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October 23, 2015

photos by Cory Dewald

DIIV @ Thalia Hall 10/12/2015

Thalia Hall, which was originally designed as an opera house, seemed to be custom made specifically for the New York City band. DIIV's beautiful and natural stage presence was emphasized by soft, pastel lights floating over the crowd, elegant and intricate crown molding lining the stage, and enough room on stage for all five members to move around freely. It fits the quintet's performance: the grainy home videos of Smith's girlfriend, Sky Ferriera, and other random scenes playing on the backdrop, the peculiar, glowing guitar of Andrew Bailey, and the almost liquefied way Smith's vocals wave out into the audience.

Plenty of fans seemed to mimic DIIV's slacker indie boy appearance, making a conscious effort to look like they hadn't showered in a week while lankily bobbing around during the show. Then there was the standouts- the ones who shouted nearly every lyric and then grew silent to soak in the new music that they had been fervently and painfully waiting for.

Even though it's sometime difficult to decipher exactly what front man Cole Smith is crooning, his openness and vulnerability makes his emotions ebb through. Albeit slight and delicate in appearance (his oversized clothing swallows him up), Smith has a powerful talent of being able to take the atmosphere of the venue from hauntingly dark to sweetly and happily ethereal throughout the set. (The DePaulia)

DIIV brought their tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean to Chicago's Thalia Hall on October 12, and we've got pics of DIIV's set in this post (unfortunately we missed Sunflower Bean and No Joy). DIIV, who have a new album on the way, played a set that mixed older material in with stuff that will presumably make the new record.

Check out more pics of DIIV below.

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October 19, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Garbage / Torres

"Our whole story began here in Chicago," Garbage singer Shirley Manson said Saturday night at the Riviera Theatre, reminding the crowd that the Windy City was where she once auditioned for her future bandmates Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker. "Despite my accent, we are intrinsically thought of as a band from the Midwest."

That made this weekend's show something of a homecoming, in more ways than one. The show was part of Garbage's current tour in which they are playing their 1995 self-titled debut album in its entirety. The most striking thing about the concert was how fresh and twisted and creative this music sounded, even 20 years later. What passes for alternative rock today doesn't come close to matching the edgy, dangerous vibes of the music Garbage was cranking out two decades ago. [Scott Shetler for AXS]

Garbage brought the 20th anniversary tour of their self-titled debut album with Torres to Chicago's Riviera Theatre on Saturday (10/17). They ran through the album along with a bunch of the material they generated around that time, like the classic "#1 Crush," b-sides like "Subhuman" and finally some later hits like "Cherry Lips" and "Push It." They also broke out their versions of The Jam's "The Butterfly Collector" and Vic Chestnutt's "Kick My Ass."

Meanwhile, Nashville's Torres has been having a great year, touring as a headliner, with Courtney Barnett, and now also with Garbage.

More pictures from the show (including one of Garbage's setlist) below...

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October 14, 2015

photos by James Richards IV


FFS and The Intelligence brought their tour to Chicago for a show at The Vic on October 8. We had pics of their NYC show last week, and now we've got pics from the show at The Vic.

FFS is the collaboration between the legendary pop group Sparks and the slightly younger but also somewhat legendary Franz Ferdinand. They were joined by the proudly sardonic Seattle/Los Angeles noise makers The Intelligence. FFS has been playing the entirety of their debut album along with versions of Sparks and Franz Ferdinand songs, and the Chicago set was no exception. They hit classics like "Take Me Out" and "The Number One Song in Heaven."

More pics of FFS and The Intelligence, setlist for FFS, and a video of FFS playing "Police Encounters" recently on The Late Late Show With James Corden, below...

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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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