Goose Island 215 Block Party ft. Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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OPENING ACT(s): Twin Peaks , Joey Purp , Mannequin Pussy

Sat 9/8

Doors 3:00 / Show 5:00
Electric Factory Outdoors
— $22 | 21+
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Discovered in the wake of the Strokes' popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York's art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are comprised of singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. O met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to NYU. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000; originally, they were a folky duo called Unitard, but they went electric after being inspired by Ohio's legendary avant punk scene. After the drummer they recruited initially bowed out, Chase joined the lineup. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote a slew of songs at their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting the Strokes and the White Stripes, earning a significant buzz for their arty yet sexy take on garage punk. In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog's Jerry Teel, on their own Shifty label. Early the next year the band stepped into the international spotlight, appearing at South by Southwest, touring the U.S. with Girls Against Boys and Europe with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and headlining their own U.K. tour. Wichita Recordings distributed the group's EP in the U.K. and Touch & Go reissued it in the States. Machine In between tours, the group spent 2002 putting the finishing touches on its full-length debut and playing American dates with Sleater-Kinney, Liars, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Late that year, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released the Machine EP to tide fans over before their first full-length. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs moved to Interscope for their debut album, 2003's Fever to Tell. Boasting a cleaner sound and more eclectic songwriting than their EPs, the album continued their critical acclaim and also won them a fair amount of commercial success: the gorgeous ballad "Maps" became a hit in 2004 and pushed Fever to Tell to gold status that year. Karen O also moved to Los Angeles in 2004, making the Yeah Yeah Yeahs a bicoastal band. Show Your Bones The group took some time to pursue individual projects in 2005. O loaned her vocals to "Hello Tomorrow," a collaboration with producer Squeak E. Clean that provided the soundtrack to a Nike shoe commercial directed by Spike Jonze, while Zinner recorded with the side project Head Wound City and also had a book of photographs, I Hope You Are All Happy Now, published. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs reconvened in the studio that year to record their second album with Clean as producer; jokingly, Clean said that the album was about O's cat and would be called Coco Beware, but the album's real title, Show Your Bones, was revealed soon after. Released in spring 2006, the album was the band's most mature, polished work yet, and reached number 11 on the album charts.


  • Twin Peaks

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    The embers of '60s garage rock and the flaming-hot fire of the 2010s garage punk sound burn bright in Twin Peaks. The group was formed by four young Chicago natives (vocalist/guitarist Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, and drummer Connor Brodner) in the early 2010s. The guys had known each other and been friends since elementary school, but only formed a band after the duo James had with his brother Hal split up so Hal could join the Smith Westerns. They began playing together near the end of high school, then went on tour during their senior year. Before heading out on the road, they had quickly and cheaply recorded an album in James' basement to sell in order to keep them in gas and beer. Titled Sunken, the album caught the ear of Autumn Tone, which issued it in the summer of 2013. After graduating, James, Dolan, and Brodner headed to Olympia to attend Evergreen College, but they decided school wasn't for them, so they swung by L.A. to get Frankel and headed back to Chicago. Wild Onion Once there, they began working on a second album with producers Andrew Humphrey and Colin Croom. Taking more time to craft their sound but never losing the wild and loose feel of their live set, the album showed that the bandmembers' decision to quit school and stick together was wise. Wild Onion was issued by Grand Jury in summer 2014, just a few weeks after Twin Peaks wowed the crowd at the Pitchfork Festival with their set. More festivals including Lollapalooza followed amid a relentless touring schedule with multiple trips across the U.S. and forays into Canada, Mexico, the U.K., and Western Europe before their third LP, Down in Heaven, arrived in spring 2016. With Croom joining the lineup on keyboards, the album retained Twin Peaks' rough edges while drawing inspiration from the reflective tone of favorite works from the late '60s (the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Beatles). The following year, they delivered the double-live album Urbs in Horto, recorded over three nights at Chicago's Metro and Thalia Hall in 2016. Over the next year, the band toured and released a series of 7" singles that were then compiled on 2018's Sweet '17 Singles.

  • Joey Purp

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    Chicago native Joey Purp has arrived. A vivid lyricist from the west side of the city, his love for the culture led him to join forces with like-minded individuals and form the SaveMoney collective. Through these endeavors, Purp contributed memorable features to critically acclaimed projects including Surf by Donnie Trumpet & Chance The Rapper, Innanetape by Vic Mensa and .wav Theory by Towkio. Over the last few years, the 22 year old has spent time exploring sonic boundaries as part of the duo Leather Corduroys. The group’s project Season attracted the attention of major music publications such as Pitchfork, The Fader and Complex Magazine. The album has amassed over 1.5 million plays since its release, and made way for them to grace the stages of RedBull Sound Select and North Coast Music Festival, amongst others. Following success with singles and features in 2015, which yielded a performance on Comedy Central’s “Why? with Hannibal Burress”, Joey provoked the attention of critics and fans alike as he neared the release of “iiiDrops”, his debut project, blurring the lines between an album and a mixtape. The project’s three singles, released in the weeks prior, led to a skyrocket in hype. “Cornerstore”, “Photobooth”, and “Girls @” periodically racked up accolades including Pitchfork’s Best New Track twice. “iiiDrops” was immediately recieved as one of 2016’s best endeavors in hip hop, accumulating rave reviews, including an 8.2 from Pitchfork, earning Best New Album, a 3.5/5 from Rolling Stone, as well as recognition from publications such as The Fader, Complex, Spin, and more. Joey’s triumph has landed him on the cover of Red Eye Chicago, as well as his first US tour with fellow SaveMoney member, Vic Mensa.

  • Mannequin Pussy

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    A punk rock band whose music is emotionally raw but leaves room for emotions other than rage, Mannequin Pussy are also an example of that rare phenomenon, a band that moved away from New York City to make its mark. Mannequin Pussy were formed in 2013 by Marisa Dabice (vocals and guitar) and Thanasi Paul (guitar), who had been friends since they were children. The two began making music as a duo, but after moving to Philadelphia as they began refining their sound, they became a trio with the addition of drummer Drew Adler. The band released a debut album in 2013, Gypsy Pervert, also known as GP. The album received positive press in the indie-punk media, which attracted the attention of independent punk label Tiny Engines Records, who reissued Gypsy Pervert in 2014. Mannequin Pussy hit the road, touring in support of the album, and by the time they were ready to record again, they had a new lineup. Drummer Adler was out, and along with new timekeeper Kaleen Reading, the band also added bassist Colins Regisford, also known as Bear. The four-piece edition of Mannequin Pussy cut a second album, Romantic, which was released by Tiny Engines in October 2016. The album, short but strong at under 20 minutes, received enthusiastic reviews, with critic James Rettig saying Mannequin Pussy "possess the fury of a thrashing hardcore band and the intense beating heart of something more interior, and their ability to balance both sides of that equation has only gotten stronger the further they get into their career."