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November 19, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Interpol // Hundred Waters at the Riviera Theatre
Hundred Waters

Last week, Interpol brought their El Pintour run with LA experimentalists Hundred Waters through Chicago for a packed show at the Riviera Theatre on Wednesday, November 12. The long-running NYC crew were heavy on that LP as well as 2002's Turn on the Bright Lights, and they also played a few tunes from both Antics and their 2010 self-titled album. Pictures and their full setlist from the Riv are in this post.

Hundred Waters are out with Interpol for the remainder of November, and have now announced a February/March North American tour of their own. That set of dates includes a show at Lincoln Hall on February 24, and tickets go on sale this Friday (11/21) at noon CST.

More pictures from the Riv, Interpol's setlist, and Hundred Waters dates lie after the jump...

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November 13, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Alt-J at the Riv on 11.01.2014

Alt-J brought their tour in support of This Is All Yours through Chicago for a sold-out, two-night stand at the Riviera Theatre earlier this month. We caught the first of two shows with openers Lovelife, and pictures from the Riv are in this post. More below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Milos Markicevic

Slowdive // Low at the Vic Theatre on 10.30.2014

After seeing Slowdive put on a fantastic show at Pitchfork Fest 2014, I was eager to see them perform in a club setting. I got the opportunity a couple of weeks ago when the band returned to Chicago to play the Vic Theatre alongside minimalist rockers Low, who opened the show with a brief-yet-intimate set. Waiting for Slowdive to hit the stage, I noticed a lot of familiar faces in the crowd-- members of Russian Circles, Implodes, and Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, BMSR) were all in attendance. The band finally came on and opened with their self-titled cut, followed by highlights such as "Machine Gun," "Blue Skied an' Clear," and "Allison." The band came off even bigger and louder than before, surpassing the sound quality of some of their recorded material. At the show I also met a guy who drove all the way from Ontario to see them play again; if that isn't a testament to how great the band is live, I don't know what is. Hands down the best reunion tour of the year.

Pictures from the Vic Theatre are in this post. More of them can be found after the jump, alongside Slowdive and Low's complete setlists.

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November 11, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Twin Peaks // Ne-Hi at Lincoln Hall on 10.30.2014

Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks are currently winding their way through North America in support of their new LP Wild Onion. That run hit Chicago for a Devil's Night hometown show at Lincoln Hall with support from Ne-Hi and Flesh Panthers, and pictures are in this post. More of them, The Warriors gang Halloween costumes included, can be found below...

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October 28, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

SBTRKT at the Riviera Theatre

UK producer SBTRKT (aka Aaron Jerome) brought his North American tour in support of Wonder Where We Land through Chicago for a sold-out show at the Riviera Theatre last Thursday (10/23). Jerome and frequent live/studio collaborator Sampha tore through cuts from the new LP, as well as favorites from their wildly successful 2011 effort. The pair also performed a remix of the Radiohead tune "Lotus Flower," and footage of that can be found at the bottom of this post.

Pictures from the Riv and that video footage lie after the jump...

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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.

More of them lie after the jump...

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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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