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Live Recap: BANKS Makes Her Chicago Comeback on the Eve of Third Album Release

The House of Vans Summer House Parties concert series always presents a wide array of different artists— from pop to hip hop and rock, the Summer House Parties give music fans in Chicago an opportunity to see some of their favorite artists or discover new ones.

This past Thursday night, the venue hosted an evening curated by one of my personal favorite artists: BANKS, who brought her raw and vulnerable R&B infused pop tunes to the stage in Chicago for the first time since 2017. The evening not only marked BANKS’ comeback to Chicago, but in general; With her third album being released at midnight the night of the show, this performance celebrated the beginning of a new era. Fans that had lined up around the block to attend this House of Vans performance were undoubtedly excited to hear some of the newer material performed in front of them for the first time ever, but they were also eager to revisit some of their old favorites from BANKS’ first two albums: Goddess and The Altar. When BANKS appeared on the dimly lit stage to an enthusiastic welcome, she delivered several throwbacks in the first section of the set; After opening with 2013’s “Waiting Game,” she followed up with “Fuck With Myself” and “Gemini Feed.” These songs, with their personable sentiment and their gut-wrenching sense of honesty, allow for fans to truly feel and connect with the music. In the live sense, that connection only intensified thanks to BANKS’ emotive and earnest vocals, which swirled together with moody lighting and theatrical dancing to create an immersive experience.

The production element of Thursday night’s show and BANKS’ stage presence in general seemed more developed since her last performance here— the singer appeared more at ease in front of an audience, even as she bared her soul through her lyrics. Just like her stage persona, BANKS’ new songs like “Gimme,” “Contaminated,” and “Look What You’re Doing To Me” from the new album all seem to have more intricate layers to them, signifying the growth that the songwriter has experienced in the last couple of years. As the night continued on and BANKS poured her energy into performing her songs from the past and present, the concert felt like a cathartic therapy session for both her and everyone in the crowd. When it came time for the show to end, the mood in the room was bittersweet, but BANKS’ return had been well worth the wait. After Thursday’s show, it’s clear that BANKS is back in full swing, and if you loved the show as much as I did, you don’t have to wait long for her return— BANKS will be performing at The Riviera Theatre in September with Kevin Garrett.

Photos of the BANKS House of Vans show-featuring special guest Anna Lunoe

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

Live Recap: Empress Of at House of Vans 11.30.18

Last Friday, House of Vans filled its space with enough warmth and color to last us through most of these gray winter Chicago days. Jen Stark’s projections filled the entire venue with psychedelic geometrics that extended even to the stage area. Injury Reserve bathed in the projections and got the dance party started, followed by Empress Of’s electropop tunes. The night was vibrant, the music and art were so empowering that winter was a long forgotten thing.

Photos from House of Vans on 11/30/18

Grab tickets to see Empress Of at Sleeping Village on March 1st, 2019 here, and listen to her album Us in full below.

PHOTOS: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Shamir, and True Blue at House of Vans 7.27.18

Last week, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and House of Vans started our weekends right with another successful Vans House Party. The headliners curated the show, hand picking Shamir and True Blue to open up the show. 

Check out photos of the show below, and RSVP to the next Vans House Party on August 8th, featuring Wolf Parade, Torres and Lala Lala here

Listen to Unknown Mortal Orchestra's latest album Sex & Food in full below and keep up with them on Facebook + Twitter

PHOTOS: The Dead Milkmen at House of Vans 7.12.18

This past Thursday night, House of Vans hosted another summer Vans house party, this time curated by the evening's headliner The Dead Milkmen. In addition to their set closing out the night, San Andreas Fault, Caustic, and Youth Code all warmed up the stage. A Wax Trax! Records pop up shop also kept the concert attendees entertained between sets. Check out photos of the evening below. 

RSVP to the next Vans House Party on July 27th, curated by Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

PHOTOS: Vans House Party with Vic Mensa, The Pack, and Kami 5.31.18

Vic Mensa kicked off House of Vans' summer series of House Parties on Thursday, May 31st with The Pack and Kami, who Mensa had handpicked to open the show. Check out photos from the night below.

The House of Vans house parties will continue this week with Princess Nokia. RSVP here. 

Live Recap: House of Vans Chicago Girls Skate Jam with The Kills

Kickflips, grinds, chords and riffs! Chicago’s House of Vans played host to another Get on Board girls skate jam event Saturday evening. Some of Chicago’s finest skate boarders and up-and-comers tore the floor with ollies, kickflips and 180º’s. The event also featured a street market and the futuristic, interstellar and pizza-tastic artwork by Robin Eisenberg. 

Later in the night, the venue transformed itself into a slew of rock riffs, power chords, and hair thrashing by the British - American indie rock band The Kills. The crowd was quickly pumped into a fever of singing and screaming at the top of the set with the hit “URA Fever." The show was always at full momentum with Alison Mosshart snake-charming the crowd with spellcasting lyrics and riveting dances moves. The air-fan on stage blew through her hair making it dance to the electric rock tunes. 

Alongside Mosshart was Jamie Hince power sliding on the guitar, just making the strumming patterns look easy. Hince also accompanied the songs with cool smooth lyrics and stylish swings. The duo performed an exceptional setlist with hits from across their albums like “Black Balloon," “Baby Says," and “Doing it to Death." As the evening continued, Mosshart gave the crowd a heartfelt smile as she started singing the new tune “List of Demands." As the duo worked through their setlist, the crowd eagerly soaked up their electrifying stage presence. 

The girls of skate and rock slayed the house with tricks and guitar licks leaving us all to look forward to the next one to shred again!

Photo Credit: Daniel Boczarski

PHOTOS: Cap'n Jazz and Hop Along at House of Vans 7.29.17

If you missed out on House of Vans' party this past Saturday, don't fret! We were there and got some pictures of the evening, including performances from Hop Along and Cap'n Jazz. 

Cap'n Jazz has a few more tour dates throughout the fall--Check out their upcoming dates below.