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Madonna Offers A Unique Experience With Madame X At the Chicago Theatre

“You guys need to get out of your comfort zones!” Madonna cried Wednesday night (Oct. 16) during the first of seven nights of the Madame X tour at the Chicago Theatre. Her latest trek in support of her new album is all about taking chances and embracing change. She practically forced this idea on her audience by locking away everyone’s cell phones at the start of the night. Already it was clear, this wasn’t going to be your typical concert. Madame X is a unique experience where Madonna subverts expectations, celebrates freedom, and…

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3Teeth Bring Industrial Fury to Chicago

3Teeth crashed onto the rock scene six years ago with their brutal, unapologetic sound. Critics and fans alike praised their sound. They even impressed Tool who took them out on their North American tour. It didn’t take long for them to grow an army of fans. Now, on their third album, the band have reached headliner status. They brought their intense Metawar tour featuring GosT and Author & Punisher to Reggie’s Rock Club Wednesday (July 24) night. GosT kicked off the night with a high energy set featuring blinding lights,…

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Turnover and Turnstile lead eclectic showcase at Concord Music Hall

Hardcore and indie, dream pop collided when Turnover played a nearly sold-out show at Concord Music Hall on Thursday (May 2). Featuring Chicago band Vortex along with Reptaliens and Turnstile, it was a jarring night that shifted between sweaty, in your face music to slow, mellow easy-going vibes. On paper, it’s a lineup that shouldn’t work and in some ways, it doesn’t, but it made for a memorable if weird concert. As people milled about shopping merch and ordering drinks, local act Vortex hit the stage without warning. Foregoing introductions,…

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Justin Timberlake - Man Of The Woods Tour
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Justin Timberlake Brought Man Of The Woods to Chicago

Justin Timberlake brought Man Of The Woods to Chicago. The demand to see the Memphis-born singer/songwriter/dancer/multi-instrumentalist is at an all-time high. Fans got a chance to experience the massive squiggle-shaped, tree-laden stage with three main landing points, Justin Timberlake, an 11-piece band The Tennessee Kids, six dancers and four background singers who strutted and shimmied. Justin started with the futuristic, laser-decorated “Filthy,” which of course had everyone surging to their feet, but not quite at the mania-level that transpired when “Sexy Back” started a little later. Justin Timberlake’s set lasted a high-paced two…

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Khruangbin, April 19, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL.
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Khruangbin Brings Epic Chill with First of Two Sold Out Lincoln Hall Shows

A night with minimum vocals brought maximum impact with The Mattson 2 and Khruangbin’s first of two sold out nights at Lincoln Hall.  Identical twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson started the night off with an impressive set.  As the only two performers onstage, they showcased their obvious talents with Jared on the double neck guitar and bass and a Jonathan on jazzy, tribal drums.  Jared’s hands moved so quickly between the bass and drums necks and even between frets that it was hard to keep my eyes open long enough to match…

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Pale Waves bring their brand of melancholy pop to sold-out Lincoln Hall show

The rapid popularity of Pale Waves is something you either get or don’t. The band are critical darlings of the UK rock scene and have quickly gained a fanbase overseas with only one EP to their name. Their meteoric rise has many wondering what it is about them that’s got fans going wild. Clearly, Chicago fans get what Pale Waves is about since they filled Lincoln Hall on Saturday night (April 7) for a sold-out show. But before Pale Waves could rock the venue with their brand of melancholy pop,…

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Danny Brown March 12, 2018. Photo by Kevin Baker. Chicago, Il
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Danny Brown and Joey Purp Get the Crowd Bouncing at Goose Island’s 312 Day at House of Vans

Last night, Goose Island wrapped up their 312 Week with a closing 312 Day performance with Danny Brown, Joey Purp, and frequent partner House of Vans.  The week of free or cheap events started with a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and included a series of cheap concerts, climbing and yoga at Brooklyn Boulders, a Bulls game, free entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and ping pong at AceBounce. Joey Purp Chicago local Joey Purp hit the stage and got the energy going early, sending hands bobbing in the…

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Jordan Rakei
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Jordan Rakei Brings a Gorgeous Set to a Sold Out Subterranean

Jordan Rakei is currently on his first tour of the US alongside his live band, brought an incredibly unique show to Chicago. For those who don’t know much about Jordan Rakei, he moved to Australia at the age of three, spending most of his childhood in Brisbane. Releasing a short EP entitled Groove Curse which gained a lot of attention in both UK and US. Shortly after, he worked alongside Disclosure on their album Caracal as well as with UK artist Tom Misch. In 2016, he released Cloak which propelled Jordan into a world of his…

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