 2001 – right before they pulled that album title from their modus operandi. So it’s been practically 10 years since we’ve checked em out and seeing them live again should be as comforting as a big bowl of mac ‘n cheese. All in all – Chicago venues have stepped their game up for October and there’s too much for us to even digest at this point… it’s overwhelming. Good work booking/talent/promo managers!

Again, congratulations to Jonathan who will be at Lincoln Hall‘s Teenage Fanclub show tonight! Alejandro Escovedo ticket giveaway winners will be announced at 12:00 PM on Friday 10/08… Keep the entries coming – we’ve got a ton so far.

Anyone going to Jimmy Eat World on Thursday or any other shows highlighted in bold? Let us know and BBS will buy you a beer – as usual – on us… FOR FREE!


Alejandro Escovedo TICKET GIVEAWAY! Lincoln Hall 10/12 – Chicago, IL

Posted in Contests with tags , , on October 5, 2010 by bangbangslang

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys stop by Lincoln Hall next Tuesday!

He’s come a long way since his time in the ’70’s  with punk rock pioneers The Nuns. A long way. Alejandro Escovedo is the quintessential “somehow still flying under the radar” prodigal musician – a talent that has tasted a wide spectrum of genres, mastered them, collaborated with many of the greats, and established a healthy discography as a solo artist over the last two decades. Plus, he was a central collaborator with BBS’ favorite singer/songwriter, Ryan Adams, during Whiskeytown‘s “Stranger’s Almanac” sessions. (I would cut off my pinky to see some of those Bloodshot Records shows from the late 90’s…ugh) A man who No Depression hailed as their “Artist of the Decade” is coming to our beloved Lincoln Hall next Tuesday 10/12.

and Bang Bang Slang has a pair of tickets to give away to the show!

Another artist that helps lessen BBS‘ longing for the South and bring back our fondness for Alt-Country to the Midwest, Escovedo‘s Chicago tour date is his first in a while and should be whiskey soaked glory.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Ashley for taking away last week’s pair of tickets to Teenage Fanclub‘s 2 night stand at Lincoln Hall beginning tonight! Have fun!!!

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN – send an email to or get at @bangbangslang on Twitter! (Please include your full name)



…good luck!



Posted in Contests, Tour Information with tags , , on September 29, 2010 by bangbangslang

Bang Bang Slang and Lincoln Hall are giving away 2 sets of tickets for Teenage Fanclub‘s Tuesday & Wednesday night stand at LH on October 5th & 6th! The Glasgow 4-piece is touring in support of their ninth studio album, “Shadows” and with two decades worth of material, these performances will be made from the stuff of Scottish alt-rock legends and should not be missed by Chicago music fans.

Check out Teenage Fanclub‘s catchy-as-all-hell performance of “Baby Lee” from last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN – send an email to or get at @bangbangslang on Twitter! (Please include your full name and preference for which night you’d like to attend)


…good luck!



Another Sunday Trip to the Record Store… (And BBS Updates)

Posted in Music & Pop Culture News, Tour Information with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by bangbangslang

Sunday's Trip to Dave's Records & Reckless

It had been weeks since BBS had an opportunity to throw our hard earned cash down the drain in support of our unhealthiest obsession. The recent reissue of Ween‘s “God Ween Satan” had us running to Dave’s Records over the weekend- sure, the repressings of “The Mollusk“, “12 Country Golden Greats“, and “White Pepper” this summer were a treat to the avid record collector, but “God Ween Satan” is one of the holy grails for record collectors who love Ween. It’s where the fraternal freak show all began and it’s a primal piece of raw musicianship that continues to impress me as I get more gray hair.

Other purchases were more or less a build up of LP’s that had been floating out there on our ‘must grab list’ for months and another was influenced by our stop at Park West to see The Tallest Man on Earth:

  1. The Love Language – Libraries (MERGE)
  2. Fanfarlo – Reservoir (Canvasback/Atlantic)
  3. S. Carey – All We Grow (Jagjaguwar)

LISTEN: Ween – “Fat Lenny”

LISTEN: The Love Language – “Heart to Tell”

LISTEN: Fanfarlo – “The Walls Are Coming Down”

LISTEN: S. Carey – “In the Dirt”


(Week of 09/27-10/03)

09/27: Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames @ Lincoln Hall

09/28: Tim Kasher (of Cursive/Good Life) @ Reckless Records  (In-Store)

09/29: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Bottom Lounge

09/30: Klaxons @ Lincoln Hall

10/01: Eels @ Metro

10/02: Louis CK @ The Chicago Theatre

A hell of a busy week for BBS so keep checking back for updates! Plus posts from last week’s The Tallest Man on Earth/S. Carey show, secret Deerhunter concert coverage, a FULL post from our fishing trip with Dean Ween (finally!), a ticket giveaway from Lincoln Hall, and a “From The Archives” post or two.

What’s on YOUR plate for the week? Let us know!