Continuing in the same thick, mystical, stoned Direction, the Electric Wizard hasn’t let us down on this new slab of wax. Hear the digital transcription free of charge above by clicking the link above!
REACT PRESENTS bringing Gorgon City to Chicago @ Double Door, October 11th!
Be sure to not miss out on your chance to see another great show brought to you by React Presents: Gorgon City on October 11th at Double Door! These guys are responsible for some of my personal favorite music at the moment and Chicago is certainly in for a treat with this show. If you’re digging the fresher UK garage tunes that are coming out (Disclosure, Katy B, AlunaGeorge, etc) as opposed to the cheesier ‘EDM’ side of popular electronic music, you shouldn’t skip out on seeing Gorgon City. My current obsession is "Unmissable," but I’m beyond excited to hear the whole album on October 6th. You can pre-order Sirens now in a variety of formats (digital | digital deluxe | vinyl) and you should, this record is poised to be one of the best of the year. Judging from the songs we’ve heard already (listen to "Here For You" and "Ready For Your Love" if you haven’t yet), this is going to be quite the legendary record. So buy tickets to see them at Double Door right here before they’re gone - see you there!
Los Angeles-based actor and independent filmmaker Donavon Thomas is very passionate about his latest film, the gritty drama Wheels. He plays Mickey, a suicidal paraplegic grief-stricken after losing his ability to walk. He befriends Drake (Patrick Hume), a fellow paraplegic, and the two bond over drugs and hookers. Mickey feels like he can walk again while on heroin and has now found a reason to live. As his addiction spirals out of control, he and Drake must resort to desperate measures in order to survive on the streets.
Wheels premiered at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival and opened in limited release in theaters September 19th. Shortly before its limited release, I was able to ask Thomas, who transformed his body to take on the role, a few questions about the film. My findings affirmed the existence of driven, young filmmakers who care about telling personal stories. This kind of ardor for making independent films is what will save American cinema. Read on, reader…
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.