January 23, 2020
Siouxsie Sioux

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 ...
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Khruangbin, April 19, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL.

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 ...
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Billie Eilish, March 31, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL

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 ...
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Rhye, Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL. March 8, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes.

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 ...
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Jordan Rakei

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 ...
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The National, Lyric Opera, Chicago, IL. December 13, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

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 ...
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North Coast Music Festival 2017.

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 ...
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Say Anything, Metro, Chicago, IL. December 11, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

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. ...
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The Dear Hunter, Bottom Lounge, December 8, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

The Dear Hunter Introduces New Song Off Self-Released EP “All Is As All Should Be” to Sold Out Bottom Lounge

The Dear Hunter Having only caught the headlining set for this sold out show, I was delighted to find my way about 3 people in ...
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Mogwai, House of Blues Chicago, December 2, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

Mogwai Fills the House of Blues with Dreamy Sights and Sounds

Xander Harris Experimental electronic producer Xander Harris started the night off on a somber note, reflecting on last year’s Ghost Ship Warehouse tragedy, “…those were ...
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Ekali, Bottom Lounge, November 29, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

Ekali, Medasin Turn It Up on the Babylon Tour

Medasin ft. Josh Pan Supporting act Medasin–known for his remix of Portugal. The Man’s breakthrough hit “Feel It Still” and Masego collaboration on The Pink Polo EP–brought ...
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Jacob Banks. Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker ImKevinBaker

Jacob Banks, Durand Jones and The Indications Kickstart Holiday Weekend with Soulful Sold Out Show

Durand Jones and the Indications if you’re looking for a blast from the past with a sprinkle of modern flair, look no further than deep ...
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Jungle, Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in Chicago, Metro, Chicago, IL. November 27, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

Jungle Fills the Metro with Lush Grooves and a Delightful Dance Party

Red Bull In line with the headliner’s name, the venue’s entrance way was decked out in plants, and colorful cartoon owls.  Their cocktail menu even ...
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Mura Masa. Red Bull Sound Select 2017 Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker

Mura Masa, Tennyson, and slenderbodies Eased Their Way Into a Full Blown Dance Party at Concord

slenderbodies I was admittedly slightly bummed when Bonzai–originally slated for this lineup–suddenly dropped out without notice.  However, it was a pleasant surprise that she was ...
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Parquet Courts at Empty Bottle

Parquet Courts, Built To Spill, Meat Wave, Good Willsmith at Empty Bottle

Good Willsmith At first, this sounded like experimental robot noises mixed with a distorted stream, almost like someone jammed the transmission on some white noise. ...
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