Most recently, it was announced that Sufjan Stevens' home state performance of ...Illinoize at Metro (9/16) sold out, but procrastinating fans don't fret...another show has been added at Metro for Saturday, the 17th. Of course, if you really want to get a true Illinois experience, you can also take a short road trip downstate on the 15th to see Stevens at the Canopy Club in Urbana. Perhaps he and his band will don those U of I cheerleader outfits from the press photo for this show?
And here's a free tip for Stevens' publicist:...because of the whole cover art debacle, what about a quick promo concert in front of the Superman statue in beautiful Metropolis, IL? (just 3 1/2 hours south of Champaign!) Sure the tour schedule is booked solid and no one in the town would know who fuck Sufjan is...but hey, it would make for some great pictures or documentary fodder.
Also joining Sufjan on the sold-out show list this week is Beck. Both of his shows at the Riviera (9/20-21) are now sold out, barely a week after they were announced. Also at the Riv, The Arcade Fire show on September 29 sold out last week, which wasn't too much of a shock after seeing the huge crowd they pulled at Lollapalooza. What was a bit of a surprise was seeing that The National and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have already sold out their 9/23 gig at Schubas. First, Schubas isn't really the type of place that usually sells out shows over a month ahead of time, and second, I didn't realize these bands had become such indie-rock phenoms. However, fans of The National aren't completely out of luck, an early show at 7pm (without Clap Your Hands...) has been added.