I’m fully committed to attending this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. It’s one of, if not THE weekend I most look forward to every year. But this year, I was slightly disheartened to learn that one of my favorite bands would be playing a show in Chicago during, but not at, this year’s fest. Of course they’re also a little too big and expensive to hold court over Union Park, which is why they’re going to be at Wrigley Field instead. A classic band playing a show at a classic ballpark. Eddie Vedder (or as I call him, Ed Ved), is an Evanston native and devoted Cubs fan, so this show must be like a dream come true for him. He even wrote a song about the Cubs called “(Someday We’ll Go) All the Way”. Clearly this isn’t the season for the Cubs this year, and their 100+ year drought from a World Series win certainly weighs heavy on a lot of people. Yet you can put down a million dollar bet that Pearl Jam will play the song at Wrigley that night of June 19th, and I’ll be kicking myself for not being there to see it. But maybe you’re a Chicagoan and a Pearl Jam fan and would love to see the band play the show but you don’t have tickets and the show is sold out. Scalpers or “ticket resellers” are an option, but nobody wants to pay those inflated costs. How’d you like to go for free instead? I don’t have any tickets to give away, but I know where you can win some. Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut Bourbon and WXRT are hosting a mini bar crawl (or “bar tour” as some might say) in downtown Chicago on the evening of Tuesday, July 2nd. They’ll be giving away tickets to the Pearl Jam at Wrigley show at each of the three stops made in three hours. If you want to show up, the stops are Blue Frog Local 22 from 6-7 p.m., Untitled from 7-8 p.m. and American Junkie from 8-9 p.m. Yes, all three bars are close enough to one another that you can walk between them. Don’t know where they’re at? It’s called a map, and I encourage you to use it. So maybe you get off work that Tuesday, cab it or walk it over to Blue Frog at 6 and see where the night takes you. Even if you don’t win Pearl Jam tickets, you’ll likely win the prize of getting drunk on Devil’s Cut Bourbon, which has its own rewards. Hahaha. Which reminds me, you’ve got to be 21+ to get in on this, in case you somehow thought otherwise. That said, let’s get to today’s edition of Pick Your Poison. There’s some delicious tracks today from Acquaintances, Coloured Clocks, Georgia’s Horse, His Electro Blue Voice, Liam Singer, Joey Bada$$, The Oarsman, Porcelain Raft and Royal Forest. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Black Joe Lewis, Bloc Party, Dent May, Medicine, Queens of the Stone Age (covering Mark Lanegan) and Groundislava’s remix of CHVRCHES.
Royal Forest – John Denver
Black Joe Lewis – Skulldiggin
Bloc Party – Ratchet
CHVRCHES – Gun (Groundislava Remix)
Dent May – Born Too Late
Medicine – It’s Not Enough
Queens of the Stone Age – 100 Days (Mark Lanegan cover)