Recent Posts in music

March 25, 2015

photo: Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

The Lollapalooza 2015 lineup has been announced. Check it out below.

The fest happens July 31 - August 2 in Grant Park. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2015 lineup announced"

March 20, 2015


Monday (March 23) is going to be a hell of day to be a TV On the Radio fan. The band will be playing an in-store acoustic set at the Reckless Records on Broadway at 6 PM before their a sold-out show at the Metro at 9 PM, followed by a DJ set at the River North Headquarters. The DJ set is free with an RSVP, and $5 dollars without (no +1s). Buying the band's new record "Seeds" at Reckless also guarantees you a spot at the in-store.

Continue reading "TV On The Radio playing free acoustic in-store at Reckless Records before Metro show, DJing at Headquarters after"

March 15, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Tweedy @ The Vic 3/6/2015

...Jeff Tweedy's confiding vocals and acoustic guitar finger-picking intertwined with Spencer Tweedy's drumming. The younger Tweedy choked up on his sticks for several songs, as if intent on swinging for singles instead of homeruns. He's a deft but not particularly flashy drummer. He works to leave space in the arrangements, rather than filling them up with gratuitous affirmations of his technique. At times, the arrangements left him alone in the mix, and he was up to the task, carrying the music through the changing scenery of "Diamond Light Pt. 1." Mostly he treated the drums like a voice in an ongoing musical dialogue with his father, a voice that doesn't need to always interject or interrupt, but is content to affirm and accent. - [Chicago Tribune]

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy stopped by the Vic last week with his other band Tweedy, the side project collaboration between him and his 18 year-old son. Tweedy's set hit highlights of their album, Sukierae, still played a ton of Wilco material at the Vic. Setlist and and pictures from the show, including ones of opener Juan Wauters, are in this post.

Tweedy's tour is currently on the West Coast, playing Eugene, OR tonight. All Tweedy dates are listed, along with more pics from the Vic, below...

Continue reading "Tweedy and Juan Wauters played the Vic (pics, setlist ++ updated tour dates)"

March 9, 2015

photo: Viet Cong in Brooklyn in January (more by PSquared)IMAGE

Levitation Chicago will be happening at Thalia Hall this weekend on March 13 & 14. The event's lineup recently expanded to include Destruction Unit, Noveller, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Atlas Sound, Heat Leisure, and Gateway Drugs, joining the likes of Swervedriver, Viet Cong, and The Pop Group. Two-day passes are sold-out but single day tickets are now available. Check out the complete lineup below as well some music from the performing artists here.

Continue reading "Levitation Chicago this weekend at Thalia Hall (full lineup)"

March 7, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Perfect Pussy
Perfect Pussy

It was a cold day at the end of February but that didn't stop music fans from bundling up and coming out in force for the Empty Bottle's MUSIC FROZEN DANCING. We've got a load of pictures from the chilly, Goose Island sponsored event that featured sets by locals NE-Hi and Oozing Wound, as well as Protomartyr and Perfect Pussy.. Find yourself in them, below...

Continue reading "Protomartyr, Perfect Pussy, Oozing Wound & NE-Hi played OUTSIDE Empty Bottle (pics)"

February 27, 2015

photo: Patti Smith @ Riot Rest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Those of you that didn't get a chance to catch Patti Smith at last year's intimate Old Town show (or want to see her again) are in luck. The singer will be making a return to the venue this spring for two shows at the venue on on April 2 & 3. She'll be accompanied by Jackson Smith, Jesse Smith & Tony Shanahan for what's being billed as a "Spring Awakening (A Celebration of Poetry & Song)". Tickets are on sale now.

photos by Kevin Osterhout

Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic @ Metro, 2/6/2015

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic are still on tour in support of their Hail Mary Mallon album, Bestiary. They made a stop at Metro earlier this month (2/6) and pictures from that show are in this post.

For the remaining tour dates check out BV. More pictures and setlist of Metro show below.

Continue reading "Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic played Metro (pics, setlist)"

February 25, 2015

photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack

Swans at Thalia Hall on 02.21.2015

This past weekend, Swans brought their current North American tour through Chicago for a sold-out show at Pilsen's Thalia Hall.

Dirty Three percussionist Jim White kicked off the night with a set from his latest project Xylouris White, a duo that also includes Cretan lutist Giorgos Xylouris. The pair delivered tunes from their genre-defying 2014 debut Goats. White and Xylouris' atypical approaches to the drums and lute respectively yielded a gripping opening set.

After a quick changeover, the mighty and resilient Swans took to the stage. They've retained the same six-piece lineup since reforming in 2010, and that crew is now more united than ever. They offered up gnarled versions of To Be Kind cuts "A Little God in My Hands," "Just a Little Boy (for Chester Burnett)," and "Bring the Sun," The Seer's "Mother of the World," and a few newer ones including "Frankie M" and and "Black Hole Man. One of the newer ones earlier on was a 10-minute pulsating dirge, and "Black Hole Man" was the night's closing number that they segued into by first playing "Bring the Sun." That segment alone was a thirty to forty-minute ordeal, with "Black Hole Man" peaking with a cacophonous stop-and-go section.

More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Swans & Xylouris White played Thalia Hall (pics)"

February 18, 2015

photos by James Richards IV


Tucker's voice leaped to the top of its range, as if she were being shoved off a cliff every time she started a verse. Brownstein sometimes sang alongside but more often in opposition. Her guitar provided a running commentary of its own, seldom settling for stock chords or harmonious counterpoint, but always in the mood for an argument. Weiss did not sit meekly and watch her two bandmates joust. She jostled and prodded, and yet for all the thunder in her rolls and fills, there was also swing and subtlety. She colored the songs instead of merely steam-rolling them. Her taut responses suggested another voice in "Light Rail Coyote," brought shades of cool to "Get Up" and patiently stacked kindling on "Good Things" until it caught fire. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]
Sleater-Kinney are fully back in action with an excellent new album making their current tour much more than just nostalgia. The tour began in their home state earlier this month, and hit Chicago for a show at Riviera Theatre last night (2/17). The review quoted above is from that show. Did you go? How was it?

More pictures (including opener Lizzo) and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney played The Riv w/ Lizzo (pics & setlist)"

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...

Continue reading "METZ & FIDLAR touring together, playing Chicago separately"