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1688Lbs – Summer Looks

posted by Alex June 16, 2017

Get in tune with one of Chicago’s up and coming streetwear brands, 1688Lbs who just dropped their summer looks today! Peep game as they’ve been hard at work for the past couple of months with their guerrilla marketing, designs and exposure into the local scene. The homies at 1688Lbs have created a different taste in streetwear that’s been missing in the local scene recently. Their style is versatile as it caters to just about anyone from creatives, skateboarders, athletes, and really anyone who is looking for something different and fresh to rock. My picks for the drop are the 1688Lbs City Skulls tee as well as the Signature 1688Lbs Signature Tee. Check out the looks below and make sure to cop from 1688Lbs’s latest drop here!

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Lollapalooza 2017 Aftershows Announced, feat. Spoon, 6LACK, Whitney, Kaytranada

posted by Oscar May 30, 2017

The anticipation for Lollapalooza 2017 just grew a little more today thanks to the music festival announcing the official aftershows! This year will see over 55 performances, with more than 110 artists playing shows between Tuesday, August 1st through Sunday, August 6th at 16 venues throughout Chicago.

If you’ve got your tickets for Lolla then this is the best way to keep the party going… But if you couldn’t cop a full fest or even a day pass, then this is the move to see some of the dopest talent around.

Some of our favorite after parties include Spoon with CRX at the Metro, Kaytranada with Kweku Collins & Lou Phelps at Concord, Ryan Adams with The Districts at The Vic, Whitney with Kevin Devine at Thalia Hall, Highly Suspect & The Frights at Sub-T, Mac DeMarco at Concord, Royal Blood with White Reaper at Lincoln Hall, Lemon Twigs at Schubas, 6LACK and Michael Christmas at Reggie’s, and the homie Zane Lowe’s showcase at Concord featuring Towkio, Aminé, and Jidenna.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 2nd at 10am CT, to get your tix go to Do312.

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‘A People’s History of Chicago’ Gallery – Closing Reception

posted by Rosario Edwards May 24, 2017

Kevin Coval has written a book of poems about the history of the City of Chicago and the influence that hip hop has had on it throughout the centuries of its existence. He’s also put together an excellent gallery featuring work from artists that contributed to his book.

Tomorrow is the last night of that gallery, and your last chance to buy an exclusive piece of work from artists like Hebru Brantley, Paul Branton, Runsy, Bianca Pastel, and Troy Scat. As well as a chance to hear a reading from Kevin, Matt Muse, Lyriq the Mi$fit, and Patricia Frazier.

This book has received the blessings of Chance The Rapper, who has been greatly inspired by Kevin, and even wrote the Foreword to the book!

It’s a free event, and an awesome opportunity to see what this city really has to offer.

Chicago Truborn (1741 W Chicago Ave).

Thursday May 25 – Readings begin at 7:30

And be on the lookout for our PoD interview with Kevin, coming soon! The man is incredibly inspiring, and just breathes positivity.

 

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Tune In To Pursuit Of Dopeness on Radio DePaul – 5/20

posted by Oscar May 15, 2017

Ayoooo…. Pursuit Of Dopeness is taking over The 5th Element show on Radio DePaul this weekend! The POD trio also known as the Mijos, Alberto (AKA @CharroBarkley), Alex, and myself, will be filling your earballs this weekend with plenty of dope music and unnecessary banter.

The POD Radio takeover will be streaming from 12pm-3pm on Saturday, May 20th. On our latest show we’ll discuss the latest happenings in the music scenes we follow, along with talking about the latest shows we’ve been covering, and more. On the music side you’ll get to hear tunes that deliver that dopeness, and we’ll be doing our latest installment of our “artists you should know” playlist.

Find the quick info below, and tune in:

ALSO!! Later on this coming Saturday, we will be holding our second Aux Cord Party! Join us at Vintage Lounge on Taylor St. as we take over the sound system and control the music with the almighty aux cord. The party is going on until 3am, $5 after 10pm.

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Vans X FYF Present House Of Vans Parties feat. Digable Planets, The Internet, Charles Bradley

posted by Oscar May 4, 2017

Vans and FYF have partnered up to bring a concert series for the House Of Vans in both Brooklyn and Chicago. The Vans House Parties will run on select dates from May 18 to August 3 in Brooklyn, while the recently-opened Chicago location will kick things off on June 9 and will host parties on four other dates including the final one on July 29.

The shows are free and open to the public, but seriously suggest you RSVP for these at www.houseofvans.com.

Check out the schedule in the poster above or listed below. Continue Reading

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Taste Of Chicago 2017 Music Lineup feat. Café Tacvba, Eryn Allen Kane, Twin Peaks, Passion Pit

posted by Oscar May 2, 2017

The Taste Of Chicago 2017 music lineup has been revealed, extending the annual tradition of pairing great acts for attendees to have plenty else to enjoy besides the tons of food options at the gastro festival. Among the big names are headliners like Alessia Cara, Café Tacvba, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Passion Pit, and The O’Jays. The respective acts for some of these acts include some dope artists in Eryn Allen Kane and Twin Peaks.

37th Annual Taste of Chicago, July 59, in Grant Park. Check out the lineup below. Continue Reading

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Fat Tiger Workshop via Des Money

posted by Allie Rowe May 1, 2017

I sat down and talked with the manager of Fat Tiger a local clothing shop in Chicago that is known for its original styles and streetwear. Here’s what he had to say about Fat Tiger and much more in the fashion industry.

So tell me your name:

Des: Alright my name is Des, some people call me Des Money.

How’d you get the name Des Money? 

Des: Uhhhh shit um, So I mean it started way when I was younger, my mom used to really go all out and dress me up and shit like that. Three piece suits or whatever. So when we would go out to family functions and my aunties and uncles used to just give me money. It was just a thing. My nickname was always like money man cuz I always had dollars on me. Continue Reading

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Hola Chola Chicago Pop Up Shop Recap

posted by Alex April 4, 2017

Let us fill you in on what you missed out if you forgot to RSVP for this past Sunday’s Hola Chola Pop Up Shop that took place at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The event was created to celebrate the designs of Susanna Gonzalez Torres of Hola Chola. Susanna is currently on tour throughout different cities selling her designs and making exclusive pieces for each city. If you made it out, you were able to get your nails done with a flare inspired by the Mexican culture from the good people at Hush Salon. As you walked into the function, you were able to see some old school lowriders provided by Neighborhood Legends and Streetwise Car Club. It was the perfect spot to get your Instagram stunting on. Throughout the night, Latnix and old school tunes were provided by our own homie, Freddy Phatz who kept the dance floor busy throughout the event. Drinks were inspired by your local Southside Mexican paleteria, La Michoacana who provided the mixers for the Hennessy X Agua Fresca de Pina, Hennessy X Agua Fresca de Fresa and of course Hennessy X Horchata. The good people at Cold Chillen provided the awesome designs and graphics including the menus and invites. During the event, Susanna gave an inspirational speech on how the Mexican Culture influenced her designs and how her hardships and travels throughout Mexico have led her to her present situation. Check out the pictures of the event below!

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#THEDOPENESS: Things To Do This Weekend (3/2-3/5)

posted by Alex March 2, 2017

The weekend is pretty much here. As always, there is always something to do or see in the city. We’ve made the planning easy for you and included some of our picks to be at for the weekend. Take a look below, I’m sure you’ll catch us at some of these!

Los Campesinos! – 3/2 @ The Metro: No, Los Campesinos is not Mexican Regional Band. Los Campesinos! are actually an Indie band from Wales and they’ll be performing at The Metro. Buy your tickets here!

Kevin Abstract – 3/3 @ Subterranean: Make sure you’re posted up at Sub-T on Friday night as Kevin Abstract will be in town. Purchase tickets now, because we’re sure this show will be sold out!

Heavyweight Soul – 3/3 @ The Whistler: Maybe you’re just trying to have some drinks and vibe to some dope tracks this weekend. If that’s so, head over to The Whistler on Friday and catch DJ Mr. Jaytoo playing nothing but soul, funk, and disco vibes.

Ibn Inglor – 3/4 @ Chop Shop: Ibn Inglor is back and we couldn’t be any more excited. Check out his live set at the Chop Shop on Saturday.

Quiet Clubbing – 3/4 @ 19 East: You can’t go wrong with a good silent party. It’s even better when there is good music involved. King Marie, Manny Muscles, Evie The Cool, Boathouse, DJ Izzy E and many more will all be taking care of the different channels, so make sure you’re there!

Rapflix w/ Freddy Phatz @ Harbee Liquors: Enjoy the vibes from Freddy Phatz while watching the videos to everything that he plays. Sundays really are better at Harbee Liquors!

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Pitchfork Music Festival Announces LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange as 2017 Headliners

posted by Oscar February 27, 2017

Today we got a glimpse at the dopeness that will surround the 2017 edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival with the announcement of the headliners: LCD Soundsystem will headline on Friday night, followed by A Tribe Called Quest on Saturday night, with Solange closing out the festival on Sunday.

I called it with both the Tribe and Solange heading for this fest, both coming off a 2016 that saw them realize truly amazing records. LCD Soundsystem for their part are headlining a summer festival in the Chi for a second year in a row, extending their comeback some and allowing plenty more to tell ’em to shut up and play the hits!

Along with this news, the festival organizers have announced they are partnering with Saint Heron for a series of events curated by this innovative label and arts platform founded by Solange Knowles. The Saint Heron-charged event series will feature an onsite art installation, film screening, artist talks, late night jazz jam sessions, and more. These will take place from Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 16th at various locations throughout Chicago. Find more details below. Continue Reading

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#TheDopeness: Things To Do This Weekend (2/23-2/26)

posted by Alex February 22, 2017

The weekend’s almost here and it’s time to make plans. Let us help you make those plans a little easier. With so much going on in the city every week, here are a handful of events that you may want to consider attending. If you got an event worth going to, @ me bruh!

Dally Auston – 2/23 @ Chop Shop: You really need to be at Chop Shop on Thursday night. Dally Auston will be blessing the stage along with a bunch of his homies. If you do one thing at all this weekend, make sure it’s going to this show. #SaveMoney #WSGTM

Stefan Ponce & Friends – 2/24 @ East Room: Stefan Ponce. East Room. Do I really have to say anything else aside from, get there nice and early? I don’t think so. You’re welcome.

Savoy – 2/25 @ Chop Shop: We’ve featured Savoy and their latest project called Tomorrow Today, Pt. 1. If you copped a ticket on time, you’re definitely in for a good show.

The Dream – 2/25 @ The Metro: Maybe you messed up on Valentine’s day and didn’t send that special person flowers or candy to the job. Or maybe the sidepiece doesn’t feel enough love from you. Whatever the case may be, The Dream at The Metro can certainly fix those feelings. Don’t play ya’self again, tickets are still available!

Another House Party – 2/25 @ Beauty Bar: Bring your 90’s gear and best “running man” skills to Beauty Bar on Saturday. You won’t regret it!

Stix Presents Jam Night – 2/26 @ Schuba’s: The awesome thing about this monthly party is that you’ll never know who comes out. Last month Chance made an appearance. Maybe two months in a row? Only way to find out is by heading over to Schuba’s. Tickets are here.