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September 14, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Buzzcocks / Wu-Tang / crazy costume!

We already posted day 1 pictures and review of the ongoing Riot Fest Chicago happening in Humboldt Park, and now we posted day 2 (Saturday, Sept 13) pics and review over at BrooklynVegan. The festival's second day included Samhain (playing Initium), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Check out the coverage here.

photos by James Richards IV

NOFX / Mastodon / pirate

Riot Fest Chicago is going down in Humboldt Park as we speak. Pictures and a review of day 1 (Friday, Sept 12) -- which included Jane's Addiction (playing Nothing's Shocking), Mastodon, Clutch, NOFX (playing Punk In Drublic), GWAR, Stiff Little Fingers, ALL, The Offspring (playing Smash), Title Fight, Pity Sex, The Hotelier, a Pussy Riot panel (with Henry Rollins, Greg Gaffin and others) and more -- are posted over at BrooklynVegan. Head here to check it out.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and review are posted.

September 9, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

The War on Drugs / The Dismemberment Plan / Sylvan Esso

A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2014 finished off on Saturday (9/6) with performances by The War on Drugs, The Dismemberment Plan, Funky Meters, Mac Demarco, Sylvan Esso, Valerie June, and Empires. Pictures from day 1 can be found HERE, and a set of photos from day 2 of the fest are in this post. More below...

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September 5, 2014

by Evan Lee


Last night (9/4), How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) brought his current tour through Chicago for a sold-out, hometown performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art. HTDW, which now tours as a four piece, were joined by Seattle singer-songwriter Julie Byrne, who kicked off the night with her warm, intricately finger-picked tunes.

How to Dress Well's headlining set consisted largely of songs from album of the year contender "What Is This Heart?". Krell delivered his songs confidently and enthusiastically, with his live band proving a dynamic counterpart to his decidedly powerful voice. While a venue more conducive to audience movement than the fully seated MCA might have better suited upbeat songs like the '90s R'n'B-worshipping "Very Best Friend," the room's fantastic acoustics more than compensated for that when they made pitch-perfect performances of slower songs like "Suicide Dream 1" and "2 Years On" all the more haunting.

Intimacy was the word of the night-- the entire performance felt refreshingly casual and never seemed overly-rehearsed. Krell joked with his band and the audience in-between his heart-wrenching songs. At the end of set highlight "Set It Right," Krell brilliantly interpolated Young Thug's hook from Rich Gang's track "Lifestyle." While I wasn't sure how Krell could successfully follow such an entrancing set, he found a way when he returned to the stage to offer a seemingly off-the-cuff, a cappella rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Look to You." Krell stumbled and forgot some of the lyrics, but his imperfect performance perfectly encapsulated the intimate and friendly mood that How To Dress Well curated the entire night.

Check out some video footage of "Cold Nites" from the MCA after the jump...

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August 27, 2014

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Arcade Fire / crowd / Devo

Arcade Fire began their two-night stand at Chicago's United Center last night (8/26). The band's 20-song set pulled from all four of their albums, and included fan-favorites like "Month of May," "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," "Rebellion (Lies)," and "No Cars Go." They had some technical issues during "Joan of Arc" (their third song of the night), so the outfit opted to play a stripped down and shortened version of "My Body Is A Cage" while things got sorted. And like they've been doing throughout the tour, Arcade Fire also covered an artist with strong ties to Chicago. They performed the Bo Diddley classic "Who Do You Love?" during their four-song encore, which also included "Normal Person," "Rebellion (Lies)," and "Wake Up." Pictures from the 8/26 show (unfortunately none of Dan Deacon) are in this post. Arcade Fire play their second of two United Center shows tonight (8/27).

More pictures, Arcade Fire's complete setlist, and some videos lie after the jump...

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August 26, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Robyn at Pritzker Pavilion

Dance-pop ambassadors Robyn and Royksopp brought their international tour through Chicago for a sold-out show at Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday night (8/24). The two acts delivered separate sets before coming together for a collaborative performance in support of their recently released mini LP. Pictures from the Pritzker Pavilion show are in this post. More below...

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August 21, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Jacco Gardner // Bare Mutants

Dutch wunderkind Jacco Gardner brought his summer North American tour through Chicago for a show at the Empty Bottle on Monday night (8/18). Local crew Bare Mutants and ...Trail of Dead related project Midnight Masses got things started, and pictures from the Empty Bottle are in this post (none of Midnight Masses, unfortunately). More below...

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August 11, 2014

photos by James Richards IV and Dominick Mastrangelo

Into It. Over It in the Soundwave tent (more)
Into It Over IT

Blood Orange (more)
Dev Hynes

selfies (more)

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Bomba Estereo in the Soundwave tent (more)

Though we didn't post any of the pictures to BV Chicago before now, we (BrooklynVegan) were collectively at Lollapalooza this year, both on the ground and inside the Toyota Soundwave tent as curators of even more sets from some of the artists playing the main stages. In case you missed it, check out all the photos and recaps:

* DAY ONE (everything)
* DAY TWO (regular fest)
* DAY THREE (regular fest)
* DAY TWO & THREE (Soundwave Tent)

and on Facebook: Soundwave stuff, and Soundwave portraits.

August 5, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Disclosure at Aragon Ballroom

While in town for Lollapalooza 2014, Disclosure also played an official festival aftershow at the Aragon Ballroom on Friday night (8/1). Fellow UK house-head Julio Bashmore got things started, and pictures from Aragon Ballroom are in this post. More below...

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August 3, 2014

photos by Jeff Ryan

American Football at Beat Kitchen

Billed as an Owen show, the headliner at Beat Kitchen last night (8/2) was actually American Football! "Welcome to our first public practice as American Football," said the band before launching into their hour-long set. Mike Kinsella and co. played almost all of their landmark self-titled LP, a couple of B-sides, and their namesake EP. Lifted Bells (members of Braid, T/T/T, Options, etc) got things started, and pictures from Beat Kitchen are in this post.

AF's next upcoming show is the Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana, IL on September 28. Tickets for that show and festival passes are still available.

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

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