Recent Posts in tour dates

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...

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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...

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"

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....

Continue reading "John Oliver takes on televangelists, playing Chicago Theatre.... TWICE (update: 2nd show added)"

July 21, 2015

Donovan Wolfington

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...

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July 16, 2015

Pitchfork Aftershows

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.