As each year winds down, Turn It Up focuses on the best of Chicago's independent music scene. Here are my 10 favorite local indie releases for 2012:
Cat Power @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/23/2012 (pic via Anna Orchard) Less than a week after Primus made things 3-D, Cat Power brought laser lights and her tour with Willis Earl Beal and X-Ray Eyeballs to Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC....
Willis Earl Beal @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG) Chicago's Willis Earl Beal has signed-on to support Cat Power on a few of her October North American tour dates, including tonight's Hammerstein Ballroom show (10/23) that...
Frank YangEvery good thing you’ve heard about Cat Power live is true, and also a lie; the same goes for every bad thing. The reputation that Chan Marshall gained as a fragile, erratic performer over the first decade or so of her career may have seemed overstated to mythic proportions, but few have made great [...]
And it all kicks off tonight!
Photo by Jamie-James Medina In what seems like a very logical pairing, Chicago singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal will join Cat Power for some of her fall tour dates. They kicked off a chunk of North American October shows together last night in Ithaca, New York, continuing tonight in Montreal. Show More Summary
Willis Earl Beal has accumulated a significant amount of life experience for a 28-year-old. He was discharged from the Army due to health issues, abandoned his dreams of being a poet in Chicago, suffered crummy food service jobs, became homeless in Albuquerque, and had artwork featured on the cover of Found Magazine. Show More Summary
Willis Earl Beal at MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield) Willis Earl Beal was to play Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/9) but that show has been canceled and so far no explanation has been given as to why. No word on...
NYC rap crew Ratking (aka Wiki, Hak, Sporting Life, and Ramon) have signed to XL imprint Hot Charity (making them labelmates with Willis Earl Beal) and will release their debut EP, Wiki93, on the label on November 6. The...
And the label is actually OK with it!
Next month, Chicago songwriter and Stereogum40 member Willis Earl Beal will put out a short animated film called Principles Of A Protagonist, and today he’s letting go of the five-track soundtrack. While there’s not any new material, the release includes five re-recorded versions of songs from his debut Acousmatic Sorcery. Hear the reimagined “Cosmic Queries” [...]
Before he was signed to XL imprint Hot Charity, Willis Earl Beal would leave illustrations, writing, and CD-Rs in public places around the country, turning his work into "found art." He's applying that same idea to the internet now,Show More Summary
A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Arcade Fire: “Abraham’s Daughter” On the leadoff song from “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, AF’s typically rococo indie rock is set to a spare, almost martial beat. Read full article >>
Next month, Willis Earl Beal will premiere an animated film he directed and wrote himself called Principles of a Protagonist. As you can imagine, Beal has also tasked himself with… Read more articles like "Willis Earl Beal: “Cosmic Queries”" on Pretty Much Amazing.
A reworked track from the soundtrack to his upcoming animated film.
via @gmsharpteeth Tickets for The Weeknd shows at Terminal 5 at Paradise Theater go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Tame Impala shows at Webster Hall and MHOW go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Texas...
WHAT: Pygmalion Music FestivalWHEN: September 27-29WHERE: Champaign-Urbana, ILWHO: Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Dinosaur Jr., Sleigh Bells, Best Coast, Cloud Nothings, Willis Earl Beal, Lower Dens, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, JuliaShow More Summary
Singer/songwriter Willis Earl Beal has been busy touring since the release of his debut full-length album, Acousmatic Sorcery, earlier this year. On Wednesday he performed at the Oya Festival in Norway, and now he’s announced a bevy of upcoming performances this October. He’ll be making 14 stops during the course of the month, including at Austin City Limits on Oct. 14....
Chicago blues man translates his own novella to film.
Chicago singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal, man of many talents, will have a busy fall. He'll begin another North American tour on September, and he'll also debut his new animated film Principles of a Protagonist. The piece was originally created as a novella in zine form, which Beal sold in Chicago for $5. Show More Summary