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Les Savy Fav played Subterranean w/ Big Science (pics), and Green Music Fest (pics)

DOWNLOAD: Big Science – “Loose Change Century” (MP3)

words by Jamie Gooden, photos by Grant MacAllister, more words by Parker Langvardt

Les Savy Fav @ Subterranean
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Big Science @ Subterranean
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Saturday (6/25), marked the first of two days of the Green Music Fest, which had Wicker Park teeming with a crowd of entertainment-hungry zombies all day long and well into the evening. Located right on North Avenue; the doors of Subterranean were crowded with folks waiting anxiously to get inside the aftershow of festival headliners: Les Savy Fav, as supported by the Chicago-based band; Big Science.

Big Science, known for their visual projections, post-punk sensibility, and bassist; Jason Richards‘ dancing, took the stage and opened with a new song titled, “Subliminal.” Having spent the winter playing very few shows while working on new material and acclimating Bob Buckstaff to the band as their new guitarist, it was exciting to finally catch one of their shows this season.

Their set fluidly navigated between tracks from their former two EPs, and music from their forthcoming LP, titled Difficulty (expected fall 2011). The new tracks were danceable, welcome additions to their set. The crowd fed on their intensity and took up jiving around the floor with beers in hand, and arms in the air. Ending on the familiar and long-time favorite, “DNC,” they left the crowd bouncing with energy and rabid for more.

As a BV Chicago exclusive; we’re sharing the single, “Loose Change Century” from Big Science‘s forthcoming LP Difficulty (more details TBA). Stream / Download it above.

Anticipation filled the room as Big Science loaded off stage, and Les Savy Fav‘s set drew closer. The energy built by Big Science’s set erupted, as Les Savy Fav began theirs loud and strong. Well known for his stage antics and out-of-control performances, singer; Tim Harrington came dressed to impress with an orange blouse and blackened eyes. Rolling his shirt up as sweat rolled down his face, he poured all of his energy into making sure everyone in the room felt the same urge to move as he did.

Foam hammers, plastic swords, and glow sticks were tossed around and traded off between the crowd and Harrington. With the start of each song; a surge of energy rushed through the room as devout fans shouted along to the lyrics. By the evening’s end everyone was drenched in beer, and sweat, and voices were hoarse from hollering in excitement.

BV Chicago Staff Writer; Parker Langvardt caught Les Savy Fav‘s set at Green Music Fest..

“…as good as [Les Savy Fav’s] their music is, Harrington is the true reason to see the band live. His antics began when he grabbed ropes hanging from either side of the stage’s canopy, which he used to suspend himself off the front of the stage like the figurehead of a sailing ship. Harrington proceeded to grab a woman’s small Chinese Crested dog, an ugly little thing with few patches of fur, bringing it onstage where he proceded to lick its skin. After returning the dog, Harrington declared, “That dog is recycled. He’s made of parts of old dogs.”

It’s hard to recall exactly when he became shirtless, as he seemed to be constantly messing with different articles of clothing. He obtained a rectangular red sequined article of clothing that he wore as a sash, a tube-top, under his hat, in his pants, and around his head as if he was a Native American chief, finally shoving it in his mouth while he continued to sing a verse. He seemed to have the same strange sexual fascination with his gut that Will Ferrell did in his Saturday Night Live days, recalling characters such as Ferrell’s homeless, hepatitis-infected art class model.

At the end of the show he ran backstage to change into a vest with no undershirt, and smearing black paint lines under his eyes like a football player before smearing it on his forehead and all over his stomach. Grabbing a particularly drunk member of the audience, he rubbed his forehead against the guy’s chest, seeming content with the paint smeared on his shirt.”

A set of pictures from Saturday night at Subterranean continue below; paired up with shots of Les Savy Fav at Green Music Fest..

Big Science @ Subterranean
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Les Savy Fav @ Subterranean
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Les Savy Fav @ Green Music Fest
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Yes, that is a real dog..
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