September 25, 2023

On the Radar: Smashing Pumpkins Celebrate 30th Anniversary, ‘Yadhi’ Gets Delayed, Mac Miller Benefit Concert + More

On The Radar. Music, News, Artist Features and Concerts.

Too busy preparing for Halloween to keep up with music news? Chicago Music’s On the Radar has you covered. Check out this week’s edtion below.

Smashing Pumpkins extend 2018 tour to celebrate 30th anniversary

If you missed out on seeing the Smashing Pumpkins earlier this year, you’ll have another chance this winter. The band have announced a series of dates to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The new batch of shows kick off November 28 in Madison, WI and will hit up Chicago for another hometown show, St. Louis, and San Antonio. The tour wraps up December 7 in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets are on sale now. Find all the new dates here.

Along with celebrating 30 years as a band, the tour will also support their latest album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LLP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., which drops November 16. The tracklist features eight songs, including the previously released “Solara” and “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).” The new LP was produced by Rick Rubin and marks the band’s first album featuring three-fourths of the original members since 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God. Pre-order your copy here.

Kanye West’s ‘Yandhi’ pushed back to November

After a bunch of teasing and hyping, Kanye West’s new album, Yandhi, didn’t come out on September 29 after all, but seeing the aftermath of his strange pro-Trump rant maybe that’s a good thing. The album is still coming, but it has a new release date: November 23 aka Black Friday. Kim Kardashian revealed the news on Twitter saying “TRUST ME it is worth the wait” followed by a string of emojis.

West then made an appearance on TMZ live and explained the reason behind the delay is he didn’t finish it. According to West, someone on his management staff “suggested the album was so good” that he should finish it in “what is known as Africa.” West continued by saying he’s “incorporating sounds that you’ve never heard before” along with dealing with concepts that “people don’t talk about.” He said a whole lot more, but it’s too much to squeeze in here, so watch his TMZ live interview here.

Chance The Rapper, SZA, Travis Scott and more to perform at Mac Miller benefit concert

Mac MIller A Celebration of Life Benefit Concert Lineup Poster

Rapper Mac Miller died a month ago and to celebrate his life and the newly launched Mac Miller Circles Fund (MMCF), some big hip-hop artists are coming together for the “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” benefit concert.

Included on the bill is Chance the Rapper, SZA, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Travis Scott, Miguel, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, Action Bronson, Domo Genesis, ScHoolBoy Q, Ty Dalla $ign and John Mayer. The concert takes place Halloween night at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Miller’s mother, Karen Meyers, released the following statement about the upcoming concert:

“The support we’ve experienced is evident in this amazing lineup and is a testament to Malcolm’s incredible life… He was a caring, loving human with a smile that could light up the sky and a soul that was out to make the world a kinder place and the MMCF will continue to do just that.”

MMCF was launched to honor Miller’s love of the arts. Its goal is to “provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”

Click here to learn more about MCCF.

Upcoming Shows

Don’t miss rap group SOB X RBE with Quando Rondo at Bottom Lounge Wednesday, October 10. Get your tickets here.

Catch Lupe Fiasco with Billy Blue, Nikki Jean, and Boy Illinois at the House of Blues Tuesday, October 9. You can still get tickets here.

Jessie J brings the R.O.S.E. Tour with Ro James and Kiana Lede to the Riviera Theatre Friday, October 12. Click here to get tickets.

Ghost-Note plays Chop Shop with special guest The Truth Band Thursday, October 11. Make sure you have tickets.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Ohmme

Chicago two-piece rock act Ohmme is hailed as the “heart of Chicago’s music community” and for good reason. Featuring Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, the two have been producing exciting, hypnotic music over the past four years. The two started out as classically trained musicians but decided to branch out and create something out of their comfort zone. Stewart and Cunningham each played in different bands, like Kids These Days and Marrow before teaming up to create Ohmme, which they were inspired to form because “we knew we could sing well together, and we wanted to make some noise with the guitar.”

Though they’ve been recording together since 2015, they released their self-titled EP just last year. Their debut full-length album, Parts, dropped back in June. The album perfectly showcases their unique sound, haunting duets, and raw rock vibe.

If you want to check out Ohmme live, they’re currently on tour in support of their new album. They’ll play a home show on December 28 at Bottom Lounge. Tickets are on sale now. Check out all their dates and pick up their latest album here. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.