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Bully, Thalia Hall, Chicago

The female fronted punk-rock band blew the crowd away on Tuesday. Big Ups opened the night with a fierce almost too intense set. Now don’t get me wrong…. Big Ups did a great job.  They entertained the crowd, made a few new fans, and warmed up the room for Bully. Frontman Joe Galarraga did a great job of exploiting his energy on stage.  Jumping from one side to the other and… Keep Reading

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Ben Folds, Riviera Theatre, Chicago

The Riviera Theatre and it’s attendees reveled in the night with Ben Folds and his piano. Ben, looking sharp as ever, took the stage with poise and a shaggy beard and filled the air with the echoing beauty of his grand piano. From the first touch of Ben’s band-aid covered fingers to the cold ivory the crowd stared in awe.  They sang along to every inch of every song.  They… Keep Reading

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Chicano Batman, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Chicano Batman’s brings a holistic experience to Thalia Hall. The crowd erupted once frontman/multi-instrumentalist Bardo Martinez played the first notes on his keyboard. I don’t have a long history with Chicano Batman.  I have heard the name around different places and have heard a few songs as they streamed across my path. But when I was given the chance to see them up close and personal, through my camera I… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Fest Day 3, Union Park, Chicago

Day 3 at Pitchfork Music Fest was one for the books! In typical fashion I arrived right before the opening act came on.   I wasn’t sure if Sunday’s lineup could live up to Saturday, but a few acts had caught my eye and I was excited for those.  I arrived at the photo pit for Kilo Kish.  I went through and checked out all of the artists prior to… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Fest Day 2, Union Park, Chicago

Join me!… as I reminisce on the second day of Pitchfork Music Festival The Sun was in full swing, and it made it hot and sweaty for all in attendance on Saturday. Day Two was probably the one I was looking forward to the most.  It was also the most crowded day with more people in attendance than either Friday or Sunday.  I have to assume it is mostly due… Keep Reading

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United We Rock Tour, Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Chicago

Both REO and Styx brought nostalgia back to life for a packed crowd. It was a sweaty night in Chicago, and the bands only turned it up as the night went on. I managed to hit some traffic on my way to the show and came in a bit late only to catch the tail-end of Don Felder’s set.  He capped it off with a cover of ‘Hotel California’ complete… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Festival Coming To Chicago This Weekend!

Don’t Forget!!  Pitchfork Music Festival Returns to Union Park this weekend! In its 12th year Pitchfork Music Festival brings some amazing musicians to Chicago over the course of the three days.  With headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange you don’t want to miss a single day. You also won’t want to miss some of my personal favorites that I can’t wait to see. Madame Ghandi is going… Keep Reading

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Punch Cabbie, Live Wire Lounge, Chicago

Punch Cabbie brings the noise to LiveWire Lounge! The lights dimmed as Punch Cabbie took the stage and the fans cheered in excitement. Punch Cabbie played with fire tonight.  After much excitement from the three opening bands, Punch Cabbie started their set around 12:30am. LiveWire Lounge is a small venue, but the room was filled with fans ready for the impending onslaught to their ears.  Overall the band sounded tight.… Keep Reading

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Tool, Allstate Arena, Chicago

Tool captivates the arena with unbeatable live performance. Maynard and the gang took stage as the fans jumped from their seats. In typical fashion for the last few years, Tool kicked off their set with ‘The Grudge’ from their 3rd full length release Lateralus.  It was the only song I was allowed to photograph, but it is also a 9 minute song so I didn’t mind, until being there in… Keep Reading

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Sigur Rós, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Sigur Rós brings two full sets and an amazing light show to the Auditorium Theatre. The trio took stage with high anticipation from the crowd. Sigur Rós started the night off with some slower, softer songs.  They opened the set with ‘Á’ which is a newer unreleased track.  The audience watched in awe as the mood for the evening was set.  The band managed the emotion in the room through… Keep Reading

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Dreamcar, Vic Theatre, Chicago

Dreamcar delivers new sounds to the Vic Theatre! The intimate crowd took to cheers as Dreamcar took the stage. You never would have thought that this super-group formed only months ago.  Jumping right into their album opener ‘After I Confessed’ the band was on point showing how professional and talented they are.  Fronted by AFI’s famed vocalist Davey Havok, his voice melts the highly emotional 80’s esque style without flaw. He is… Keep Reading

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Coheed and Cambria, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

Coheed and Cambria rock sold out show in Chicago! Claudio and the gang never cease to amaze their fan base as they play their entire 2005 album Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV. In typical fashion, the setlist was the entire album played in order.  Frontman Claudio Sanchez took the stage and played ‘Always & Never’ on his acoustic guitar.  The photos I took during the song don’t do the emotion proper justice.  Claudio sang… Keep Reading

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Judah & the Lion, House of Blues, Chicago

Judah & the Lion pack the House of Blues in Chicago. The crowd roared and sang along as frontman Judah Akers started the night off with his second to none energetic stage presence. Judah and the Lion were supported on this tour by Wilderado.  They are based out of California and frontman Maxim Rainer could barely contain his excitement to be playing for the Chicago crowd.  They delivered an emotionally charged rocked-out set.… Keep Reading

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Strand of Oaks, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Strand of Oaks captivated their nearly sold out audience Saturday night at Thalia Hall. Nothing could stop the crowd from being entranced from the moment Twin Limb took the stage until Strand of Oaks closed out the night. Twin Limb set the stage beautifully for Strand of Oaks tonight.  Lacey Guthrie has a magical voice that is even more enjoyable when accompanied by Ratterman and Bender. Kevin Ratterman’s guitar playing brings… Keep Reading

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Chicago followed the lead of Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Electric Flag by grafting a horn section onto a rock band. For over a quarter of a century, Chicago has produced 20 Top 10 hits and 15 platinum or multiplatinum albums and sold more than 100 million records. School friends Terry Kath and Walter Parazaider formed the band in 1967 and named it the Big Thing. After they were… Keep Reading

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Wilco, Chicago Theatre, Chicago

Wilco blew fans away at their third consecutive sold out show at the Chicago Theatre. It was a typical Chicago night with temperatures below freezing, but the fans braved the blistering cold to come out and see their hometown favorites share their warmth with the crowd. James Elkington got the crowd started off with his intricate guitar accompanied by complex rhythm on the double bass.  The two masters of their instruments… Keep Reading

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