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POD Photos: Aminé at the Metro (#30DaysInChicago)

posted by Oscar November 24, 2017

Our latest venture into the world of Red Bull Sound Select’s  concert series, we headed back to the Metro for Day 18, featuring Aminé, Pell, and A2. In the building along with me was my very dope POD comrade, Ellie, who was helping capture the vibes that night.

The night was ripe for headliner Aminé to demonstrate why he’s widely considered one of the best new names in the game, and the Portland man delivered. The Good For You cover art inspired a photo op  in the balcony, with fans able to sit on a blue toilet as an all-yellow background completed the scene.

Aminé showed off his charm right from the start, which included a mashup cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” at the beginning of his set. For banter in between songs, he asked people to raise their hands and use their fingers to show the number of times they’ve pronounced his name wrong only to laugh at what he saw in the crowd.

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POD Photos: 6LACK at Thalia Hall (#30DaysInChicago)

posted by Alberto November 14, 2017

Day 11 of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In Chicago went down this weekend at a sold-out Thalia Hall with special headliner, 6LACK. Jean Deaux and Tobi Lou helped kick off the night with performances while JoeFreshGoods and Vic Lloyd played DJ sets in-between all performances.

6LACK hit the stage shortly after 11pm and performed an hour-long set filled with songs off of his FREE 6LACK album along with a few new songs and songs he is featured on. The highlight of the night was definitely his encore performance of “PRBLMS,” which had Thalia Hall at another level. See some photos I captured throughout the night below and be sure to enjoy the rest of November with Red Bull at venues all across the city.

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POD Photos: Young Thug, Leikeli47 & Valee at Metro (#30DaysInChicago)

posted by Alberto November 4, 2017

Day 1 of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In Chicago kicked this past Thursday at the legendary Metro. Word is that fans were lined up many hours before in order to get their hands on some exclusive JoeFreshGoods and Red Bull merch as soon as doors opened. The venue filled up quickly after doors opened and we witnessed a few DJ sets by DJ Oreo, an opening poem by Kevin Coval and sets by Valee and Leikeli47.

The man of the hour walked on stage shortly after 11:30 and put on a hell of a performance. Young Thug definitely set the the bar high for the rest of the 29 days. To see photos of all acts that performed that night, hit the jump for photos. A short clip of Thugger doing what he does best can be seen HERE.

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POD Photos: Rap Caviar Live in Chicago w/ Lil Uzi Vert & Playboi Carti

posted by Alberto October 23, 2017

Spotify’s Rap Caviar Live made a stop at Chicago’s legendary Aragon Ballroom this past weekend and it was a hell of a time. Some of the hottest names in Hip Hop today graced the futuristic looking stage in front of 5,000 fans. Cardi B kicked things off with an early set followed by Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert.

There were a few surprises appearances that night as well. DJ Drama took the stage to get people ready for Lil Uzi Vert’s headlining set and showed some hometown love by bringing out Vic Mensa and Lil Bibby. Lil Uzi followed that up by brining out G Herbo for 3 songs during his set. Lots of great performances all night long. See some photos I captured below.  Continue Reading

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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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Recap: Coldplay at Soldier Field

posted by Oscar August 19, 2017

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This past Thursday I was among the crowd that witnessed Coldplay’s massive show at Soldier Field here in Chicago. I use the term massive in more sense than one, considering that not only were they playing before a stadium crowd, but this concert was also broadcasting live in virtual reality for fans around the world. Fans of all ages were looking for an adventure of a lifetime, and lucky for them, Chris Martin and company sure delivered a set worthy of this stage to prove why Coldplay deserve to be one of the biggest acts around. Continue Reading

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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 ‘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