Shows to see: Chippy Nonstop, Ravi Coltrane, Grizzly Bear, and Saint Vitus | Bleader

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shows to see: Chippy Nonstop, Ravi Coltrane, Grizzly Bear, and Saint Vitus

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Chippy Nonstop
The fall touring season is officially upon us. All the big festivals are over, their radius clauses are expiring, and touring acts are getting in as much road time as possible before the snow starts falling. The next couple of months will provide live-music gluttons plenty of opportunities to pig out, and this weekend is no exception.

Thu 9/27: Chippy Nonstop at Berlin

The Internet has a way of blowing up artists before they've quite figured out what they're doing—see Kreayshawn's half-baked and dismally performing million-dollar major-label debut Something About Kreay—but according to Leor Galil, Oakland pop artist Chippy Nonstop "seems to know what she's about already, though she's been making music for less than two years." Currently she's bigger on the Internet than she is IRL, so it makes sense that she's appearing at Berlin's weekly Cult party, home base for Chicago's Tumblr celebrities.

Thu 9/27 through Sun 9/30: Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Jazz Showcase

The "strong-looking" group saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is bringing to town for this four-night stand "could be the start of a new chapter" in his career, according to Peter Margasak. Coltrane's an expert at establishing strong connections with his sidemen. "Roads Cross," which opens his new Spirit Fiction, is "built from two duo takes superimposed in postproduction, but so powerful is the rapport among the musicians that the combination sounds like single intuitive performance."

Sun 9/30: Laurel Halo at Lincoln Hall

On her recent Quarantine, rising Brooklyn electronic-pop musician Laurel Halo has "developed a sound that's idiosyncratic and distinctive," according to Margasak. "Some tracks have beats pushed out to their periphery, and some use only a fixed, driving pulse, with no percussion; Halo's imperfect voice occupies the foreground, often in thickly stacked harmonies, suggesting a kind of futuristic intuitive folk." She opens for Ital, a new project of former Mi Ami member Daniel Martin-McCormick.

Sun 9/30: Saint Vitus at Bottom Lounge

Doom-metal godfathers Saint Vitus have been on a tear recently, at least for a band to whom "'momentum' means something more like the slow-motion avalanche of cooling lava," according to Monica Kendrick. They've been recording and touring in their best-known configuration, with Scott "Wino" Weinrich on vocals, and by all accounts they still rip. "It doesn't sound so much like a comeback as it does a resurfacing—it's like they've been here all along, just in another dimension where we couldn't hear them."

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