North Coast Music Festival announces lineup: electro, hip-hop, and Jakob Dylan fans rejoice!

North Coast Music Festival announces lineup: electro, hip-hop, and Jakob Dylan fans rejoice!

As if Chicago music fans didn’t already have a dozen festivals cluttering up their busy summer plans of hating on the Cubs, eating hot dogs, complaining about Mayor Daley, lazily watching World Cup soccer, and thinking of plans to break into Lollapalooza, the North Coast Music Festival has been announced, with lineup, and is scheduled as “Summer’s Last Stand” during the weekend of September 3 - 5.

The festival, in its inaugural year, already has an impressive lineup with plenty of acts still yet to be added. So far, the list includes Chemical Brothers, Nas & Damian Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, Moby (DJ Set), Pretty Lights, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Cold War Kids, De La Soul, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Jay Electronica, Boys Noize, Flying Lotus, Benga, Jakob Dylan & Three Legs, Laidback Luke, Future Rock, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Green Velvet, Phantogram, Van Ghost, Two Fresh, Paul Kalkbrenner, Orchard Lounge, The Uglysuit, and Loyal Divide.

The festival will be held in Union Park and tickets cost $35 dollars per day! Plus, in a move sure to infuriate Mayor Daley and his “let’s suck the schools dry” program, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Urban Initiatives, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that runs a health, education, and soccer program in 14 Chicago area public schools. And trust me, if Chicago public schools need anything, it’s money, because Mayor Daley is a real jerk and he hates kids.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch the Cubs fail, again, and eat hot dogs all day while complaining about Mayor Daley and trying to find time to go a buttload of music festivals.

• North Coast Music Festival:

The Books tour North America (no room for Ulysses and Moby Dick in the van, though)

Literacy advocates, lock-up your Book-mobiles. Glitchy-yet-pastoral sample-masters The Books are getting ready to publish their new album, The Way Out, July 20 on their ironically “new” home: Temporary Residence. But if, like me, you’re disappointed with the lack of cleverly anti-clever punnery in the title of this new one, perhaps you can take some comfort in the giant-ass super tour upon which the duo is embarking this fall. Another thing you can do is throw some puns of your own out there. Go ahead and try a few out on your co-workers and neighbors. See if they stick.

For example, before the “ink dries” (hehehehehe!) on the fall tour, they’ve also got three additional summer appearances on the “books” (hahahahahahaha!): the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts, ATP New York, and a free outdoor show at Chicago’s Millennium Park “next week” (hohohohoho!… oh wait, that last one’s not funny at all. Hmm. On second thought, maybe we should all just leave the puns to The Books.)

Table of contents (phhfffffffft! hahahahaha… uh, sorry):

06.21.10 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavillion (Millennium Park)
08.13.10 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival
09.04.10 - Monticello, NY - ATP Festival
09.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
09.30.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.01.10 - Durham, NC - Shaefer Theater
10.03.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.04.10 - Knoxville, TN - Square Room
10.05.10 - Charlotesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
10.21.10 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
10.22.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
10.23.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Mile End
10.24.10 - Ottawa, Ontario - Capital Music Hall
10.25.10 - Toronto, Ontario - The Mod Club
10.26.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
10.27.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club
10.29.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Culture Center
11.13.10 - New York, NY - Zankel at Carnegie Hall
11.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at The Henry Fonda Theatre
11.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
12.03.10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
12.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
12.05.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre

• The Books:
• Temporary Residence:

Boris tour US this summer, collaborate with Ian Astbury on new mini-LP, still manage to find time to perm hair

So Boris are planning an extensive tour of the U.S. this summer. Pretty massive, right? Gonna be brutal, huh? Yeah, I know all of you ironically hooded anti-hip stoner types are squirming on your hand-me-down sofas at the thought of this. Just like you did during the last five or six times Boris rounded the U.S. You’re forming in your brain a logical expression of your feelings toward this right now: “shit brah, it’s rad that Russian Circles and Red Sparowes are gonna be opening up, that’s almost twice the amount of brutalness.” Yes my little stoner friend, you are correct. It’s a whole lot of rock. I’ve got to hand it to you, though. Unlike the current-yet-somewhat-waning proto-hipster following that Boris has accumulated in the past couple of years, you, you have most likely been with them since the beginning. I’m talking Amplifier Worship days. Odds are, you’re probably a little upset at the sonic crossroad Boris has taken as of late, and deep down you’re slightly frustrated with all the newfound hype. If so, I’m elated to tell you that the culmination and highlight of this tour will be Boris performing the 2006 sunn 0))) collaboration Altar (TMT Review) in its entirety at this September’s Jim Jarmusch-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Monticello, NY. Yep, I just heard your spirits lift.

If that wasn’t enough of a Boris fix to keep the shakes away, there are also now reports coming in (holding hand to earpiece) that Ian Astbury, who you might recognize from his tenures with such notable bands as The Cult and The Doors, will be releasing a collaborative “mini-LP” with the constantly morphing Japanese heavy rockers. The album, simply to be titled BXI, was mixed and recorded in Boris’ home city of Tokyo this past April and is expected to see the light (or darkness?) this September via who else but curator of all things evil and excellent, Southern Lord. Somebody stop these guys, seriously.

If you wanna scope out some additional info into why and how this pretty rad collab came about, there’s an interview with drummer Atsuo over at P4K that’ll provide all that.

Like I said, massive:

07.24.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
07.25.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
07.27.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft @ Palladium Ballroom *
07.28.10 - Austin, TX -The Mohawk *
07.30.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
07.31.10 - Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room *
08.01.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
08.02.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
08.03.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
08.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom *
08.07.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East *
08.08.10 - Montreal, QC - Le Tulipe *
08.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place *
08.10.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
08.11.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
08.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
08.14.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
08.15.10 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre *
08.16.10 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater %
08.17.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA %
08.19.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik %
08.20.10 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite %
08.22.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater %
08.23.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos %
08.24.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre %
08.26.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall %
08.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey %
08.28.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House %
09.05.10 - Monticello, NY - Kutsher’s Country Club (ATP) - performing Altar w/ sunn 0)))

* Russian Circles
% Red Sparowes

• Boris:
• Southern Lord:

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Another day, another festival lineup: Portland’s MusicfestNW features The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River

It seems like every day a new lineup is announced for a forthcoming festival. This week it’s Portland’s turn, with MusicfestNW revealing its 2010 lineup for its 10th year. Taking place from September 9-12, MusicfestNW is mixing things up a bit this year by adding two outdoor performances at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, in addition to their regular 17-club, four-night, 160-band indoor performances. The two lucky bands that get to play in the sun are The Decemberists and The National, on September 11 and 12, respectively. Apparently you have to be a “The” band to get that privilege. Wristbands for the festival go on sale June 5 for either $90 (which includes admission to both outdoor shows and the entire four-day festival) or $65 (only includes admission to one outdoor show and the remainder of the festival). Individual tickets can also be purchased for any of the shows.

The lineup so far:

The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River, Major Lazer, Sleep performing Holy Mountain, Menomena, The Thermals, Wiz Khalifa, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Helio Sequence, Justin Townes Earle, Baroness, David Bazan, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Gories, No Means No, Man Man, Laura Veirs, Bobby Bare Jr., Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Akron/Family, Crooked Fingers, Shonen Knife, Japandroids, People Under the Stairs, Cold Cave, Frank Turner, The Builders and the Butchers, Phantogram, Washed Out, Black Prairie, Thee Oh Sees, Abe Vigoda, Big Freedia, MEN, Laser Sword, From Ashes Rise, Devin Phillips, Suckers, Trash Talk, Scott Kelly, Rocky Votolato, Blue Giant, The Minus 5, Dan Mangan, Jeff the Brotherhood, Marc Olson, Red Fang, The Zeros, Let’s Wrestle, Pierced Arrows, The Bellrays, Weinland, Portland Cello Project, The Magic Kids, DJ Beyonda, Richmond Fontaine, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Tu Fawning, Death by Stereo, Princeton, Kisses, White Hinterland, BOAT, Damion Suomi, Typhoon, Y La Bamba

• MusicfestNW:

Tobacco tours, fans find solace in the fact that Beck will not be joining

Tobacco is going on tour. Shit-yeah, super thumbs up. It’s probably in support of the new album, called Maniac Meat (head to the Chocolate Grinder to hear a track from that). Bring your moms and stepdads. Shower first.

He’s playing at these places on these dates:

09.09.10 - Washingon, DC - DC9
09.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.11.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.16.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
09.17.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
09.18.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East
09.23.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s
09.24.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
09.25.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
09.29.10 - Greensboro, NC - Artisika on UNCG Campus
09.30.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10.01.10 - Knoxville, TN - Square Room
10.02.10 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street

• Tobacco:
• Anticon:

Women announce second LP Public Strain, while the watchful eye of Chad VanGaalen looks on approvingly

Back in the glory days of 2008, some scrappy Calgary boys going by the name of Women put out a much-loved self-titled debut. So loved, in fact, that it ended up at a respectable #17 on TMT’s 2008 year-end list. But that’s all in the past, because it is 2010 and Women are releasing a second LP by the name of Public Strain on September 28. Like last year’s re-released version of Women’s self-titled debut, Public Strain will be coming out via the fine folks at Jagjaguwar. And like every version of Women’s debut, the new record was produced by ex-busker genius Chad VanGaalen. When you’ve got the watchful eye of VanGaalen looking over you, you know things are going to be good. By good, I mean, noisy and fuzzy and warmly hooky and, yeah, probably also good.

Public Strain tracklist:

01. Can’t You See
02. Heat Distraction
03. Narrow With the Hall
04. Penal Colony
05. Bells
06. China Steps
07. Untogether
08. Drag Open
09. Locust Valley
10. Venice Lockjaw
11. Eyesore

• Women:
• Jagjaguwar: