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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 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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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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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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