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Top 12 Acts of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

posted by Oscar July 20, 2017

Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 was definitely among one of the best editions of the Chicago installment of the festival. Three days full of artists doing what they do best, and we were in attendance scoping out Union Park to see what #P4kfest had in store for us.

What we got in return was awesome performances, some that will likely be on my year-end list of the best performances I saw this year. From icons to fast-rising up-and-comers, the eclectic balance at this festival had plenty to offer right from when the first acts hit the stage.

Check out our list of the best acts we see over the last weekend. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 – Day 1 feat. Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors

posted by Oscar July 18, 2017

Check out our photos from Day 1 of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. We kicked things off with the enigmatic rapper Vince Staples, then continued to the Red Stage to see the Thurston Moore Group to space out and see the Alternative legend play some brilliant experimental sounds. Frankie Cosmos, Danny Brown, Kamaiyah, and Dirty Projectors capped things off for our Friday festivities.

While we saw LCD Soundsystem deliver a stunning and thrilling headlining set, instead of taking photography, we joined the crowd and enjoyed it along with the masses… Time well-spent.

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Recap: Fat Tire Battle of The Bands

posted by Rosario Edwards July 10, 2017

Schuba’s hosted a magnificent Battle of the Bands, pitting 4 up and coming Chicago acts against each other for a chance to open up for legendary band, The Roots, all for a great cause. Proceeds for the event went to the alliance of the Great Lakes to help protect our wondrous Lakes.

White Mystery opened the show with their theatrical sibling rock and roll. Alex White commanded the crowd and Francis White made sure everyone got really weird.

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Klangstof and Local Natives Take Over The Concord

posted by Rosario Edwards June 30, 2017

With a crowd comprise mostly of people fresh off the beach from Local NativesMamby on the Beach set, the vibes were already very intimate and laid back.

While everyone was certainly excited to see Local Natives perform in a more intimate setting, the Norwegian band Klangstof stole the show.

Drawing comparison to Radiohead, they’re synth driven rock with emotional lyrics perfectly fit the atmosphere at the Concord Music Hall. Many of their songs began with a slow burning build up that erupted into powerful empathic and chaotic release. Standouts included album single “Hostage” as well as “Sleaze” from their current album aptly titled “Close Eyes To Exit“. The band closed their set after lead singer Koen Van de Wardt thanked everyone graciously for joining in their journey as they had traveled all the way from Norway to perform here in Chicago. It was an excellent set and definitely left us looking forward to hearing more from these guys! Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Future and the ‘Nobody Safe Tour’ in Dallas

posted by Ruben June 25, 2017

We headed into the weekend to the tune of Future, Tory Lanez, and A$AP Ferg which rolled into the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas. I was in the venue to capture some of the best moments from their latest stop of the Nobody Safe Tour. 

The star behind the major hit “Mask Off” performed that and all the dope hits he’s had throughout his career, making sure everyone in Texas can see why he’s one of the biggest names in Hip Hop. Tory Lanez himself is looking fit to take over a venue like this as a headlining act any time soon. A$AP Ferg for his part’s got the energy, the bravado, and the stage presence to put on a hell of a show wherever he takes over the mic.

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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.”

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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