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October 20, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Foo Fighters at the Cubby Bear

Foo Fighters came through Chicago this past weekend for a super small show at Wrigleyville bar The Cubby Bear in promotion of Sonic Highways -- their name-sharing forthcoming LP and brand new HBO series. The first episode of Sonic Highways (the series) premiered on Friday night (10/17) at 10PM, and The Foos took the stage shortly after the broadcast ended to deliver a 22-song set. The show could also be streamed live via HBO's Facebook page. They were joined by special guests Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) as they ripped through fan favorites, covers of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," Cheap Trick's "Stiff Competition" and "Surrender," and Naked Raygun's "Surf Combat" with the respective special guests in tow. They also performed a Sonic Highways tune called "Something From Nothing" with Nielsen, and the band have now shared a video for the song, which he also appears in. You can check out their new video at the bottom of this post.

Pictures from The Cubby Bear, their new video, and footage of their Stones cover + "My Hero" can be found below...

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October 8, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Warpaint at the Vic Theatre

Warpaint brought their fall North American tour through Chicago this past weekend for a show at the Vic Theatre on Sunday night (10/5). The band played about half of their excellent 2014 self-titled LP, as well as a mix of songs from The Fool and Exquisite Corpse. The Entrance Band main man Guy Blakeslee got things started, and pictures from the Vic Theatre are in this post (none of Blakeslee).

More pictures and Warpaint's full setlist lie after the jump...

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October 6, 2014

Robert Plant @ the Riv, 10/02/2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant brought his fall North American tour through Chicago last week for a show at the Riviera Theatre on Thursday, October 2. Plant and his band the Sensational Shape Shifters delivered most of their recently released LP Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, as well as a handful of Led Zeppelin tunes. Pictures from the Riv can be found over at BrooklynVegan.

Check out the band's 10/2 setlist below...

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September 25, 2014

photos & words by Milos Markicevic

Tobacco / Oscillator Bug at Lincoln Hall

Black Moth Super Rainbow main man Tobacco (aka Tom Fec) brought his brand of fuzzed out weirdness to Lincoln Hall last Wednesday (9/17) in support of his third release, Ultima II Massage, which hit stores earlier this year via Ghostly. Prior to his headlining set, tourmates Oscillator Bug played a few synth punk tracks, later followed by a brooding shoegaze set from The Stargazer Lilies. Setting up his gear up soon after, Fec played a clip of an old Jerry Springer episode that featured a man who's only course of action after catching his girl in the act with his best friend was to write a list of things he would no longer do for him. The audience laughed as the guy read through the list, and you could spot Fec grinning in the shadows. After reaching ten on the list, Fec and his accompanying band members (also the touring members of BMSR) cut into "Streaker" which was accompanied by its creepy Eric Wareheim-directed video. Fec's penchant for weird found footage was showcased in full with increasingly strange visuals that included everything from alien porn to nail polish infomercials (all standard fare at a Tobacco show). Around the time the band played "Heavy Makeup," the front center crowd turned into a moshpit that remained fairly active until the end of the show, which closed off with the soothing BMSR track "Sun Lips." Pictures from Lincoln Hall are in this post.

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September 22, 2014

Kanye West @ AAHH! Fest (photo via Roger Tino Morales)

Common's inaugural AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between his Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc., took place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday (9/21). After scheduled performances from Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and more, with host Dave Chappelle, Common brought out heavily teased special guest Kanye West during his headlining set. The pair delivered their The College Dropout collaboration "Get Em High," and then Kanye ran through some hits including "Jesus Walks," "Touch The Sky," "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "All Of The Lights," "Power," and more. You can check out some videos at the bottom of this post (via All Hip Hop). Common also brought out Jay Electronica and late festival addition Vince Staples to perform the forthcoming remix of "Kingdom," which was originally released by Common/Staples. Video footage of that is also available below (via Rap Radar).

Long Beach, CA's Vince Staples is still in town and will be playing a FREE in-store TONIGHT (9/22) at Logan Square streetwear shop Fat Tiger Workshop (2131 N Rockwell St). It'll go from 5 to 7PM, with complimentary cocktails from Twenty Grand Vodka. No RSVP is necessary.

Video footage of both Kanye West and Vince Staples at AAHH! Fest, and a flyer for the in-store lie after the jump...

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September 18, 2014

photos & words by Milos Markicevic

Metronomy at Lincoln Hall

Electronic producer Dawn Golden (aka Dexter Tortoriello) opened for Metronomy this past Friday (9/12) at Lincoln Hall. Tortoriello's been accompanying the band on their fall tour, and played a set that consisted of tracks from his debut LP Still Life, which was released earlier this year on Diplo's Made Decent label. The audience seemed a little caught off guard at first, but his emotional vocals and highly personal lyrics resonated with the crowd and he clearly won at least a few fans by the end of his set. Metronomy hit the stage dressed in sharp matching outfits a little later and started off with "Holiday" before making their way to some newer songs off their fourth studio album, Love Letters, playing its excellent single "I'm Aquarius." The band, which had played the Metro a few months prior, mentioned they still had the Chicago fresh in their memory and that it was good to be back. They concluded their set with "You Could Easily Have Me" and left the stage, only to return for a jamming two song encore before thanking the audience and calling it a night. Pictures and Metronomy's full setlist from Lincoln Hall are in this post.

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September 17, 2014

photos by Kari Terzino

Spoon / EMA at The Chicago Theatre

The Spoon that played the Chicago Theatre Tuesday night (a month and a half after a rousing Lollapalooza set) is a band that has found a new sweet spot. Its recently released album, "They Want My Soul," pushes the trajectory forward and upward with heightened crunch and, yes, soul, while in concert the band is clicking on more cylinders than ever.

The most notable change is the addition of Alex Fischel, who played mostly keyboards with Divine Fits but is Daniel's primary guitar foil here, even as he adds painterly keyboards to some songs. The floppy-haired Fischel doesn't merely turn a four-piece unit into a five-piece; he pushes the frontman, who shoots him happy looks in return, and propels the music, whether through the driving intro of the set-opening "Knock Knock Knock" or the delicate, high keyboard runs that he and keyboardist/guitarist Eric Harvey traded on a mesmerizing "Inside Out" or the way that Fischel's and Daniel's electric guitars tangled as if in a barbed wire fight on "The Beast and Dragon, Adored."
[Mark Caro -- Chicago Tribune]

Austin's revitalized and new album-toting Spoon tagged Chicago last night (9/16) for a big show at The Chicago Theatre as part of their tour with EMA. They played most of They Want My Soul, as well as a good portion of 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and a mix of songs from their back catalog with some interesting panel-aided back lighting. Pictures, video footage of "The Ghost of You Lingers," and Spoon's full Chicago Theatre setlist are in this post.

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photos by Kari Terzino

Shabazz Palaces at Lincoln Hall

Hip-hop oddity Shabazz Palaces brought their tour in support of their recently-released album Lese Majesty through Chicago for a performance at Lincoln Hall on September 13. Chandeliers got things started, and pictures from Lincoln Hall are in this post (none of Chandeliers). More below...

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September 16, 2014

photos by James Brodie, words by Jonathan Mondragon

Primus at Concord Music Hall

Following a much less rainy second day at Riot Fest 2014, goofy funk-metal legends Primus played a sold-out aftershow at Concord Music Hall in Logan Square. Bassist/vocalist Les Claypool and guitarist Larry LaLonde returned, along with Tool drummer Danny Carey, filling in for Tim "Herb" Alexander, who is currently recovering from a heart attack and subsequent triple bypass surgery. As a fitting tribute to Alexander, the band projected his face onto the two massive inflatable astronauts that are usually found on-stage at a Primus show. Carey filled in for this show, the band's performance at Riot Fest Chicago the following day, and Riot Fest Denver, with his powerful and precise drumming style proving to be the best possible temp replacement for Alexander. It doesn't hurt that Carey is a longtime fan of the band. Primus kicked the show off with Sailing the Seas of Cheese songs "Those Damn Blue Collared Tweakers" and "Here Come the Bastards" and played selections from throughout their catalog, including "Southbound Pachyderm", "Over the Falls", "Eleven", and "To Defy the Laws of Tradition", amongst many other deep cuts for the fans. They ended the show on a solid block of some of their best material, "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver", "My Name is Mud", "Harold of the Rocks", and encore "Too Many Puppies". Especially noteworthy was an excellent drum solo from Danny Carey that led into "Eleven", as well as a short cover of Tool's "Aenima" before "To Defy..." that made fans go wild. An especially rowdy and energetic crowd started a "Danny Carey sucks" chant, a variation of the band's longtime endearing "Primus sucks" chant, met with a grateful toast of Gatorade from Danny Carey. Seeing Primus is always a technical marvel, regardless of your opinion of their music. Les Claypool's unique style of funk-influenced slap bass, Larry LaLonde's atonal abstract guitar playing, and some extremely intricate groovy drum parts from Danny Carey made for quite the spectacle, particularly for attendees less familiar with the band's material. The sound was also top-notch at the Concord, which is shaping up to be one of the best new venues in Chicago.

Pictures from the Concord are in this post. More of them, and the setlist, can be found below...

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Weezer / Cheap Trick / Ferris Wheel
Cheap Trick
Ferris Wheel

Riot Fest Chicago came to a close in Humboldt Park on Sunday (9/14) with The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.

You've already seen day 1 and day 2 pictures and review. Now we've posted day 3 over at BrooklynVegan. Check it out here.