Recent Posts in tour dates
July 21, 2015
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...
July 16, 2015
Chicago is taken over by this weekend's sold-out Pitchfork Music Festival. If you have the stamina, once things are done each night in Union Park, there are loads of great aftershows, including performances from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. Check out our guide over at BrooklynVegan.
June 30, 2015
photos by James Richards IV
Mikal Cronin @ Subterranean, 6/20/2015
Mikal Cronin's current tour swung through Chicago last week, playing Subterranean on June 20 with Uh Bones. Pictures from that show are in this post. We'll have another chance to see him not too far off -- Mikal's MCIII tour will be back, stopping at Thalia Hall on September 13 with Calvin Love and Cairo Gang. Tickets are on sale now.
All Mikal Cronin dates are listed, along with more pics from his Subterranean show, below...
June 29, 2015
Grateful Dead mania is in full force, with the California shows right behind us (pictures, recap, setlist) and the Chicago shows coming up this weekend. As we mentioned, there's also a late-night celebration at City Winery Chicago on 7/3 (11:30 PM doors) with a bunch of indie musicians covering the dead, including members of Real Estate, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and more. Making it an even better lineup, an exciting new addition was just announced: Jenny Lewis.
The full lineup is now Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks with special guests Jenny Lewis, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and James McNew, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Little Wings' Kyle Field, Little Wings collaborator Lee Baggett, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, M. Geddes Gengras, Ryley Walker, and Bleeker's Real Estate bandmate Matt Kallman. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Contest details below.
The tribute show happens after City Winery hosts a simulcast viewing of the Dead's Chicago show that night, which happens at Soldier Field. City Winery is hosting the Simulcast for their Saturday and Sunday shows too, and will basically be in Dead mode all week with "Weir World" shows featuring Jonathan Wilson (Tues-Thurs), Steve Kimock & Jerry Joseph (Fri-Sat afternoon), Matishayu & a member of The Disco Biscuits (Sat late night), Joan Osborne (Sun afternoon), and Railroad Earth Sun late night). Tickets for City Winery's week of Dead celebrations are on sale.
June 23, 2015
photo: The Prodigy in NYC in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The fest happens September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Poster below...
June 5, 2015
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.
May 27, 2015
April 6, 2015
As posted on BrooklynVegan, Legendary punk/postpunk group Wire will bring their DRILL festival to Chicago from June 11-13, featuring special collaborations, special guests and more. Here's the breakdown:
Thursday, June 11 will be at at The Hideout and will feature jazz musicians Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley collaborating with Wire on a new version of their classic 154 track, "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W." Vandermark and Wooley will also perform their own set, as will Olivia Block (tickets).
Friday, June 12 will be at at Thalia Hall and is headlined by a collaborative performance with St. Vincent for an extended take on their repetition excursion "Drill." The night also features sets from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Lung, and The Fly (tickets).
And then on Saturday, June 13 at Metro will be the pinkflag guitar orchestra, consisting of Wire plus dozens of other guitarists joining them for an epic version of Pink Flag's title track, plus sets by admitted fans Disappears and Tim Hecker (tickets).
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.
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...