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February 18, 2015

King Gordon

Kim Gordon's much anticipated Girl in A Band: A Memoir is set for release Feb 24. In promotion of the book's release, Gordon will be stopping by the Music Box Theatre on Thursday Feb 26 for a conversation with former WBEZ 9.5 host Alison Cuddy, as well as a book signing. The event is part of the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival. Tickets for the event (price includes a copy of the book) are on sale now.

Unabridged Books is currently taking preorders. A full list of book tour dates are over at BrooklynVegan.

February 17, 2015

METZ @ DbA 11/21/2014 (photo by @jon_yi and @qbertplaya)

METZ and FIDLAR announced a tour today, and though they won't be playing Chicago together, they will be both be here separately.

FIDLAR play Double Door on May 4. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/20) at 10 AM. Meanwhile, METZ play May 20 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon. No openers announced for either one yet.

Full tour schedule at BrooklynVegan. Stream the single from METZ's upcoming album, below...

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February 13, 2015

Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

The lineup is announced! Tickets are still on sale. Check out who is playing, below...

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February 11, 2015


Vetern hard rock act AC/DC have announced a tour that will hit Chicago on September 15 at Wrigley Field. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (2/16) at 10AM.

Full schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Listen to a song from their new album and watch a classic video below...

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February 10, 2015

photos by James Richards IV


Taking the stage amidst rolling clouds of fog, Manson and his band of cohorts - including the renowned film composer, Tyler Bates, Manson veteran Twiggy Ramirez, and former Dillinger Escape Plan/current Stolen Babies drummer Gil Sharone - ripped right into The Pale Emperor's lead single, "Deep Six." The show would chug along at full steam from this point on, unleashing a relentless torrent of Manson classics including "Rock Is Dead," "Disposable Teens," and his legendary cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This." Fans were just as excited, though, to hear new fan favorites from The Pale Emperor like the shitkicking stomp of "Killing Strangers" and the funked out blues dirge, "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" - but he saved the best for last with the death knell of Pale Emperor material, "Mephistopheles of Los Angeles." [UR Chicago]
Marilyn Manson released a comeback (?) album earlier last month. His subsequent tour with Hide had him stop by the Riv on Thursday. Pictures and the setlist from that show are here. More below..

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February 9, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Billy Idol
Billy Idol

Billy Idol's ongoing tour hit Chicago over the weekend for a show at The Riv on Saturday (2/7). We recently caught the tour in NYC, where Billy and his ace band loaded the set with classics like "Cradle of Love", "Dancing With Myself", "Flesh for Fantasy", "Eyes Without a Face", "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding," all of which we got here in Chicago too. Opening was newer band Broncho, who owe a bit to the power pop of the same late '70s/early '80s era that Billy Idol was in his prime. Pictures of both artists are in this post and continue, with Billy's setlist, below...

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photo: The Replacements in NYC in 2014 (more by PSquared)

The Replacements are playing two Chicago shows on their 2015 tour, April 29 & 30 at Riviera Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on February 20. All dates HERE.

photo: Protomartyr at TNK Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)

The Empty Bottle's free winter block party, Music Frozen Dancing, returns for a 2015 edition on February 28, this time with Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, and Chicago staples Oozing Wound and NE-HI. Like last year, the event is 100% free, all ages, and outdoors. Goose Island will be serving up beer, alongside caffeinated offerings from Dark Matter Coffee. Gates open at 1PM.

February 7, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Cold War Kids at the Riv

Cold War Kids and their tourmate Elliot Moss tagged Chicago for a show at the Riviera Theatre last weekend (on Saturday, 1/31) as part of their winter North American tour. A set of pictures from the show and CWK' complete setlist are in this post. More below...

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February 6, 2015

words and photos by Zack Baker

Empire Empire

Michigan "emo revival" veterans Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) recently reissued their 2009 debut, What It Takes To Move Forward, and are on tour playing the album in full to celebrate. (A pesky car lodged into their home can't stop the Latinens.) They've got indie-emo hybrid upstarts Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers on the road with them, and made a stop at Reggie's last Friday (1/30).

I showed up right as Warren was finishing up his set, walking offstage to applause and a few stray cheers of "#ThatHat," an inside joke I wasn't clued in on. The crowd seemed amped on the set, and I cursed Chicago traffic for making me miss it.

Keith from Empire! took the stage not long after that, thanking the crowd for coming out and harassing the just-offstage Warren for his goofy bright-green headwear. After assuring the crowd that they didn't need an explanation of what the album meant to him, Keith went on to provide one anyway. He gave an extremely brief history of the album and the birth of his label Count Your Lucky Stars, and then the band launched into the record's opening track, "How To Make Love Stay."

Empire! Empire! were locked in. Friday's show was the best performance I've seen of theirs; the bumps present in other shows were totally absent. The only noticeable hiccups were during the marathon "It Happened Because You Left" which Keith said they had never played before this tour and when the band accidentally skipped over "Everything Is Connected and Everything Matters (A Temporary Solution To A Permanent Problem)," newly rearranged with a trumpet replacing the original banjo.

The crowd didn't seem to mind the missteps, shouting along with every song. What It Takes To Move Forward isn't exactly an album to rage to, but kids were bouncing up and down all the same. Keith joked with the crowd, convinced the room to cheer on Warren's evidently awful Mario impression and generally made Reggie's feel more like a living room full of friends than a cluster of random strangers.

Deep cut "Water" made for the perfect encore, complete with an appearance from Warren to lend Keith his cap (which Keith mentioned was "way more comfortable than it looked") and to assist on backup vocals. The room emptied out quickly as Empire left the stage, many fans heading to the merch table to pick up the tour-exclusive copies of What It Takes To Move Forward.

Warren Franklin has an upcoming split with Kind Of Like Spitting, and that LP is now available to stream in its entirety over at Consequence of Sound.

Check out more pictures from Empire! Empire!'s set below...

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