WBEZ | Live Music Thursday http://www.wbez.org/tags/live-music-thursday Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Patrick Watson and his band take us to the emotional and physical landscapes in their world http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/patrick-watson-and-his-band-take-us-emotional-and-physical-landscapes-their-world <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/patrick watson_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/43469938?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe><br /><strong>Patrick Watson performs &quot;Into Giants&quot; <em>Adventures in Your Own Backyard</em> (Domino)</strong></p><p>You might find yourself lost in a haze of gloriously crafted music as you make your way through the beautiful sounds that are <em>Adventures in Your Own Backyard</em>, the latest album from the Montreal, Canada band, <a href="http://www.adventuresinyourownbackyard.com/">Patrick Watson</a>.</p><p>Singer, and band namesake Patrick Watson bellows and whispers hauntingly against the sometimes fierce, sometimes fragile musical arrangements the band brings to the record.</p><p>The group&rsquo;s past releases have been praised for &ndash; among many things &ndash; lavish orchestrations.&nbsp; Watson has said in interviews that the group takes a simpler approach on this latest release, though &ldquo;simpler&rdquo; is quite relative to the rest of the band&rsquo;s catalog.</p><p>They join Friday&#39;s <em> Afternoon Shift</em><span id="cke_bm_464E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span> to perform songs from <em>Adventures in Your Own Backyard</em>, and to talk about the places and people close <span id="cke_bm_465E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>to home that inform the new release.</p><p>Patrick Watson performs tonight at <a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a> in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/patrick-watson-and-his-band-take-us-emotional-and-physical-landscapes-their-world Screaming Females perform at WBEZ studios for 'Sound Opinions' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/screaming-females-perform-wbez-studios-sound-opinions-99733 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/screamales.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/43211934?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe><br /><strong>Screaming Females perform &quot;It All Means Nothing&quot; from <em>Ugly</em> (Don Giovanni)</strong></p><p>The New Jersey punk band Screaming Females would be a lot like many other bands that came before them if it weren&#39;t for guitarist and singer Marissa Paternoster. Despite her small frame, her vocal and guitar styles are big and bombastic- filled with shredding solos and forceful phrasings. The band stopped by WBEZ&#39;s studios to perform on <em>Sound Opinions </em>while promoting their new album <em>Ugly.</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/43211937?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe><br /><strong>Screaming Females perform &quot;I Don&#39;t Mind It&quot; from <em>Castle Talk</em> (Don Giovanni)</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/43211935?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe><br /><strong>Screaming Females perform &quot;High&quot; from <em>Ugly</em> (Don Giovanni)</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/43211936?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe><br /><strong>Screaming Females perform &quot;A New Kid&quot; from <em>Castle Talk</em> (Don Giovanni)</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/43260117?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe><br /><strong>Screaming Females perform &quot;Rotten Apple&quot; from <em>Ugly</em> (Don Giovanni)</strong></p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/screaming-females-perform-wbez-studios-sound-opinions-99733 Mountain Man perform 'How'm I Doin' in our studios http://www.wbez.org/content/mountain-man-perform-howm-i-doin-our-studios <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-23/MountainMan011-600x400.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25518978?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.partisanrecords.com/artists/mountain-man">Mountain Man</a> is a music group made up of three women. Despite the inherrent contradiction in their name, it's sense of wildness mixed with tradition suits their music well.</p><p>The group met at Vermont's Bennington College, a campus known for its focus on environmental issues and sustainability. That's appropriate because their music is nothing if not organic.</p><p>Their traditional folk tunes are lush and fully realized with three part harmonies and minimal instrumentation. Unlike many roots musicians, there is a wild undercurrent in Mountain Man's music. Their harmonies are just a little closer, melodies a bit more daring and song structures more free than others steeped in American traditional music. That free sensibility carries through to their personal style and touring philosophy as well.</p><p>We met the group when they were on tour opening for Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi in the fall of 2010. It was a major change for the group- they went from playing mostly house shows to <a href="http://spinningplatters.com/2010/10/20/show-review-jonsi-with-mountain-man-at-the-fox-oakland-10192010/">theaters seating 1500</a> overnight. They didn't let the new exposure change them. Mountain Man were all <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-10-29/entertainment/ct-ott-1029-mountain-man-20101029_1_mountain-man-porches-rock-show">touring in one Prius</a> and staying with friends.</p><p>They performed the song "How'm I Doin" from their album <a href="http://www.partisanrecords.com/artists/mountain-man/catalog/made-the-harbor"><em>Made The Harbor</em></a> (Partisan) in our studios for an episode of the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hit-it-or-quit-it-podcast/id385754047">Hit It Or Quit It podcast</a>.</p><p>In February Mountain Man toured opening for The Decemberists and will be back in Chicago on July 12 for a show at Schubas.</p><p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-live-music-thursday/id385754389">This video is part of the Live Music Thursday podcast- click here to subscribe</a>.</p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/mountain-man-perform-howm-i-doin-our-studios Arcade Fire premiere new arrangements of 'Sprawl II' and 'We Used To Wait' on Sound Opinions http://www.wbez.org/content/arcade-fire-premiere-new-arrangements-sprawl-ii-and-we-used-wait-sound-opinions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/ArcadeFireWBEZCover.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25156313?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" width="601"></iframe><br /><em>Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)</em></p><p>It&#39;s difficult to describe the cultural space Arcade Fire currently occupies. On the one hand, they recently won the Album of the Year Grammy, by definition moving them into the upper echelon of working musicians. On the other hand, when Barbra Streisand announced the award, she read &quot;The Suburbs&quot; as if it were the band&#39;s name, not their album title.</p><p>Babs wasn&#39;t alone. Enraged post-Grammys social media missives were collected at <a href="http://WhoIsArcadeFire.tumblr.com">WhoIsArcadeFire.tumblr.com</a>, including confused tweets from Rosie O&#39;Donnell and Dog the Bounty Hunter.</p><p>And when band members sang &quot;Take Me Out To The Ballgame&quot; at Chicago&#39;s Wrigley Field a few weeks later, the &quot;Who are these guys?&quot; meme was repeated on <a href="http://deadspin.com/5795932/arcade-fire-performs-at-cubs-game-fans-politely-pretend-to-know-who-they-are">sports blogs all over again</a>. The incensed sportswriters could have been clued in by the 27,000 fans who saw the band perform that weekend in Chicago (or <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUV4YKbiVxQ">the NFL ads</a> that use their song &quot;Wake Up).</p><p>Perhaps mainstream music fans feel baffled because Arcade Fire refuses to conduct their career along traditional lines. For one thing, they&#39;re still signed to an independent label, Merge Records. For another, they don&#39;t do very many media appearances. That&#39;s one of the reasons we were excited they argeed to record a session for WBEZ&#39;s<em> Sound Opinions</em> during their tour stop in Chicago.</p><p>The session was a special one for us, as it&#39;s rare that we have 8 band members performing at once. Oh, and we also don&#39;t have Grammy-winners stopping by on their victory laps very often (who does?).</p><p>Instead of resting on their well-deserved laurels, the band worked out some new musical ideas in the studio, so these performances are completely unique.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25189599?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" width="601"></iframe><br /><em>We Used To Wait</em></p><p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-live-music-thursday/id385754389">This post is part of our Live Music Thursday podcast- click here to subscribe</a>.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/arcade-fire-premiere-new-arrangements-sprawl-ii-and-we-used-wait-sound-opinions David Bazan performs "Hard To Be" on a pirate ship http://www.wbez.org/story/david-bazan-performs-hard-be-pirate-ship-87643 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/bazan_pirate.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last year we tried a little experiment with our friends at the Tall Ship Windy here on Navy Pier. During the attraction&#39;s lunch break we invited musicians to climb aboard the pirate ship to play a few songs. We called it <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/70938">Pirate Radio</a>.</p><p>The best session we recorded was with David Bazan, the Seattle singer-songwriter who recorded as Pedro the Lion from 1995-2005. He was touring in support of his first record under his given name, <em>Curse Your Branches</em>. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/music/performances/david-bazan-performs-please-baby-please-pirate-ship">We posted the first song from that session (&quot;Please, Baby, Please&quot;) a few months ago</a>. Now Bazan has released another stellar album called <em>Strange Negotiations</em> (Barsuk) and performed songs from it last night at Lincoln Hall. Where <em>Curse Your Branches</em> was a country-tinged collection of break-up notes to God, <em>Strange Negotiations</em> has a 70&#39;s rock influence and is lyrically concerned with caring for people you disagree with.</p><p>Taken together, the two albums make a strong case for Bazan being one of the best working songwriters around. He is certainly one of the most thoughtful and effective writers on the topic of religion and American politics.</p><p>Here&#39;s a great performance of &quot;Hard To Be&quot; from <em>Curse Your Branches</em> performed on a pirate ship.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/24832890?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d" width="601"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-live-music-thursday/id385754389">This video is part of the Live Music Thursday video podcast</a>.</p></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/david-bazan-performs-hard-be-pirate-ship-87643 Video: Superchunk performs live on Sound Opinions http://www.wbez.org/story/video/video-superchunk-performs-live-sound-opinions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jim Wilbur, Mac McCaughan, and Laura Ballance of Superchunk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Plenty of virtual ink has been spilled about Superchunk's first album in almost a decade. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/09/album-review-superchunk-majesty-shredding/37592">DeRo reviewed it</a>,&nbsp; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/hit-it-or-quit-it-9-superchunk-stories-mac-mccaughan">Hit It Or Quit It talked with Mac</a> and Jessica Hopper wondered <a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-09-15/music/superchunk-are-not-reuniting/">what it means to take a victory lap without selling out</a>. Their drummer Jon Wurster even <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wikipedia-files-superchunks-jon-wurster">did the Wikipedia Files</a>.</p><p>I don't have much to add to that chorus except to say that Superchunk were one of the first bands that made me care about music. I distinctly remember buying one of my first CDs and hearing an acoustic version of &quot;Throwing Things&quot; on it. That song sounded like classic rock from a parallel universe to me 17 years ago. Now I guess it just qualifies as classic rock.</p><p>Enjoy!</p><p><strong>Throwing Things</strong></p><p><iframe height="281" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18796969?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278" target="_blank">This video is part of our Live Music Thursday podcast</a>.</p><p>Here's videos of the rest of the songs Superchunk performed for Sound Opinions. To hear the full show with Superchunk, tune into wbez.org at 8PM CST on Friday, January 21st.</p><p><strong>Digging for Something</strong></p> <p><iframe height="281" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18796789?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422"></iframe></p><p><strong>Crossed Wires </strong></p><p><iframe height="281" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18755091?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422"></iframe></p><p><strong>Hello Hawk</strong></p><p><iframe height="281" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18798765?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/video/video-superchunk-performs-live-sound-opinions Pirate Radio: The Astronomer sets sail http://www.wbez.org/story/pirate-radio-astronomer-sets-sail <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/astronomer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When you think of ships, navigators come to mind before astronomers, but for our latest installment in&nbsp;WBEZ's <em>Pirate Radio</em> series we went against type.&nbsp; Because that's how we sail.&nbsp; As part of our series, we recently invited the Chicago-based group <a href="http://www.astronomermusic.com/about.html">The Astronomer </a>to perform live on the Tall Ship Windy.</p><p>If you haven't heard, The Astronomer is out with their second album.&nbsp; It's called &quot;<a href="http://www.astronomermusic.com/sounds.html">You Could Be Something When You Disappear</a>&quot; - and the title track, like much of their work, features hauting melodies and spacious, lush orchestrations.</p><p>Their captain is <a href="http://www.charleskimmusic.com/bio.html">Charles Kim</a> - one of Chicago's most respected songwriters and arrangers.&nbsp; In addition to his work with The Astronomer, he's also composed work for film and has collaborated with a number of acclaimed Chicago theater companies, including <a href="http://redmoon.org/productions/production-history/boneyard-prayer/">Redmoon</a>&nbsp;and Collaboraction.</p><p>He's leading the crew Thursday in a live performance at&nbsp;9:30 p.m. at <a href="http://www.whistlerchicago.com/">The Whistler </a>in Logan Square. &nbsp;</p><p>But as part of our <em>Pirate Radio</em> series, Kim and the rest of The Astronomer brought their acoustics on board to perform a quiet, melodic composition called, fittingly, &quot;I've Chosen The Ocean&quot;.</p><p><iframe height="337" frameborder="0" width="599" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17648004?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278">This performance is part of our Live Music Thursday podcast</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.tallshipadventuresofchicago.com/"><img height="100" width="183" src="/sites/default/files/archives/music/2010/08/tallshipadventureslogo.jpg" alt="" title="tallshipadventureslogo" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-27260" /></a></p></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/pirate-radio-astronomer-sets-sail Video: Pirate Radio debut with Jason Urick http://www.wbez.org/story/wbez-blog/video-pirate-radio-debut-jason-urick <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/music/2010/08/Pirate_Radio_JasonUrick.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we debut a new series we're very excited about- Pirate Radio. <a href="http://www.tallshipadventuresofchicago.com/">The Windy</a> docks just outside our studios on Navy Pier. One of its pirates invited us to bring musicians on-board for special performances, so we did just that. Our first venture was a little non-traditional: Baltimore-based electronic musician <a href="http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/?id=12392">Jason Urick</a>. <!--break--> Urick is a fixture in Baltimore's art and music scene, curating festivals and performing with WZT Hearts. He's on Chicago's Thrill Jockey label and was in town to play The Hideout. We really dug his reggae-flavored tunes- a perfect prelude to walking the plank.</p><object width="500" height="281"><param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14092948&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" name="movie" /><embed width="500" height="281" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14092948&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0"></embed></object> <p><a href="http://www.tallshipadventuresofchicago.com/"><img width="183" height="100" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-27260" title="tallshipadventureslogo" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/music/2010/08/tallshipadventureslogo.jpg" /></a></p></p> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/wbez-blog/video-pirate-radio-debut-jason-urick