Archive for July 2012

2012 Lollapalooza Afterparties: Nearly 100 Acts Perform in 20 Small Venues Across the City of Chicago - Wednesday, 8/1/12 - Sunday, 8/5/12

2012 Lollapalooza Afterparties: Nearly 100 Acts Perform in 20 Small Venues Across the City of Chicago - Wednesday, 8/1/12 - Sunday, 8/5/12
Lollapalooza became a Chicago desintation festival in 2005.  With it every summer since have come special aftershows featuring big acts in small venues.  This summer is no exception as artists like Alabama Shakes, Band of Horses, tUnE-yArDs, M83, Frank Ocean, Of Monsters and Men, Jane's Addiction, Franz Ferdinand, The Temper Trap, The Walkmen and many, many more play throughout the city at venues like Double Door, Metro and Park West.  Get all the details on this year's special aftershows...

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 7/30/12 - Thursday, 8/2/12

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight:  City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 7/30/12 - Thursday, 8/2/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This week, catch big artists like Alabama Shakes, Band of Horses and Passion Pit in small clubs as Chicago prepares for Lollapalooza this weekend.  Plus, a rare appearance by Merle Haggard at the Congress Theater... Not to mention area appearances by Boston, Eddie Money, and members of Umphrey's McGee.  All of this plus much more...

Concert Review: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival - As I Lay Dying, Anthrax, Motörhead, Slayer and Slipknot - 7/21/12 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Concert Review:  Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival - As I Lay Dying, Anthrax, Motörhead, Slayer and Slipknot - 7/21/12 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
High temperatures were no match for heavy metal as fifteen acts and two of the "Big 4" performed across three stages Saturday in Tinley Park as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival rolled into First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre...
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Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 7/27/12 - Sunday 7/29/12

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 7/27/12 - Sunday 7/29/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs... Catch a country act this weekend as Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts and more arrive in the area.  Plus Weezer, Better Than Ezra, Twista and the return of The Wallflowers... Not  to mention Screaming Females, The Baseball Project, Kill Hannah, Joe Pug and others at Wicker Park Fest.  All of this plus much more...

An Interview With Motörhead's Mikkey Dee: A Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Concert Preview (Saturday, 7/21/12 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park)

An Interview With Motörhead's Mikkey Dee: A Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Concert Preview (Saturday, 7/21/12 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park)
Returning to the Chicagoland area this Saturday as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Tinley Park, Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee checked in over the phone from Oklahoma City yesterday for a chat about his thoughts on performing alongside the likes of Anthrax, Slayer and Slipknot this summer as well as to what he attributes Motörhead's increasingly young and loyal audience...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 7/20 - Sunday, 7/22

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 7/20 - Sunday, 7/22
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend... metal rules the southside as Motörhead, Anthrax, Slayer and more roll into Tinley Park.  Plus, area appearances by O.A.R., Heart, Seal, and Kelly Hogan.  All of this plus much more...
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Concert Review: Day 3 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival (Sunday, 7/15/12 in Union Park)

Concert Review: Day 3 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival (Sunday, 7/15/12 in Union Park)
For the first time all weekend, concertgoers took in live music on three stages Sunday without the threat of rain as Beach House, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more closed out day three of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park on Chicago's west side...

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights (Monday, 7/16/12 - Thursday, 7/19/12)

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights (Monday, 7/16/12 - Thursday, 7/19/12)
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This week, FURTHUR arrives in Chicago for one night at Northerly Island, M.C. Hammer and Naughty by Nature take over Hammond, plus Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford in Rosemont.  All of this plus much more...

Concert Review: Day 2 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival (Saturday, 7/14/12 in Union Park)

Concert Review: Day 2 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival (Saturday, 7/14/12 in Union Park)
Grimes, Wild Flag, Hot Chip and more all performed (often in the rain) across three stages as day two of the Pitchfork Music Festival continued Saturday in rainy Union Park on Chicago's west side...
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Concert Review: Day 1 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival (Friday, 7/13/12 in Union Park)

Concert Review: Day 1 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival (Friday, 7/13/12 in Union Park)
Rain fell on Friday the 13th and day one of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival as artists like Feist, Dirty Projectors, Japandroids and more perfromed on three stages across Union Park in Chicago's West Loop...
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