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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

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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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July 31, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Interpol / Strand of Oaks at House of Blues

Lollapalooza act Interpol touched down in Chicago on Wednesday night (7/30) to play an official festival pre-show at the House of Blues with support from Strand of Oaks. Paul Banks and co. ran through fan-favorites like "Obstacle 1," "Evil," "Stella Was a Diver," and others, as well as "All the Rage Back Home," "Anywhere," and "My Desire" from their forthcoming LP El Pintor. Pictures and Interpol's complete setlist from the House of Blues are in this post.

As discussed, Interpol also play a free show at Thalia Hall TONIGHT (7/31). RSVP is now closed, but if you received a confirmation/ticket, we suggest showing up early.

Strand of Oaks will return to Chicago for a show at Schubas on August 17 (tickets) as part of their summer tour with Christopher Denny.

More pictures from the HoB show and Interpol's full setlist lie after the jump...

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July 29, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Tweedy at Lincoln Hall on 07.17.2014

Earlier this month, Tweedy, the new project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, played a Sound Opinions live show at Lincoln Hall. Jeff and Spencer Tweedy were interviewed by S.O. hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, and then performed tunes from their forthcoming collaborative album Sukierae (due out on 9/16 via Wilco's dBpm Records). Pictures from the 7/17 Sound Opinions live show are in this post.

More pictures and a few Sukierae song streams lie after the jump...

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photos by Jeff Ryan & Jim Vondruska

Diarrhea Planet / Oshwa / Girl Group Chicago

Wicker Park Fest 2014 finished off on Sunday (7/27) with sets from Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Young Widows, Oshwa, Maritime, Girl Group Chicago, and many more. Pictures from Saturday (7/26) of the street fest can be found HERE, and pictures from Sunday are in this post. More below...

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July 28, 2014

photos by Jeff Ryan & Jim Vondruska

Owls / Hop Along / Foxing

Wicker Park Fest 2014 took place this past weekend on Milwaukee Avenue (between North Ave. and Paulina). Saturday (7/26) of the street festival featured performances by Owls, Pet Symmetry, The Felix Culpa, Dr. Manhattan, Hop Along, Foxing, Space Blood, and many more across three stages. Pictures from day 1 of Wicker Park Fest are in this post. More below...

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