Posts Tagged ‘tour’
*Vice Cooler, aka Hawnay Troof, Photo By Chris Woo
Seems like there is always new Hawnay Troof to blog about. Daggers at the Moon, his new album is out this month, and huge tour is in the works. The new song, “Body Armageddon” has his trademark energy, with aggressive rapping over what sounds like a mashy, bootleg Bollywood tape. Good stuff! Tour dates after the jump.
Hawnay Troof–Body Armageddon
(via Big Stereo)
It’s another time when an overseas performer comes to much smaller venues in the states: Pam Ann‘s thick Australian schtick has already sold out arenas in Europe and beyond, hopefully this first American tour will bring her more local fans. Using a Mad Men-era aesthetic as a sharp tongued flight attendant, Pam Ann takes stabs at geographical stereotypes, all the while basking in her glory as a gay icon. This space is normally reserved for our own, but I’m making a special case for a sassy import whose wits are sharper than most. This isn’t for the extra-sensitive, but a woman this fierce only comes along once in a while; better take advantage of it now. Pam Ann is at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m., $38-62 at (312) 334-7777 or www.harristheaterchicago.org.
Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison get to play Midwest hostesses to 7 touring queer zinesters. Demos represented among the authors are the jewsies, fat black females, gender neutral pronounzes, bi-racial musicians, and of course my gayz. I’m loving that in the age of dying print publications, the purveyors of tangible, DIY magazines are forced to make their product even MORE special than they already are. It’s a testament to the art form of collectible archives, whether for the bathroom or coffee table, this is sure to be a unique and valuable tour, hopefully the first of more. Dates and venues below, full roster bios after the jump.
Thursday, July 30th – 7pm
Uncle Fun Gallery
1337 W. Belmont
Friday, July 31st – 7pm
Cream City Collectives
732 E. Clark
Saturday, August 1st – 5pm
600 Williamson St.
I was turned on Gay Beast just in time to catch their first hand made vinyl and am so happy I did. Their latest noise-focused LP, Second Wave, just came out on Skin Graft Records, whose alumni include Quintron, AIDS Wolf, Melt-Banana, and U.S. Maple. Tour dates after the jump, their show in Chicago on June 13th should be nice and grimy, seeing as though it’s at Automatic Collective’s space. Read the rest of this entry ?
Music for Men Infomercial
Gossip Tour pt. 1
More at Brace Pain’s Youtube Channel, Music For Men out June 22, just in time for Pride!
Slowly but surely Fischerspooner has been bubbling back up in 2009, getting ready for the release of their new record, Entertainment. A tour has been scheduled, choreography has been made and rehearsals can be seen at the revamped website. I like the slightly interactive new site, you can move the buttons around, poke around for different background videos and download the first single and a remix by D.I.M right off the splash page. The live show is being called “Between Worlds” and combines “elements from the worlds of art, fashion, theatre and music. Front man Casey Spooner leads the pack of performers on stage with him through an orchestrated dialogue between avant-garde technique, classical tradition, and pop frivolity. Costumes, choreography and stagecraft collide to create a surprising new musical performance that is both flamboyant and tough.” Choreography by Vanessa Walters, this behemoth is coming to Chicago on May 30th at Metro.
Even for the most daringly liberal thinker and lover of art, the story arch of Genesis P-Orridge and Throbbing Gristle can be confusing. Beyond that, the music can be really challenging to listen to and if the recent batch of shows is any indication, the sound hasn’t changed much since the 70′s. Check out the difference between the two vids above, one from a show in their early days, and another from the other week in NYC. What has changed most is Genesis P-Orridge–at least on the outside. The impact of such a transformation with the art world watching cannot be underestimated; the pandrogyny and the constant use of a plural pronoun make it a unique, if not a hard, sell. Genesis would not be as important if they weren’t so damn smart and well spoken, though. There is a recent interview over at Rock and Roll Dating that illustrates my point. That, and the fact that Throbbing Gristle never toured the U.S. in when they started, make these recent shows that much more significant. Throbbing Gristle are playing four shows this Saturday and Sunday at the Logan Square Auditorium and Epiphany Church, as of this writing there are still tickets for Sunday.
1. There will be a Le Tigre live DVD coming out.
2. K8 Hardy directed a video for MEN’s “Off Our Backs.” (If you dig a little, you can listen to that song, and you would find that it rules.)
3. MEN will be selling a 3 track CD sampler on tour in Europe.
4. Sia is making JD a hat.
5. She will be providing some vocals for Punks Jump Up and trading remixes with Discotech.
6. JD likes to write in all caps: GOING ON TOUR AGAIN IS RAD. I WANT TO EAT A LOT OF SPAGHETTI AND DANCE A LOT AND SWEAT EVEN MORE AND HAVE PEOPLE BLEED A LITTLE BIT IN THE AUDIENCE FROM BUMPING HEADS. BUT THEN APOLOGIZING AND HUGGING. MISS YOU CAN’T WAIT.
UPDATE: For a quick minute, JD had a band called Hirsute. TPR has been eagerly awaiting something official, but as I just noticed on MEN’s myspace, Hirsute has been absorbed into MEN: The group began in 2007 as the DJ/production/remix team of LE TIGRE members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. When the duo began to write new songs, it made sense to merge their efforts with JD’s other new project HIRSUTE. JD and Hirsute members Michael O’Neill (Princess, Ladybug Transistor) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR, The Ballet) now comprise the core of MEN, with Johanna and artist Emily Roysdon contributing as writers, consultants, and producers.
It’s not like I wouldn’t exist without Pansy Division, but almost. There were queer icons before them, all of them punk in my book, but the band had a hand in getting us alternative kids out of the closet, whether we know it or not. At this point, their relevance is more about their story, thankfully there is a doc and band leader Jon Ginoli has written a bo0k about it. A tour with readings is a can’t miss, and the extensive dates leave you no excuse. The new record is called “That’s So Gay,” probably a reference to how you shouldn’t say that, and they have a lot of mp3′s posted at their site. Tour dates run through the end of May, Chicago gets two: April 7th at Homolatte (Good work Scott!) and April 8th at Quimby’s. Check out PD’s cover of “You Make Me Hot” by The Donnas below.