Siouxsie Sioux
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Samantha Bennett’s ‘Peepshow’ unravels the hidden filmic influence of Siouxise and the Banshees

In 1988, post-punk rockers Siouxsie and the Banshees released their ninth album, Peepshow. Upon release, it was met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike and helped to break them in America. 30 years later it’s still their most ambitious, nuanced record to date. It’s also the subject of the latest book in the 33 1/3 series. Instead of delving into making the album, writer Samantha Bennett presents the album in the context of film arguing it represents the movie the band never made. Using numerous film theories from…

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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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Billie Eilish, March 31, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
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Billie Eilish Proves She’s One to Watch at Her Sold Out Lincoln Hall Show

I never would’ve thought that I would someday be in my early thirties fangirling over a sixteen year old girl.  Having seen my second Billie Eilish show in less than six months, I’m pumped to tell the world about her.  With the ethereal voice of an angel combined with venue-shaking heavy beats, Billie Eilish’s unique sound perfectly melds electronic R&B beats with catchy pop vocals that are soulful rather than saccharine.  While she looks and sounds like a songstress with at least ten more years of life experience to call…

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Rhye, Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL. March 8, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes.
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Rhye Brings Beauty in Softness at Sold Out Thalia Hall Show

Boulevards One of the unexpected surprises of the night was the high-energy, eighties-infused set from opener Boulevards–stage name for Raleigh, North Carolina based R&B/soul musician Jamil Rashad. The funky, disco-inspired grooves initially seemed like a mismatch for the tour, but the uptempo set balanced out what could have been an entirely chill night.  At times, the music felt so retro it could’ve easily accompanied a party scene in a Ghostbusters or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  Joined on-stage by his DJ Dirtyfinger, Boulevards covered a lot of ground, traversing 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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The National, Lyric Opera, Chicago, IL. December 13, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes
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The National Brings a Second Night of Emotionally-Driven Dad Rock

This Is The Kit This Is The Kit opened with a brief, yet angelic set befitting the gorgeously gilded Civic Opera.  Although the number of people onstage would lead you to believe otherwise, This Is The Kit is the moniker for indie-folk singer-songwriter Kate Sables and her collaborators.  As the second night at the Civic Opera and the last night supporting this leg of The National’s “Sleep Well Beast” Tour, Sables graciously thanked all the people on tour with them.  Their set had a very cinematic feel with the dramatic…

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North Coast Music Festival 2017.
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Video: Chicago Music Concert and Festival Reel 2017 Tune In Now

As we close out 2017 with another great year at Chicago Music. It has been an incredible year to cover artists at all stages of their career. We wanted to highlight some of the dope Concerts and Festivals we’ve covered this year. Take a look through the lens of some of our contributors. Be sure to follow these creators for more featured content. Shot by: Kevin Baker @ImKevinBaker, Jason Pinkney @TheCameraGoon and Lateef Idris @L.Idris A post shared by Chicago Music (@chicagomusic) on Jan 3, 2018 at 10:39am PST

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Say Anything, Metro, Chicago, IL. December 11, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes
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Say Anything Shouts Out Punk Rock Choruses, Waxes Emo Nostalgia for First of Two-Night Metro Run

Radar State Having never heard of or listened to Radar State before this show, there were a few things I learned during their set. 1. This is a band comprised of four dudes who’ve been in a slew of other bands I already knew. 2. These guys brought hilarious stage banter. 3.  One of these familiar-looking guys had already played the Metro at least 25 times in his storied career. All of this makes so much more sense when you consider the band is made up of Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic co-frontmen of The…

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