September 28, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Wavves/Twin Peaks @ the Vic 9/25/2015
Twin Peaks

Wavves have been on tour around North America in support of their upcoming fifth studio album, appropriately titled V. Accompanying the band on this US tour were Chicago natives Twin Peaks, who were more than happy to play in front of a hometown crowd at the Vic last Friday (9/25). More pictures and Wavves' setlist, as well as a video of the band performing the Afraid of Heights track "Demon to Lean On," below.

If you haven't heard it yet, you can still stream V in its entirety over at NPR Music.

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September 16, 2015

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin


AC/DC have been on tour supporting their sixteenth album and playing lots of hits. We caught them over in the NYC-area last month (pictures) and last night we caught them here at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Pictures continue, including shots of openers Vintage Trouble, below...

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September 8, 2015

photos by Cory Dewaldn

Tallest Man on Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth has been on his first-ever full-band tour in support of his fourth album and biggest-sounding one yet, Dark Bird Is Home. That tour hit Chicago for a show with a very good opener, Lady Lamb, on August 31 at Thalia Hall. Pictures continue below...

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August 27, 2015

by Arielle Gordon

Photo via @TheSecondCity
Second City Fire

Yesterday a grease fire at Abodo Grill in Old Town set Second City Theatre ablaze; the fire took two hours and two injured firefighters to successfully put out. Luckily, no one in the theatre sustained injuries, and it appears that the main stage, located in a building next door, remains entirely intact. Unfortunately, many of Second City's administrative offices, as well as the surrounding area in Piper's Alley Mall, weremostly destroyed by the fire. As of now, all Second City shows and classes are cancelled and they are taking it day-by-day:

Luckily, the Second City staff was not alone in their suffering in a town renowned for its comedy community. iO, formerly Improv Olympic, pitched in, allowing Second City workers to use their box office to call ticketholders about show cancellations.

While the theatre survived, the historic 19th century building wasn't as fortunate:

The roof of the 19th century building collapsed, but the stone walls were still sound, Langford said. The Department of Buildings was evaluating the structure Thursday for safety issues, a department representative said.

Langford said the Second City lobby suffered water and smoke damage and that runoff water from firefighting operations had posed a serious threat to the theater itself.

"We had thousands and thousands of gallons of water running out, going into the street and pooling above the theater," Langford said. "We had to redirect it down so it wouldn't collapse (the ceiling) into the theater."

"We could be up and running tomorrow, or it could be as long as a week," Second City's Tyler Alexander told the Chicago Tribune.

In case you haven't boned up on your improv knowledge in a while, most of SNL's original cast, including John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Dan Akroyd, as well as modern favorites like Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and relative newcomers like Cecily Strong have all called Second City home. Needless to say, if the Chicago fire department hadn't acted quickly at the historic site, the fire could have torn another huge part of Chicago history with it.

August 21, 2015

John Oliver

Tickets went on sale today for 12/30 and 12/31 John Oliver shows at Chicago Theatre. They're selling really well, so a third show was just added! It also happens on 12/30, but at 10pm. Tickets for all three are at Ticketmaster.

August 17, 2015

John Oliver

The man behind one of our favorite shows on television right now has a big live show announcement!

Live Nation and Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced today that Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writer John Oliver will return to stand-up comedy at The Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:00PM. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 21, at 10:00AM.
Tickets range from $55.00 to $75.00.

UPDATE: A second show was added~ The new date is New Year's Eve and tickets also go on sale this Friday at 10am.

UPDATE 2: Third show added.

Last night on Last Week Tonight , John took on televangelists. Watch below....

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August 6, 2015

July 30, 2015

Toyota Tent

Lollaplooza is this weekend, and like previous years, the Toyota tent is hosting some bonus performances, some of them curated by BrooklynVegan. More info at BrooklynVegan. Map and written-out schedule below...

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July 21, 2015

Donovan Wolfington

As we mentioned on BV Austin, New Orleans indie-punks Donovan Wolfington are releasing a new album and touring this year. The tour hits Chicago on August 12 at Subtearranean (downstairs) with their labelmates Ratboys. Also on that bill is Mimisiku and Flesh Seeds. Tickets are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and more info here. Listen to their new single below...

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July 20, 2015

photos by Cory Dewald

Chance the Rapper / Caribou / Waxahatchee / Viet Cong
Pitchfork Festival 2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015

Chance the Rapper called it a "historic night for me," and delivered a multi-faceted show to make good on his claim. The South Side rapper struck a tone that was by turns defiant, demanding and wistful, saying that the set represented a capstone to an era for him in many ways, and that "I want to grow up." He handed the spotlight to his trumpeter, Nico Segal, a k a Donnie Trumpet, in a white tux, then took everyone to church when he brought out gospel composer Kirk Franklin and a white-robed choir. - [Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (7/19) with sets from Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Run the Jewels, Jamie xx, Caribou, Waxahatchee, The Julie Ruin and more. We published a set of pictures on BrooklynVegan already and a second set are in this post.

Complete coverage of Pitchfork Fest is here. More pictures from this set of Day 3, below...

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