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Recap: The Growlers’ Triumphant Show at The Vic

posted by Oscar October 10, 2017

I got to spend this past Friday night at The Vic, where I got to witness The Growlers performing to a sold-out crowd. This was only my second time catching Brooks Nielsen and crew, one of my admitted favorite bands of the last couple of years, but I knew this time the dynamic would be different since I no longer came in with the fresh eyes someone would have when they’re excited about finally seeing an artist in concert and because this show was taking place well after the release of their latest album City Club so the setlist wouldn’t revolve mostly on their better-known songs. My last impression of the band left me with nothing but praises for them, and as I walked into the Vic this time around, I had nothing but high hopes that they would put on another memorable performance. Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive: Black Pistol Fire Talk To Us About Their New Album, Chicago Music at Riot Fest 2017

posted by Oscar September 26, 2017

Riot Fest 2017 left us with some great memories thanks to performances from acts like Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Vic Mensa, and Black Pistol Fire. That last band, the Austin-based Canadian duo, actually met with us for an exclusive interview after they played Day 2 of the festival.

During our chat we discussed their new album Deadbeat Graffiti and its potential comparisons to Sgt. Peppers, their approach to playing Riot Fest, and Chicago music. Also look out for guitarist and lead vocalist Kevin’s example of an album that was pretty “meh” but that had some decent tunes.

Check it out above.

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POD Photos: Los Dells Festival 2017

posted by Alberto September 19, 2017

The first ever 2-day Latin music festival in the Midwest, Los Dells Festival, went down last week and was a huge success. The brand new fest provided some big names from many genres in the Latin music industry from Reggaeton to Pop to Rock and everything in between. We were on hand alongside 35,000 other music fans and witnessed all the amazing performances that went down. You can count on us being in attendance next year in Wisconsin Dells.

See some pics of performers at this years fest like Nicky Jam, Becky G, Mana and many more below.

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POD Photos: Riot Fest 2017 feat. Queens Of The Stone Age, FIDLAR, Black Pistol Fire, Bad Brains

posted by Oscar September 19, 2017

Day 2 of Riot Fest was another full of highlights for us… Not only were we able to witness masterful sets from the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, At The Drive-In, and FIDLAR, but Rosario and I got to interview Black Pistol Fire!

Some of the other fine performers we checked out included Peaches (what a boss), Bad Brains, Shabazz Paces, The Lawrence Arms, Knuckle Puck, and of course, the Wu-Tang Clan!

Check out our extensive Day 2 photo gallery below and stay tuned for the interview – coming soon! Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Riot Fest 2017 – Day 1 feat. Vic Mensa, Action Bronson, Death From Above, Warm Brew

posted by Oscar September 18, 2017

Riot Fest 2017 is officially in the books, delivering 3 days of dope performances to make it one of our favorite editions yet. With a lineup as stacked as this one, Day 1 definitely kicked things off to a great start. We checked out a pretty diverse collection of acts here, including the band X (celebrating its 40th anniversary), Vic Mensa, Action Bronson, Death From Above, Saul Williams, Buzzcocks, and Warm Brew…

Of course I caught Nine Inch Nails’ headlining set (frontrunner for my favorite performance), but we couldn’t access the photo pit and so we resorted to just hitting the crowd and be among the masses. To be completely honestly, that’s the best way to enjoy this band.

Check out our gallery for Day 1 below. Continue Reading

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12 Artists to See at Riot Fest 2017

posted by Oscar September 12, 2017

It’s Riot Fest week!! The Chicago festival is best known for putting together some of the nation’s best lineups year after year, bringing back iconic bands for special reunions along the way, and the 2017 edition is right up there among their best ever.

We’ve been attending the Punk-rooted festival since 2011 and this year’s going to be a bit different for us, as it marks the first time we’re attending as part of the press. So instead of sneaking our way to the front rails to see the action up-front or hopping from mosh pit to mosh pit, we’ll be bouncing around all of Douglas Park this weekend to take in all it’s got to offer and taking photography of the artists we are most eager to see from this lineup.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite artists on the lineup that we are looking forward to seeing perform live at Riot Fest 2017. Check out the can’t-miss acts below.
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POD Exclusive: See our Interview with Kevin Coval

posted by Oscar September 7, 2017

One of the most influential cultural figures in Chicago, Kevin Coval is the subject of the latest Pursuit Of Dopeness interview.

The poet, educator, and organizer sat with POD’s Rosario Edwards to discuss a number of topics relevant to his 2017 book A People’s History of Chicago including his history with poetry, influencing Chance The Rapper, and more.

See that above.

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Photos: North Coast Music Festival 2017

posted by Alberto September 6, 2017

North Coast Music Festival aka Summer’s Last Stand took place this past weekend in Chicago and it was once again a great fest to take part in. There were a lot of acts we were looking forward to seeing from Lil DIcky to Big Boi to Webster X, plus many more. You can see some of the footage KAI and I captured below.  Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive: Check Out Our Interview with Har Mar Superstar

posted by Oscar August 30, 2017

Hey yo! We got another exclusive Pursuit Of Dopeness interview for you guys, this time with the one-of-a-kind singer Har Mar Superstar. Coming days after the release of his latest EP, Personal Boy, Har Mar Superstar hopped on a call with me to discuss that project, wishing he could retroactively make onto the Titanic soundtrack, his cool new merch, and more.

Check it out below. Continue Reading