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February 5, 2016

photo: Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)

The 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival will happen at Union Park from July 15 - 17. They haven't announced any of the performers yet, but three-day passes and daily tickets are on sale now.

January 7, 2016

photo: Julien Baker in NYC in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julien Baker

The annual multi-venue Chicago festival Tomorrow Never Knows returns this year from January 13-17, and as usual there's plenty of great stuff to see. One artist we definitely don't think you should miss is Julien Baker, the young singer/songwriter whose live show instantly won us over and whose debut album Sprained Ankle was one of our favorites of 2015.

Other highlights on the lineup include Eternal Summers and Wildhoney (who both also made one of our favorite albums of 2015), plus The Go! Team, METZ, Torres, Bully, Lady Lamb, San Fermin, Tobacco, Lou Barlow, Whitney, All Them Witches, American Wrestlers, FaltyDL, Andy Shauf, Mild High Club and more. Check out the full schedule HERE. TIckets are on sale.

December 18, 2015

Levitation Chicago

The Levitation Chicago pysch fest is back for a second year, returning to Thalia Hall on March 10-12, 2016. The initial lineup was just released and includes Faust, Royal Trux, Chelsea Wolfe, Oneohtrix Point Never, Earthless, Riley Walker, Blanck Mass, Night Beats, Circuit De Yeux, Eartheater and more.

More artists will be announced. Weekend passes are on sale now. Full list of announced Levitation Chicago acts, below...

Continue reading "Levitation Chicago announces initial 2016 lineup"

December 8, 2015

Joanna Newsom

In the live setting last night, [the new songs] not only fit perfectly with all of her other material, they often highlighted the set. Sandwiched in between two of her most massive songs to date ("Emily" and "Have One On Me"), "Waltz of the 101st Lightborne" had the same show-stopping effect as those songs, with Ryan and Mirabi's guitar and violin flourishes popping out as much as Joanna's own presence.

Divers' lengthy title track was another show stopper, but in the opposite way. It was one of the nights quieter songs, and had the crowd in a silent trance the whole time. The crowd was like that the whole show, really. If someone near you so much as coughed or shifted in their seat, you could hear them during Joanna's quiet parts.

The above quote is from our review of Joanna Newsom's Brooklyn show last night (12/7), the second stop on her ongoing tour in support of this year's excellent Divers. The tour has dates scheduled through April, and hits Chicago this month on December 16 at Chicago Theatre. Her current tourmates Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi (the latter of which is also playing in Joanna's band) open. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video for Divers' title track, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Newsom on tour with Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi, playing Chicago this month"

November 25, 2015


Between December 1st and 6th, Dave Chappelle will play twelve shows at Thalia Hall. Tickets for the Chicago shows go on sale Saturday (11/28) at noon.

November 17, 2015


Chicago's Lume have been floating around the local scene for a while and have two EPs out, and they're set to release their debut album Perennial Phase on January 15 via Mayfly Records. We've got the premiere of its single "Violent Light," which mixes heavy rock and shoegaze in a way that fans of Hum, Nothing and Cloakroom may dig. Listen below.

The band has a few shows coming up, including two in their hometown. One is on 11/20 at 2040 with ITTO, Threading, Carnivores at Grace and Naga; and the other is 12/3 at Margaritaville with Xerxes and Stay Asleep. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "stream Lume's new song "Violent Light," see them live soon"

November 3, 2015

photo: Kendrick Lamar in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar was set to bring his "Kunta's Groove Sessions" tour with backing band the Wesley Theory and opener Jay Rock to Chicago on Thursday (11/5) at Concord Music Hall. That show sold out, but like he did in NYC, Kendrick moved the show to a larger venue, the RIviera Theater. Tickets go back on sale today at 5 PM and all tickets purchased for Concord will be honored.

October 28, 2015

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Festival 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is on tour now, having just played the massive United Center in Chicago over the weekend (10/25). He'll be back soon for a much smaller show at Concord Music Hall on November 5. It's one of his "Kunta's Groove Sessions" shows, which means he'll have a full band and Jay Rock is opening. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/30) at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar playing Concord Music Hall on "Kunta's Groove Sessions" tour with Jay Rock"

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...

Continue reading "He Whose Ox Is Gored playing Reggies on tour, streaming LP"

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...

Continue reading "FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) play The Vic this week w/ The Intelligence ++ pictures from their NYC show"