Do-Division Street Fest: Disappears, Torche, Ariel Pink, the Gaslamp Killer, and more | Music Sidebar | Chicago Reader

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Do-Division Street Fest: Disappears, Torche, Ariel Pink, the Gaslamp Killer, and more

This year's diverse lineup includes psychedelic pop, stoner punk, hooky metal, and anything-goes post-hip-hop.


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Back for its seventh year, the Do-­Division Street Fest occupies the avenue in question between Ashland and Leavitt (as well as a couple side streets) from Fri 5/31 till Sun 6/2. Live music happens on two stages, one at Damen and the other at Leavitt; the East Stage was programmed by the Empty Bottle Presents, and the West Stage was booked by House Call Entertainment (the folks who run the Beat Kitchen and Subterranean). This year the lineup is bigger and more diverse than ever. Friday's music starts at 5:30 PM, and on the East Stage local garage-psych favorites Disappears headline, with support from Florida pop-metal band Torche and Torche-inspired locals Planets­exploder. On the West Stage, Denver outfit Slim Cessna's Auto Club headlines, after sets from rustic country-blues stomper William Elliott Whitmore (a late addition, replacing Rhode Island duo Brown Bird) and local fusion band Ode. Saturday's music starts at 1 PM, with an East Stage lineup that includes psychedelic pop auteur Ariel Pink (the night's headliner), soulful electronic duo Inc., Minneapolis indie rockers Night Moves, and Roberto Carlos Lange's new-wavey Helado Negro project. On the West Stage, tap-dancing indie-pop band Tilly & the Wall headlines, after folk-pop five-piece He's My Brother She's My Sister, local pop rockers Archie Powell & the Exports, and Chicago indie act the Hemmingbirds, among others. Music starts at 1 PM on Sunday as well. On the East Stage, DJ and producer the Gaslamp Killer headlines, and among the openers are Seattle's Beat Connection, synth-based solo project Indians, and long-running local avant-indie collective Joan of Arc. On the West Stage, stoner-punk duo Jeff the Brotherhood headlines, and openers include Chicago rock bands Bailiff, Suns, and Mutts. Of course there are non­musical attractions too, including food vendors, a sidewalk sale (along Division from Damen to Ashland, a stretch not closed to traffic), and the Family Fun Fest (south and east of the intersection of Hoyne and Potomac), which features dancing, hula hooping, bounce houses, mini golf, and pony rides. The fest wraps up at 10 PM all three nights, and the Family Fun Fest (Saturday and Sunday only) closes at 6 PM. For more information, see Fairs & Festivals listings by day, call 312-850-9390, or visit do-­

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