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Kanye West @ AAHH! Fest (photo via Roger Tino Morales)
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Common's inaugural AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between his Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc., took place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday (9/21). After scheduled performances from Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and more, with host Dave Chappelle, Common brought out heavily teased special guest Kanye West during his headlining set. The pair delivered their The College Dropout collaboration "Get Em High," and then Kanye ran through some hits including "Jesus Walks," "Touch The Sky," "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "All Of The Lights," "Power," and more. You can check out some videos at the bottom of this post (via All Hip Hop). Common also brought out Jay Electronica and late festival addition Vince Staples to perform the forthcoming remix of "Kingdom," which was originally released by Common/Staples. Video footage of that is also available below (via Rap Radar).

Long Beach, CA's Vince Staples is still in town and will be playing a FREE in-store TONIGHT (9/22) at Logan Square streetwear shop Fat Tiger Workshop (2131 N Rockwell St). It'll go from 5 to 7PM, with complimentary cocktails from Twenty Grand Vodka. No RSVP is necessary.

Video footage of both Kanye West and Vince Staples at AAHH! Fest, and a flyer for the in-store lie after the jump...

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rainy Day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
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Due to a rainy day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago, Humboldt Park isn't in the best shape after the three-day festival. Much like other Chicago festivals do, Riot Fest made an agreement with the Chicago Park District to restore the park following the fest. They've now issued a statement regarding the restoration.

Riot Fest founder Michael Petryshyn said:

"Riot Fest is grateful to the City of Chicago and specifically the residents and businesses of Humboldt Park. The Park is really the star of Riot Fest, and we know it is the key reason why it makes the community one of the best in the City. And, I speak from experience, I live just steps away from the Park, and enjoy it almost daily.

Because the Park is as important to me as it is to the City, we will make certain that the Park be restored as soon as possible. Indeed, not only do we want the park restored, we want it improved. I have directed our staff to initiate meetings with the Park District on how we can partner with them to make permanent infrastructure improvements over the coming months. We want to improve the Park, because we want to make it the permanent home of Riot Fest. We don't take our commitment to the community and the park for granted.

If Riot Fest, alongside the Chicago Park District, can rehabilitate the park to the needed standards (beyond reseeding and aeration), the entirety of the 26th and surrounding wards -- it's residents and businesses -- only stand to benefit. And, that's what we want. Make no doubt about it: as a resident of Humboldt Park, I want to be the leader in making Humboldt Park Chicago's best and most modern natural resource. And, I know I can."
We're also lucky enough to call Humboldt Park home, and are looking forward to seeing the park restored. Day 1 pics and review are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pics and review are HERE and HERE. And Day 3 pics and review are HERE and HERE.

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Phantom Note Productions' annual Halloween-themed festival Phantom Phest has returned for its 2014 edition. It's slated to take place from October 30 -- November 2 with the majority of shows at Quenchers and one bigger event at Subterranean. The festival's overall lineup includes Marnie Stern, Space Blood, Oshwa, Le Tour, ONO, Tinkerbelles (ex-Gypsyblood), and many more.

Here's how it'll be laid out:

Thursday, 10/30
Le Tour, Velocicopter, Bike Cops, Harebrain @ Quenchers

Friday, 10/31
Marnie Stern, Feuding Fathers, Broughton's Rules, Space Blood @ Subterranean

ONO, Evil Beaver, New England Patriots, Columba Faciata @ Quenchers

Saturday, 11/1
Lost Years, Oshwa, Pisces at the Animal Fair, Between Brains, Game Genie, Evacuate the Earth, A Light Sleeper, Landjåger @ Quenchers

Sunday, 11/2
Secret Science, Brontosaurus, Tinkerbelles, Mr. Ma'am, Bow&Spear @ Quenchers

Tickets for all shows (linked above) are on sale now. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a best costume contest for some sweet prizes. Sponsors for Phantom Phest 2014 include Brooklyn Brewery, Medium Gallery, and Eriewood Collective.

Get Phreaky.

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Riot Fest Chicago takes place this weekend (9/12 - 9/14) in Humboldt Park, and the festival has now detailed who the 10th band performing a classic LP are. Cheap Trick will play their 1978 LP Heaven Tonight in its entirety, in addition to Weezer playing The Blue Album, Jane's Addiction opting for 1988's Nothing's Shocking, Slayer doing Reign In Blood, The Offspring performing Smash, NOFX doing Punk In Drublic, Samhain playing their debut LP Initium, Descendents delivering their highly influential album Milo Goes to College, Naked Raygun playing Throb Throb, and The Get Up Kids performing emo/pop punk classic Something To Write Home About. Set times for Riot Fest Chicago can be found HERE. Three-day passes are now sold-out, but two-day passes (various combinations) and single-day tickets are still available.

The fest have also shared a detailed site map, which you can check out HERE.

photos by James Richards IV

The War on Drugs / The Dismemberment Plan / Sylvan Esso
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A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2014 finished off on Saturday (9/6) with performances by The War on Drugs, The Dismemberment Plan, Funky Meters, Mac Demarco, Sylvan Esso, Valerie June, and Empires. Pictures from day 1 can be found HERE, and a set of photos from day 2 of the fest are in this post. More below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Death Cab For Cutie // Hamilton Leithauser // The Handsome Family
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The 2014 edition of A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party began last night (9/5) with a bit of a delayed start due to rain. That initial delay also meant shorter sets from Jon Langford's new "Glam-Voodoo space rock project" Bad Luck Jonathan, The Handsome Family, and former Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser. Death Cab For Cutie's headlining set served as founding member // lead guitarist Chris Walla's final US show as a member of the band (he recently announced his departure following their current tour). Though Death Cab have a new album coming, which does feature Walla, frontman Ben Gibbard shared that they'd be drawing from their back catalog rather than playing new tunes on this run. The oldest material we got was "For What Reason" and "Title Track" from their 2000 LP We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, as well as "We Laugh Indoors" from The Photo Album, and "Title and Registration" and "The New Year" from Transatlanticism. They also performed a handful of Plans favorites, as well as tunes from Narrow Stairs and Codes and Keys. Pictures and DCFC's complete setlist are in this post. Day 2 of A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2014 is now underway.

Pictures from Day 1 of the festival and DCFC's full setlist lie after the jump...

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Riot Fest

RIOT FEST CHICAGO SET TIMES: FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY. Check 'em out after the jump. What are the worst conflicts?

Also, there's a Pussy Riot panel that was just announced.

(and Denver set times too.)

Riot Fest Chicago set times lie after the jump...

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Common has announced AAHH! Fest, a collaboration between the rapper/actor/author's Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith's Donda's House, Inc. The one-day festival is slated to take place in Chicago's Union Park on Sunday, September 21. The fest will be split into two parts-- an all ages community showcase, hosted by Rhymefest, spotlighting local talent (lineup TBA) from 10AM-1PM and a festival main stage featuring Common himself, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and host Dave Chappelle, plus "a very special surprise guest." Tickets (full festival passes, main stage only, or community showcase only) are on sale now.

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Goose Island have shared some initial details for their annual 312 Urban Block Party. This year, it's slated to take place on September 20 from 4-10PM in front of their main production facility on Fulton Street in the West Loop (Fulton at Wood St.). The block party's music lineup features headliners The Breeders, with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Cayucas. There will also be a second, local stage -- lineup TBA. Tickets for the 312 Urban Block Party (21+ only) go on sale this Friday (8/8) at 10AM CST.

The brewing company will be rolling out some rare and exclusive beers throughout the day, including the recent SVE Kolsch (made in collaboration with Sharon Van Etten) and the Recommended Pils, which were both on tap at Pitchfork Fest last month.

Stay tuned for more details...

photos by Jeff Ryan & Jim Vondruska

Diarrhea Planet / Oshwa / Girl Group Chicago
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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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photos by Jeff Ryan & Jim Vondruska

Owls / Hop Along / Foxing
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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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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is slated to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, and its lineup features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Gogol Bordello, Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Samhain, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Tegan and Sara, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can check out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Slowdive / Deafheaven / Perfect Pussy
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Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. - [Arielle Gordon]

Pitchfork Fest 2014 closed things out this past Sunday (7/20) with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Deafheaven, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. We already posted some words and pictures about day 3 over at BrooklynVegan, but here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Also on BrooklynVegan // BV Chicago are pics and reviews from the other two days. Day two are HERE and HERE, and day one are HERE and HERE. More day 3 pics below...

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Chicago shapeshifters Dr. Manhattan are slated to self-release their new EP, titled BOLO YODO, on July 22. The EP's spazzy and hypnotic title track makes its premiere in this post. Tracklisting for the BOLO YODO EP can also be found below.

Dr. Manhattan have a couple of upcoming shows, including an appearance at Wicker Park Fest 2014 on Saturday, July 26. They'll play the Center Stage (headlined by Owls) at 5PM, sandwiched between Space Blood (3PM) and The Felix Culpa (6PM). Admission per day is a suggested donation of $5.

All known Dr. Manhattan dates, their new song stream, and LP info. for the BOLO YODO EP lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Dr. Manhattan releasing new EP (stream a track), playing Wicker Park Fest"

photos by James Richards IV

Death // crowd at West Fest 2014 on 07.13.2014
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West Fest 2014 finished off on Sunday night (7/13) with performances by Death, Protomartyr, Turquoise Jeep, Ryley Walker, Mannequin Men, and more. Pictures from day 2 of West Fest 2014 are in this post (day 1 HERE). More below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Lee Fields & the Expressions at West Fest on 07.12.2014
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West Fest 2014 kicked off yesterday afternoon (Saturday, July 12) with performances from Lee Fields & the Expressions, Pink Avalanche, Jevon Jackson, Ssion, and many more across two stages. Pictures from day 1 of the street fest are in this post. West Fest 2014 continues today (Sunday, July 13) with sets from Death, Protomartyr, Turn To Crime, and more.

Pictures from day 1 of West Fest 2014 lie after the jump...

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West Fest 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
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West Fest 2014 is slated to take place on July 12 & 13 on West Chicago Avenue (between North Damen Avenue & North Wood Street) in West Town. The Empty Bottle-programmed main stage features Lee Fields & The Expressions, Death (who also play the Empty Bottle on July 12), Protomartyr, Ryley Walker, Pink Avalanche, Turquoise Jeep (yes, them), Turn To Crime, Mannequin Men, and more. You can check out the complete lineup with set times at the bottom of this post. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per day.

The full West Fest 2014 lineup can be found below...

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Deafheaven @ Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 is just a month away (July 18-20), and a bunch of fest aftershows have now been announced. There are a few slated to take place around the corner from Union Park at Bottom Lounge, and others at Schubas and Lincoln Hall.

Here are your late-night show options...

July 18
Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy @ Bottom Lounge
FKA Twigs @ Bottom Lounge (Upstairs)
Wild Beasts, Mutual Benefit @ Lincoln Hall
Cloud Nothings, The Wytches @ Schubas

July 19
Dum Dum Girls, Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz @ Bottom Lounge
Real Estate, Peter Matthew Bauer @ Lincoln Hall
DIIV, Lodro, Regal Degal @ the Empty Bottle

July 20
Majical Cloudz, Hundred Waters @ Lincoln Hall

Tickets for ALL Pitchfork Festival aftershows (linked above) go on sale this Friday (6/20) at noon CST.

photos by James Richards IV

Marc Maron at the Athenaeum Theatre on 06.14.2014
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Comedian/podcaster/loveable grump Marc Maron hit Chicago this past weekend for a performance at the Athenaeum Theatre on June 14 as part of A.V. Club // The Onion's "26th Annual Comedy Fest." Maron bounced from topic to topic with ease, including the after life, ice cream, dining at Eataly, relationships, and the therapeutic power of traffic. Chicago via UK comedian Adam Burke got things started, and pictures from the Athenaeum Theatre are in this post. More below...

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EMA @ the Empty Bottle in May (more by Milos Markicevic)
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Pygmalion Music Festival 2014 is set to take place from September 25-28 at various venues throughout Champaign-Urbana, IL. The fest's initial lineup of Panda Bear, Sun Kil Moon, Deafheaven, Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex, Mutual Benefit, Tycho, and more has now been expanded to include EMA, Into It. Over It., Owen, Maserati, Twin Peaks, and others. Three-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now. Even more artists will be announced in the coming months.

Check out the current Pygmalion Music Fest lineup below...

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Taste of Randolph 2014 is slated to take place from June 13-15 on West Randolph Street (between North Peoria Street & North Racine Avenue) in the West Loop. The music lineup for the three-day, food-focused street festival includes Minus the Bear, Delta Spirit, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Stagnant Pools, and more spread across three stages. You can scope the full lineup at the bottom of this post, and check out the complete schedule HERE. Admission is a suggestion donation of $10.

The full ToR music lineup can be found below...

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Tickets to see Flesh Wounds at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Heartless Bastards at City Winery Chicago are on sale now.

Tickets to see Brody Dalle at Bottom Lounge are on sale now.

Tickets for ALL Lollapalooza Aftershows go on sale today (6/6) at 10AM CST.

Tickets to see United Nations and Frameworks at Township are on sale now.

Tickets to see The Clean and Boogarins at Schubas go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jacco Gardner at the Empty Bottle are on sale now.

Tickets to see Sleep at Thalia Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Sonny & the Sunsets at Schubas go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see King Crimson at the Vic Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Erasure at The Chicago Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see White Fence and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Subterranean go on sale today at 10AM.

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As discussed, Lollapalooza 2014 is slated to take place from August 1-3 throughout Chicago's Grant Park. Set times just recently arrived, and official festival aftershows have now been announced.

Here is what's in store...

Wedneday, July 30
Interpol, Strand of Oaks @ House of Blues
Courtney Barnett, Varsity @ Schubas

Thursday, July 31
Grouplove, Joywave @ Metro
Broken Bells, Wild Cub @ House of Blues
Chvrches, Panama @ the Vic
The Kooks @ Park West
J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Pujol @ Schubas
Portugal. the Man, Royal Blood @ Lincoln Hall
Temples, Drenge @ Subterranean
Blood Orange, Ratking @ the Empty Bottle
Cash Cash, Gus Karas, Gordo, & Torio @ The Mid

Friday, August 1
Parquet Courts, Running @ the Empty Bottle
Disclosure (Live) @ Aragon Ballroom
Spoon, Wildcat! Wildcat! @ Metro
The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy @ House of Blues
Phosphorescent, PAPA @ Double Door
Jenny Lewis, The Apache Relay @ Park West
Cut Copy, Bomba Estereo @ the Vic
Kodaline @ Schubas
Typhoon, Desert Noises @ Lincoln Hall
The Glitch Mob (DJ set), Zebo @ The Mid
Gramatik, HeRobust, Russ Liquid, Gibbz @ Concord Music Hall
Bombay Bicycle Club, Bear Hands @ Bottom Lounge
Kate Nash, Meg Myers @ City Winery Chicago
Savemoney Militia @ Reggie's

Saturday, August 2
White Denim, Roadkill Ghost Choir @ the Empty Bottle
Deltron 3030, Shepard Fairey (DJ set) @ Block 37
Martin Garrix @ Aragon Ballroom
Glen Hansard, The Districts @ Metro
Young the Giant & Friends, The So So Glos @ House of Blues
Run The Jewels, Ratking @ Double Door
Cage the Elephant, Bear Hands @ the Vic
The 1975, Gemini Club @ Park West
San Fermin, Hollow & Akimbo @ Schubas
Lucius, Bronze Radio Return @ Lincoln Hall
Rudimental, Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng @ evilOlive
Flume, Duke Dumont, Anna Lunoe @ Concord Music Hall
RAC (DJ set), Lindsey Lowend @ Subterranean
Rebelution @ Bottom Lounge
Jhene Aiko, Shy Girls @ Reggie's

Sunday, August 3
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ the Vic
Fitz & The Tantrums, Fly Golden Eagle @ Metro
Nas, Vic Mensa @ House of Blues
Bleachers, Cardiknox @ Lincoln Hall
Skrillex, Gesaffelstein @ Concord Music Hall

Tickets for ALL Lollapalooza aftershows go on sale this Friday (6/6) at 10AM CST.

The Dismemberment Plan @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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As discussed, the 2014 edition of A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party is slated to take place on September 5 & 6. Its lineup has now been announced, and includes Death Cab for Cutie, The War On Drugs, The Dismemberment Plan, Mac DeMarco, The Handsome Family, Sylvan Esso, Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra, and more. The full festival lineup is listed at the bottom of this post. Two-day passes are still available.

A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2014 lineup below...

Continue reading "A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party 2014: Death Cab for Cutie, Dismemberment Plan, Handsome Family, Sylvan Esso, more"

Janelle Monae @ The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
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Taste of Chicago 2014 is slated to take place from July 9-13 throughout Grant Park. The food-focused festival also features performances at the Petrillo Music Shell and a side stage at its south end. The Petrillo shows include Janelle Monae with Gary Clark Jr. on July 10, Jeff Tweedy with Lucinda Williams on July 12, Aloe Blacc with The Wailers on July 13, and more. Reserved seating for those shows is on sale now, and lawn seating remains free.

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