May 27, 2015

Riot Fest

Taking place in new location Douglas Park this year from September 11-13, the lineup of Riot Fest 2015 is here! Tickets are on sale!

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May 22, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Tame Impala @ Riviera Theatre, 5/15/2015
Tame Impala

With his straggly hair and beard, and lean, barefoot frame, Parker still looks like the shaggy one-man-band auteur who emerged out of Australia in 2010 with densely packed, acid-saturated home-studio recordings. But when he stepped away from the armada of foot pedals arrayed in front of him and let the music breathe, his nasally falsetto vocals painted a different portrait: Kevin Parker, soul man.

On "Let it Happen," keyboards and a clipped groove dominated, a sleek electro-R&B track that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Pharrell Williams record - at least at first. A midsection breakdown arrived, and then the main theme returned full force, this time with guitars and drums in rock rave-up mode. It was a show's worth of zigs, zags and cliff-hangers packed into seven-plus minutes of music, the kind of track that's normally saved for last. But Parker preferred to set the bar high from the get-go, as if daring himself and his five-piece band to surpass it.

Tame Impala's ambitious new album, Currents, is out in July and the band are not shy about playing new material on their current tour, clearly wanting folks to hear where they're going. That tour hit Riviera on May 15 with Mini Mansions and pictures/setlist from the show are in this post. More below...

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May 15, 2015

Mos Def

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, came to Chicago earlier this month for a show at the Metro on May 1. Opening was Malik Yusef, Abel Black and Ty Money. Check out more pictures like the one above, at BrooklynVegan.

May 5, 2015


Pygmalion has announced the initial lineup for its 2015 incarnation. This year includes Ride, Purity Ring, Jimmy Chamberlin, Sylvan Esso, tUnE-yArDs, Zola Jesus, Strand of Oaks, Ryley Walker, Bully, Beach Slang and more. A yet-to-be-announced headliner is also confirmed but will be officially announced in the summer, alongside dozens of support acts. The fest will again take place in Champaign-Urbana between September 24-27. Tickets go on sale Friday (May 8th) and can be purchased at the festival's website.

Ride are currently on the road and recently announced an expanded tour. Tour dates over at Brooklyn Vegan.

April 29, 2015

photo by James Richards IV

Jose Gonzalez @ Lincoln Hall 4/15/2015
Jose Gonzalez

González's songs really push some powerful and thought provoking images that he and his band performed with unbelievable poise. With "Killing for Love" González explores the dark and scary territory that love can fall into, urging to question the length of ones desires. Questioning continues on in "What Will", where González pushes away ideas of status quo and dogma with the suggestion action. Under any other hand these songs could seem heavy handed, but González and his band bring in subtleties with their instrumentation that soft the message while still letting it flow through. - [Gapers Block]
Jose Gonzalez and Olaf Arnalds played two nights at Lincoln Hall on their tour together. Check out a full set of pictures from the second night (4/15) over at BrooklynVegan. Setlist from the show is below.

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April 28, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Action Bronson

Action Bronson brought the action to House of Blues on 4/21 (he was a day late!). His crew included The Alchemist, Meyham Lauren and Alex Wiley. Pictures from the packed hip hop show are here, and they continue below...

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Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware took over the Metro with Jesse Boykins III along as support earlier this month. Pictures are here and continue below...

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April 20, 2015

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Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond made small gestures register maximum effect Tuesday at a packed United Center. He cocked his head while reflecting, placed his left hand over his heart to express gratitude, shifted his shoulders before taking deep breaths and gently waved to admirers as if saying farewell to a good friend boarding a train. The singer-songwriter's music also benefited from a similar simplicity, with nearly every one of the set's 25 songs underscoring the importance of melody and pacing. [Chicago Tribune]
Neil Diamond brought his current tour to Chicago on 4/14. Full set of pictures at BrooklynVegan. Setlist below...

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Foxygen @ the Metro, 4/09/2015

Foxygen recently announced their breakup and brought their "farewell tour to the Metro in Chicago on 4/9. More pictures from the show, along with remaining tour dates, below...

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April 16, 2015

by Milos Markicevic

photo: Shlohmo at Bottom Lounge on 05.02.2014 (more by Milos Markicevic)

Shlohmo will be hitting up Chicago once again, this time at Concord Music Hall on Friday (4/17). Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased here. The show is 18+.

Shlohmo just released his new LP, Dark Red. You can stream it over at the New York Times' Press Play site.

We asked him about that album and much more. Read our new interview over at BrooklynVegan.


Last year, Shlohmo co-produced the excellent (and free) No More EP with Jeremih. Some tracks from that release below.

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