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On the Radar: 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class, Chicago Open Air Festival, Vince Staples tour + More

The Cure, Radiohead, Stevie Nicks, and Janet Jackson to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2019 has been revealed and this time they got it right. The Cure, Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, The Zombies, and Def Leppard will all be inducted during a ceremony held next April. This makes Stevie Nicks the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame to two separate occasions; she was previously inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Nominees who didn’t make it in this time around include Devo, Rage Against the Machine, Kraftwerk, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and MC5. They’ll have to wait another year for the chance to be inducted.

The induction ceremony takes place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event will later air on HBO at a later date. You can buy tickets for the induction ceremony here.

Congrats to the class of 2019!

Vince Staples announces 2019 North American tour

Vince Staples recently announce a tour in support of his new album, FM!, which dropped last month. The “Smile, You’re On Camera Tour” kicks off February 1 in Tucson, Arizona and will then make its way through Austin, Atlanta, Tampa, Philadelphia, and New York City. The rapper will play Chicago on March 12 at The Riviera Theatre. The tour concludes April 3 in Pomona, California. Tickets are on sale now.

Joining Staples for this outing is Buddy and JPEGMAFIA. Check out all the tour dates here. Recently, Staples performed at the Mac Miller tribute concert in LA. He also contributed to the Creed II soundtrack with the track “Ice Cold (Final Round).”

Chicago Open Air Festival announce 2019 lineup

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After taking a break this past year, Chicago Open Air Festival is coming back in 2019 as a two-day event. This time around, System of a Down and Tool will be headlining the event. Other acts on the bill include Ghost, Gojira, In this Moment, The Prodigy, Fever 333, Code Orange, Alien Weaponry and more.

In This Moment’s Maria Brink says, “I can’t even begin to express how excited we are to be playing Chicago Open Air Presents. We had such a blast last time! Tool, The Prodigy and System Of A Down, that’s insane and such a powerful lineup. We feel blessed to be a part of it all. These are some of our all time favorite bands, I can’t wait to see you all there with In This Moment.”

Chicago Open Air Festival takes place May 18 – 19 at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, Illinois.  Tickets for two-day general admission fieldstart at $249.50 and two-day general admission bowl (stadium seating) starts at$179.50. Single day tickets costs $99.50 for bowl and $149.50 for field. VIPpackages will also be available. Tickets are on sale now. Get yours and see thefull lineup here.

Upcoming Shows

You don’t want to miss All Time Low at the House of Blues with Wrecks Friday, December 21. Make sure you get tickets.

Catch Freddie Gibbs on the Freddie Tour with DJ RTST and Solosam at Park West on Friday, December 21. Grab tickets here.

Kurt Vile and the Violators hit up the Riviera Theatre with special guest Jessica Pratt on Saturday, December 22. You can still get tickets here.

Lil Wayne is playing a special free show as part of his “I Ain’t Shit Without You” tour. Weezy will be playing a soon to be announced venue on December 23. Reserve tickets here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Grapetooth

Synth-pop duo Grapetooth is the latest Chicago act making a huge buzz in and out of the city. Formed by Twin Peaks member Clay Frankel and Chris Bailoni aka Homesick in 2015, the two met up and started writing random songs together with no intention of releasing them. It wasn’t until they wrote their 2016 song “Trouble” that they found their sound and began playing shows around Chicago. It wasn’t until May 2018 that they released their long-awaited second single “Violent.”

In November they released their self-titled 10-track debut album, which Noisey dubbed as one of the best releases of the year. With an upbeat, synth-laden sound, some of which harkens back to electro-dance music of the 80s, their songs are catchy enough to start dancing. Check them out if you need a pick me up or a distraction from all the craziness happening in the world.

Grapetooth is out now. Pick up a copy here and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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