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LIVE: Whitney's Three Night Valentine's Day Run at Thalia Hall

Chicago sweethearts Whitney took over Thalia Hall last week for not one, but three incredibly special shows in honor of Valentine’s Day. The three night stint featured a mix of different support acts, with music from all different pockets of genres and styles. Night one featured local buzzy hip hop artist Kweku Collins warming up the stage, while night two had duo Ohmme and the band Deeper, both also from Chicago. Closing out the run of three shows, Thursday night featured Baby Blue and Kevin Krauter taking the stage before Whitney.

Whitney’s setlist all three nights featured some special gems and rarities all around, and each night had its own special touch. For the first two nights, the band decided to split up their show into two parts. The first part featured some Whitney staples like “Polly” and “Dave’s Song” from their album Light Upon The Lake, as well as some covers like “Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)” by Dolly Parton and “On the Way Home” by Neil Young. When the band left the stage and came back for part two, they were joined by a string section. The strings layering with Whitney’s usual horn section rounded out the sound, adding even more warmth to Whitney’s already rich live show.

Part two of the set featured the gentle “Light Upon the Lake” and a new, unnamed song in addition to a few covers. The beautiful set came to a peak each night, with an epic ending thanks to special guest and friend of the band, Aaron (known as finally_aaron on Instagram).  Aaron took the stage following the crowd favorite “No Woman” each night, giving the band a hand with their rendition of the classic “My Girl,” which was perfectly apt for the occasion. The Pilsen concert hall gave a standing ovation each night to Aaron and the band, who complimented each other perfectly. The energy only amplified when Aaron stayed to contribute his powerful and soulful vocals to Whitney’s final song, “Golden Days.”

Whitney has been one of Chicago’s most beloved bands for a while now, but these three magical nights just further solidified how much this city loves Whitney. If you missed out on all of sold out shows, relive some of the magic by checking out photos from the Valentine’s day extravaganza below!

Keep up with Whitney on social media and listen to the demo versions of Light Upon The Lake in full below!

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PHOTOS: STRFKR's Valentine's Day Show at Concord Music Hall

STRFKR made the perfect valentines on Wednesday night with their nonstop, animated show full of costumes, props, and confetti. If you missed the show at Concord Music Hall, get in on some of the fun by checking out our photos, and see the rest of STRFKR's upcoming tour dates here. 

Keep up with STRFKR on social media, and listen to their latest album below!

STRFKR: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

PHOTOS: Handsome Ghost and Flor at SubT 2/10/18

This past Saturday, Handsome Ghost and Flor played to a sold out Subterranean in Wicker Park, in celebration of their new albums. Check out photos from their feel-good and energetic sets below, and see the rest of the bands' upcoming tour dates here. 

Chicago, while you wait for Handsome Ghost  and Flor to come back through town, listen to their new albums in full below!

LIVE: Night Beats and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 2/10/18

Night Beats got the energy flowing at The Vic Theatre on Saturday, warming up the eager crowd full of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club fans. The band's frontman Danny "Lee Blackwell" Rajan Billingsley smoothed and swayed the crowd with his deliverance of songs like “Playing Dead," while  drummer James Traeger sizzled his hi-hat and bassist Jakob Bowden kicked the air as he provided the groove of each track. The lighting complimented the trio's psychedelic garage rock sound with fading solid colors that cut through an immense fog.

Night Beats has been nonstop since their formation in 2009, up until now with their massive tour supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The trio surfed through hits from their 3 albums and multiple EP’s without any disappointments on Saturday night. The big bang came near the closing of their set with “Puppet On a String," which boasts echoing vocals, bass drum stomping, smooth bass licks, and twangy riffs.  

After the incredible introductory set by Night Beats, strobe lights illuminated the back of the stage all while the fog continued to build upon itself. BRMC's vocalist Peter Hayes strummed his first riff of the night introducing “Spook" from their 2018 album Wrong Creatures. Leah Shapiro, drummer, beat the next the song of their set “Little Things Gone Wild” into fruition, while Robert Been dished out some spine tingling chills with his harmonica playing, completely owning “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo” with deep bass chords that would scare off any demon.

Most of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s set featured new tracks from their eighth album Wrong Creatures. Some highlights included “Echo," which pulled at the heartstrings of the soul, and “King of Bones” giving the crowd fuel to strengthen their hearts, as well as the crowd loudly singing along to "Spread Your Love." The band played “Whatever Happened To My Rock and Roll” at the end of their set, leaving us to wonder, what will get from rock and roll next?Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’ and  Night Beats are promising signs that rock and roll is still here to stay.

Relive the rock and roll energy of the evening with our photo galleries from the show below!


Night Beats

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

You can still catch Night Beats and BRMC out on the road through the end of the month. Check out the tour poster below, and keep updated on both bands by following them on Social Media!

Night Beats: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram


GIVEAWAY: Two Feet at Lincoln Hall 2/25/18

NYC based producer, singer-songwriter and musician Two Feet will hitting the stage at Lincoln Hall later this month on February 25th. Trust us, you don't want to his his show full of electrifying, bluesy riffs, bass-boasting beats, and biting lyrical quips. You can grab your guaranteed tickets here OR try your hand at winning a pair by heading here. Don't forget to check our social media for extra entries. 

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

Get ready for the show by checking out our interview with Two Feet, and listening to his latest EP in full below!

For Fans of: Chet Faker, Sir Sly, Kevin Garrett, Jacob Banks, Jack Garratt, James Blake

LIVE: Sir Sly and K.Flay // The Every Where Is Some Where Tour

Sir Sly and K.Flay performed to a sold out Concord Music Hall at the tail end of their Every Where Is Some Where run this past Friday night

LA-based trio Sir Sly warmed up the Friday night crowd for K.Flay, kicking off their energetic set with “Astronaut” from their sophomore album, Don’t You Worry Honey. The band’s latest record focuses on frontman and lead vocalist Landon Jacobs’ deeply personal struggles over the past few years, including his divorce and his mother passing away from brain cancer. As Jacobs and his bandmates Hayden Coplen and Jason Suwito performed their set, a massive light up brain backed them onstage, paying homage to Jacobs’ mother. While their lighting added another layer to Sir Sly’s live performance, the way that the three band members fed off one another, delivering a dynamic set to the Chicago crowd, made for the perfect show all in itself. On top of reworking the live arrangements for tracks like “Change” and “&Run” to build them up and flesh them out, Jacobs threw all of his energy into their 45 minute set. From his dancing around the stage to climbing up to the balcony and scaling the railing along the venue, Jacobs performed with an intense sense of conviction, never allowing a dull moment to creep into their set. Sir Sly will be performing at festivals around the country this year, from Coachella to Governors Ball, so if you get a chance to catch one of their animated performances, don’t miss it.

Kristine Meredith Flaherty, better known as K.Flay, hit the stage next with the same vivacious spirit that Sir Sly exhibited during their set. Opening with “Make Me Fade,” the LA-based, Wilmette, IL native immediately had the crowd mesmerized by her exuberant stage presence, the packed house loudly singing back her candid narratives. After the opening track from her debut album Life as a Dog, K.Flay followed up with a three song streak of tunes from her sophomore album and the namesake of the tour, Every Where is Some Where. K.Flay’s music connects so deeply with her audience based off her ability to pour herself and her experiences into her lyrics, and as the crowd got lost in the moment, you could tell that this concert was not only a cathartic moment for them, but for K.Flay as well.

Between songs, K.Flay exuded a relaxed and approachable onstage demeanor that carried the same candor of every song of hers.  Before playing “Wishing It Was You” from her first record, K.Flay dedicated the song to anyone who’s ever been in unrequited love, saying “This song goes out to anybody who’s been in love with somebody who didn’t love them back.” Very few artists conduct themselves with the same level of authenticity, but K.Flay managed to break down the artist-to-fan barrier and give the feeling of an intimate performance, even in the extremely packed music hall. By the end of the night, after the last notes of the electrifying track “Blood in the Cut” rang out into the venue and K.Flay and her band left the stage, the audience pleaded for an encore performance. Their cheers flooded the Logan Square concert venue with an overwhelming demand for more of K.Flay's heartfelt music, and she obliged, closing out the explosive show with “Slow March.” Artists like K.Flay and Sir Sly amplify the music they've written and recorded during their live shows, giving their audience an absolutely stellar show and a one-of-a-kind feeling that you can't get from simply listening to their records. To get in on that magic, check out K.Flay as she continues her headlining tour in March; see tour dates here. 

Relive the intense show with our photo gallery of Sir Sly and K.Flay

Keep up with both bands on social media below for upcoming tour dates and other news!

Sir Sly: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

K.Flay: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

PHOTOS: Bully at The Empty Bottle

This past Monday night, Jim Beam and The Empty Bottle treated Chicago to a free show from Nashville rockers, Bully. Fans packed into the intimate Ukrainian Village venue to experience the special performance from the group, who just put out their sophomore record Losing last year. Check out some photos from the one-of-a-kind evening, and listen to the album in full below!

PHOTOS: Company of Thieves and Walk The Moon at Aragon Ballroom 1.26.18

Last Friday, we kicked off our weekend in style with a hometown show from Company of Thieves, followed by Walk the Moon. See photos from the energetic and lively performances at Aragon Ballroom below, and check out the rest of Company of Thieves upcoming tour dates here!

Company of Thieves will also have a new EP out next month. To hold you over, check out their latest single "Treasure" now!

PHOTOS: Yoke Lore at Schubas 1.23.18

Vita and the Woolf and Yoke Lore dazzled Schubas Tavern on Tuesday night this week. Check out photos from their incredible performances below!

East coast family, catch Yoke Lore live through the rest of the month...his remaining tour dates can be seen here!

Can't get enough Yoke Lore? Check out our interview with him here. 

LIVE: HINDS Closed Out TNK Fest 2018 at Lincoln Hall

Madrid quartet HINDS was number one on our most anticipated acts of TNK Fest 2018, and they definitely did not disappoint during their show this past Sunday! They closed out the annual winter, multi-day and multi-venue festival at Lincoln Hall, following rowdy performances from openers Peel and Sløtface.

Bursting onto the stage to the sounds of “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate on the house speakers, the four piece immediately let the audience know that they were in for a light hearted and energetic performance filled with good vibes. The last time HINDS had played one of their endearing and energetic shows in Chicago was back in May of last year, where they packed The Empty Bottle for a free Red Bull sponsored show. The Lincoln Hall audience welcomed HINDS back to town with open arms; eagerly soaking up their irresistible and lively lo-fi rock tunes.

The band kicked off the evening with one of their most popular tracks, “Garden,” from the 2016 album Leave Me Alone, and the set that followed kept the audience engaged and enthralled from start to finish. Between playing even more crowd favorites from the same album, like “Castigadas En El Granero” and “Chili Town,” Carlotta Cosials talked about how Chicago almost felt like a second home to them, even though they came a long way from Madrid to play a small run of North American tour dates. In addition to the handful of shows HINDS have played in town, they also played an entire tour with Chicago’s Twin Peaks, and of course, Twin Peaks showed up to support their former tour mates and now friends for their show at Lincoln Hall.

The band also talked about some exciting news they had just shared earlier in the week; a new album and another expansive tour in the Spring. Accompanying the news of the album, I Don’t Run, HINDS released lead single “New For You,” which they played amongst their other setlist staples. After delivering nearly an hour of their catchy tunes at a non-stop pace, HINDS left the stage briefly, only to return for an encore that kicked off with a surprise. Twin Peaks members Clay Frankel and Colin Croom took the stage to give HINDS a hand with a cover of “Sweet Thing” from Twin Peaks’ Wild Onion LP, giving HINDS’ show in Chicago a special hometown touch.

If you missed out on this performance at Lincoln Hall, don’t sweat too much...HINDS will be back at the same venue during their upcoming tour! Grab tickets to their May 15th show here, and check out the rest of their tour dates right here.  

Photo gallery of Sløtface, Peel, and HINDS by Catalina Florea

While you wait for HINDS to come play in a city near you, listen to "New For You" below, and pre-order I Don't Run here