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The Antlers @ Do Division -- 6/03/2012 (photo by Sarah Frankie Linder)

We covered over 200-concerts in the past year on BV Chicago(!). Most of that coverage included pictures from the show, shot by a slew of contributing photographers. Today, the last full day of 2012, we're listing our favorite live music photos of the year, snapped by names that frequently appear on the site. You may have met some of these folks at shows; they're all fantastic people and huge music fans, who do their best to discreetly document live performances. Our favorite live music photos of 2012 continue below.

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photos by Jimmy Farabi, words by Milos Markicevic

Smashing Pumpkins at Allstate Arena on 10.19.2012
Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan returned to Chicago on Friday night (10/19) with his latest iteration of the Smashing Pumpkins. The return was part of a larger tour in support of the band's latest album, Oceania. Oceania was released this past summer and is a part of the large musical project Teagarden by Kaleidyscope.

Rosemont's Allstate Arena was slow to fill up as the stage got set for Anberlin, the opening act. In my experience, opening bands tend to have something similar with the groups they open for, be it the style of music or just a shared sense of punk ethos. But Anberlin couldn't have been more different than the Pumpkins. The band took the stage with a collective high energy but quickly fizzled-out as the set wore on. Anberlin's sound could best be described as "epic" pop punk in the vein of 30 Seconds to Mars (but maybe if Jared Leto was replaced by George Michael). I use punk loosely as there was nothing really punk about the band; their music sounded over-produced... even in the live setting. The lead singer seemed to be aware of this and tried to compensate by hopping around the stage in what could only be described as cliché 80s glam-rock posturing. The crowd was not impressed and didn't even appear to be moving except for the occasional zombie-like head-bobs and a couple of hands punching the air.

Once Anberlin was off, the techies jumped in and began to set the stage up for Corgan and his new Pumpkins. I counted roughly twenty guitars on stage. The lights dimmed and a WXRT representative gave the band a "let's get ready to rumble" speech, calling the event a "homecoming" (for Corgan anyway). With that, the Smashing Pumpkins walked up on stage to face a roaring applause. Everyone who had been sitting in the bleachers stood up, and continued to stand for the remainder of the show. As soon as the band began to play, the curtains behind the stage dropped to reveal a giant inflated ball onto which glitchy CG visuals were projected. The Pumpkins started things off with their new song "Quasser" and continued to perform Oceania in its entirety, only stopping around the fourth song to thank the crowd. With about seven songs under their belt, Corgan told the crowd they planned to play "the classics" as soon as they finished up Oceania.

A well-received cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" served as a transition to the Pumpkins' "classic" catalogue. Oceania appeared to have built-up a dam of anticipation because the crowd exploded when Corgan started to play "X.Y.U." and "Disarm." After that they played a combo of "Tonite Reprise" and "Tonight, Tonight" which was accompanied by a remixed video of the 90s classic. Corgan seemed to be in a good mood, playing extended solos on many songs. Near the end of the set he took a break to catch his breath but continued to engage the crowd with humorous banter that went from talking about his wrestling organization to mentioning that his birth was unplanned. He sarcastically gave some life advice, before making a quick quip at Mitt Romney. "I wasn't planned and that's how I've lived my life. I don't recommend it. Always have a plan. Like Romney." The band's lineup may have changed, but Corgan hasn't. Age hasn't mellowed him out a bit.

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Madame ZuZus

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who has been living in Chicago suburb Highland park since 2003, has now decided to open up a tea shop there called Madam ZuZu's at 582 Roger Williams Ave. The shop opens this Thursday (9/13) at 11 AM and in honor of its opening, BIlly will be peforming acoustic sets throughout the day and there will be free tea. A press release states, "The teashop is designed to serve as a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts. Drawing from Corgan's love of music from the 30's, Madame ZuZu's is a Chinoise inspired teahouse found in Paris during this period."The shop's hours are 8 AM - 8 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 AM to 10 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and closed Mondays.

Yes but what about free wifi?

As previously mentioned, the Smashing Pumpkins will kick off a tour soon that hits the Chicago area on October 19 at the Allstate Arena. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Smashing Pumpkins @ iHeartRadio Theater in June (NYC) (more by Theo Wargo)

As seen on BrooklynVegan, the Smashing Pumpkins-- Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino, and Mike Byrne-- are heading out on a fall North American arena tour. That tour has now been announced in full, and includes a Chicago-area show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL on October 19. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 8 at 10AM CST. A Citi Cardmember presale begins on Tuesday, September 4 at 10AM, as does an artist presale (the password for the artist presale is: TEARGARDEN).

All Smashing Pumpkins dates are listed below...

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Shellac @ Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements in 2011 (more by Zach Pollack)

today in Chicago
* Archers of Loaf, METZ @ Bottom Lounge
* Shellac, Scrawl, Dead Rider @ Lincoln Hall
* The-Drum, Big Black Delta, Gel Set @ Empty Bottle
* Embraceables, Big Joy, Tricky Ol Puss @ The Burlington
* Videotape, Love and Radiation, Pool Holograph @ Township
* American Heritage, Lord, Beneath Oblivion, Ironborn @ Ultra Lounge
* Gotye, Missy Higgins, Jonti @ Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island
* Paper Mice, Water House, My Dad, Lord Snow, On the Water, Motorcycle Maus, Sandcastle @ Swerp Mansion

Shellac play their first of three 20th anniversary shows at Lincoln Hall tonight. Tickets are still available for all three performances.

Archers of Loaf and noise rockers METZ play Bottom Lounge tonight.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti have a new video for "Only In My Dreams." Check it out below.

The Smashing Pumpkins played Leno last night. Watch the footage below.

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

Smashing Pumpkins are set to perform at Metro on Thursday (6/14) as part of a charity event put on by Hot Stove Cool Music/Foundation To Be Named Later. The Figgs, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, members of Buffalo Tom, and the Hot Stove All-Stars are all included on the bill. General admission tickets and VIP passes are sold out but stay tuned, maybe the venue will release a few more next week.

The Pumpkins' new album, Oceania, is due out on June 19. You can preorder it up until June 12 in various bundle forms, CD, LP, and digital formats. A contest is currently active to win VIP passes to a cruise ship listening party on June 12. Details on how to enter to win can be found HERE.

All Smashing Pumpkins tour dates are listed below, along with some videos.

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DOWNLOAD: Smashing Pumpkins - "Have Faithe, Be Merrie" (MP3)

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today in Chicago
* The Nutcracker @ Chopin Theatre
* The Santaland Diaries @ Theater Wit
* DVS1, Traxx, Tevo Howard @ Smart Bar
* Eddie Riot, Mark Matras, Mr. Bobby, Out of Control Pete @ Exit

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Smashing Pumpkins have released a free holiday song, download it above.

What else?

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.

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

As we recently announced, The Smashing Pumpkins are playing a hometown show on October 14th. They've now chosen a venue (the Riv), and have released some initial details regarding pre-sale tickets. More info to come later this week with passwords.

Stay tuned.

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.

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