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July 1, 2015

Grateful Dead
photo: Grateful Dead fan in California (more by Jay Blakesberg)

With the Dead's arrival in Chicago, many out of town Dead Heads included, the band have published a helpful guide. Penned by Dead expert and superfan Jesse Jarnow, the "Official DEAD HEAD's guide to Chicago" (PDF) contains a map pointing to spots containing Grateful Dead history along with a listing of some of the special Dead-related items you'll be able to pick up, eat and drink this 4th of July weekend in honor of the three shows at Soldier Field.

Don't have a ticket yet? Try CashOrTrade and TicketsNow.

Death Grips at Metro - 6/30/15
Death Grips

Death Grips, who notoriously cancel shows and were supposedly broken up anyway, are actually touring for real. The tour hit Chicago's Metro last night (6/30). More pictures at BrooklynVegan.

Grateful Dead
photo: Grateful Dead fan in California (more by Jay Blakesberg)

To quote the Dead's own website: is the world's first, fair trade marketplace where fans ethically buy, sell, and trade tickets for face value. Since the organizations inception in February 2009, the community has grown to almost 49,000+ site members and another 80,000 in the social networks. Grateful Dead 50 Tickets listings on can be found [HERE].
Good luck!

Need another route? Ticketmaster also has lots of (more expensive) listings via their secondary market site TicketsNow, and then of course there's Craigslist and/or a good old fashioned miracle.

Grateful Dead
photo: Grateful Dead fans in California (more by Jay Blakesberg)

Still looking for a ticket to see the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend? Ticketsnow, the 'resale marketplace' ticket site that is in fact part of the Ticketmaster and Live Nation family, is listing thousands of them for sale, and we're seeing tickets up there now around $200 each which is potentially what they would have cost originally (depending on where they are).

Meanwhile, check out photos from the two shows in Santa Clara (one and two).

June 30, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Mikal Cronin @ Subterranean, 6/20/2015
Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin's current tour swung through Chicago last week, playing Subterranean on June 20 with Uh Bones. Pictures from that show are in this post. We'll have another chance to see him not too far off -- Mikal's MCIII tour will be back, stopping at Thalia Hall on September 13 with Calvin Love and Cairo Gang. Tickets are on sale now.

All Mikal Cronin dates are listed, along with more pics from his Subterranean show, below...

Continue reading "Mikal Cronin played Subterranean with Uh Bones (pics), playing Thalia Hall in September (dates)"

June 29, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Bad Religion

Punk veterans brought their 'Battle of the Centuries' tour to Chicago last week for shows on June 22 and 23 at Metro. The premise of the tour is that each city gets a 2-night stand, with the first night being all 20th century songs and the second night being all 21st century songs. We reviewed one of the 21st century nights in NYC over at BrooklynVegan, which you can read here.

The pictures in this post are from the 21st century night at Metro, including shots of Epitaph newcomers Plague Vendor who opened the whole tour. More pictures below...

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Jenny Lewis Grateful Dead Alex Bleeker

Grateful Dead mania is in full force, with the California shows right behind us (pictures, recap, setlist) and the Chicago shows coming up this weekend. As we mentioned, there's also a late-night celebration at City Winery Chicago on 7/3 (11:30 PM doors) with a bunch of indie musicians covering the dead, including members of Real Estate, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and more. Making it an even better lineup, an exciting new addition was just announced: Jenny Lewis.

The full lineup is now Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks with special guests Jenny Lewis, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and James McNew, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Little Wings' Kyle Field, Little Wings collaborator Lee Baggett, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, M. Geddes Gengras, Ryley Walker, and Bleeker's Real Estate bandmate Matt Kallman. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Contest details below.

The tribute show happens after City Winery hosts a simulcast viewing of the Dead's Chicago show that night, which happens at Soldier Field. City Winery is hosting the Simulcast for their Saturday and Sunday shows too, and will basically be in Dead mode all week with "Weir World" shows featuring Jonathan Wilson (Tues-Thurs), Steve Kimock & Jerry Joseph (Fri-Sat afternoon), Matishayu & a member of The Disco Biscuits (Sat late night), Joan Osborne (Sun afternoon), and Railroad Earth Sun late night). Tickets for City Winery's week of Dead celebrations are on sale.

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June 23, 2015

photo: The Prodigy in NYC in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The Prodigy

The Prodigy, System of a Down, 88 Fingers Lougie and Chef'Special were added to Riot Fest Chicago 2015. Full lineup HERE.

The fest happens September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Poster below...

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June 19, 2015

Pitchfork Festival 2015 settimes

We're about a month away from the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival which happens July 17-19 in Union Park, which includes performances from Sleater-Kinney, Wilco, Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Chance the Rapper, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & Olsens, Caribou and lots more across three stages. They've just announced schedule / set times, which you can peruse below.

Three-day passes are sold out, but daily tickets are still available.

Continue reading "2015 Pitchfork Festival: daily schedules announced"

June 12, 2015

photos by Zach Pollack

Hop Along

Hop Along brought their tour with Field Mouse and Lithuania to Chicago on June 5 for a show at Subterranean with additional support from Woozy. The tour was in support of their new album and first for Saddle Creek, Painted Shut, and we got plenty of that as well as some older staples off Get Disowned. Pictures are in this post and continue below...

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