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January 29, 2016

photos by James Richards IV

Protomartyr / Amanda X / Negative Scanner @ Lincoln Hall 1/24/2016
Amanda X
Negative Scanner

Protomartyr's tour with Amanda X hit Chicago last week, playing Lincoln Hall on January 24 with local post-punks Negative Scanner. Check out a full set of pictures over at

January 27, 2016

photos by Cory Dewald

Wild Belle

Wild Belle returned to their home state to play a sold-out show at Chicago's Metro on January 15, with Chicago-based singer Fee Lion kicking off the show. Wild Belle played a bunch off their debut album Isles, along with some new tracks. Those will presumably end up on their upcoming album, Dreamland, which is out on April 15. A few days after the show, they released the video for their track with Major Lazer, "Be Together."

Watch that video, with more pictures and the setlist from Metro, below...

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January 25, 2016

photos by James Richards IV


The band's current activity remains centered on challenging, uncategorizable instrumental music that draws from jazz, rock, reggae, hip-hop, electronica and new wave. "At Odds with Logic" is a fitting song title from "The Catastrophist." The album features a pair of vocal-led songs including a deconstructed, Krautrock interpretation of David Essex's downtempo 1973 hit "Rock On" sung by guest vocalist Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple. [Chicago Sun Times]
Chicago post-rock mainstays Tortoise played two shows at Thalia Hall on January 23. The first was with Hydrofoil, and the second with locals Cleared. Both were 'in the round' shows. BV was at the early show with Hydrofoil, and pictures of that show are in this post.

The show came on the day after the release of their new album The Catastrophist. Check out more pictures and a video of Tortoise playing "Seneca" below...

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January 18, 2016

photos by James Richards IV

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg brought his tour with headliner G-Eazy and openers Marc E. Bassy, Nef the Pharaoh and Marty Grimes to Chicago on Saturday (1/16) at Aragon Ballroom. Check out more pictures on BrooklynVegan.

photos by James Richards IV

Torres / Palehound / Julien Baker
Julien Baker

The Torres / Palehound tour and the Julien Baker tour crossed paths for a great triple bill at Chicago's Lincoln Hall on Friday (1/15), part of Tomorrow Never Knows. Check out more pictures on BrooklynVegan.

photos by James Richards IV

All Them Witches

There were certain periods of peak intensity, expertly crafted by Parks and his bandmates. A long, drawn-out, abrupt pause in "Charles William" had us leaning forward, waiting for the resumption as the frontman took a slow, cavalier sip from his water bottle before launching back into the frenetic music. The intensity of his vocal delivery in "When God Comes Back" was only matched by the violence of the infectious blues riff that followed. And he and McLeod carefully built "Blood and Sand" into the dramatic final steps of a hero's journey that we, the engaged audience, had completed with them.(- Third Coast Review)
Nashville psych/stoner rock crew All Them Witches dropped by Chicago for a set last Thursday (1/14) at Lincoln Hall as part of Tomorrow Never Knows Fest that went down over the weekend. They were joined by Old Baby and Ranch Ghost. All Them Witches are still playing shows behind their 2015 album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker.

Pictures of that show continue below...

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December 15, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

The Sword / Royal Thunder
The Sword
Royal Thunder

Retro riffin' bands The Sword and Royal Thunder are on tour now, and played Chicago over the weekend at Thalia Hall (12/12). We've got a set of pictures from that show. More below...

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December 4, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

The Arcs

Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach's band The Arcs (whose debut album is one of Rolling Stone's top LPs of the year) are on tour now and they came to Chicago this week for a two-night stand at The Vic (Dec 2-3). We caught the first night and pictures (including shots of openers Mariachi Flor de Toloache) continue below...

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November 21, 2015

photos by James Richards IV


Ty Segall's band Fuzz, who already made at least one Best of 2015 list, toured their way to Thalia Hall in Chicago for a show last night (11/20). Pictures are in this post.

We also caught the band who aretouring in support of their 2nd album, at Fun Fun Fun Fest earlier in the month. Austin Chronicle reviewed that show:Here, bandleader Ty Segall, who clocks countless musical side projects including collaborations with fellow FFF performer Mikal Cronin, trades his guitar for the drum kit. A known jokester, hijinks commenced even before the music when Segall sustained the Halloween spirit by wearing a creepy baby mask.

"Hi, mommy! Hi, daddy - hee hee," he hissed from behind the eerie disguise.

"Rat Race," lead-off single from the Californians' second LP II, kicked off the seven-song bombast. Upon wrapping the hard-rocking opener, bassist Chad Ubovich busted a bass string.

"Does anyone have a bass?" Segall pleaded. "Pretty please?"

The timekeeper cracked jokes to fill dead air as his bandmate hustled to swap out strings.

"What's green and hops from bed to bed? A prosti-toad."And CoS reviewed the more recent Boston show:

Forgoing his usual axe, Segall opted to bash the hell out of a drum set instead. In the same way that he throws his entire body into his guitar playing, he hits the kit with the manic intensity of Keith Moon. It's a welcome energy, as II's studio drums lacked some kick due to a relatively timid production job. Instead of being overpowered by Moothart's Sturm und Drang guitar and Ubovich's fuzzed-up bass, the group locked into each other in the classic power trio formation. Not even the warmest analog tape could fully capture their Blue Cheer-cum-MC5 intensity.
More pictures from the Chicago show, below...

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November 13, 2015

photos by James Richards IV


Beirut released their new album No No No back in September and brought their tour in support of it to Chicago's Riviera Theatre on November 10. They played plenty of the new record, but of course some old favorites too. Icy Demons opened. Pictures continue below...

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