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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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Recap: Our Favorite Moments From Soundset 2017

posted by Alberto June 2, 2017

The POD team is back in Chicago after some very good times in the Twin Cities. Soundset is something we look forward to every and this year once again didn’t disappoint. Despite lineup changes before and during Sunday’s festivities, the show went on without any major setbacks. Below you can find POD’s favorite moments written by Alex and I.¬† Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Kehlani & Her ‚ÄėSweetSexySavage Tour‚Äô 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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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: The-Dream Live at Metro

posted by Alberto March 2, 2017

The-Dream made his way to Chicago’s legendary Metro venue last week to perform in front of some of his very passionate fans. To help open his headlining set, The-Dream and crew selected Chicago’s very own Air Credits to help get the crowd ready. Despite contrast in styles, ShowYouSuck and Hood Internet shut it down with a very energetic performance from beginning to end. Continue Reading

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Recap: Thundercat Slays the Concord

posted by Rosario Edwards February 28, 2017

Stephen Bruner, AKA Thundercat, has built a name as one of the most important studio bassists in the music industry. Working with Flying Lotus, Solange, Erykah Badu, Kamasi Washington, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar and countless others, there’s a good chance you have heard Thundercat slay before, even if you’ve never heard of Thundercat. The show was sold out, thanks in part to the release of his new LP,¬†Drunk¬†just the day before. Continue Reading

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Recap: Winter Block Party features Jamila Woods, Chance The Rapper

posted by Rosario Edwards January 31, 2017

Saturday night at The Metro was a Joyous expression of the strength, resilience, and power of the women of Chicago Hip Hop. The WBEZ/Vocalo/Young Chicago Authors Winter Block Party showcased female artists and musicians in Chicago for the 9th year of this ongoing festival.

The Metro stage was graced by Bebe O’hare, Ang 13, Lin-Z, Medicine Woman, Kaina, Jamila Woods and even Chance the Rapper for an affordable ticket that allowed anyone to view this talented showcase. During these times the overall theme of Unity felt incredibly fitting, and completely shone through in every act. It may be difficult to watch the turmoil going on in the news, but this felt like a beautiful reminder that Chicago can come together as one. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Reaction NYE 2017

posted by Alberto January 4, 2017

My last festival of 2016 went down this past weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The good folks over at React put together a hell of festival featuring some of the most buzzing acts of 2016 like Anderson .Paak, Gucci Mane, Smino and many, many more. If you missed Reaction NYE this year, be sure to check out some shots I managed to get at the fest below. Be on the lookout for more shows and festivals put together by React in 2017.

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Recap: The 1975 at the Aragon Ballroom

posted by Oscar November 23, 2016

The 1975

Last week, The 1975 played two shows in Uptown’s iconic concert venue the Aragon Ballroom and we were present for their second stop in Chicago. The band has been touring in support of their excellent sophomore¬†album, which reached¬†#1 in the US and UK, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (Dirty Hit / Interscope Records).

The concert was a fine demonstration of the major Pop potential of this band. Lead singer Matt Healey is a mesmerizing figure that enamors audiences with his charming stage presence and his “Sexually confused Edward Scissorhands” demeanor. Not to mention The 1975 have a catalog of undeniable synth-Pop Rock tunes that can get a crowd moving like few others can, which were accentuated excellently through a complex, multi-screen light show. Continue Reading

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Recap: Marc E. Bassy Live at Subterranean

posted by Alberto November 17, 2016

Marc E Bassy

Marc E. Bassy has come a long way from his days as the lead vocalist for the band 2AM Club. It was a long time ago, over 6 years ago to be exact, since I last saw Marc perform. Back then he was touring with the band at The Rave in Milwaukee where they opened up for Mike Posner and Far East Movement. Despite not knowing the group, their live show caught my attention and interest. Fast forward to today and Marc still has a dynamic live show that continues to catch my attention and interest. We were able to witness that live set in person tonight at Sub-T thanks to the good folks over at Republic Records.

Tonight’s show was kicked off by ELHAE, yet another artist coming out of the ever-growing Atlanta music scene. I’ll throw this out there now: he sure¬†is someone we will keep an eye on for future POD coverage. The man of the hour stepped on stage soon after to perform in front of his sold-out crowd. All of the years of hard work with the band and solo success surely made this possible. Marc had the crowd at the palm of his hands singing word for word the entire night. Fans were treated to performances of songs off of his EP’s, including¬†Groovy People EP, his most recent work.


Despite Sub-T being a very intimate venue, Marc felt he needed to get even¬†closer to his¬†crowd. What better way to accomplish¬†that than performing in the actual crowd? Well, Marc did just that by performing songs like “Morning” and “Dirty Water” in the crowd with his keyboard! You don’t see that happen often at shows, so his fans were truly treated to something special tonight. To end his set, Marc made his way back to the main stage through his mob of fans to perform his hit single, “You & Me.” Perfect ending to a great night of live music at a venue that has seen many great performances within its walls over the years.

Although a majority of the remaining shows on The Groovy People Tour¬†are sold out, you can try and see if one of Marc’s upcoming shows in a city near you are still available. Click¬†HERE¬†to see remaining dates. You don’t want to miss out.

Photo Credit: Jaimee B (@jaimeebey_)

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