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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....

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...

Continue reading "Donovan Wolfington playing Chicago with Ratboys on tour"

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.

June 30, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Mikal Cronin @ Subterranean, 6/20/2015
Mikal Cronin

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...

Continue reading "Mikal Cronin played Subterranean with Uh Bones (pics), playing Thalia Hall in September (dates)"

June 29, 2015

Jenny Lewis Grateful Dead Alex Bleeker

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.

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis added to Alex Bleeker's Grateful Dead tribute at City Winery Chicago (which is in Dead mode all week)"

June 23, 2015

photo: The Prodigy in NYC in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The Prodigy

The Prodigy, System of a Down, 88 Fingers Lougie and Chef'Special were added to Riot Fest Chicago 2015. Full lineup HERE.

The fest happens September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Poster below...

Continue reading "The Prodigy, System of a Down, 88 Fingers Louie, and more added to Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup"

June 5, 2015

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!

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago lineup: Tenacious D, Iggy Pop, De La Soul, Drive Like Jehu, Faith No More, Motorhead, Rancid & much more"

April 6, 2015

WIRE

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).

Wire's new self-titled album is streaming now at NPR. For all Wire dates, visit BV.

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