May 27, 2010

June Thrills: Tortoise, The Fiery Furnaces and Future Islands.

June's shaping up to be quite a thrill, as three Thrill Jockey artists play Chicagoland venues in support of new releases! Here's the scoop...

Baltimore-based Future Islands have released a mighty little record called In Evening Air, being their first full-length, focused effort since relocating from their native Greenville, NC to Baltimore. It's mighty in a refreshingly new sense: focused, driven, exact and cutting.

Labeling themselves "post-wave" - a befitting description for the trio as their music combines the soaring, synthesized melodies of much of Talk Talk and New Order's early eighties new wave material with the flat, hard-hitting percussion of such post-punk progenitors as Joy Division and Gang of Four - these three talents draw together the violent, driving force of post-punk with the fragile intimacy of new wave, and create something wholly original with the addition of Sam Herring's splintered growl to the mix.

In a sea of nameless, faceless and tragically unaffected indie pop/rock, Future Islands stands alone - a lush gem to the weary, and to the future of post-wave.

Future Islands will be playing Saturday, June 5th at the Hideout with the Lower Dens (feat. Jana Hunter). Show starts at 9:00 pm.

Future Islands - "Tin Man"
From their new album In Evening Air.

Also returning to Chicago in June are the Fiery Furnaces, Friday the 18th at the Empty Bottle and Saturday the 19th at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, as well as our favorite post-rockers Tortoise, coming to Lincoln Hall on Thursday, June 3rd.
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