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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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November 7, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has been supporting his excellent To Pimp A Butterfly on his "Kunta's Groove Sessions" tour which has him playing the entire new album backed by a full band. The tour hit Chicago on Thursday (11/5) at the Riviera Theater (after being moved from Concord Music Hall) with his Black Hippy pal Jay Rock opening. Pictures continue below...

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November 6, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Big Krit

The insanely prolific rapper Big K.R.I.T. is about to drop his next album All My Life on November 20, and ahead of that he's been on tour. That tour landed in Chicago on Wednesday (11/4) for a show at Metro with strong local support from BJ the Chicago Kid. Pictures continue below...

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November 2, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Leon Bridges @ The Vic 10/27/2015
Leon Bridges

At the Vic, it was 1963 all over again -- at least from appearances. Bridges moved with an unhurried air, with a little hop that would lift him to the balls of his feet and then back into a slight crouch. His arms danced and swayed at his side, while his fingers snapped silently to the beat. He sang of trying to live up to his lover's expectations and atoning for his sins. He was a gentleman with issues, but most of the gritty details were left to the imagination. His songs held their emotions at arm's length, never quite spilling over into the fervor of the black church music that shaped Cooke and the soul-era greats. - [Chicago Tribune]
Fort Worth old-school soul man Leon Bridges played The Vic on October 27 with his band, and we've got pictures of the show in this post. They've been touring pretty much non-stop since the release of Coming Home earlier in 2015. The show, and this current leg of the tour, features support from Kali Uchis. Leon will be back in Chicago for a show at the Chicago Theatre on March 11. Tickets for one that are on sale now.

Check out more pictures of Leon Bridges, plus pics of Kali Uchis, at the Vic, below.

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October 23, 2015

photos by Cory Dewald

DIIV @ Thalia Hall 10/12/2015

Thalia Hall, which was originally designed as an opera house, seemed to be custom made specifically for the New York City band. DIIV's beautiful and natural stage presence was emphasized by soft, pastel lights floating over the crowd, elegant and intricate crown molding lining the stage, and enough room on stage for all five members to move around freely. It fits the quintet's performance: the grainy home videos of Smith's girlfriend, Sky Ferriera, and other random scenes playing on the backdrop, the peculiar, glowing guitar of Andrew Bailey, and the almost liquefied way Smith's vocals wave out into the audience.

Plenty of fans seemed to mimic DIIV's slacker indie boy appearance, making a conscious effort to look like they hadn't showered in a week while lankily bobbing around during the show. Then there was the standouts- the ones who shouted nearly every lyric and then grew silent to soak in the new music that they had been fervently and painfully waiting for.

Even though it's sometime difficult to decipher exactly what front man Cole Smith is crooning, his openness and vulnerability makes his emotions ebb through. Albeit slight and delicate in appearance (his oversized clothing swallows him up), Smith has a powerful talent of being able to take the atmosphere of the venue from hauntingly dark to sweetly and happily ethereal throughout the set. (The DePaulia)

DIIV brought their tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean to Chicago's Thalia Hall on October 12, and we've got pics of DIIV's set in this post (unfortunately we missed Sunflower Bean and No Joy). DIIV, who have a new album on the way, played a set that mixed older material in with stuff that will presumably make the new record.

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October 19, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Garbage / Torres

"Our whole story began here in Chicago," Garbage singer Shirley Manson said Saturday night at the Riviera Theatre, reminding the crowd that the Windy City was where she once auditioned for her future bandmates Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker. "Despite my accent, we are intrinsically thought of as a band from the Midwest."

That made this weekend's show something of a homecoming, in more ways than one. The show was part of Garbage's current tour in which they are playing their 1995 self-titled debut album in its entirety. The most striking thing about the concert was how fresh and twisted and creative this music sounded, even 20 years later. What passes for alternative rock today doesn't come close to matching the edgy, dangerous vibes of the music Garbage was cranking out two decades ago. [Scott Shetler for AXS]

Garbage brought the 20th anniversary tour of their self-titled debut album with Torres to Chicago's Riviera Theatre on Saturday (10/17). They ran through the album along with a bunch of the material they generated around that time, like the classic "#1 Crush," b-sides like "Subhuman" and finally some later hits like "Cherry Lips" and "Push It." They also broke out their versions of The Jam's "The Butterfly Collector" and Vic Chestnutt's "Kick My Ass."

Meanwhile, Nashville's Torres has been having a great year, touring as a headliner, with Courtney Barnett, and now also with Garbage.

More pictures from the show (including one of Garbage's setlist) below...

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October 14, 2015

photos by James Richards IV


FFS and The Intelligence brought their tour to Chicago for a show at The Vic on October 8. We had pics of their NYC show last week, and now we've got pics from the show at The Vic.

FFS is the collaboration between the legendary pop group Sparks and the slightly younger but also somewhat legendary Franz Ferdinand. They were joined by the proudly sardonic Seattle/Los Angeles noise makers The Intelligence. FFS has been playing the entirety of their debut album along with versions of Sparks and Franz Ferdinand songs, and the Chicago set was no exception. They hit classics like "Take Me Out" and "The Number One Song in Heaven."

More pics of FFS and The Intelligence, setlist for FFS, and a video of FFS playing "Police Encounters" recently on The Late Late Show With James Corden, below...

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October 7, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

FFS @ Terminal 5 10/6/2015

Franz Ferdinand and the legendary Sparks, together as FFS, are currently on their North American tour with The Intelligence, which hit NYC last night and a set of pictures are in this post. If you like either band even a little, this is an incredibly fun, not-to-be-missed show with everyone collaboratively on top of their game and a rare chance to get Sparks songs played with a full, killer, band. The FFS tour hits Chicago on Thursday (10/8) at The Vic (moved from the Riv) and tickets are still available.

Check out a full review and another set of pics from FFS' NYC show at BrookynVegan and more pics this set are below...

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September 28, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Wavves/Twin Peaks @ the Vic 9/25/2015
Twin Peaks

Wavves have been on tour around North America in support of their upcoming fifth studio album, appropriately titled V. Accompanying the band on this US tour were Chicago natives Twin Peaks, who were more than happy to play in front of a hometown crowd at the Vic last Friday (9/25). More pictures and Wavves' setlist, as well as a video of the band performing the Afraid of Heights track "Demon to Lean On," below.

If you haven't heard it yet, you can still stream V in its entirety over at NPR Music.

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