Best shows to see: Lord Dying, Caleb James, Eviyan, Protomartyr, and of course Pitchfork | Bleader

Best shows to see: Lord Dying, Caleb James, Eviyan, Protomartyr, and of course Pitchfork


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Hear the buzz in the air? That's the sound of Soundboard washing tank tops at the laundromat. After all, it's the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend. We'll be there, and the Reader has done everything it can to prepare you to join us. Aside from band previews and daily hour-by-hour itineraries, that also includes a B Side cover that could earn you a free three-day pass (at least for the next couple hours). There will only be two winners, but even if you're not one of them (and don't already have tickets), we have your back. Here's the rest of the best shows this weekend.

The Chicago Latin Jazz Festival at the Humboldt Park Boathouse hosts Jane Bunnett on Saturday and Bobby Sanabria on Sunday. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound headline Saturday at the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival. And up the shore, the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival turns Dawes Park into a global village, with live music, dance, art, and crafts from almost every continent. The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International headlines on Sunday.

On Thursday, Sarah Neufeld of the Arcade Fire opens for Olafur Arnalds at Pritzker. Jessica Pratt opens for Julia Holter at Constellation on Friday, and the Pharez Whitted Sextet performs at Andy's on Friday and Saturday. The Vans Warped Tour comes to First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre on Saturday. Among the many bands is RDGLDGRN, a punk-rap group that plays around with "go-go, ska, and reggae, then siphons that concoction into a sleek and polished pop-rock sound," in the words of Leor Galil.

More Soundboard picks below:

Thu 7/18: Lord Dying at the Empty Bottle

If you're looking for a new no-frills metal band to geek out about, you could do a hell of a lot worse than Portland four-piece Lord Dying, according Monica Kendrick. There's no filler on the group's brand-new debut album, Summon the Faithless, just raw riffs that break your neck. Knyfs and Nude Intruder open.

Fri 7/19: Caleb James at Reggie's Rock Club

Caleb James, the latest member of Save Money to release a solo mixtape into the post-Acid Rap world, keeps up the crew's hot streak with The Jones. Leor Galil especially praises James's "zoned-out flow and his tightly wound rhymes." This show is basically James's release party, and the rest of Save Money opens.

Sat 7/20: Eviyan at City Winery

Eviyan is a collective formed by three of New York's most idiosyncratic of-the-moment composers: guitarist Gyan Riley, clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, and vocalist-violinist Iva Bittova. They haven't hit the studio yet, but their live material is "vibrant and peripatetic," writes Peter Margasak. The group's compositional diversity blends "to provide an effective launch pad for the spontaneous, intimate interplay that's the group's raison d'etre." They play as part of the second Thirsty Ear Festival, which will be simulcast as a special double-length episode of WFMT's new-music program, Relevant Tones.

Sun 7/21: Protomartyr at Bottom Lounge

Protomartyr is a Detroit punk band that epitomizes what it means to be a Detroit punk band. Front man Joe Casey can't sing, instead championing what Kevin Warwick describes as a "slovenly drunken howl and an intermittent discharge of baritone slurs that trip over one another. It's a calculated disorder that exudes a fuck-all attitude and (particularly in the crafty guitar melodies) a sneaky shrewdness." Parquet Courts (who also play at Pitchfork) headline.

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