Underground fest books Bloc Party and the Streets


March 10, 2006


Moving ahead with their plans for an encore of last summer's best underground music festival, as well as the goal of competing with the new Pitchfork Music Festival and the revitalized Lollapalooza, the promoters of the Intonation Music Festival have announced two headliners for the two-day concert. The event will take place in Union Park (at Randolph and Ashland) on June 24-25.

Topping a bill of 20 bands will be South London art-punks Bloc Party, who sold a quarter-million copies of their 2005 debut, "Silent Alarm," and English rapper the Streets, making his only Chicago appearance in support of his new album "The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living."

Intonation promoters promise to announce additional acts in the coming weeks -- they are reportedly negotiating with heralded English rapper Lady Sovereign, former Guided by Voices bandleader Robert Pollard, ork-pop hero Jon Brion and Dead Prez, among others -- and the fest is being curated by New York's Vice Records label, which is the home of the Boredoms, Death From Above 1979 and the Stills, as well as Bloc Party.

Tickets for Intonation will be $20 for a one-day pass and $35 for a two-day pass, but a limited number of two-day passes will go on sale at noon Monday for $25 through www.intonationmusicfest.com.

Earlier last week, the curators of the first Intonation festival, Pitchforkmedia.com, announced headliners Mission of Burma, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Mountain Goats, the National, Jens Lekman and Hot Machines for their new Pitchfork Music Festival July 29-30 in Union Park (www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com). On Thursday, they added several more performers to the bill -- Spoon, Yo La Tengo and Tapes 'n Tapes -- and promised to name all of the 36 bands Monday.

The promoters of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 4-6 also say they will announce the 130 bands performing there next week, as tickets go on sale through www.lollapalooza.com on Wednesday.