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February 5, 2016

photo: Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)

The 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival will happen at Union Park from July 15 - 17. They haven't announced any of the performers yet, but three-day passes and daily tickets are on sale now.

January 29, 2016

photos by James Richards IV

Protomartyr / Amanda X / Negative Scanner @ Lincoln Hall 1/24/2016
Amanda X
Negative Scanner

Protomartyr's tour with Amanda X hit Chicago last week, playing Lincoln Hall on January 24 with local post-punks Negative Scanner. Check out a full set of pictures over at

January 27, 2016

photos by Cory Dewald

Wild Belle

Wild Belle returned to their home state to play a sold-out show at Chicago's Metro on January 15, with Chicago-based singer Fee Lion kicking off the show. Wild Belle played a bunch off their debut album Isles, along with some new tracks. Those will presumably end up on their upcoming album, Dreamland, which is out on April 15. A few days after the show, they released the video for their track with Major Lazer, "Be Together."

Watch that video, with more pictures and the setlist from Metro, below...

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January 25, 2016

photos by James Richards IV


The band's current activity remains centered on challenging, uncategorizable instrumental music that draws from jazz, rock, reggae, hip-hop, electronica and new wave. "At Odds with Logic" is a fitting song title from "The Catastrophist." The album features a pair of vocal-led songs including a deconstructed, Krautrock interpretation of David Essex's downtempo 1973 hit "Rock On" sung by guest vocalist Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple. [Chicago Sun Times]
Chicago post-rock mainstays Tortoise played two shows at Thalia Hall on January 23. The first was with Hydrofoil, and the second with locals Cleared. Both were 'in the round' shows. BV was at the early show with Hydrofoil, and pictures of that show are in this post.

The show came on the day after the release of their new album The Catastrophist. Check out more pictures and a video of Tortoise playing "Seneca" below...

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January 18, 2016

photos by James Richards IV

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg brought his tour with headliner G-Eazy and openers Marc E. Bassy, Nef the Pharaoh and Marty Grimes to Chicago on Saturday (1/16) at Aragon Ballroom. Check out more pictures on BrooklynVegan.

photos by James Richards IV

Torres / Palehound / Julien Baker
Julien Baker

The Torres / Palehound tour and the Julien Baker tour crossed paths for a great triple bill at Chicago's Lincoln Hall on Friday (1/15), part of Tomorrow Never Knows. Check out more pictures on BrooklynVegan.

photos by James Richards IV

All Them Witches

There were certain periods of peak intensity, expertly crafted by Parks and his bandmates. A long, drawn-out, abrupt pause in "Charles William" had us leaning forward, waiting for the resumption as the frontman took a slow, cavalier sip from his water bottle before launching back into the frenetic music. The intensity of his vocal delivery in "When God Comes Back" was only matched by the violence of the infectious blues riff that followed. And he and McLeod carefully built "Blood and Sand" into the dramatic final steps of a hero's journey that we, the engaged audience, had completed with them.(- Third Coast Review)
Nashville psych/stoner rock crew All Them Witches dropped by Chicago for a set last Thursday (1/14) at Lincoln Hall as part of Tomorrow Never Knows Fest that went down over the weekend. They were joined by Old Baby and Ranch Ghost. All Them Witches are still playing shows behind their 2015 album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker.

Pictures of that show continue below...

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January 7, 2016

photo: Julien Baker in NYC in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julien Baker

The annual multi-venue Chicago festival Tomorrow Never Knows returns this year from January 13-17, and as usual there's plenty of great stuff to see. One artist we definitely don't think you should miss is Julien Baker, the young singer/songwriter whose live show instantly won us over and whose debut album Sprained Ankle was one of our favorites of 2015.

Other highlights on the lineup include Eternal Summers and Wildhoney (who both also made one of our favorite albums of 2015), plus The Go! Team, METZ, Torres, Bully, Lady Lamb, San Fermin, Tobacco, Lou Barlow, Whitney, All Them Witches, American Wrestlers, FaltyDL, Andy Shauf, Mild High Club and more. Check out the full schedule HERE. TIckets are on sale.

December 18, 2015

Levitation Chicago

The Levitation Chicago pysch fest is back for a second year, returning to Thalia Hall on March 10-12, 2016. The initial lineup was just released and includes Faust, Royal Trux, Chelsea Wolfe, Oneohtrix Point Never, Earthless, Riley Walker, Blanck Mass, Night Beats, Circuit De Yeux, Eartheater and more.

More artists will be announced. Weekend passes are on sale now. Full list of announced Levitation Chicago acts, below...

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December 15, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

The Sword / Royal Thunder
The Sword
Royal Thunder

Retro riffin' bands The Sword and Royal Thunder are on tour now, and played Chicago over the weekend at Thalia Hall (12/12). We've got a set of pictures from that show. More below...

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