On the Radar: Demon Dayz Festival, Turn It Around Documentary, New Prince LP + More

Chicago Music’s On the Radar is back from a short vacation! Check out all the news you missed out on this week’s edition.

Gorillaz reveal lineup for Demon Dayz Los Angeles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5yFcdPAGv0

The Gorillaz news keeps on coming! As part of their upcoming summer tour in support of their new album, The Now Now, the band is hosting the second edition of their Demon Dayz Music Festival. The one-day event will take place at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena and Grounds in Los Angeles Saturday, October 20th.

Headlined by the Gorillaz (of course) the lineup also features Erykah Badu, The Internet, and Ana Tijoux. Also on the bill are past Gorillaz contributors including DRAM, Little Simz, Tony Allen, and Kilo Kush. Tickets for Demon Dayz Music Festival are on sale now. For the complete lineup and to buy tickets, click here. Now, if only they would bring the festival to Chicago like they said they would. The band’s new album, The Now Now, drops June 29th. Check out their fall tour dates here.

Green Day produced documentary ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ gets a home release

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After various screenings and openings in theaters last year, the Green Day produced documentary, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, is getting a home release. The documentary is coming to Blu-Ray/DVD on June 22 and features new never before scenes. The film’s soundtrack will also be released on both vinyl and cassette. The album features rare, unreleased material from Green Day, Rancid, and more. Check out all the pre-order bundles here.

Directed by Corbett Redford and produced by Green Day, the film recaps the history of the East Bay punk scene. Featuring interviews from members of the scene, including Neurosis, AFI, Bikini Kill, and The Beatnigs, it’s a comprehensive and well thought out look at the East Bay scene and Gilman Street. Check out the trailer above if you haven’t seen it yet.

Prince estate reveals new album ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srwfAeXaTM8

To celebrate what would’ve been Prince’s 60th birthday (June 7) his estate announced a new posthumous album. Dubbed Piano & A Microphone 1983, the record is slated to drop September 21 via Warner Bros. Records. It features nine tracks the Purple One recorded on cassette at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota using only a piano and a microphone.

The album features early versions of songs like “Purple Rain,” “17 Days,” “Strange Relationship,” and “International Lover.” It also includes a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” and a version of the 19th-century spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep.” The album will be available both digitally and on CD and LP. A deluxe edition features both physical formats along with a 12-inch booklet with new liner notes from Prince’s engineer at the time, Don Batts, and never before seen pictures. Pre-order your copy here.

Upcoming Shows

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You don’t want to miss 30 Seconds to Mars on their Monolith tour. They’ll play the Hunting Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island Friday, June 15. Make sure you have tickets.

The Top Dawg Entertainment tour featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock comes to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL. Grab tickets here.

Broken Social Scene plays the Vic Theatre Wednesday, June 13. You don’t want to miss this, so get tickets here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Absolute Venus

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Chicago native Absolute Venus does it all. She’s not only a musician, she’s also an emcee, a designer, an entrepreneur, and a consultant. But hip-hop is where her passion lies. She released her latest EP, 40, back in May. With a socially conscious platform and a smooth flow that’ll get you moving, her music is a labor of love and passion. Tracks like “40 Days” and “40 Thieves” are thought provoking, yet are catchy enough to get your head bobbing.

40 is out now. Listen to the EP here. Make sure to check out Absolute Venus’ SoundCloud page for music. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on Examiner, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, Kitty Whipp, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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