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Live Recap: Catfish and the Bottlemen at Aragon Ballroom 10.05.19

Catfish and the Bottlemen have played just about all size and scope of shows in Chicago; From headlining venues like Schubas and House of Blues to opening up for Green Day at Wrigley Field and playing festivals like Lollapalooza, there’s been endless possibilities to see them perform here. This past Saturday, the band performed their biggest headline show to date to a packed house at Aragon Ballroom.

The venue was a room that Catfish and The Bottlemen had played on other bills before, but this time they were the main act, and their devoted fans filled the room ready to support them. Saturday’s show was also their first performance in the city proper since their third album, The Balance, was released earlier this spring (the band had played Piqniq in Tinley Park over the summer), so the setlist boasted some new material. The band balanced (pun intended) the new songs like “Longshot” and “2all” by also including fan favorites from their first two records The Balcony and The Ride. The crowd remained enthusiastic throughout the whole show, showing appreciation by screaming along to the lyrics and relentlessly cheering, but nothing quite matched the audience reactions during the classics like “Kathleen” and “Cocoon.”

Catfish and the Bottlemen is a band that has consistently delivered captivating live shows, thanks to lead singer Van McCann’s magnetic stage presence that always seems to effortlessly connect with the crowd of any size. If you missed them during this past tour, the band will return to The States for the second part of their US tour this winter—see dates here.

Purchase a copy of The Balance here, or stream it in full below.

PHOTOS: Bombay Bicycle Club with The Greeting Committee at House of Blues 10.01.19

House of Blues kicked off October with an incredible show from Bombay Bicycle Club and The Greeting Committee. Check out photos from the high energy evening below, and see where you can catch the tour next here.

Pre-Order Bombay Bicycle Club’s new album EVERYTHING ELSE HAS GONE WRONG, out January 2020, here

PHOTOS: Flor with joan and lostboycrow at Bottom Lounge 10.01.19

Flor kicked off October at Bottom Lounge with a feel-good show also featuring joan and Lostboycrow. Check out photos from the evening below.

Listen to flor’s newest album in full below, and keep up with their upcoming tour dates here.

PHOTOS: Badflower with Weathers and Dead Poet Society at Bottom Lounge 09.29.19

Badflower played a packed show at Bottom Lounge on September 29th, alongside Weathers and Dead Poet Society. Check out photos from the show below.

Listen to Badflower’s album Ok, I’m Sick in full below and see their next tour stops here.

PHOTOS: Mac DeMarco at The Riviera Theatre 09.29.19

Mac DeMarco headlined two sold out shows this past weekend at The Riviera Theatre, in honor of his new album Here Comes The Cowboy, released this Spring. Check out photos from the second night below.

Check out Mac’s upcoming tour dates here, and listen to his latest album in full below.

Live Recap: SHAED at 7th St Entry 09.30.19

SHAED’s career skyrocketed after they released their hit single “Trampoline” in June 2018; The tune can be heard playing nearly every time the radio is turned on, it’s been featured in Apple commercials, and the trio just recently re-released a new version featuring Zayn Malik. As the group continues to climb the charts, it’s certainly no surprise that their Monday night show at 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis, Minnesota was sold out.

In the moments leading up to the start of Monday’s show with opener Absofacto, excitement coursed through the room full of fans. He hyped up the crowd as fans in the audience screamed back at him after each song was over. His dance moves were electric and fun, which put a smile on many faces. He ended his 9-song set with “Dissolve,” which became a hit after appearing in videos on Tik Tok.  When it was all over, the audience began a chant for an encore.  

As the stage was getting set up for SHAED, fans were buzzing with even more anticipation. They screamed when the setlist came out and analyzed it, determining which ones they were most amped for. Then, the lights went down. A silence came over the crowd and orange lights framed the stage seconds before SHAED came on. 

They started their show off with “Just Wanna See,” the first song they ever released. As each song ended the lead singer, Chelsea Lee, lit up with a smile on her face. Her love and passion for music and performing was clearly apparent in the emotion on her face. They followed that song with “ISOU,” which was released earlier this year. Crowds already knew the words and sang along loudly and joyously. Throughout the show, Lee spoke about not being perfect but still loving yourself because no one is perfect, which resonated with the fans as they looked up to her with admiration in their eyes. 

SHAED closed out the show with their wildly popular single, “Trampoline.” The crowd was absolutely electric. They cherished every moment of that song and sang it back to SHAED with verve, and the band left everything they had on the stage. See where SHAED is off to next here






PHOTOS: Valley at House of Blues 09.22.19

Last Sunday, 9/22, ANCHR Photographer Emily Nava caught an energetic set from Valley as they warmed up the stage for The Band Camino. Check out photos from the show, and keep up with Valley’s upcoming tour dates here.

Valley on Facebook + Instagram

PHOTOS: Fontaines D.C. and Pottery at Lincoln Hall 9.15.19

Last Sunday, I wrapped up my Riot Fest weekend with a sold out double-header from Pottery and Fontaines D.C. at Lincoln Hall. If you weren’t able to snag a ticket to the packed show, check out photos from both bands below.

Upcoming Fontaines D.C. Tour Dates

Keep up with Fontaines D.C. on Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Keep up with Pottery on Facebook // Twitter // Instagram



PHOTOS: Riot Fest 2019- Day 3

Riot Fest 2019 came to a close on Sunday with yet another stacked day. Check out photos from some of the best sets, including White Reaper, Village People, Against Me!, The B-52’s and American Football.

PHOTOS: Riot Fest 2019- Day 2

The 15th anniversary of Riot Fest continued on Saturday with another packed day. Some of our favorite sets of the evening included The Struts, Rise Against, Andrew W.K. and Bloc Party—check out photos of those bands below!