When: Sun., July 27, 12 p.m. 2014
With Light and With Love (Woodsist), the eighth and latest Woods album, is the Brooklyn band’s most elaborate production yet. On previous LPs they didn’t make a priority of high production values, playing four-track acid folk and scrappy garage rock that sounded like it was recorded in an actual garage. But for the new record, core members Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere repaired to a proper studio, where they fed Earl’s high-pitched voice through a Leslie cabinet for a subtly woozy effect, then surrounded it with layers of saloon piano, swooping pedal steel, backward tape loops, and doggedly simpleminded drumbeats—not to mention an encyclopedic array of 60s-style vintage guitar tones. Fortunately, they didn’t lose sight of their inspirations—The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Tago Mago, All Things Must Pass—or of the fact that what made those classic albums great was inspired performances of indelible songs. Woods are no strangers to festival stages; they’ve played Pitchfork twice, and they throw their own annual summer bash in Big Sur. But this is the first time they’ve topped the bill at a fest in Chicago. —Bill Meyer On this stage Santah, Milo & Otis, Hudson Branch, and Oshwa open.
Price: $5 suggested donation