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Show Preview: Natalie Prass + Stella Donnelly at Lincoln Hall [9/19]


One of the primary purposes of this site is to expose you to new and rising artists from around the globe, which is why I feel just a little bit terrible for not bringing Stella Donnelly to your attention sooner. Donnelly’s debut EP Thrush Metal was released to critical acclaim in the spring of 2017 and even won the inaugural Levis Music Prize, which is awarded to emerging Australian artists poised for success on an international level. Recent winners have included Alex Lahey, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and Hatchie, all of whom have been featured in some capacity on this site in the past year. But for whatever reason, Donnelly has been a bit of a blind spot here on the site and to a degree in the U.S. Thankfully Secretly Canadian reissued Thrush Metal this past June for American audiences, and she’s now on tour with Natalie Prass that includes a stop at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, September 19th. More details on that below.

You may be curious as to what Stella Donnelly is all about and why she’s been attracting attention. The short answer is her razor sharp lyrics and ability to craft a memorable hook. Take her EP opener “Mechanical Bull” as an example. From a purely instrumental perspective it’s a gentle, acoustic folk song, but her words tell an entirely different story as she rips into the sexist and overly aggressive guys who have harassed her over the years. “I’ll be your darling, tits, legs, honey, sweet pea,” she says, listing off some of the catcalls men have said to her. “But I’m a fucking arsehole if you ask me,” she immediately cuts back. Even more powerful is the memorable chorus of “I need to be alone / You’ve been at my throat,” where her vocal inflection goes from calm and measured at the start of the song to frustrated and angry by the end. Powerful stuff.

Equally powerful is “Boys Will Be Boys,” which addresses rape culture and how women are often blamed or feel guilty when they are sexually assaulted. “Why was she all alone, wearing her shirt that low? / They said ‘Boys will be boys,’ deaf to the word ‘no’,” Donnelly mourns in the chorus. There’s a personal side to this song as well, as she directly addresses a man responsible for raping one of her friends and vows to “never let you [him] rest.” That line may read like a threat, but the eerily restrained way she sings it, with all the gentleness of an acoustic lullaby, turns it into something truly terrifying.

The remainder of Thrush Metal focuses on the destructive power of toxic relationships, from the spread of negativity and carelessness (“Mean to Me”) to the confusion and stifled growth caused by a lack of communication (“Grey”) to the regret and heartache that results from two strong personalities trying and failing to make things work (“A Poem”). When they’re all put together it might seem sad and depressing on the surface, but the actual listening experience is rich, rewarding, and unforgettable. The dark subject matter is inventively paired with beautiful melodies and addictive hooks that draw you in, make you feel seen, then offer comfort and strength. These songs are worth your time and effort to seek out, and they’re what make Stella Donnelly a force of musical nature worth paying attention to.

So yeah, Donnelly is opening for Natalie Prass at Lincoln Hall, who has her own amazingly great music to play as well. Prass’s 2015 self-titled debut helped establish her as an immensely talented artist with a sound that balanced baroque pop and soul into songs that were as catchy as they were gorgeous. There’s an incredible sweetness and optimism that seeps through her voice as buoyant melodies swell up around it, even as she tackles tough topics about heartbreak and misunderstandings in relationships. Her new record The Future and the Past shifts things in a bit of a different direction, paring back some of the strings from her debut and focusing instead on funky grooves provided by the bass guitar and synth. You can dance to more of these songs, but they’re also a bit darker in their overall subject matter.

In some ways the record is a response to the Trump administration, though it’s more about the issues than the President himself. For example, “Sisters” is all about gender solidarity in the face of a wage gap, bad relationships, and generally being regarded by society as “less than” men. “Ain’t Nobody” goes to bat for reproductive rights, while “Ship Goes Down” addresses the shock of watching your country head down an unexpected and negative path. But there’s some fun stuff on the record too, like the super catchy love song “Short Court Style” and the hopeful “we’re in this together” vibes of “Hot for the Mountain”. Overall it’s been heartening to watch Prass grow as an artist and songwriter, and I can’t recommend her records enough. Wednesday night at Lincoln Hall promises to be something special, so come on out Chicago!

Natalie Prass / Stella Donnelly
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Wednesday, September 19th
8PM / $15 (advance), $17 (doors) / 18+

This Week in Music: 9-11-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Watch Jack White demonstrate his drumming technique

Music Video: Empress Of – Standard

YouTube Audio Stream: The Decemberists – Why Would I Now?

Music Video: Julia Holter – Sea Calls Me Home

Watch a short documentary about St. Vincent returning to Texas

Music Video: Viet Cong – Bunker Buster

YouTube Audio Stream: Disclosure – Hourglass (ft. Lion Babe)

Music Video: Kurt Vile – Life Like This

Watch Kendrick Lamar perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

YouTube Audio Stream: Big Grams (Big Boi x Phantogram) – Fell in the Sun

This Week in Music: 9-4-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Watch D’Angelo’s first TV interview in 10 years Part 2

Music Video: The Dead Weather – I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)

Watch a clip of Arcade Fire recording “Afterlife” with James Murphy

Music Video: Helen – Covered in Shade

YouTube Audio Stream: Janet Jackson – Unbreakable

Music Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone

YouTube Audio Stream: EL VY – I’m the Man to Be

Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard has released a new album under the name Thunderbitch

Panasonic is bringing back the Technics turntable

YouTube Audio Stream: Siouxie Sioux & Brian Reitzell – Love Crime

This Week in Music: 8-21-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has made a documentary about Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood recording an orchestral album in India

Music Video: Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party

YouTube Audio Stream: !!! – Freedom ’15

Listen to Patti Smith’s elegy song for Aqua Teen Hunger Force

YouTube Audio Stream: The Libertines – Glasgow Coma Scale Blues

Music Video: New Order – Restless

YouTube Audio Stream: Boots – AQUARIA (ft. Deradoorian)

Music Video: How to Dress Well – Precious Love

Watch a trailer teasing new music from Savages

Music Video: Royal Headache – Carolina

This Week in Music: 8-14-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

YouTube Audio Stream: Disclosure – Willing and Able (ft. Kwabs)

Music Video: Lana Del Rey – High By the Beach

Watch Foals cover “Daffodils”, a song originally by Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker

YouTube Audio Stream: Majical Cloudz – Silver Car Crash

Watch FKA twigs’ 16.5 minute short film/EP M3LL155X

Music Video: Joanna Newsom – Sapokanikan

Watch Kendrick Lamar interview members of N.W.A.

Music Video: HEALTH – Stonefist

YouTube Audio Stream: CHVRCHES – Never Ending Circles

Music Video: Hot Chip – Started Right

This Week in Music: 8-7-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

YouTube Audio Stream: Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man (Haim Remix)

Music Video: Autre Ne Veut – World War Pt. 2

Watch an unreleased clip from the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck

Music Video: tUnE-yArDs – Rocking Chair

YouTube Audio Stream: Foals – A Knife in the Ocean

Watch TV on the Radio cover Prince’s “Purple Rain” live in Minneapolis

Members of the Grateful Dead will be touring with John Mayer this fall

Hear Chance the Rapper get quizzed on Saran Wrap on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

YouTube Audio Stream: EL VY – Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)

Watch Vanessa Bayer offer “Sound Advice” to Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse

This Week in Music: 7-24-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Music Video: Jenny Hval – Sabbath

Watch a clip of Meryl Streep in the movie Ricki and the Flash singing a song written by Jenny Lewis

Music Video: Belle & Sebastian – Perfect Couples

Watch a short film introducing Minor Victories, a supergroup ft. members of Slowdive, Mogwai & Editors

Music Video: Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

James Franco has written a book about Lana Del Rey

Watch Foo Fighters cover The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” in concert with Dave Grohl’s doctor on vocals

Will there be an N.W.A. reunion tour with Eminem?

YouTube Audio Stream: HEALTH – Men Today

Listen to “Other People’s Imaginary Feast,” a collaboration between Nicolas Jaar, Holly Herndon, Julia Holter, William Basinski and more

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015: Hear the Lineup

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Welcome once again to Pitchfork Music Festival Week here on Faronheit! Each year, I’m proud to provide extensive coverage of the Pitchfork Music Festival in the form of previews, recaps, photos and much more. It’s all part of a grand plan to ensure you’re fully prepared for all of the must-sees and must-dos at Union Park this weekend, or to at least give you a strong idea of exactly what went down if you can’t be there in person. For those unable to attend, either due to geographic location, financial issues, previously scheduled engagements or inability to buy tickets (only Friday tickets remain), I sincerely hope you’ll follow along this week to hear about all the gritty details.

As it is every year, the lineup for the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival is stacked with a who’s who of indie talent, along with a whole bunch of new and rising artists on their way to stardom. I’ll have plenty of details in the coming days surrounding who you shouldn’t miss each day and when they’re performing, but for today I hope you’ll take some time to explore and learn more about the lineup on your own. All of the resources you need to do so can be found right past the jump. Stream and download some songs. Watch some music videos. Visit some websites. This is an interactive journey, and I have high hopes you’ll make some fun and interesting discoveries as a result. There are clickable Soundcloud, YouTube and other links for every artist in alphabetical order by day. If you’re a Spotify user, you’ll also find a 92-song playlist (organized by set time) embedded at the very bottom of this post for your convenience. It contains a lot of the same material you’ll find below, only you won’t have to click as much.

So there you have it, please enjoy responsibly. Starting on Tuesday there will be day-by-day previews leading up to the start of the festival on Friday, so keep checking back as we progress throughout the week!

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This Week in Music: 7-10-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Music Video: Julia Holter – Feel You

Stream a new Chemical Brothers song “Wide Open” ft. Beck

Music Video: U2 – Song For Someone

Watch Deradoorian perform new song “A Beautiful Woman” live

Music Video: Delorean – Crystal

Watch Mac DeMarco and Shamir interview each other while eating and playing games Part 2

Music Video: Destroyer – Girl in a Sling

Watch clips of Foo Fighters’ 20th Anniversary 4th of July bash in Washington D.C., where Dave Grohl performed on a giant throne

Music Video: Wavves – Leave

YouTube Audio Stream: Micachu & The Shapes – Oh Baby

This Week in Music: 6-26-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Watch a trailer for Damon Albarn’s Alice In Wonderland-inspired stage musical wonder.land

Watch a Pitchfork short documentary on Tobias Jesso Jr.

Chance the Rapper will star in a murder mystery movie called Slice

Music Video: Tinashe – Cold Sweat

Watch a 40-minute interview with St. Vincent (Annie Clark)

Music Video: Raury – Devil’s Whisper

Free download: Nicolas Jaar’s “alternate soundtrack” Pomagranates

Watch a trailer for Disclosure’s forthcoming album Caracal

Read Killer Mike’s essay about the Confederate flag

YouTube Audio Stream: The Chemical Brothers ft. St. Vincent – Under Neon Lights

This Week in Music: 6-19-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Music Video: Future Islands – A Song for Our Grandfathers

Check out the set times for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival

Music Video: Beirut – No No No

Watch Wilco cover Pavement’s “Cut Your Hair” as part of their Every Other Summer documentary

Music Video: Refused – Dawkins Christ

Watch Billy Corgan perform a three-minute medley of every song on The Smashing Pumpkins’ album Gish

Music Video: Foals – What Went Down

Download Titus Andronicus’ mixtape of demos, live recordings and rarities from their forthcoming album

Music Video: Mac DeMarco – Another One

The Long List for the Polaris Music Prize has been revealed

This Week in Music: 6-12-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Watch Sufjan Stevens perform unreleased song “Harsh Noise”

Music Video: Bjork – Black Lake

Watch select Bonnaroo performances live all this weekend

Music Video: Mew – The Night Believer

RIP legendary jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman

YouTube Audio Stream: Health – Stonefist

The global album release Fridays begin starting July 10th

Music Video: Vic Mensa – U Mad (ft. Kanye West)

Chance the Rapper has curated a concert for Chicago teens

Watch the trailer for the forthcoming Wilco documentary Every Other Summer

This Week in Music: 6-5-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Music Video: Bjork – Stonemilker

Soundcloud has reportedly signed a licensing deal with 20,000 record labels

Music Video: Titus Andronicus – Fatal Flaw

Download a free album from Death Grips offshoot The I.L.Y.’s

(Interactive) Music Video: Fucked Up – Year of the Hare

Watch Spoon cover The Cramps’ “TV Set” on “Conan”

Music Video: Braids – Miniskirt

Watch Jamie xx perform “Loud Places” on “Le Grand Journal” with Romy, Oliver and a choir

Music Video: Blur – Ong Ong

Music Video: Holly Herndon – Morning Sun

This Week in Music: 5-29-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

YouTube Audio Stream: Disclosure – Holding On (ft. Gregory Porter)

Music Video: Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming

Go to iTunes for a free download of Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s mixtape Surf ft. Chance the Rapper

Music Video: Todd Terje ft. Bryan Ferry – Johnny and Mary

Check out a letter that Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl wrote at age 14 to Minor Threat’s Ian MacKaye

Music Video: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Human Sadness

Check out the Riot Fest Chicago lineup, which includes No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube & many more

Music Video: Mikal Cronin – Say

YouTube Audio Stream: The Good Life – Everybody

Music Video: Jenny Lewis – She’s Not Me

This Week in Music: 5-15-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Music Video: Run the Jewels – Early

Legendary musician B.B. King has died

Watch Jessie Ware cover Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” on a BBC Radio 1 session

Music Video: Fraser A. Gorman – Shiny Gun

James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) is opening a wine bar in Brooklyn

Music Video: Spoon – Inside Out

Video game franchise Guitar Hero returns later this year

Music Video: Jose Gonzalez – Open Book

Stream 45 minutes of unreleased music from Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange)

Music Video: Courtney Barnett – Dead Fox

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