Headache City Opens MCA/Intonation Festival in Chicago

Headache City Live 2007 at Empty Bottle photo by <a href=
Headache City Live 2007 at Empty Bottle photo by Canderson
posted Friday Oct 5th, 2007

Intonation, the organization responsible for the Festival of the same name that took place here in Chicago last year and the one before, as you may have noticed, were left off the crowded roster of big money festivals this past summer. After bouncing from their collaboration with Pitchfork two years ago due to directional differences, and picking up with Vice as the curators in 2006, it seems Intonation has bowed out of the racket all together and this year has scaled back the efforts to offer an afternoon of music in conjunction with the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) this coming Sunday kicking off at 1 P.M. in the MCA plaza at the low cost of FREE!

The event will serve as an opening celebration for the “Sympathy for the Devil” exhibit which explores the relationship between the visual arts and music. The line up Intonation has dug up for the event offers a refreshing array of acts, mostly native to Chicago, that touch on a wide range of sonic touchstones, everything from hip hop to rock'n'roll. Opening the event are none other than Headache City, who've just returned from their performance at Gonerfest this past weekend in Memphis. With some new songs in their repertoire including the inspiring “Teenage Grease,” (out soon on HoZac Records) you can bet their set will turn your Sunday afternoon into a wild Saturday night, figuratively. Mike Fitzpatrick, the singer and guitarist, has a bellowing, gruff and somehow wise voice that carries their sound beyond the tonal reach of their peers and offers a resonance that is as memorable as they come. You can pick-up their latest self-released single directly through them here.

Also performing the event is the Flosstradamus, whose party-friendly mash-up of pop licks presented in a hip-hop envelope has garnered them a lot of attention in mainstream circles. Performing a collaborative set along side the Cool Kids there won't be a wall leaner anywhere in Streeterville. Also performing are the downstate early 90s heroes Poster Children, and the tunefully progressive and often folky Califone.