In a sea of never-ending indie rock acts trying to make a name for themselves, it can be hard to stand out. For LA based band Night Riots, their infectious stadium rock anthems reminiscent of The Killers and Muse has put them at the forefront of the genre, touring with the likes of Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, K.Flay, The Maine (one of my favorite bands as a teenager) and The Mowgli’s.
June 1st and 2nd should forever be known as Taylor Swift weekend in Chicago from now on. Last Friday and Saturday nights, Swift took over Soldier Field with her biggest spectacle of a show to date – two sold out nights full of snake references, costume changes and mash-ups of her biggest songs to date. After seeing Swift eight times before the Reputation tour (can you tell I’m a massive fan?) I was prepared to expect the unexpected – even though it was nearly impossible to attend the show spoiler-free with the constant tweets flooding my timeline from fellow fans and update accounts (I could have unfollowed them, but part of me also needs to know everything that’s going on 24/7 during touring season).
Summer is right around the corner – despite the fact that we’ve had gloomy, chilly weather for months and shows no signs of slowing down. I’m getting excited for the sunshine with a post featuring some of the best Chicago music festivals happening this year: it’s truly amazing how many there are and how cheap (or free) a lot of them are! I haven’t been to all of these festivals: just about half, I’d say, and I’m excited to check more out this year.
Below are eight different festivals you should check out (eight for 2018) including lineup highlights and pricing information. Enjoy!
If you’re no stranger to my blog, you know that I focus a lot of my free time on Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival. I’ve written countless posts on my experiences at the festival as well as numerous posts predicting the lineup.
After attending the festival for the fifth time in 2017, I found myself wondering if I would come back for another 4 days. I was beyond exhausted and ready to head back to the real world where I could make my own meal and go to the bathroom in anything but a port-a-potty. But who am I kidding? I knew the second that rumors started flying, I would be back for the sixth year.
Hello again! I’m back with a new post about some upcoming performances in Chicago that I think are worth checking out. I’ve narrowed it down to ten for the sake of clarity and I tried to keep the shows upcoming in February and early March. I will definitely do another post for shows coming once Spring is finally here since there’s always new shows in Chicago worth talking about.
My first show of 2018 came and went in just about an hour. I ventured to Schubas Tavern – a small bar in Lakeview whose back room has a capacity of just 165 – to see one of my favorite rising acts of the moment, Yoke Lore. Adrian Galvin, the brains behind the operation – had a busy 2017. He toured with acts like Aquilo and Overcoats, released his second EP, Good Pain, and even had a debut performance at SXSW last March. Despite his past projects performing in Walk The Moon and Yellerkin, Galvin seems most at home performing under Yoke Lore.
I had some hefty goals for myself in 2017 in regards to documenting my music experiences. It first started with me writing a review on every show I went to – which unfortunately became insanely demanding based on how many shows I actually ended up seeing this year – you will understand this once you see how many I actually went to.