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POD Photos: Jessie Reyez at Schubas 6/14

posted by Alberto June 15, 2017


Jessie Reyez made her tour stop at Chicago’s legendary venue Schubas last night and it sure was a memorable night. The Toronto native got to celebrate her birthday with the sold-out crowd that was very anxious to see her hit the stage. The entire venue erupted once Jessie walked on stage and opened up her set with “Shutter Island.” Jessie continued to run through her entire Kiddo EP and even threw in a few covers of Chance The Rapper, Jay Z and ScHoolboy Q songs.

Jessie came out for an encore to perform her song “Blue Ribbon” and the energy was at its highest point for the night. Be sure to catch her on tour in a city near you. Check out a few photos I captured at the show below.  Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Kehlani & Her ‘SweetSexySavage Tour’ in Austin, TX

posted by Ruben May 26, 2017

It had been 1 year since I last saw Kehlani perform during “The SXSW Takeover” in 2016. After that show, I was really able to see how “Baelani” has grown such a strong fan base. She is not only an incredible performer, but she also loves spreading positive messages that show how much she really does care about the happiness of others. This is why as soon as I found out she was coming to Austin for her #SSSTour, I knew I had to go see her.

The concert took place at Emo’s, a venue she thanks for being a part of her success since it was one of the venues that saw her perform in her very first tour. Reminiscing on that previous concert, Kehlani painted a picture to the audience describing how small her show was then versus this sold-out night where her fans know every single word of her lyrics. This tour didn’t just come with new music from her Sweet Sexy Savage album, but it also came with a purpose.

For this tour, Kehlani started a “We Need Us” drive that pairs up with local organizations and/or shelters in the cities that are part of the tour. At the concert, she had drop-off boxes for people that come out to donate items such as clothes or hygiene products. Donating wasn’t the full message though, Kehlani wants to help inspire her fans to take initiative in helping their own community. Kehlani teased her Austin fans by saying she would move to Austin someday, and I honestly can’t wait to see her be a part of the ATX community.

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Recap: PIQNIQ 2017 feat. Jimmy Eat World, Bleachers, Highly Suspect, Sum 41

posted by Oscar May 26, 2017

This past weekend we were able to attend the 2017 edition of 101WKQX’s all-day concert event, PIQNIQ. The lineup was stacked, as per usual, rounding up acts like Highly Suspect, Sum 41, Stabbing Westward, Jimmy Eat World, Bleachers, and headlined by The 1975. We were lucky enough to be in attendance and see what our favorite Alternative station had in store for us this year, and even better, we got to shoot photography throughout the day to encapsulate some of the best moments. Continue Reading

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Recap: Mac DeMarco at the Vic Theatre

posted by Oscar May 19, 2017

Mac DeMarco and his Spring 2017 tour came to Chi city this week, helping spread some good vibes to The Vic Theatre. The master of Chill Wave couldn’t come on a better day, with Chicago having (insufferably) warm weather that Tuesday evening, making for a perfectly swamp-y environment that was so well-suited to jam to the smooth stylings of everybody’s favorite British Columbian.

Mac exuded charm, with his low-key demeanor and his playful, gravelly whispers in between songs. During the breaks after performing live renditions of opening number “Salad Days,” plus crowd pleasers like “For The First Time” and “This Old Dog,” he made sure to periodically pay homage to Chicago. At one point he asked which place had the best Italian beef in town, so among the chants of Al’s and Portillo’s, of course someone shouted out Subway.  Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Smino in Houston on the ‘Swanita Tour’

posted by Ruben May 16, 2017

This past weekend I was given the opportunity to join Smino and his team when the Swanita Tour hit Houston, TX. The St. Louis native has quickly become one of the most noteworthy figures coming out of the Chicago scene, so it only made sense that the tour kickoff in his adoptive hometown (covered by the POD team) included many highlights that demonstrated this man’s major star appeal, helping pave the way for a guest appearance by T-Pain when they performed in Atlanta.

It was crazy to see the level of energy he can bring even after the injury he got on just the second show of his tour. Lounging backstage, Smino posed for a couple shots for me, with crutches and all. His presence was just as potent onstage as it is off it; you can see it clearly in these photos.

He is doing music his own way and I have not heard anything similar to what he offers, and you shouldn’t miss him live.

See the pictures below.

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POD Photos: JMBLYA 2017

posted by Ruben May 8, 2017

JMBLYA 2017 in Austin, TX took place over the weekend and we were part of the lucky crowd that witnessed a great collection of talent from throughout the Hip Hop world hit the stage to do what they do best.

Pursuit Of Dopeness was present to capture some of the highlights, encapsulating moments from the performances of the likes of Chance The Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Steve Aoki, Migos, and Pell. You can see those pictures in the gallery below.

Some of the best things that went down at JMBLYA included Lil Uzi showing off his showmanship once more by climbing the stage and performing from there, Steve Aoki (obviously) throwing cake into the crowd [still cool every time] and debuting a new single with Migos called “Night Call,” Gucci (sorry, was too lit so I couldn’t take any good pics) inviting Bun B and Migos to perform with him, and Chano performing his own version of “Waves” along with doing his part from the no. 1 hit “I’m The One.” It was also dope having Chance The Rapper invite the crowd to join him in celebrating what he was dubbing “National Acid Rap Week.”

Check out the pictures I took below. Continue Reading

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Photos: John Mayer at United Center on 4/11

posted by Alberto April 13, 2017

John Mayer’s The Search For Everything World Tour made a stop in Chicago this past Tuesday and it was one hell of a time. John not only gave us some performances for songs off of his forthcoming album, but he also took us all the way back to Room For Squares up to The Search For Everything and everything in between. This was my second time seeing John perform and the last time was before his surgery, so it was great to see him back to form pleasing thousands at the United Center.  Continue Reading

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POD Photos: SXSW 2017 – Day 5 feat. Nardwuar, Snoop Dogg, T.I.

posted by Oscar March 24, 2017

For our last day at SXSW 2017 we decided to get education on so we headed over to the convention center to take in some panels by some of the brightest and dopest minds in the industry. We started the day off with Zane Lowe speaking on the enduring importance of radio, and how it has evolved throughout the generations. We followed that by checking out the gawd Nardwuar who dropped some gems about how to prep for and conduct dope interviews (I even got to do the “Doot Doo” pose with him!).

The penultimate panel we attended included Snoop Dogg advocating for criminal justice reform, joining Weldon Angelos, Vikrant Reddy (Charles Koch Institute), and Mark Holden (Koch Industries) in a group conversation. Finally, we got to see Sway interview T.I., who had was showing us his new short film in which he plays multiple characters that all get affected by a police officer shooting a black child.

Check below to see the images we captured. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: SXSW 2017 – Day 4 feat. Migos, Weezer, Lil Yachty

posted by Oscar March 23, 2017

Our last full day of shows down at SXSW 2017 simply had to be completely worthwhile, and it sure as hell did live up to that expectation.

The only thing that really mattered was the fact that Migos were headlining at the YouTube showcase, and that was all the information we needed to guide our plans for that Friday. The main event had the trio behind the biggest track around, “Bad and Boujee,” continue their hot streak with yet another stellar performance to cement their spot as one of the most popular acts in the nation.

Down at Brazos Hall, New Politics put on a show that was dope enough to convince the crowd that they would’ve been just as thrilled if the Danish outfit had been the headlining band. Crowdsurfing, parting the pit to make room for flips by lead singer David Boyd and even a cover of the Beastie Boys; these guys really had it all… Though that’s not to say actual headliners Weezer didn’t hit the stage to remind everyone in attendance exactly how much they Rock. A greatest hits setlist that also boasted newly-released song “Feels Like Summer,” easily helped them land on our list of best of the fest.

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POD Photos: SXSW 2017 – Day 3 feat. French Montana, Cam’ron, Noname, Warm Brew

posted by Oscar March 22, 2017

Day 3 of SXSW 2017 was packed with dope showcases throughout downtown Austin, which helped give us that much more to choose from regarding the artists we’d want to see for the night… but that also made it so much more difficult to decide on an action plan because the lineups were insane pretty much everywhere, so having to choose the right showcase carried so much more weight.

But that’s when it helps to have a squad in ATX, so while I went over to the House Of Vans/Fake Shore Drive showcase at the Mohawk that boasted a stacked lineup of some of Chicago’s best talent plus French Montana headlining, Alex and Alberto (AKA ) made their way to Easy Tiger for TuneIn’s that featured none other than Dipset’s own, Cam’ron!

Take a look at the highlights of Day 3 of SXSW below. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: SXSW 2017 – Day 2 feat. Spoon, AminĂ©, Jain

posted by Oscar March 21, 2017

Day 2 of SXSW was a hell of a busy one, filled with interviews during the day (stay tuned) and some dope shows at night. While the sun was still out and shining, we headed over to YouTube’s showcase where we caught impressive sets from JAIN and AminĂ©. Afterwards, we headed over to The Main at 6th St to take in one of Spoon’s hometown residencies this week for the festival, which included a performance from surprise special guests !!!.

Spoon for their part were spectacular at the venue at they temporarily renamed (nicknamed) Eno’s, playing a set that boasted songs from throughout their career, including the lead single/title track for their new album, “Hot Thoughts.” This band is something special, and getting the chance to see them in an intimate venue like this, is what makes SXSW a can’t-miss event.

Check our Day 2 pics below.  Continue Reading

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POD Photos: SXSW 2017 – Day 1 feat. Vince Staples, Francis and the Lights, Little Simz

posted by Oscar March 20, 2017

We spent last week down in Austin, TX for SXSW, so naturally, we took advantage of the festival’s wide variety of talent and caught some dope sets in all sorts of venues.

Our first day saw Alberto, AKA Charro Barkley, and myself hit the streets of ATX to witness sets by Vince Staples, Francis and the Lights, Little Simz, !!!, The Octopus Project, Ghetts, and Daedelus.

Take a look at our images below. Continue Reading