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12 Chicago Artists To See at SXSW 2017

posted by Oscar March 11, 2017

It’s the most…. wonderful time… of the yeeeeear! SXSW is back, and we couldn’t be more pumped to attend again this. For as much as we make sure to take full advantage of this festival every year to discover new sounds and find new bands to follow, we always make time to show some love to our favorite Chicago acts playing down in ATX.

So if you’re going to be in Austin, Texas this coming week to attend the massive festival, these are the artists from our hometown that you definitely need to check out. This isn’t all of them (and it’s definitely not the only ones we’ll be catching down in Texas at this festival), but these are the artists we’re definitely not missing out on! Continue Reading

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Dopest Albums of 2016, by Oscar

posted by Oscar December 28, 2016

It’s that time of year again during which we summarize the best music we heard over the last 12 months. Because Pursuit of Dopeness is composed of an eclectic mix of individuals, this is just one in a series of posts for 2016’s Dopest, so keep an eye out for the rest of the team’s lists in which they select their own picks for the best of 2016.

Now, onto my list… This time around it was much easier to figure out my picks as all I had to do was think back at the albums that resonated with me the most, and by unintended coincidence, these just so happened to be the limited albums that I actually downloaded to my phone so I can hear them whenever the moment struck me.

So now that you’re familiar with Alex’s 2016 favorites, hit the jump and find out my picks for the dopest sounds that filled my airwaves in 2016! Continue Reading

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Dopest Albums of 2016, From Alex

posted by Alex December 26, 2016

As this year comes to a close and lists are brought up, I can’t help but to think of the music projects that shaped my year and made my year so much better. After looking at my list of top albums of 2016, I came to the conclusion that I was more focused on different sounds as well as where each artist’s head was at in the making of their particular project. Yes, The Life of Pablo and Coloring Book are a couple of the top albums of the year, but I’m different and these following works of art have gotten me through this weird 2016. Check em out!

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Dopest Videos of 2016

posted by Oscar December 22, 2016

This year-end list takes aim at the best visuals of 2016. The music was already great as is, but these are the music videos that made you check out the song on YouTube instead of Spotify and Apple Music (TIDAL, if you’re down with them).

So look below for our list of the Dopest Videos of 2016, with artists like Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, David Bowie, and more. Continue Reading

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Top 5 Artists We Want To See at Freaky Deaky + After-Party Announcements

posted by Alberto October 25, 2016


It feels like only yesterday we were attending Freaky Deaky 2015 watching performances from the likes of 2 Chainz, Logic, A-Trak, Pretty Lights, Joey Bada$$ and many others. Freaky Deaky 2016 is upon us this upcoming weekend and we are excited to see tons of great acts at Toyota Park. Below we have listed the top 5 acts we would like to see this year.

Don’t have tickets for the fest yet? You can still pick up some passes HERE. Interested in attending an after-party? React has you covered with plenty of shows to check out after the festivities rap up each day at Toyota Park. Check out the list of parties and links to buy tickets to those parties HERE.

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Top 10 Performances of Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

posted by Oscar July 20, 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival took place over the weekend and it was another fine edition of the annual fest. We saw all the dope sets on our checklist, and then we added some more to round out the whole experience. Needless to say, all three days played out like one big highlight reel, with performance after performance more than delivering on our expectations! Lowkey, you’ll find that the majority of these were on that original must-see list, but I take that more as a testament to how good we pick ’em 😉.

So check below to find out our picks for the dopest sets of #p4kfest 2016. Continue Reading

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The 10 Sets To See at Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

posted by Oscar July 13, 2016

We’re just days away from the 2016 edition of Pitchfork Music Festival and with that comes the debate of who to see during the weekend for a prime musical experience. The POD team will be present at the fest so we’ve had to wrack our brains to choose the right acts to see and we’ve compiled our thoughts into the list you see below.

Check out what acts we’ve deemed a must-see at #p4kfest.  Continue Reading

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My Favorite Moments From SAMF 2016

posted by Ellena Rodriguez June 14, 2016


This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend all three days (June 10-June 12) of Spring Awakening’s 5th year anniversary music festival. As big of an event it is, I had never attended SAMF so I was pretty excited to hit up Addams/Medill park for the EDM fest. A number of huge names in the EDM world had sets along with some up and coming artists, but nonetheless they all put on an impressive show that kept the crowd dancing throughout the weekend. I am so happy I got to witness some of the most influential DJs/producers live and be introduced to some dope ass DJs.

With that being said, their were some pretty memorable moments of the weekend, but just to name a few…. check out my favorite moments from Spring Awakening 2016 down below.

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Dopest Albums of 2015 – By Oscar

posted by Oscar December 31, 2015

Dopest Albums 2015

For our final year-end list we’re doing things just a little bit differently. POD is a team of writers with our own particular set of interests, so instead of doing one list for the blog as a whole, we figured it’d be much better to highlight our own individual tastes by each dropping a list of our own for the Dopest Albums of the year.

My inclinations steer towards Rock and you’ll see my favorites of 2015 fully show that, but you’ll see a couple of other genres deservedly included here. So hit the jump and read MY list of the Dopest Albums of 2015. Continue Reading

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Dopest Albums of 2015 By Ellena

posted by Ellena Rodriguez December 30, 2015


As we start to wrap up 2015, it is time to reflect on all the good that was given to us in the past year and gahh damn… 2015 was one crazy year for the music world. Not only did legendary artists prove their talent even more so through their new releases, but we were all introduced to some underdogs that none of us were ready for… Having to choose my top selection of 2015’s best albums, I knew I had a variety to select from. I was having to choose from the best of the best, but I feel I narrowed it down to some pretty dope projects that have made their mark in the past year…so let’s see if you agree.

Here are MY top albums from 2015…

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Dopest Live Shows of 2015

posted by Oscar December 29, 2015

POD Live 2015

If there’s one thing we love here at POD is live music, so for our latest year-end list we want to showcase some of our favorite shows we attended in 2015. Our tickets and press passes pictured above give you a pretty good idea of some of the concerts attended, but we couldn’t possibly fit into this one picture all of the dope sets we experienced all over the country since last year.

Hit the jump and read about which live shows were the dopest of the dope in 2015. Continue Reading

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Dopest Videos of 2015

posted by Oscar December 8, 2015

Dopest Videos 2015

It’s that time to highlight the best and dopest this year had to offer, and we’re kicking off these lists by compiling our favorite videos of 2015. We vetted through artists of all walks of life and across all sorts of genres to deliver to you what are the dopest of the dope music videos released this year.

Hit the jump and see if yours made the list. Also, just a heads up, POD favorite Austin Vesely has three videos on this! Continue Reading