Category Archives: Live Reviews

Pygmalion Roundup: Tennis, Lord Huron, Best Coast, Dirty Projectors (Review/Pictures)

The best weekend of the year in Champaign-Urbana wrapped up Saturday night, and left bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors marveling at the line-up founder Seth Fein was able to produce. We were there for it all, traveling between Krannert Art Museum, Canopy Club, downtown Urbana outside of Black Dog, and downtown Champaign behind the High Dive. So without further ado, here’s the second part of the four part ACITM Pygmalion Roundup (the Pyggy crown will be the finale coming this Wednesday), highlighting Friday’s shows in downtown Urbana and Canopy.

Click here for Part 1 featuring Night Beds, Santah, and HUM.

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Pygmalion Roundup: Night Beds, Hum, and Santah (Reviews/Pictures)

The best weekend of the year in Champaign-Urbana wrapped up Saturday night, and left bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors marveling at the line-up founder Seth Fein was able to produce. We were there for it all, traveling between Krannert Art Museum, Canopy Club, downtown Urbana outside of Black Dog, and downtown Champaign behind the High Dive. So without further ado, here’s the first part of the four part ACITM Pygmalion Roundup (the Pyggy crown will be the finale coming this Wednesday), highlighting Thursday’s shows at Krannert and Canopy.

Night Beds

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VH1’s You Oughta Know Tour featuring Ed Sheeran, Passenger & Selah Sue at The Riviera Theatre

The VH1 You Oughta Know tour featuring Ed Sheeran, Passenger and Selah Sue hit Chicago last Tuesday and could be described as a European invasion on the Windy City. 99% of the audience at the sold out Riviera Theatre was composed of girls anxious to see British artist Ed Sheeran on his first North American tour. Ed Sheeran’s set later proved the excitement for the artist was justified, while Selah Sue’s performance showed that she has headliner potential herself.

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The Alabama Shakes Dream Show @ The Subterranean

Alabama Shakes returned to Chicago Tuesday for the first time since their rained out set during Lollapalooza for the Dream Show presented by American Family Insurance. Choosing The Pollies and Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil as their openers, Alabama Shakes performed an  incredible set for a full Subterranean. Check out our review and photos here!

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North Coast Music Festival @ Union Park – Review & Photos

North Coast Music Festival took over Union Park this weekend, capping off summer music fest season and proving once again that EDM is taking over mainstream America. Check out our photos and highlights from the festival after the jump!

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Wavefront 2012 Wrap Up (Pictures + Video)

Arguably the party of the summer tore through Montrose Beach this weekend as part of the inaugural Wavefront Beachside Music Festival. World renowned names such as Duck Sauce, Boys Noize, Erick Morillo, and Eric Prydz graced the stage and took the Chicago crowd weaving through blistering techno, crunchy electro, and classic Chicago house tracks. Armed with disposable cameras and a cell phone, I attended both days and was blown away.

Pictures and more after the jump!

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Foster the People @ Sold Out Congress Theater

Foster the People treated Chicago to a hell of a show at a sold out Congress Theater last Wednesday on the first of their two night stay in the Windy City. With temperatures in the high 90s, it was hot both outside and inside the theater, but that did not stop Foster the People from delivering their usual indie pop goodness to a sweaty crowd.

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They Came, They Played, But They Did Not Conquer- Spring Awakening 2012

DJs Skrillex, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Benny Bennassi and many others made their way to Soldier Field this past weekend for the 1st entirely electronic music festival in the city- Spring Awakening. I watched firsthand as Lollapalooza’s Perry stage has expanded from a small corner stage to a huge canopy-covered house music experience over the past few years, and there is no question in my mind that electronic music has become increasingly mainstream. Spring Awakening may have been the organizer’s response to the growing house music fad, yet still something was missing at the first of its kind music festival last weekend.

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The O’My’s @ Do-Division Street Fest

One of our Chicago favorites performed Friday night just as the sun was setting at the Do-Division Street Fest. The O’My’s, a self-proclaimed “band of scoundrels and hooligans holding down Rock’n’Soul for the windy city,” gathered a large crowd and had the audience dancing and swaying side to side. Big things ahead for these guys. Check out a photo gallery below.

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Soundset 2012 Wrap Up: Those who conquered (Photo Gallery)

The Soundset 2012 Wrap Up in 3 parts: Those who came (a general overview of the festival and the performers), those who saw (the people, the fans, the ones that nearly every artist said made the festival), and those who conquered (the very best of the best).

Those Who Conquered

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