WBEZ | Lotus Plaza http://www.wbez.org/tags/lotus-plaza Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pitchfork Day 2: The Atlas Moth and Lotus Plaza http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-atlas-moth-and-lotus-plaza-100903 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/atlas%20moth%202.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>Saturday&#39;s Blue stage line-up began with a true head-bangers ball. The Atlas Moth represented the concious side of metal well, with three guitars and screamed as well as growled vocals. There was also plenty of hair flying as half the band had a longhair, black-clad hesher look to them. The screamer wore a beard and plaid, distinguishing the band from the typical metal bros. The drummer split the difference with both flowing locks and an impressive beard.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/drummer%20the%20atlas%20moth.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: left;" title="(WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" />The intricate guitar parts and death march vocals conjured a basement game of Dungeons and Dragons. I&#39;m not sure the band had anything to do with it, but there was even a horrible dank smell coming from beneath the stage. If they <em>are</em> capable of making their music smell, The Atlas Moth could be the best metal band in history.</div><p>As my stomach rumbled from the stench I started wondering what would go on an Atlas Moth burger at Kuma&#39;s Corner. It turns out the folks at Kuma&#39;s had the same thought back in 2009. According to Noisecreep.com the Atlas Moth burger is &quot;a 10 oz. slab of beef on waffles, topped with collared greens, fried chicken, chicken fried bacon and a bacon infused maple syrup.&quot; Sounds like delicious death on a bun- perfect for The Atlas Moth.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lotus%20plaza.jpg" title="Lotus Plaza (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>Watching Lotus Plaza set up, I realized the scheduling of this year&#39;s fest has a theme of collaborators performing opposite each other. Yesterday it was A$AP Rocky and his producer Clams Casino. Today Deerhunter is represented both by Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Lockett Pundt.</p><p>The group mines early nineties British indie rock for inspiration- most notably My Bloody Valentine. With so much Anglophilia in the air it was not surprising that it started raining during Lotus Plaza&#39;s fourth song. While it&#39;s never pleasant to get drenched with photo gear, the band did what they could to ease the crowd&#39;s pain by drawing out their feedback washes. After surrendering to it, there were worse fates than standing in the rain enveloped in Lotus Plaza&#39;s lush soundscape.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lotusplaza.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div></p> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-atlas-moth-and-lotus-plaza-100903 Pitchfork's head honchos share their favorite newer artists performing at this year's festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/pitchforks-head-honchos-share-their-favorite-newer-artists-performing-years <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS2717_Pitchfork_Flickr_Kate%20Gardiner.jpg" title="(Flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>For the past six years Pitchfork the music website has put on the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park in Chicago&#39;s West Loop. Over that time the festival has proven itself to be one of the most fan-friendly and musically forward-thinking events in Chicago.</p><p>Their use of the neighborhood-based Union Park has also inspired a slew of other summer festivals in Chicago, when just ten years ago it was near impossible to put on an outdoor rock concert in Chicago. This year Riot Fest is taking place in Humboldt Park, Spring Awakening took over Soldier Field and the Wavefront Music Festival was at Montrose Beach- all Chicago Park District properties.</p><p>Meantime, the Pitchfork Music Festival has stylistically shifted- bringing in more electronic and hip-hop acts and a little less emphasis on the indie rock that made the website&#39;s name in its early years.</p><p>We talk with Pitchfork Founder and CEO Ryan Schreiber and President Chris Kaskie about the development of the festival (they started a Parisian version last year) and they share their picks for new artists performing this year. That&#39;s Thursday on <em>Afternoon Shift </em>#105.</p><p>Chris Kaskie&#39;s picks:</p><p>Japandroids &quot;The House That Heaven Built&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/alW6358dPxI" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Lotus Plaza &quot;Eveningness&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hrQLJArVYro?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Grimes &quot;Genesis&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25338800?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Ryan Schreiber&#39;s picks:</p><p>Kendrick Lamar &quot;ADHD&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XEIkwH9STCc?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Chromatics &quot;Kill for Love&quot;<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F41270014&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Grimes &quot;Oblivion&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JtH68PJIQLE?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/pitchforks-head-honchos-share-their-favorite-newer-artists-performing-years