Past and present signees such as Shellac, Calexico, Ted Leo + Pharmacsits and Pinback descended on Chicago last weekend to help esteemed indie label Touch & Go Records celebrate its 25th birthday.
Past and present signees such as Shellac, Calexico, Ted Leo + Pharmacsits and Pinback descended on Chicago last weekend to help esteemed indie label Touch & Go Records celebrate its 25th birthday. A number of groups also staged one-off reunions for the festivities, held outside the city's Hideout club.
On Friday, the original members of Girls Against Boys tackled the entirety of 1994's "Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby" before sets from Leo and !!!. Some of the earliest bands from the Touch & Go catalog highlighted day two, punctuated by the reunion of cult favorite Big Black for four songs, including "Dead Billy" and "Cables."
Steve Albini's other band, Shellac, followed with an hour-long set. Scratch Acid, Man... Or Astroman?, Negative Approach, Didjits and Killdozer also reunited earlier in the day, each pouring out words of thanks and gratitude to longtime label owner Corey Rusk.
Sunday celebrated Touch & Go's more contemporary artists with long performances from Calexico, Pinback, CocoRosie and the Black Heart Procession. Impressive sets from Arcwelder and Quasi kicked the day off, while the Monorchid, who recently reunited together to tour, battled technical difficulties as rain poured on the crowd. Seam and Three Mile Pilot, both of which have been dormant in recent years, also performed.
Proceeds from the event were donated to Chicago-based Literacy Works, Tuesday's Child and the Thomas Drummond Elementary School.