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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

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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

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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.

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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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Recap: Malcolm London ‘OPIA’ Release Show

posted by Rosario Edwards November 16, 2016

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Chicago has become a contentious place, socially and politically. Though often condemned as a gangland paradise, it is often overlooked that there are many musicans making a positive influence on our landscape. A shining example of that is Malcolm London. London is a rising star not only inthe chicago music scene but also within the world of activism. After having organized protests, writing for the theater, and eve n being arrested for his views and actions. He has been called ‘the Gil Scott Heron of his generation by Cornel West.

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Last Friday London headline 1st Ward at Chop Shop to release his new full length, OPIA. The vibe was a nervous excitement surrounding not only about the release of his new album but also about the unrest nationally over our new president. While many expected anger and contempt, London and co kept the hate to a minimum and the crowd’s mind off of our new President Elect, while still delivering the message they wanted and needed everyone to hear. It was truly inspirational. Continue Reading

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Neon Indian at Concord Music Hall

posted by Allie Rowe October 30, 2016

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This past Thursday night at Concord Hall, Neon Indian lit up the crowd up with an amazing performance. Although Neon Indian is placed more so under the techno genre of music, the band showcased an incredible lyrical performance as well. The first song I ever heard by these guys was “Dead Beat Summer” off their 2010 album Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed. It’s hard to believe that song came out in 2010 and six years later it’s still one of my go to “feel good” songs. I think this is one of the reasons I became invested in this band, they make music that makes you feel good. I am always head boppin and shoulder droppin to one of their songs. It’s hard to not love these guys when they can make you move like that.  Continue Reading

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Lewis Del Mar at Lincoln Hall

posted by Allie Rowe October 21, 2016

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This past week I had the pleasure of seeing Lewis Del Mar at Lincoln Hall, a young up and coming band just embarking on their first ever tour. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of people that showed up for them and I think they were too. Danny Miller, the lead singer and guitarist, opened up with thanking everyone and brought up how him and his buddy Max Harwood, the drummer and producer of the band, had been doing music together since they were in grade school. The band opened up with one their new songs, “Loud(y)” off their newest album Lewis Del Mar. With a mixture of indie pop and a little angst, the band gave off a very original vibe. I got into this band maybe a year ago and at first couldn’t quite place them in a genre, which later would be the reason why I would enjoy them as much as I do now. I think nowadays with so many talented artists and so many more making their way up the ladder of the music industry, it can be difficult as a band to find an original sound without totally veering away from what is popular. However, Lewis Del Mar does a great job of combining honest and relevant lyrics with a great sound and as a result, putting on a fantastic show. One of the best things to experience at a concert is the realization that whoever is performing is even better live than they are through your own headphones, Lewis Del Mar was totally that for me. Continue Reading

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Recap: Our Favorite Moments at AAHH! Fest 2016

posted by Alberto October 2, 2016

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AAHH! Fest made its big return this year after taking a year off at its inaugural year in 2014. The two-day festival took place this past weekend at Union Park featuring performances by Taylor Bennett, Tink, The Internet, Sir The Baptist, Vic Mensa, R. Kelly, J. Cole, Ice Cube, Common, Bilal and more. There were tons of highlights including another great performance by festival creator, Common. Below we have listed some of our favorite moments from the fest. Continue Reading

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Recap: The Growlers at Thalia Hall

posted by Oscar September 26, 2016

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This past Wednesday night we headed over to one of our favorite concert venues, Thalia Hall in Pilsen, to finally check out a live performance by Beach Goth pioneers, The Growlers. I got into this band about a year ago after much recommendation, and I was instantly hooked by the dark, beach-y vibes of this band and who can resist by those alluring monotone vocals of Brooks Nielsen. Now, the test was to see how well this band’s reputation really lived up to its underground hype…

It did.

With new album City Club due out September 30 on Cult Records, the Cali band set out to build some proper hype around their latest material and they did so by playing several new numbers mixed in with their setlist standards throughout the night. Clad in spectacular matching white Nudie Suits, Nielsen and crew played staples like “Chinese Fountain,” “One Million Lovers,” and “Big Toe.” When the chill and charismatic frontman would introduce the crowd to new songs like “When You Were Made,” “Night Ride,” and lead single “City Club” (below), fans observed intently, as if they wanted to be completely aware and present for those moments that they will someday look back to and think: “remember when they first played that one live?!” Continue Reading

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