Here is a quick roundup of some Chicago music-related happenings from the past week:
- North Coast Music Festival revealed some initial artists in its lineup for Labor Day weekend in Union Park, including: Pretty Lights, Axwell, Steve Angello, Atmoshphere, Big Boi, Steve Aoki, Excision, Alesso, The Raptire, Modestep, Mord Fustang, Yacht, Van Ghost and more. Take a look at the full list so far here.
- Chicago indie poppers My My My have released a new video for the track "Hard Kisses" from their latest EP Wishing You Whatever's Best, featuring illustrations from the band's own Sarah Snow. Check it out here and see them at Subterranean on May 6th.
- Chicago Mixtape put some new interviews up, including ones with The Field Auxiliary (in which the band picked their own questions) and Cool Devices.
- Locally-based band The Hudson Branch will release a physical multimedia songbook titled World Kid on April 24th, coinciding with a new digital album of the same name. The book features illustrations by artist Rachel June for each of the album's tracks, the short story "Work" by radio producer Andy Mills (NPR, PRX, WBEZ), lyrics, photos and a download code. Copies will be printed in an initial run of 300 and exclusively available at the band's shows (including a Lincoln Hall hometown release show on May 8th).
- The lineup has been announced for the summer 2012 free concert series in Millennium Park, with the "Downtown Sound" series running from May 28th to July 30th.