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October 8, 2015

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

He Whose Ox is Gored

Seattle prog-doom crew He Whose Ox is Gored are streaming their new album The Camel, The Lion, The Child over at Invisible Oranges. The record is a very satisfying blend of early-Mastodon style riffing with a strong emphasis on melody and songcraft (IO's Joseph Schaefer compared them to early Alice in Chains, which is weirdly spot on). Throw in some psychedelia courtesy of the ever-present keyboards and can hit a bunch of disparate pleasure-centers. You can stream it below.

HWOIG are heading out on tour later this month. They will come through Chicago for a show at Reggies on October 24, where they'll be joined by Starless and Bubbles Erotica. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Be sure to check our IO-sponsored show calendar for more Chicago-area metal shows.

All upcoming dates for He Whose Ox is Gored, along with a stream of The Camel, the Lion, The Child, below...

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October 7, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

FFS @ Terminal 5 10/6/2015

Franz Ferdinand and the legendary Sparks, together as FFS, are currently on their North American tour with The Intelligence, which hit NYC last night and a set of pictures are in this post. If you like either band even a little, this is an incredibly fun, not-to-be-missed show with everyone collaboratively on top of their game and a rare chance to get Sparks songs played with a full, killer, band. The FFS tour hits Chicago on Thursday (10/8) at The Vic (moved from the Riv) and tickets are still available.

Check out a full review and another set of pics from FFS' NYC show at BrookynVegan and more pics this set are below...

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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 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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