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Alabama Shakes @ Chicago Theatre on 3.14.2015
Alabama Shakes

On the third date of its tour Saturday at a sold-out Chicago Theatre, the group seemingly performed every track off its highly anticipated "Sound & Color" record, not slated for release until April 21. The bold decision--and gutsier 90-minute set--served notice Alabama Shakes is no longer the same quartet that made a name for itself with its 2012 debut and acclaimed live shows. Augmented by two instrumentalists and three backing vocalists, the band already looked ready to graduate to bigger venues. Challenging the audience with ambitious material steeped in texture, moodiness and nuance, it also sounded eager to jettison the soul-revivalist label occasionally linked to its reputation.
[Chicago Tribune]
More pictures from Alabama Shakes' March 14th show, below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes & Songhoy Blues @ Chicago Theatre (pics)"

photo: Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

The Lollapalooza 2015 lineup has been announced. Check it out below.

The fest happens July 31 - August 2 in Grant Park. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2015 lineup announced"


Tickets to see Ultimate Painting at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Two-day passes for Levitation Chicago at Thalia Hall are on sale now.

Tickets to see Alabama Shakes at The Chicago Theatre go on sale this Friday (2/6) at noon CST. A Jam Productions presale for that show will be active at 10AM today; the password is MUSCLE.

Tickets to see Ice Balloons and Odonis Odonis at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Crosby, Stills and Nash at The Chicago Theatre go on sale this Saturday (2/7) at 10AM. A Jam Productions presale for that show will be active on Friday from 10AM to 10PM; the password is CSN2.

Tickets to see San Fermin and Natalie Prass at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

photo: Alabama Shakes at Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes have a new album coming at some point this year and while we don't know much about that, we do know that the band will be bringing their blues rock on tour this spring with Songhoy Blues. That tour comes to The Chicago Theatre on March 14. Tickets for that show go on internet presale Thursday (2/5) at 10 AM with general on-sale starting Friday (2/6) at noon.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan.

This guy is pumped about the 2013 rumors. (more by James Richards IV)

Well, it's about that time of year when the Lollapalooza lineup rumors start to pour in. Fake Shore Drive points to a short list of rumored (or "leaked") acts for this year's festival, which is slated to take place from August 2nd - 4th in Grant Park, and includes The Cure, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Blur, Skrillex, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, How To Destroy Angels, My Bloody Valentine(!), MGMT, Kendrick Lamar, Eels, Alabama Shakes, Lower Dens, Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, Alt-J, STRFKR, The Vaccines, and more. We can neither confirm nor deny the rumored acts, but it should be a good time if a few of them take the stage in Grant Park throughout the weekend. (Here's a reminder for you: in 2012, Lolla began to reveal its lineup via CTA ads.)

What do you think: is this list 100% bullshit or do some of these artists seem probable? Only time will tell. All ticketing information for the 2013 festival is forthcoming.

Check out the rumored lineup in list form below, and stay tuned for more details...

Continue reading "...and the Lollapalooza 2013 lineup rumors begin"

Mavis Staples

A press release from ANTI:

Renowned soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples will be performing at this year's Grammy Award Ceremony on Sunday in Los Angeles. Staples will be singing with Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, T. Bone Burnett, Zac Brown and others in a performance honoring the late singer/drummer Levon Helm of The Band with a performance of the the group's beloved song "The Weight."

Staples will also be appearing on Friday at a benefit concert for MusiCares honoring the charity's "Person Of The Year" Bruce Springsteen. She will be singing with Zac Brown. Additional performers that night will include Neil Young, Jackson Brown, Elton John, Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and a host of other prominent musicians.

Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Staples are currently in the studio working on her upcoming 2013 release. The album will be the highly anticipated follow up to her critically lauded album You Are Not Alone which was also produced by Tweedy and won a Grammy Award in the Best Americana Album vocal or Instrumental category. The record was described by Time Magazine as "Gorgeous" and by Spin as "Inspired." Mavis Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and listed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Wilco are also working on an LP.

Mavis Staples plays a show at Lincoln Center in NYC on 2/14, and also took part in a Levon Helm tribute show in the NYC-area in 2012.

photos by Sara Pieper

Band of Horses @ The Chicago Theatre on 12.02.2012
Band of Horses
Band of Horses

On Sunday night (12/2) Band of Horses headlined 93XRT's holiday show at The Chicago Theatre with support from the Alabama Shakes (their second of two Chicago shows this past weekend) and Everest. Were you there? What did you think? More pictures of the headliners and a couple of live videos are below...

Continue reading "Band of Horses played The Chicago Theatre with Alabama Shakes & Everest (pics, videos)"

photos by James Richards IV

Alabama Shakes at the Riv on 12.01.2012
The Alabama Shakes

On Saturday night (12/1) the Alabama Shakes played their first of two Chicago shows this weekend at the Riviera Theatre. Main support at the Riv came from fellow Alabama-based group Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil. More pictures of both acts and a couple of videos are below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes played the Riv with Doc Dailey (pics, videos)"

Band of Horses @ NYC's Central Park in Sept. (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

93XRT, who recently helped present The Afghan Whigs at Metro, Smashing Pumpkins at Allstate Arena, and more, have announced that Band of Horses will be headlining their holiday show at The Chicago Theatre on December 2. Support on that show will come from the Alabama Shakes, who play a sold-out show at the Riv on December 1, and Everest. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (11/3) at 11AM CST. A JAM presale will be active on Friday at 10AM CST; the password is xrtbhc.

BoH's new LP, Mirage Rock, hit stores in September via Columbia. You can take a listen to that album in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

All Band of Horses tour dates and a stream of Mirage Rock are below...

Continue reading "Band of Horses playing The Chicago Theatre with Alabama Shakes and Everest"

Dream show
Dream show
Dream show

Last month (on 9/11), as you may remember, the Alabama Shakes played an intimate, free 'Dream Show' at Subterranean, courtesy of American Family Insurance. The show, curated by the Alabama band (their "dream" lineup), was with fellow Alabama-based groups The Pollies and Doc Dailey. Did you get in? If so, how early did you get in line to receive a wristband? Either way, you already saw some pictures from that show. Now we've got a few videos as well.

The first one sees the band driving into Chicago, unloading their gear, and performing "I Ain't the Same." In a brief interview before they play the song, frontwoman Brittany Howard speaks about how hard it is for an Alabama band to make it out of the area, and how grateful she is that they've been able to do it. She goes on to say that the catalyst for their success was when the Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood invited the Shakes to tour with them.

AmFam® | Alabama Shakes - "I Ain't the Same"

There's also footage of the song "Be Mine," and two short interview clips. Watch the others below...

Continue reading "watch pro footage from the ALABAMA SHAKES 'Dream Show' (interviews, Doc Dailey & the Pollies too)"

(via Cold Cave)

Tickets for RZA's show at the Double Door on October 13 are on sale now.

Tickets for Nas' show at Congress Theater on November 14 with Lauryn Hill are on sale now.

Tickets for A Place to Bury Strangers' November 14 show at the Bottle with Bleeding Rainbow are on sale now.

Tickets for Field Report's November 15 show at Schubas go on sale TODAY (9/21) at noon CST.

Tickets for Cold Specks' November 29 show at Schubas go on sale today at noon CST.

Tickets for Common's show at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino on November 30 are on sale now.

Tickets for the Alabama Shakes' December 1 show at the Riv are going on sale this Saturday (9/22) at 10AM CST.

Tickets for The Polyphonic Spree's holiday show at the Logan Square Auditorium on December 11 are on sale now.

Tickets for The Killers' show at UIC Pavilion on December 21 with Tegan And Sara are going on sale this Saturday at 11AM CST. A JAM presale for that show is currently active; the password is battle.

Tickets for Lady Gaga's February 13 show at the United Center are on sale now.

Alabama Shakes @ Metro in August (more by James Richards IV)

Alabama Shakes, who recently visited Chicago to play a small (for them) show at Subterranean, have announced that they'll be returning to our city to headline the much larger Riviera Theatre on December 1. Tickets for that show go on sale this Saturday (9/22) at 10AM CST.

That show is part of a large international tour, which stretches into 2013. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes playing the Riv in December"

photos by Level4 & Mary Michael Marlo

"Pardon my french, but that was absolutely f**king incredible. @alabama_shakes #dreamshow @ Subterranean" - Brigid Gallagher

Alabama Shakes

On Tuesday night (9/11), the Alabama Shakes toured through Chicago to play a free, American Family Insurance-presented "Dream Show" at Subterranean. As part of that "Dream Show," the band were able to choose their own openers. Fellow Alabama-based groups The Pollies and Doc Dailey kicked off the show with retro blues rock and country-tinged folk, respectively. Some pictures are in this post.

Were you there? What did you think? How early did you get on line to get a wristband on Tuesday? You can check out a video of the Alabama Shakes performing their hit "Hold On" at the bottom of this post. That video happens to be a bit muffled, but you can hear the entire crowd singing along. Stay tuned for more videos coming soon too.

More pictures and that video, below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes, The Pollies & Doc Dailey played a 'Dream Show' @ Sub-t (pics, video)"


Alabama Shakes, who were recently in Chicago to play Metro and Lollapalooza (though unfortunately their festival set got rained out), will return to the city on September 11 to play an American Family Insurance-presented, FREE-with-RSVP show at Subterranean. But this is not just any show, it's a "Dream Show"! And that's because Alabama Shakes chose their dream lineup of fellow Alabama bands The Pollies and Doc Dailey to open for them.

If you're 21+, RSVP at AmFam's Facebook now. All Alabama Shakes dates and a couple of videos are below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes playing a free 'Dream Show' at Sub-t (RSVP)"

photos by James Richards IV, words by Jenn Ross

Alabama Shakes @ Metro on 8.01.2012
Alabama Shakes

On Wednesday night (8/1) Alabama Shakes, First Aid Kit, Dry the River, and Filligar played a pre-Lollapalooza, Nelarusky fundraiser at Metro.

It's 6:37 at the Metro and I'm copping a squat up on the balcony waiting for the magic to happen. Me...and the 57 other people who caught the early bird special to take advantage of this four band lineup - all to really check out the first Lollapalooza "after" show, the Alabama Shakes.

Filligar kicked off the night with some country-blooded rock 'n roll. The foursome hit the stage like the place was packed and managed to wrangle in a few stragglers waiting by the door.

...Time out momentarily to acknowledge this organization, Nelarusky. Had they not been around, this show wouldn't be possible. Check out their website and note their awesome charitable work. Tonight's show raised $40,000 to help support the Special Olympics. Special thanks to their Global Messenger, Christine Maxwell, for coming out to thank all of the supporters and promoting her own practice in 19 different competing sports...

Dry the River pulled together a huge range of styles (Fleet Foxes meet Elliot Smith-slash-male Warpaint in my mind) to create something cohesive and new.

I went into this show only having heard that First Aid Kit is "awkward live." Being an awkward female myself, I was intrigued by how strange this trio could really be. They did come off as being a bit lifeless in their body movements, but were far from awkward musically. Their upbeat folk-rock and powerful vocals sounded at home in the mid-sized venue, which they'll be headlining next month.

After a brief set changeover, headliners the Alabama Shakes took the stage. They blew through about twenty songs before their three song encore, including all of Boys and Girls and both sides of their Live At Third Man Records 7". Frontwoman Brittany Howard lead the roots rock team with Janis Joplin-like force, but it's only a vague likeness. To the fellow-concertgoer I spoke with, I shall see your Otis Redding and hold there. Her tones and temperament ranged from the softest whisper to raging screams, impressively displaying her raw sense of self. Inside every Shakes song there seems to be this personal struggle of insecurity and self-doubt, but then this convulsion of confidence comes over Brittany and she pushes through, not giving a shit what anyone says.

All in all? Four bands, one very strange tasting beer, two new friends, one new t-shirt, zero photo booth pics, and a helluva good night at the Metro. See? Good things do happen to those who give back. Thank you Nelarusky. And Christine Maxwell. And all the bands that made the evening possible. And the fans who donated to the cause...

More pictures from the 8/1 Metro show continue below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes, First Aid Kit, Dry the River & Filligar played Metro (pics, review)"


Lollapalooza 2012 has revealed the full schedule for their 3-day festival, set to take place from August 3-5 in Grant Park. Check it out HERE.

A bunch of official aftershows have also been announced, happening from August 1-5. Here's a number of them (more TBA, including unofficial shows):

August 1
Alabama Shakes, First Aid Kit, Dry The River, Filligar @ Metro
Delta Spirit, FIDLAR @ Lincoln Hall

August 2
Passion Pit, GIVERS, Kishi Bashi @ House of Blues
Kids These Days, Overdoz @ Schubas
Dr. Dog, Kevin Devine, The Dunwells @ Lincoln Hall
Zedd, Gus K, DJ Gordo, DJ Torio @ The Mid

August 3
Bear in Heaven, YAWN @ the Empty Bottle
NERO (DJ Set), Die Antwoord, Anamanaguchi @ Congress Theater
Frank Ocean @ Metro
tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out @ House of Blues
The Black Angels, Night Beats @ Double Door
The War on Drugs, Milo Greene @ Schubas
Blind Pilot, Kopecky Family Band @ Lincoln Hall
Porter Robinson, Madeon @ The Mid
The Growlers, JEFF the Brotherhood @ Subterranean
Paper Diamond, Minnesota @ Bottom Lounge

August 4
White Rabbits, Dum Dum Girls, Oberhofer @ Cubby Bear
Doomtree, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall @ the Empty Bottle
Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Midnight Conspiracy, Big Chocolate @ Congress Theater
The Afghan Whigs @ Metro
Of Monsters & Men, Yellow Ostrich @ House of Blues
Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three @ Double Door
Childish Gambino @ the Vic
The Temper Trap, Poliça @ Park West
Gary Clark Jr., LP @ Schubas
Twin Shadow @ Lincoln Hall
Calvin Harris, Nathan Scott @ The Mid
The Big Pink @ Subterranean
Bombay Bicycle Club, Hey Rosetta! @ Bottom Lounge

August 5
Chairlift w/ Alt-J @ the Empty Bottle
The Walkmen @ Lincoln Hall

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday (6/15) at 10AM CST.

photos by James Richards IV

Jack White

In the Masonic's cozy, comely Scottish Rite Cathedral, the returning Detroit native served up a fiery if quick 80-minute set in his first show here in his new solo-artist phase, joined by an agile five-piece band and a capacity crowd of 1,500.

It was an event we don't see much anymore: a matinee rock performance, with a sellout evening gig still to come.

In some quarters, 2 p.m. is rock 'n' roll wakeup time, and the event had an offbeat feel from the outset. With the sun blasting as fans streamed into the Masonic in shorts and tank tops, it felt like a playing-hooky sort of afternoon [Detroit Free Press].

On Thursday (4/24), Jack White played two hometown shows at the Scottish Rite Theater. The above review is from his matinee performance. bvChicago photographer James Richards IV made the treck to Detroit to catch both performances. A full set of pictures from Jack's evening show, with support from Alabama Shakes, and both setlists below.

White began the evening show with a number of songs from Blunderbuss, including the raucous "Sixteen Saltines," "Missing Pieces," "Freedom At 21," and the folky "Love Interruption." He and his all-female band, The Peacocks (all-male band Los Buzzardos played the matinee show), also played a number of White Stripes songs: "Hotel Yorba," "You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)," "I'm Slowly Turning Into You," "Cannon," "My Doorbell," "Suzy Lee," and of course "Seven Nation Army." Raconteurs cuts including "Top Yourself," "Steady, As She Goes," and "Carolina Drama" made their way onto the setlist. White and co. closed the show with a cover of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene."

Reminder: Both Jack White and Alabama Shakes will be here for Lollapalooza.

A full set of pictures from Thursday night's show, both setlists, and some videos below...

Continue reading "Jack White & Alabama Shakes @ Scottish Rite Theater in Detroit (pics/setlist/video)"

Nada Surf @ the Bell House in 2010 (more by Kurt Christensen)

today in Chicago
* Kasabian @ the Vic
* Kid Savant @ Bottom Lounge
* Nada Surf, An Horse @ Metro
* David Choi, Andy Wagner @ Schubas
* Robbie Fulks, The Pussycat Trio @ Hideout
* Backs, Lost Coves, C. Batteries @ Township
* Company Of Thieves @ Double Door (Free Show)
* Asuyama, Pree, Fates, Furies And Men @ Reggie's
* Tin Tin Can, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps @ Empty Bottle

Nada Surf and An Horse play Metro tonight. Anyone catch An Horse at Saki yesterday?

Kasabian play the Vic.

Alabama Shakes have a new video for their track "Hold On." Check it out below. It was co-directed by Stephen Shirk and bvC photographer Chris Hershman.

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We Were Promised Jetpacks @ BV-CMJ 2011 (more by BBG)

Brokeback and Miracle Condition are playing the Hideout on February 9th.
Tickets are on sale now.

Poliça, Marijuana Death Squads and Total Fucking Blood are playing Lincoln Hall on February 29th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (1/27), at noon CST.

Alabama Shakes are playing Lincoln Hall on March 9th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Psychic Ills and Prince Rama are playing the Hideout on March 22nd.
Tickets are on sale now.

We Were Promised Jetpacks are playing the Bottom Lounge on March 23rd.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Ingrid Michaelson is playing the Vic on April 12th.
Presale tickets are available from now until tomorrow night at 10PM.
Password: humanagain
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday (1/28), at 10AM CST.

Trampled By Turtles are playing Metro on April 13th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.

M. Ward and the Lee Ranaldo Band are playing the Vic on May 22nd.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at 10AM CST.

THE ADICTS and World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing Metro on May 24th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing the Allstate Arena on May 28th.
Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow at 10AM CST.
Password: hotpeppers
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, at 10AM CST.