Deerhunter in a parking lot

Deerhunter, whose new album Halcyon Digest, is out today, played a “secret” show Saturday (Sept. 25) in Chicago — at least, that’s how it was billed. The promoters leaked out a few clues about the location last week, then revealed the location 48 hours before the show, so it wasn’t exactly top secret. It turned out to be an odd location: the parking lot of the Chicago Tribune printing plant, underneath the Kennedy Expressway overpass. The weather was chilly for the 4 p.m. concert. The ambience was industrial. The sound was echo-heavy, but not all that bad considering the concrete acoustics. Deerhunter played a bunch of songs from the new record, with guitar chords swirling. The band sounded even more fierce during the encore.

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