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August 17, 2015

John Oliver

The man behind one of our favorite shows on television right now has a big live show announcement!

Live Nation and Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced today that Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writer John Oliver will return to stand-up comedy at The Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:00PM. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 21, at 10:00AM.
Tickets range from $55.00 to $75.00.

UPDATE: A second show was added~ The new date is New Year's Eve and tickets also go on sale this Friday at 10am.

UPDATE 2: Third show added.

Last night on Last Week Tonight , John took on televangelists. Watch below....

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March 24, 2014


In late-January, Chicago-bred comedian Hannibal Buress taped a new stand-up special at the Vic Theatre for Comedy Central. It's titled simply Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago and is set to premiere on Comedy Central this Saturday (3/29) at 11PM CST. Before it makes its premiere, you can purchase a digital version of the special for just $5. CDs and DVDs will be available on April 1. So far, he's shared two clips from the special -- one which contains his thoughts on Molly references // use throughout rap music and another in which he impersonates Donald Glover to get into an Eddie Griffin comedy show -- and you can check out both of them, below...

UPDATE: Hannibal will be celebrating the premiere of his special with a show at Beat Kitchen this Saturday (3/29). He'll be performing with special guests and Live From Chicago will screen as it premieres at 11PM. Tickets are on sale now.

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March 20, 2014

by Arielle Gordon


Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, Comedy Central's newest webseries-cum-TV show hit, are touring the US in support of their highly successful first season. In fact, it was so successful, they had to postpone their original tour to write the second season! Lucky for all of us, they rescheduled, and they're coming to Lincoln Hall on November 12 for two shows (8PM & 10:30PM)! Tickets for both are on sale now. Haven't heard of Broad City? Some describe it as "Workaholics for women," while others make the obvious comparison to Girls because of its New York location and female protagonists. However, Broad City takes a more absurdist approach to New York, making caricatures of everyday encounters, like dealing with a creepy locksmith or going to a package center to retrieve a missed UPS package. Watch a clip, and check out tour dates, below...

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April 10, 2013

Cat Power (via)

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) performed on British music program Later... with Jools Holland earlier this week. Backed by just a piano player, Chan debuted a new ballad called "Bully." Check out some footage of her performance at the bottom of this post, and you can also purchase the track via iTunes. Chan also just recently released a music video for Sun's "Manhattan," which can be found alongside the footage.

As discussed, Cat Power is one of the many acts who will head to Chicago to play Lollapalooza 2013. Set times haven't been revealed yet, but we do know that Chan and co. will take the stage on Sunday, August 4.

All Cat Power tour dates, that "Bully" footage from Later..., and the "Manhattan" video are below...

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March 6, 2013

Arbogast prepping veggie chili on Brutally Delicious

Chicago thrash trio Arbogast recently appeared on the heavy metal cooking show Brutally Delicious. They prepared veggie chili and "blue cheese hot sauce wing burgers" as they drank and talked with host Bruce Moore. You can check out the full 13-minute episode at the bottom of this post (thx Hubert).

While the meal they cooked looked great (and you can check out their recipes HERE), let's get back to what Arbogast do best: pummeling metal. They've got a show at Ultra Lounge on March 14 with Behold... The Arctopus and Guzzlemug. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available.

Arbogast's episode of Brutally Delicious and a stream of their debut LP I are below...

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February 7, 2013

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.

February 4, 2013

Beyonce @ Superbowl XLVII (via)

So, Beyonce pretty much killed it last night at her Superbowl XLVII Halftime show, made complete with smoke, mirrors, and Destiny's Child. If you missed B's performance, you can check out the whole shebang at the bottom of this post. Along with her grandiose performance, Beyonce has revealed that she'll be embarking on "the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" this spring. That tour kicks off in Serbia, and will reach Chicago on July 17 for a performance at the United Center. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale to the general public next Monday (2/11) at 10AM CST. A couple of presales will be active this coming Friday (2/08); stay tuned for more information.

All tour dates and a clip of B's Superbowl XLVII performance are below...

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January 17, 2013

Jessie Ware @ NYC's The Box, December 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

UK songstress Jessie Ware welcomed her great debut LP, Devotion, in August of 2012. She's currently on tour throughout the US, and visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (1/16) to perform the Devotion standout "Wildest Moments" with a little help from The Roots. Footage of her Fallon performance can be found at the bottom of this post.

As discussed, Jessie Ware will make her Chicago debut at Lincoln Hall this Sunday (1/20) with support from On An On, Mister Lies (who is on the cover of the Reader's B-Side this week), and Kriz Baronia as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013. That show is sold-out, but you can still get in if you've got a five-day festival pass, which are still available.

Earlier this week, Jessie Ware released her new EP, If You're Never Gonna Move, via Island Records. The five-song EP features Devotion's "If You're Never Gonna Move," "Sweet Talk," and "Devotion," a cover of "What You Won't Do For Love," and a Two Inch Punch remix of "If You're Never Gonna Move." A stream of her new EP can be found below.

All known Jessie Ware tour dates, footage from her Fallon performance, and a stream of her new EP are below...

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January 16, 2013

Conrad Bain

Conrad Bain, possibly known best for his role as the adopted father Phillip Drummond to Arnold and Willis on Diff'rent Strokes , has passed at the age of 89.

Bain family sources tell TMZ, Bain died Monday night in Livermore, CA. So far, details surrounding his death are unclear.

We spoke with Bain's daughter Jennifer who tells us, "He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father."

And Bain played a supportive father on the show too, which could possibly be what was the glue that held the 80s television show together. He'll be missed, but will live on in re-runs.

Conrad Bain, RIP.

January 3, 2013

Fred Armisen's game face

In addition to special guest Common, Jimmy Fallon also had Fred Armisen on the show last night. Armisen was there to promote the upcoming season of Portlandia, which will premiere on IFC this Friday (1/4) at 10PM Eastern / 9PM Central, and also had a drumoff with Questlove. Watch the pair of skin-bashers-- Armisen used to drum for Chicago's Trenchmouth-- go at it below (via Chicagoist)...

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