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Grateful Dead
photo: Grateful Dead fan in California (more by Jay Blakesberg)

With the Dead's arrival in Chicago, many out of town Dead Heads included, the band have published a helpful guide. Penned by Dead expert and superfan Jesse Jarnow, the "Official DEAD HEAD's guide to Chicago" (PDF) contains a map pointing to spots containing Grateful Dead history along with a listing of some of the special Dead-related items you'll be able to pick up, eat and drink this 4th of July weekend in honor of the three shows at Soldier Field.

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Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

The lineup is announced! Tickets are still on sale. Check out who is playing, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 lineup (Wilco, Run the Jewels, Sleater Kinney, Ariel Pink, Panda Bear & more)"

Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

The Lollapalooza 2014 lineup isn't due to be announced until next week, but Greg Kot reports that "industry sources confirm that the headliners will include Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys." As per usual, Lolla '14 is slated to take place in Chicago's Grant Park, from August 1-3. Kot also says that tickets are scheduled to go on sale next Tuesday (3/25), but there isn't any official word on that as of yet.

Stay tuned for more information.

Phoenix / fans

Lollapalooza 2013 came to a close after three days in Grant Park yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Check out a full set of pictures at BrooklynVegan.

UPDATE: We posted a second set with pictures of Beach House, Wavves, Baroness, Grizzly Bear, and more.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics.

Kendrick Lamar fan at Lolla '13
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Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2013 went down in Grant Park yesterday (8/3) with sets from The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Local Natives, and more. Check out a full set of pictures at BrooklynVegan.

UPDATE: We posted a second set of day 2 pictures with The National, and more.

Lollapalooza wraps up today (8/4). We at BrooklynVegan will be there in the soundwave tent hanging out with Bear Mountain (who also perform), The Orwells, and School of Rock. Other bands playing the fest today, as you can see in our Sunday preview, include Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Alt-J, Baroness, Angel Haze, and more. If you're staying home, you can stream it live.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lolla coverage, check out our day 1 review, day 1 pics, and more day 1 pics.

Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

Dan Deacon @ NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)

As seen on BrooklynVegan, multimedia artist Doug Aitken has unveiled some details for his new project, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening. As its title suggests, STS is a traveling train tour. That tour will feature various kinds of art - music, culinary, literary, film - and a slew of contributors. Some of the musicians include Savages, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Ariel Pink, Eleanor Friedberger, Dan Deacon, No Age, and more, with visual artists Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, Christian Jankowski, plus even more.

Station to Station includes a stop in Chicago on September 14. Ticketing information and more details on the Chicago "happening" are forthcoming.

UPDATE: The Chicago "happening" has been moved to September 10. It'll take place at Union Station.

All Station to Station dates and a trailer are below...

Continue reading "David Longstreth, Eleanor Friedberger, Dan Deacon & more coming to Chicago on 'Station to Station' tour"

The Boring Store in Wicker Park

Forbes, known for lists like "the 400 richest Americans", has released a list of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods". Wicker Park got #4 (almost as hip as Williamsburg, Brooklyn which played #3), but Logan Square oddly isn't in there. Maybe their research is every so slightly outdated. Forbes says:

The Midwest Mecca of hipsterdom started attracting artists and young adults in the late 1980s. Nestled around a park, this artists' community is known for its galleries, music venues, boutiques and food options. It's also home to a smattering of Victorian mansions built by wealthy 19th century merchants and beer brewers.
Check out the full list of 10 neighborhoods, which also includes East Austin, at BrooklynVegan.


As mentioned, Prince is headed to Chicago for a residency at the United Center next week (September 24-26). He's also just announced that there will be "Purple After Jam" aftershows at the House of Blues on each night of his stay. Tickets for all three aftershows are on sale now. Tickets for all three of his United Center shows, one of which is being opened by Janelle Monae, are still available.

by Kelly Pratt with additional photos by Jon Natchez

Kelly Pratt in Chicago

Kelly Pratt is currently on tour with St. Vincent and David Byrne, acting as co-musical director as well as one of their many band members. Since last week he's been chronicling that tour on BrooklynVegan. The latest installment was written last night while David was talking about his new book with Greg Kot at The Music Box, but here's a new entry written this morning, special for BV Chicago...

Kelly Pratt in Chicago
Kelly Pratt in Chicago

We're here, Chicago! Playing the third show of our tour at the Chicago Theatre tonight. A beautiful venue and one of my favorites anywhere.

As you can see from my photos, the horn section and drummer have gotten down to the nitty gritty of eating at the most unhealthy places possible. It will be an all veggie day for me.

See you tonight,


We hope you already have a ticket because tonight's Chicago show is sold out.

Read the previous and longer installments of 'On the Road' HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for next week's on BrooklynVegan.com.

Check out some photos that band member Jon Natchez snapped backstage at the Chicago Theatre, and some videos, below.....

Continue reading "Greetings Chicago! [On the Road w/ David Byrne & St. Vincent -- part 2.5]"


As we posted on BrooklynVegan last night, 18 year old rapper Lil JoJo was slain in Chicago the other night and rival 17 year old Chicago rapper Chief Keef (who played Pitchfork, and Lolla and is on the cover of FADER) made light of the situation on Twitter. The Sun-Times now reports:

Keef's manager, Rovan Manuel, told the Sun-Times he was unaware of the controversy. It wasn't until being told about the Tweet by the Sun-Times that Manuel realized why his phone rang incessantly Wednesday. His number was posted on Chief Keef's Twitter page.

But Manuel told the Sun-Times he didn't believe the message meant "anything personally." He said Keef had a beef with JoJo only because "that kid made songs like Keef."

"A lot of the stuff Keef does, that's just cause he's a kid," Manuel said. "People forget that he's a kid, a teenager ... and kids make mistakes. He makes mistakes the hard way."

Chicago police officers were on the street Wednesday night looking for Coleman's killer. Police are looking to see if his murder is connected to an ongoing conflict in Englewood between the Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples street gangs that has been playing out in a series of threats on social media sites.

"Two gangs are fighting each other, going at each other all over the Internet and this is all stemming from that," a police source said.

Police are also looking into whether Coleman had gang affiliations, and whether Keef or any of his associates are connected to the gang conflict or Coleman's murder, the source said.

Many of Chief Keef's Tweets include a hashtag notation "#300" -- a known reference, police say, to the Black Disciples street gang. And Coleman appears to have been warring online with the Black Disciples for months...

More at the newspaper.

UPDATE: Lollapalooza reopens gates at 6pm

evacuation from above (photo by knnyfrsh)

1000s evacuating Lollapalooza (via BVChicago Instagram)

Thousands are flooding out the gates of Grant Park as we speak. C3 Says:

Due to an approaching storm and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), Lollapalooza organizers have suspended the festival until further notice. Festival-goers are being evacuated from Grant Park and are being directed by staff and the Chicago Police Department to pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue.

The three emergency evacuation shelters are the Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street Garages. All can be entered through vehicle entrances on Michigan Avenue.

Lollapalooza officials are continuing to coordinate with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to monitor weather conditions and determine when the park is safe for festival-goers to return.

"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza. "We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first."

Meanwhile, C3 are "working w/ our team & city officials to survey the park after the storm to determine if it is safe for festival goers to return today." Stay tuned.

UPDATE: At 5:43, Greg Kot says "Possible reopen at 6 ish is latest word but still raining. A remote entrance gate open, apparently was never closed #lolla"

UPDATE: Lollapalooza reopens gates at 6pm

Check out our photos from day one.

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Suspended Due To Dangerous Weather"

photos by James Richards IV, Chase Turner & Fred Pessaro

"Vegan" (photo by James Richards IV)
Flatstock Concert Posters

"Rain controlled the tempo of Pitchfork Music Festival day one early on, but the clouds eventually gave way to sun shine and music from an eclectic and entertaining lineup of acts. At its close, Friday of Pitchfork Fest 2012 was a humid but fun time that was definitely not short on memorable moments." [LoudLoop]

"In a sharp programming shift, Day 1 went from the psychedelic pop of Olivia Tremor Control into the mixtape hip-hop of A$AP Rocky. The only similarity I can think of between the two acts is that there are higher than average odds that both their listeners partake of illicit substances." [Jim DeRogatis]

"Dirty Projectors, a six-piece New York band with some highly acclaimed albums in its resume, demonstrates seriously accomplished chops during a set full of art-pop songs. [Greg Kot]

We already posted up one set of pictures from the first day of Pitchfork Fest up on BrooklynVegan. Here is a BV Chicago exclusive set and it continues below....

Continue reading "#P4K Festival 2012 pictures (part 2) -- ASAP Rocky, Japandroids, Big K.R.I.T., Dirty Projectors, Clams Casino, Flatstock & more)"

by Zach Pollack


This past weekend, we sat down with Chicago's Hollows to discuss their forthcoming sophomore LP, Vulture, out April 10 via Trouble in Mind. Along with the interview, we've got a premiere of the album's first single "V Is For Vulture," which can be heard below.

Our chat starts here..


BVC: Maria and Emma, how's it going?

Maria: Great.

Emma: Same here!

BVC: So, I know you've probably been asked this in every interview.. ever, but can you tell us how the band came to be? Introduce yourselves!

Maria: We get asked this a lot, actually. I posted something on Craigslist and Emma answered it. We picked up some friends as we went along and eventually wound up with our current lineup. Emma - if you want to get more specific, feel free.

Emma: Sure. When Maria and I met, she was playing in this awesome band called Parsley Flakes and had written bits of songs that I guess didn't fit that band?

Maria: Yes, I was writing pop songs that didn't fit in with other things I was doing.

continued below..

Continue reading "an interview with Maria Jenkins & Emma Hospelhorn of Hollows (plus a song premiere)"

Don Cornelius Way

As sadly mentioned here and reported yesterday on BrooklynVegan, and everywhere, Soul Train's Don Cornelius took his own life at 75 years old. Today the AP put out an article that reminds us again of what we have to be proud of. As seen in the Washington Post:

When this proud city welcomed back hometown hero Don Cornelius last year, it wasn't just Chicago-style -- it was "Soul Train" style, complete with Afro wigs, bell bottoms and hip-shaking in the streets.

The 40th anniversary celebrations for "Soul Train" traced a remarkable journey for a former Chicago police officer who got his start in broadcasting when he pulled over a radio executive in a traffic stop and then had to build up his pioneering show one step at a time.

Cornelius, who became an icon defining black culture in America for decades, died at his California home Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75.

While the South Side native and his show left Chicago decades ago for Los Angeles, his legacy has lived on here -- in the "Don Cornelius Way" street sign west of downtown, in the teens and performers who boogied onstage during the early days of "Soul Train" and in the audiences who were glued to their televisions every Saturday to see the newest dance moves and styles....

Read the rest at the Washington Post.

Watch a WGN report entitled "What Don Cornelius Mean to Chicago", HERE, and a Soul Train video below...

Continue reading "Don Cornelius' legacy lives on in his hometown of Chicago"

Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)

The Cook County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved a measure giving it control over waivers from the 1.5-percent amusement tax, sending a clear message to Lollapalooza: From now on, you'll be paying what you owe.

"This is not like the diamond district," said Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, who sponsored the measure. "You can't get it wholesale."

The move passed unanimously, with one commissioner, John Fritchey, abstaining with a vote of "present."

At a time when the city, county, and state face unprecedented budget deficits, Gainer was outraged when she learned that the giant concert in Grant Park was using its partnership with the not-for-profit Parkways Foundation, on whose board she once served, to dodge its approximately $350,000 a year county tax bill.

Lollapalooza also has a controversial exemption from paying the 5-percent city amusement tax, a bill estimated at more than a million dollars, as well as the 6.25-percent state sales taxes, the value of which has not even been estimated.

As reported on Monday, IL Rep. Sara Feigenholtz has asked for an investigation of the state waiver. And several Chicago aldermen have been questioning the propriety of the city tax exemption since before the 2011 concert, the seventh under a long-term sweetheart deal negotiated in part by Lollapalooza attorney and lobbyist Mark Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley.

However, the parks group and Lollapalooza co-owners C3 Presents of Austin, Texas, and Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor, which is run by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's brother Ari, are expected to lobby hard in Springfield to fight any push to make the concert pay the 6.25-percent state sales tax. And the fate of the city tax exemption in 2012 is yet to be determined. [Jim DeRogatis]

Continue reading the article HERE.

PREVIOUSLY: Chicago City Council demands review of Lolla's "tax-free deal"


Our van got stolen today. We love that van. She makes it possible to tour. We have many memories of this van. If you see this van anywhere in the Chicago area, please send me an e-mail at gabe@dastardlytheband.com.

Please. I had my first kiss in this van.

View more pictures of the van at their website. Please contact them if you have any details to offer.


Parallax Sounds is a documentary that aims to examine the connections between Chicago's experimental music, musicians, and their urban landscape.

Featuring frontrunners such as: Steve Albini, Ian Williams (Battles/Don Caballero), 'Damon Locks (The Eternals/Trenchmouth), and more; the film intends to trace this close knit scene back to its roots.

They can now fully do so, because as of four days ago, their Kickstarter campaign finished its countdown with more money pledged than their initial goal ($10,345 / $10,000)!

Parallax Sounds is due for completion by the end of the year, and has already nailed down distribution in France, Italy, Germany, and Finland.

Check out a trailer below..

Continue reading "'Parallax Sounds' exceeds Kickstarter funding goal"

As mentioned, The Smashing Pumpkins are playing the Riv on October 14th.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from 10AM to 10PM CST tomorrow.
Password: otherside
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, at 10AM CST.


As we have just announced, Tom Waits' new album Bad as Me will hit stores on October 25th via Anti- Records. You can view the album's tracklisting, which opens with a song titled "Chicago" below.

Bad as Me is up for pre-order on iTunes in both standard, and deluxe editions, as well as in CD and LP format via Waits' webstore.

The above promised tracklisting, AND A TOM WAITS HOSTED PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY, lie below...

Continue reading "Tom Waits begins new LP with "Chicago""

Lollapalooza lantern (more by Grant MacAllister)

As we recently posted about, Lollapalooza is essentially receiving 115 acres of land for free. They do contribute a large amount of money to the Parkways Foundation, however operate essentially tax-free on a yearly basis.

Jim DeRogatis recently caught up with the 1st Ward's newly elected representative, Proco Joe Moreno for a chat. As Jim points out, Moreno has been pinned "the hipster alderman," by publications such as Red Eye, and the A.V. Club Chicago. The 39-year old, who proudly has a vinyl copy of the 1984 Minor Threat compilation on display in his office was open, and relaxed with Derogatis...

Q. Alderman, the reason I've been eager to talk to you is that you seem to understand, in a way that Mayor Emanuel may not, that the Chicago music scene basically survived 21 years of barely masked hostility bordering on open warfare with the Daley administration. Things may or may not get better now. From your perspective, where do we stand? In particular, do you think there's a possibility that Chicago may finally get some sort of Music Office, similar to what New Orleans, Austin, Memphis, and even Portland have--part civic booster, and part liaison to help venues, promoters, artists, and music businesses deal with the harsh bureaucracy? Do you think we need that?

A. We do need it. I think in the past people have said--and this is not my opinion--"Well, we have a special events or cultural affairs office; those encompass anything creative." That's not the way to look at things, especially when it comes to music, because of the incredible diversity. I think there is a good argument to have a city Music Office and then have people with different specialties within that. My problem is, and I have said this on [WBEZ], I think Chicago is beyond "a scene." It has an incredible wealth of diverse music; it's not Athens, and it's not Seattle. It's very mature in a good way, where the music community flourishes within itself. My only fear about establishing that kind of office is that it sanitizes it. I would love to have this office really give support, hopefully financial support, for planning, but then get out of the way and let the Empty Bottles of the world and the other collaboratives drive the festivals or just go about their daily operations.

Q. The last thing Chicago needs is more events at the level of Taste of Chicago as it was run for the last decade by the Mayor's Office of Special Events.

A. Or you go to Myrtle Beach and you have this very stale thing with the city promoting music. We wouldn't want that. But I think you agree with what I've been saying, that to have a music venue at all these days means you're going to start out struggling. To have the city not "get" what you're doing only makes things worse. Instead, they can really help in terms of saying, "I'm your liaison for your liquor license/occupancy/cabaret permit," explaining and assisting with all those types of things instead of saying, "There are some punk-rock kids who want to run a club and they're a pain in my ass; shut 'em down!"

Continue reading the interview HERE.

Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jen Maler)

The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a short fall North American tour, which includes a hometown show on October 14th (venue TBA). Regardless of the lack of venue, tickets go on sale on Saturday (8/27), at 10AM CST. There will probably be a pre-sale with passwords so stay tuned right here for more details.

As Andrew has just mentioned, the Pumpkins are gearing up for the release of their new LP Oceania, due to hit stores in early 2012. Take a listen to a new song titled "Owata" below.

They are also set to reissue all of their pre-breakup material over the course of the next three years. This will start with Gish, and Siamese Dream on November 15 via EMI, and continue with Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Aeroplane Flies High, and Adore in 2012, followed by the Machina albums, and a greatest hits album in 2013.

Head to BrooklynVegan for more insight on Oceania and the reissues, plus all 2011 dates.

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins to play a hometown show (venue TBA)"


As announced, Chicago's version of the Mad Decent Block Party is happening tomorrow from noon - 10PM on Milwaukee Avenue (between Western & Oakley).

Lineup includes: Curren$y, Dillon Francis, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Bosco Delrey, Reptar, Kito, Lunice, DJ Benzi, and BBU.

The festival (if you will) has also recently announced an afterparty, taking place right around the corner from the day's festivities.

Double Door will host Dillion Francis, Lunice, Kito, Reptar, and Willy Joy starting at 10PM. Tickets for the event can be found HERE.