Friday, June 1, 2012

A few Chicago music news bites

  • North Coast Music Festival announced a second wave of artists that will play as part of its lineup come August 31st-September 2nd, including Chicago's own Umphrey's McGee and Future Rock plus Knife Party, Paul Oakenfold, Chuckie, Yelawolf and more. See the full list and additional details about the fest here.
  • WGN is running a "Rock & Roll Breakthrough Band" contest, giving Chicago bands a chance to compete for prizes such as a performance slot on WGN and free studio time. The first round, which you can check out details for and vote in here, goes until June 6th. You will see some bands that have been featured on WCR among the choices, including My My My and Blah Blah Blah.
  • Chicago experimentalists A Lull are getting set to release a new record on Lujo Records titled Meat Mountain. The press release says it "signifies new freshness, growth and maturity," which you can hear for yourself when it comes out on June 26th. Then, if you're heading to Pitchfork fest in July, you can see them live there on the 15th.
  • Chicago Mixtape has an audio interview up with Archie Powell of Archie Powell & the Exports.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins want to see fan artwork inspired by songs on their latest record Oceania, which they'll share through their various social media sites. Full details here.

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