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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Four

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Four

| September 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest Day Four Douglas Park Chicago, IL Day Four of Riot Fest was yet another packed schedule of performances. These included (deep inhale): Facs, 3OH!3, BLACKSTARKIDS, Health, K. Flay, The Bled, Body Count, Fever 333, Thursday, Anthrax, Bleached, DEVO, Ratboys, The Flaming Lips and Radical Stage headliner, and Slipknot nemesis Machine Gun Kelly. Does […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Three

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Three

| September 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest Day 3 Douglas Park Chicago, IL Well, it just wouldn’t feel right if there was a Riot Fest without rain. Fortunately, it didn’t hang around long enough to cancel sets from Spider, Devon Kay & The Solutions, Just Friends, Joywave, The Orphan The Poet, Big Freedia, Bearings, Les Savy Fav, Night Moves, Ganser, […]

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Photo Gallery:  Riot Fest 2021 • Day Two

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Two

| September 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest Day Two Douglas Park Chicago, IL Day Two of Riot Fest was actually the first FULL day of the festival, which meant an opportunity to see upwards of 30 bands in perfect weather with Chicago’s own Smashing Pumpkins headlining for the first time. The day also featured Seratones, The Sounds, Oxymorrons, Senor Kino, […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day One

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day One

| September 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returned to Douglas Park after their 2020 COVID-19 sabbatical with a first: a bonus day (adding to its usual 3-day format) for multi-day ticket buyers and other VIPs. Despite several high profile COVID-related cancellations – the norm in this weird environment, the Riot Fest crew assembled a genuinely worthy day of music featuring […]

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Photo Gallery: Dead and Company at the Rauf Home Mortgage Music Center

Photo Gallery: Dead and Company at the Rauf Home Mortgage Music Center

| September 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Well, we went from famine to feast. The concert landscape has become so overpopulated that it has become the norm that multiple shows occur on the same day. Since cloning technology has yet to be perfected, the alternative is to hit the road. Dead & Co. arrives this weekend at Wrigley Field, which also coincides […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz September 14-20 • Damon Albarn, Supernova Ska Festival, Sheryl Crow, The String Cheese Incident, The Zombies

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz September 14-20 • Damon Albarn, Supernova Ska Festival, Sheryl Crow, The String Cheese Incident, The Zombies

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Sheryl Crow and special guest Lucie Silvas perform live from Capitol Theatre for an unforgettable show this Tuesday, September 14, at 7 PM. Tickets are available now. Dead and Company wraps up their 2021 virtual tour with shows in Noblesville, Indiana (Sept. 15) and a two-night stint in Chicago (Sept. 17 & 18) at […]

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Spins: Vanishing Shores • “Maps”

Spins: Vanishing Shores • “Maps”

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Vanishing Shores Maps (independent) Vanishing Shores has made a swift ascent toward their summit of song. Kevin Bianchi established a compelling sonic identity for the group with 2018’s self-titled debut EP, but he strides forward with this full-length release. Maps finds Bianchi’s artistry expanding while offering a more focused and personal portrait. Elements of Laurel Canyon […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day One

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day One

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

When COVID-19 shuttered the 2020 Pitchfork Music Festival, it left in its wake a deafening “what could have been.” The good news is that over the past weekend, P4K returned, salvaging a sizable chunk of its previously planned lineup, and mighty shored up the gaping wounds of the artists that were unable to make it […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 • Day Two

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 • Day Two

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Day Two of the 2020 Pitchfork Music Festival could have, arguably, been the greatest single-day lineup in the fest’s already storied history. The undercard boasted a cavalcade of names that, judging by their performances and the receptions they were greeted with, all but assured they’ll return to grace the larger stages in the future. Who […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day Three

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day Three

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Day Three was certainly the most eclectic day of the Pitchfork Music Festival. So it says a lot about its attendee’s discerning taste that it was also the first day to sell out. Those who hopped in the virtual queue that has now become the box office were treated to performances by Tomberlin, Special Interest, […]

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Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery: Megadeth/Lamb of God/Trivium/Hatebreed • Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery: Megadeth/Lamb of God/Trivium/Hatebreed • Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

After their unplanned pandemic 2020 sabbatical, Megadeth and Lamb of God arrived healthy and intact in Tinley Park last night. Both bands were seemingly overjoyed; they were finally getting to tour even at the halfway point of their grueling 27-date North American jaunt. If you can find a band more at the top of their […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz Sept 7-12 • Billy Bragg, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, 311, Otis Redding, Bela Fleck and more

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz Sept 7-12 • Billy Bragg, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, 311, Otis Redding, Bela Fleck and more

| September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Embracing the livestream trend, Dead & Company stream live performances from Hartford, Connecticut (Sept. 5), Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Sept. 7), Clarkston, Minnesota (Sept. 10), Cincinnati, Ohio (Sept. 11), and St. Louis, Missouri (Sept. 13) as part of their virtual summer tour. Tickets are on sale now. Join Sneaker Pimps as they preview their new album, […]

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Stage Buzz: Preview • Pitchfork Festival 2021 Undercard Picks

Stage Buzz: Preview • Pitchfork Festival 2021 Undercard Picks

| September 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Canceled and delayed by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, Pitchfork Fest returns to Union Park September 10. 11 and 12  on a crowded fall festival weekend. You’ve read about their celebrated headliners (St.Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Erykah Badu); now take a look at some of our favorite undercard performers.   DEHD On their 2020 […]

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Stage Buzz: Live Review and Photo Gallery • Colin Hay at Park West

Stage Buzz: Live Review and Photo Gallery • Colin Hay at Park West

| September 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Colin Hay Park West, Chicago, IL Sunday, August 29, 2021 Review by Jeff Elbel, photos by Philamonjaro   Colin Hay has spent decades building his brand as one of popular music’s premier solo acoustic entertainers and all-around raconteurs. His performance benefits from a miraculously ageless voice, fluid and dexterous guitar playing, and stories that overflow […]

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Stage Buzz: Preview + Photo Gallery •  Greta Van Fleet at Huntington Bank Pavilion

Stage Buzz: Preview + Photo Gallery • Greta Van Fleet at Huntington Bank Pavilion

| September 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Greta Van Fleet Friday, September 3rd Huntington Bank Pavilion During a current stretch in the music industry when hip-hop and pop music has reigned supreme, the meteoric rise of Greta Van Fleet has proven to be an anomaly unto itself. Pulling heavily from the 1970’s rock canon aesthetic, the accusations of derivativeness have been plentiful. But […]

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