Our friends in Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin came through town yesterday to play the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe as part of their short, mostly East Coast tour.
To support them, the band enlisted the help of local-band-turned-national Santah (whose drummer Steve used to intern at Polyvinyl and can still be seen modeling someshirts on our website) as well as Nashville-based Slow Hands (whose vocalist Israel Anthem directed SSLYBY’s video for “Think I Wanna Die”).
All in all it was one of the best sounding performances I’ve heard from the band and the great night was even capped off by a Cardinals win (much to me and Will’s delight).
Matt and I made the drive up to Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium on Friday night to catch Vivian Girls on their tour with Black Lips.
The night started with a quick dinner at the famous El Cid Mexican restaurant (where the band got to practice the Spanish they learned on their recent one-week tour of Spain).
After that we hustled back to the venue for the early all-ages show. Toward the end of their set, Katy made sure everybody knew who they were by spray-painting “Viv Grlz” on the Black Lips’ backdrop.
(This picture and more, along with a complete show review, can be found at Gaper’s Block)
If you get the chance to catch Vivian Girls on any of their remaining dates, be sure to ask them about the status of the radish they’re growing in the tour minivan, what the current nickname for their tour is (as of 4/22 it was “Rolling the Dice”) and — if you’re feeling really bold — for the chance to get a newly conceived triple handshake.