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I've been waiting to see what the fallout would be from the bizarre and apparently senseless shakeup at DCASE, and this morning I got a hint of how Orlove's departure will affect Chicago. Staff Benda Bilili are releasing their second album, Bouger le Monde (Crammed Discs), in September—and assuming their visas come through this time, they're following it with their first U.S. tour in October. Chicago isn't on their itinerary, though they are playing much smaller cities such as Wilmington, Delaware, and Asheville, North Carolina. Knowing Orlove's devotion to bringing important new music to Chicago, I'm sure he would've found a way to present them here. This year's World Music Festival is just two months away, but very little info about the lineup has been released—aside from a few shows announced by the Old Town School. I have a sinking feeling that the fest is going to suffer from a dramatic shortage of interesting talent, demonstrating yet again what a huge loss Orlove's dismissal will be for years to come.
Helado Negro, Canta Lechuza (Asthmatic Kitty)
Silvério Pessoa, No Grau (Casa de Farinha)
Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)
Liturgy, Aesthethica (Thrill Jockey)
Humcrush with Sidsel Endresen, Ha! (Rune Grammofon)