Them Crooked Vultures have sparked mystery and intrigue amongst music fans and critics alike. The line-up consists of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age). First hinted at in 2005 to Mojo , Them Crooked Vultures officially surfaced this month in front of fortunate fans in Chicago and Amsterdam. Details regarding upcoming shows, appearances, sound, and album release have been scarce. While a handful of fans have experienced the rock phenomenon in the flesh, the rest of us must patiently follow the clues and await the public debut.
01 Lay Me Down
02 New Jack Exterminator
05 C Thru U
09 Get Lite
10 NY to Tokyo
12 Born Electric
14 End Game
15 Capricorn One
17 Fluorescent Black
Me and Orson Welles Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes
Opening: 25 November
Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat—Zac Efron is not, I repeat not playing Orson Welles in the upcoming film by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock). Let’s pause for a moment so that we may collectively let out an enormous sigh of relief before continuing on to the task at hand.
Ready? The good news is apart from that, Me and Orson Welles looks to be an engaging and entertaining view of Welles’ Mercury Theater and its 1937 staging of Julius Caesar. Despite having recieved excellent reviews since its first screening at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, the film has had trouble finding a distributor here in the United States. The fault for this, however, would seem to lie more in the limited appeal of its subject matter (with nary a crime-fighting guinea pig or wisecracking robot to be found!) rather than in its level of quality. We’ll find out for ourselves on November 25th when it is scheduled for release.
Chicago hip-hop R&B singer/rapper/writer Nikki Lynette gives her last home performance before she relocates to New York City.
Nikki Lynette, a fresh faced hip-hop ingenue, has become something of a fixture on the independent Chicago hip-hop scene in recent years. Whether modeling along with her backup singers, singing a commercial jingle, writing lyrics for rap artists or interviewing people such as reggae master Sean Paul, she has her hands in all aspects of the entertainment medium. Her songs can be found on sites like MySpace, as well as through her own website.
Her sounds are reminiscent of the artists that she calls her musical inspirations: OutKast, Lauryn Hill, Prince and Queen. As a result, much of her music is energetic, lively and designed to make your hips move to the beat and has a signature all its own. She breathes life and fun into her music, which can best be called hip-hop punk.
She is a Chicago native and will be performing one last time at the Cubby Bear on August 27th before she relocates to New York City to record a full length studio album.
Cubby Bear is located at 1059 W. Addison Street in Chicago. Doors open at 9:30pm and there is no cover. You must be 21 and up for entry.
Here is a sample of what you will hear at the show, which SHOULD NOT be missed.
Lou Barlow Goodnight Unknown
Releasing: 6 October (US)
Lou Barlow (of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) will be releasing his new solo album, Goodnight Unknown, on October 6, and to commemorate the occasion, Merge Records released this documentary on the making of the record. It’s 30 minutes of pretty rare insight into the man’s creative process, at times brooding, manic, obnoxious, euphoric—regardless of the outcome, his personal investment is indisputable. Shorter behind-the-scenes installments will be up in the coming weeks.
Barlow will be touring with Dinosaur Jr. this fall and performing an opening set of his solo material, backed by Mike Watt-backers the Missingmen. Tour dates after the jump.
02 Goodnight Unknown
03 Too Much Freedom
04 Faith in Your Heartbeat
05 The One I Call
06 The Right
08 I’m Thinking…
09 One Machine, One Long Fight
11 Take Advantage
13 Don’t Apologize
14 One Note Tone