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SXSW 2019: The Complete Photo Gallery

Check out our photo gallery from the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas— and stay tuned for interviews and more recaps coming next week.


March 12th featuring Husky Loops, Fatherson, and ShitKid

March 13th featuring The Dunts, Thyla, Easy Life, Dehd, Molly Burch, Slow Pulp, Shy Boys, Fontaines D.C.

March 14th: ANCHR Showcase featuring Faux Furrs, Seasaw, The Golden Fleece, Deeper, Pool Holograph, Uma Bloo, Half Gringa, Rookie, Thompson Springs, The Evening Attraction, Blue Dream

March 15th featuring Pottery, Parrot Dream, Black Belt Eagle Scout, HÆLOS, Tasha, Sir Babygirl

March 16th featuring WAND, Fontaines D.C., Gnarcissists, Stuyedeyed, High Waisted, Pinky Pinky, The Dunts, Native Sun, Miya Folick, Kirin J Callinan

Portraits featuring Stuyedeyed, Nardwuar with Public Practice, Pinky Pinky, Native Sun, Ric Wilson and The Dunts


PHOTOS: Grizfolk, Flor and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness 03.02.19

This past Saturday night in Chicago, Grizfolk, Flor and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness rocked the packed house at The Riviera Theatre. Check out our photo recap of the evening below!

PHOTOS: SHAED and JP Saxe at Subterranean 02.24.19

Last Sunday, SHAED headlined a sold out Subterranean, with singer songwriter JP Saxe warming up the crowd. If you missed out on tickets to the energetic show, check out our photo gallery below!

See where you can catch SHAED next in a city near you here, and listen to their latest EP Melt in full below.

PHOTOS: Lola Kirke With Alex Cameron and Roy Molloy "In The Round" at Thalia Hall

Alex Cameron and Roy Molloy rounded off the weekend with a rare duo performance in-the-round style at Thalia Hall, with singer songwriter Lola Kirke kicking off the night. If you missed out on the special evening, check out our photos of the show below!

 

Live Recap: Barns Courtney and The Kooks at The Riviera 02.21.19

This past Thursday night, The Kooks returned to Chicago for the first time since the release of their fifth studio album, Let’s Go Sunshine.

After Future Feats opened up the show, singer-songwriter Barns Courtney warmed up the packed house, getting everyone ready for The Kooks with a blaze of energy. Courtney burst onto the stage to join his live band as they opened up with an unreleased track “Fun Never Ends.” The high energy song set up the crowd to expect a good time from Courtney’s set, and he definitely lived up to that expectation as he sang through songs from his debut album and some new singles. As Courtney sauntered across the stage and put his all into his music, an appreciative fan shouted “you’re the coolest person ever!” Based on the amount of audience members dancing and singing along, both on the floor and in the balcony, it seemed that most agreed with the enthusiastic fan. The spirit of Courtney’s set culminated during the final few songs “Kicks” and “Fire,” in which the singer first crowd surfed, and then finished out the set singing the latter in the middle of the crowd.

Needless to say, Barns Courtney’s set left the crowd buzzing and ready for The Kooks, who hit the stage performing one of their classics “Always Where I Need To Be.” From their years of playing together, the band members had a sense of chemistry and ease about them that perfectly complemented lead singer Luke Pritchard’s captivating stage presence. Alongside the band’s long history of playing together and their lengthy setlist that pulled songs from every chapter of their extensive discography, The Kooks also had an impressive light show that added another special touch to their live show without being overpowering.

While the mood remained very energetic for most of the night, allowing for Pritchard to show off his dance moves, the set did slow down during the performance of “See Me Now” from 2014’s Listen, which Pritchard dedicated to his late father. Pritchard performed the emotional song at the piano, sans his bandmates. Although a hush fell over the crowd during this song, with everyone giving their undivided attention to the stage, the energy quickly picked back up when the full band rejoined Pritchard for “Pamela” from the latest album. While the band members kept their onstage chatting to a minimum in order to focus on the music, they didn’t shy away from fleshing out their songs with special, one-of-a-kind live arrangements. During “Bad Habit,” the band extended the introduction as Pritchard and the audience members partook in a call-and-response style chant, and during “Seaside,” the audience sounded like a choir backup Pritchard’s vocals in the simple song.

Eventually the time came for The Kooks to leave the stage, but it didn’t take long for the crowd to request an encore performance. Instead of the traditional “one more song!” or “encore!” chants, the crowd asked for the band to return by chanting the vocalized introduction to “Bad Habit” once again. The band obliged and returned with “No Pressure” and “Naive.” Before they began the final song of the night, Pritchard dedicated that night’s performance of the 2006 single to fan named Jeffery, giving one lucky fan a very special memory of the evening.

The Kooks wrap up their North American tour this week— see their live dates here, and check out our photo recap of Thursday night below.

Listen to Let’s Go Sunshine in full below

PHOTOS: Adrianne Lenker at Lincoln Hall 02.20.19

On Wednesday, February 20th, Lincoln Hall hosted a sold out show with singer songwriter Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief. Lenker’s stunning and soft set focused on her solo material, like the most recent album abysskiss, released late 2018. Check out photos of the magical evening below.

Keep up with Adrianne Lenker on Facebook + Instagram

PHOTOS: Skela's Project 10 Tour with Silver at Schubas 2.16.19

This past Saturday night, indie pop singer Skela brought her powerhouse vocals and DIY spirit to the Schubas stage in honor of her latest music release: Project 10. Check out photos from Skela’s Chicago headlining debut below, including shots from Silver’s supporting set.

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PHOTOS: Sharon Van Etten and Lucy Dacus at Thalia Hall 2.15.19

This past Friday night, Sharon Van Etten headlined the Thalia Hall stage for night two of her back-to-back sold out shows in honor of Valentine’s Day. If you missed out on tickets to the second sold out show, also featuring special guest Lucy Dacus, check out our photo gallery of the night below.

Listen to Sharon Van Etten’s latest album in full below

Live Recap: ‘A Night Out With’ Aussie Surf Rockers Hockey Dad and HUNNY at Subterranean

Roughly 15,078 km away from their home of New South Wales Australia, Hockey Dad - comprised of duo Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming - made Subterranean feel like home with their catchy surf-rock tunes, with a set that included a stellar mix of hits off of their first two albums. Returning to the Windy City six months after their previous headlining show at Beat Kitchen, the show was twice as packed and twice as fun. The sold-out show was vibing off the band’s infectious energy, singing back lyrics and dancing to the tune of crowd favorites like “Danny,” “My Stride,” and “Sweet Release.” The duo’s set saw plenty of crowd surfers catapulting off the stage, giving the show a very punk and rowdy vibe.

The band was accompanied by post-punk, pop band HUNNY from California, whose melodious sound had the crowd jumping and the floor shaking. Hunny played a few new singles such as “Vowels (And the Importance of Being Me)” and the already beloved songs, such as “Natalie,” “Rebel Red,” and “July.” The highlight of the band’s set was when HUNNY is frontman Jason Yarger hung off the balcony rail over astonished and (only slightly) frightened fans below during the band’s last song. He made it down safely into the pit to finish off the set. Pllush ( with two ls and from San Francisco—as to not be confused from the other Plush band out there) opened up the show with their sweet shoegaze/groovy pop that was rife with heavy 90’s influenced bass lines. This being their first time in Chicago, the band was greeted with warmth from the crowd who couldn’t get enough of lead singer Karli’s sweet harmonies and vocals. The Father/Daugther records artist are absolutely on the rise and their last album Stranger to the Pain is worth a spin or two.


Listen to Hockey Dad here and visit their website for additional tour info, merch, and news.

Photos of Pllush, HUNNY, and Hockey Dad from 2.01.19


PHOTOS: Vundabar with Paul Cherry and Slow Pulp at Subterranean

Subterranean hosted a stacked and sold out show this past Saturday night with Vundabar, Paul Cherry and Slow Pulp. If you missed out on tickets, check out our photo recap of the evening below!

See where you can catch Vundabar on tour again soon here, and keep up with Vundabar on Twitter & Instagram