UR INVITED | After Dark: Magritte at The Modern Wing Friday September 26th, 2014
Explore the museum late night with After Dark in the Modern Wing. Enjoy and take guided tours of ‘Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938’ and then rock out to performances by DJs Lady D, Miranda Wright, and residents CENOB1TE plus and acclaimed theatrical group Collaboraction. Enjoy complimentary appetizers with a cash bar. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
It always pleases me when artists I love achieve recognition on a global scale…it’s the reason I’m a music journalist, to help that happen. I’ve been a huge London Grammar fan for some time now and their album, If You Wait, is one of my favorite releases from the last year. The use of the opening track from that album, “Hey Now,” is put to use immaculately in the new Dior campaign for J’Adore Dior, starring Charlize Theron. You can watch the spot above and for god’s sake, check out the album via this link on iTunes…you won’t regret it. I wish I could tell you about a tour date in Chicago, but sadly there isn’t one. If you want to drive to Indianapolis to see them (and take me with!), they’ll be performing at Deluxe at Old National Centre - tickets available here. -NMJ
FREAKY DEAKY: NERVO, KILL THE NOISE, & PEGBOARD NERDS @ Aragon on November 1st!
Chicago, are you prepared to get freaky?? The lovely folks at React Presents are bringing Nervo, Kill The Noise, and Pegboard Nerds to the Aragon Ballroom on November 1st! I’m personally a huge fan of this entire lineup but especially Kill the Noise and Pegboard Nerds.
Kill the Noise, meanwhile, is way up there on my personal list of favorite bass mechanics. He has a sound all his own and after seeing him at the first Spring Awakening Festival a few years ago, I can personally attest to how tight his live sets are. He’s on a level of his own and although he’s been quiet as far as releasing any new tunes, it doesn’t make it any less mind blowing to hear his stuff through a huge soundsystem.
NERVO, of course, are among the elite of what we know as “EDM” - these ladies are at the top of their game. They churn out hit after hit after hit and are showing no signs of slowing down. They’ve slayed crowds at all the major festivals and are now descending upon Chicago to make us all dance our asses off. Check out their latest massive hit ripped from their Tomorrowland 2014 set, "Rise Early Morning."
You won’t find a leak anywhere, but if you act swiftly, you can enter for a chance to win tickets to a listening party, one of which happens right here in Chicago! To enter, Click These Words, which will whisk you away to the Warp website, a label that you should research thoroughly if you are not already familiar. Syro drops on 9.19.2014. Good luck!
It’s been 10 painful years since ‘You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine’ first graced your earholes and created a musical gap that no one else could fill. Finally, DFA1979 has prepared another hit to sate your head, and a whole bushel is just around the corner! See: 'The Physical World'
Monday Motivation || Have a Wallpaper, you Awesome Human!
That’s a right-click and save. It may not fit your monitor (unless you turn it on its side), but it’s better than that hokey “80% of success is just showing up” ‘I’m OK you’re OK and Woody Allen is OK too’ bullshit. This is get-off your ass material for a Monday, not a massage.
Don’t miss THE CURE @ Riot Fest 2014 in Humboldt Park!
Get your happy-goth on and go see my personal favorite band, The Cure, at Riot Fest! The fest is stretching across the September 12-14 weekend and will call Humboldt Park home once again. This is one of the most entertaining, welcoming, and diverse festivals I’ve ever attended and it only gets better and better with every year. With The Cure headlining, you’re already guaranteed your money’s worth. BottleRock Festival in Napa Valley had to pull the plug on The Cure’s set this summer for overstaying their welcome a bit. Having seen them twice, I can say in full confidence that if you’re a fan of The Cure, you’ll leave happy no matter what era of the legendary band you prefer.
UR INVITED: After Dark at The Modern Wing Friday August 22nd, 2014
Explore the museum late night with After Dark in the Modern Wing. Enjoy and take guided tours of ‘Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938’ and then rock out to live performances by band Kinky Love and acclaimed theatrical group Collaboraction. Enjoy complimentary appetizers with a cash bar. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.