Best shows to see: Fielded, Marriage, Eighth Blackbird, and Big Boi | Bleader

Best shows to see: Fielded, Marriage, Eighth Blackbird, and Big Boi


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  • Benjy Russell
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You know about that Boards of Canada mystery release thing I blogged about recently? It looks like it's finally wrapping up, and as expected it's pointing toward there being a new BoC album out soon, which probably has their small but scarily fervent cult of fans twitching with delight right now.

In other news, it is a new week with a new schedule of live music just waiting to be dipped into. Local soul scene fixture Lynne Jordan plays at City Winery tonight. Tomorrow night the Milk Carton Kids play Schubas, Raw Power tops a bill of hardcore punk at Reggie's, and Freakwater plays the Hideout. And on Wednesday, Neutral Milk Hotel-affiliated project Music Tapes is at Bottom Lounge, while NYC dream poppers Beach Fossils play Subterranean with local buzz band Twin Peaks.

Hit the jump for more recommendations.

Mon 4/29: Fielded at the Burlington

Former Chicagoan and Ga'an front woman Lindsay Powell has recently released her second album of solo material recorded under the name Fielded. According to Leor Galil, Powell's pursuing a sound slightly fuller than in her past minimalist works, but her "live setup remains simple and practical—she can still put you under a spell with just a laptop, some synths, and her unbelievable singing."

Mon 4/29: Marriage at Empty Bottle

Mike Kanin, one of the two drummers for the defunct D.C. posthardcore quartet Black Eyes, has traded Washington for Austin, Texas, where he's formed the group Marriage, "a band that sounds a whole lot like Black Eyes, except meaner and scarier," according to Kevin Warwick. "They relentlessly thrash at their instruments, injecting eerie, minor-key funk grooves with tribal drumming and topping them off with bellowed vocals and delay-drenched guitars and keys."

Tue 4/30 and Wed 5/1: Eighth Blackbird With Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner at the MCA

Peter Margasak calls this local new-music ensemble "one of the few groups since the Kronos Quartet to routinely bring such broad attention to contemporary composers." The program for these two nights revolves around the influence of Philip Glass, with programs that mix compositions by Glass in with newer works that echo him. Nico Muhly will join the group on piano for the Chicago debut of a piece he wrote for Glass's 75th birthday last year, while National guitarist Bryce Dessner will sit in for several songs, including his composition "Murder Ballades."

5/1: Big Boi at Park West

Late last year, rap's most outspoken Kate Bush fan released his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, that finds him relying less on funky Dirty South beats and more on the electropop sounds of collaborators like Little Dragon and Phantogram. It doesn't come close to eclipsing his half of OutKast's magnum opus, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, but in its brighter moments it perfectly nails his singular strip-club-on-psychedelics vibe.

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