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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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June 10, 2015

photo: Pixies at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin

Robert Plant and The Pixies were supposed play with tonight (6/10) at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, but the onetime Led Zeppelin frontman came down with the flu and that show has been postponed till September 23, however the Pixies will not be opening that new date. All tickets will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase.

Good news: Pixies have announced that they'll be playing a surprise last-minute show at the Metro TONIGHT (6/10), their first at the venue in 26 years. Still no Kim Deal, but three out of four ain't bad. Tickets are on sale. Doors open at 8:30 pm.

June 5, 2015

photo by Bridgid Gallagher

Little Dragon @ Concord Music Hall - 5/29/15
L'il Dragon!

Swedish pop act Little Dragon parked their current tour at Chicago's Concord Music Hall on Friday, May 29 and you can check out full set of pics over at BrooklynVegan.

Little Dragon are currently in NYC for Governors Ball.

Alex Bleeker

As you probably know, surviving Grateful Dead members are celebrating the band's 50th anniversary with some shows this year, including three in Chicago from July 3-5 at Soldier Field. That won't be the only Dead celebration in Chicago that weekend though. Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks, who have been doing Dead tributes lately, will do another one at City Winery Chicago on July 3. And they'll be bringing along some pretty exciting guests.

They've got indie rock royalty Dead fans Ira Kaplan and James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth (who's on The National's upcoming Dead tribute), as well as Darkside's Dave Harrington and collaborator Will Epstein, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Matt Kallman, folk singer Ryley Walker, experimentalist M. Geddes Gengras, Kyle Field of long-running indie folk band Little Wings, and his past collaborator Lee Baggett.

It's a late show (11:30 PM doors) after the venue hosts a live stream of the Dead's Soldier Field show. Tickets are on sale.

May 27, 2015

Riot Fest

Taking place in new location Douglas Park this year from September 11-13, the lineup of Riot Fest 2015 is here! Tickets are on sale!

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May 22, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Tame Impala @ Riviera Theatre, 5/15/2015
Tame Impala

With his straggly hair and beard, and lean, barefoot frame, Parker still looks like the shaggy one-man-band auteur who emerged out of Australia in 2010 with densely packed, acid-saturated home-studio recordings. But when he stepped away from the armada of foot pedals arrayed in front of him and let the music breathe, his nasally falsetto vocals painted a different portrait: Kevin Parker, soul man.

On "Let it Happen," keyboards and a clipped groove dominated, a sleek electro-R&B track that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Pharrell Williams record - at least at first. A midsection breakdown arrived, and then the main theme returned full force, this time with guitars and drums in rock rave-up mode. It was a show's worth of zigs, zags and cliff-hangers packed into seven-plus minutes of music, the kind of track that's normally saved for last. But Parker preferred to set the bar high from the get-go, as if daring himself and his five-piece band to surpass it.

Tame Impala's ambitious new album, Currents, is out in July and the band are not shy about playing new material on their current tour, clearly wanting folks to hear where they're going. That tour hit Riviera on May 15 with Mini Mansions and pictures/setlist from the show are in this post. More below...

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May 15, 2015

Mos Def

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, came to Chicago earlier this month for a show at the Metro on May 1. Opening was Malik Yusef, Abel Black and Ty Money. Check out more pictures like the one above, at BrooklynVegan.

May 5, 2015


Pygmalion has announced the initial lineup for its 2015 incarnation. This year includes Ride, Purity Ring, Jimmy Chamberlin, Sylvan Esso, tUnE-yArDs, Zola Jesus, Strand of Oaks, Ryley Walker, Bully, Beach Slang and more. A yet-to-be-announced headliner is also confirmed but will be officially announced in the summer, alongside dozens of support acts. The fest will again take place in Champaign-Urbana between September 24-27. Tickets go on sale Friday (May 8th) and can be purchased at the festival's website.

Ride are currently on the road and recently announced an expanded tour. Tour dates over at Brooklyn Vegan.

April 29, 2015

photo by James Richards IV

Jose Gonzalez @ Lincoln Hall 4/15/2015
Jose Gonzalez

González's songs really push some powerful and thought provoking images that he and his band performed with unbelievable poise. With "Killing for Love" González explores the dark and scary territory that love can fall into, urging to question the length of ones desires. Questioning continues on in "What Will", where González pushes away ideas of status quo and dogma with the suggestion action. Under any other hand these songs could seem heavy handed, but González and his band bring in subtleties with their instrumentation that soft the message while still letting it flow through. - [Gapers Block]
Jose Gonzalez and Olaf Arnalds played two nights at Lincoln Hall on their tour together. Check out a full set of pictures from the second night (4/15) over at BrooklynVegan. Setlist from the show is below.

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April 28, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Action Bronson

Action Bronson brought the action to House of Blues on 4/21 (he was a day late!). His crew included The Alchemist, Meyham Lauren and Alex Wiley. Pictures from the packed hip hop show are here, and they continue below...

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