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A Beck Pop-Up Shop Is Coming To Chicago This Weekend To Celebrate New Album Release

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 12, 2017 3:33PM

Beck, photo by Eliot Lee Hazel

In the cycle of "make a party record, make an artsy record," Beck is firmly in the "party record" phase with his new album Colors, out tomorrow, Oct. 13. The long-awaited album, some songs on it have been out in the wild for over two years now, is filled with upbeat dance-rock numbers that seem crafted to please as many people as possible at the same time.

Beck is far removed from the days when even his more accessible work was filled with weird left turns and off diversions, so you can file Colors firmly in the adult contemporary alternative rack of your collection.

I've had a little time to digest Colors, and I've walked away with the feeling that it ain't easy being Beck. The album comes with such high expectations it's sure to disappoint critics looking for something that stretches his previously set pop boundaries, but the album's slick contents still bear his unmistakable mark, which means the songs still rise above most of the music I've heard on other hotly anticipated "blockbuster" releases of 2017.

To celebrate the release of Colors, there are a number of Beck pop-up shops appearing this weekend, including locations in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago. Each shop will carry exclusive merch including city-specific t-shirts and and tote bags, lithographs, and free coloring books with the purchase of Colors on vinyl. The Chicago shop will materialize at Vintage Garage (5051 N. Broadway) this Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.