Matt Maeson at The Marquee Virgin Hotels Chicago

The Marquee space at Virgin Hotels Chicago had a great night this past Saturday, as singer/songwriter Matt Maeson and opening performance Emily Blue played a sold out show.  This small venue was the perfect setting for that night’s performances because of its intimate, yet fun atmosphere. Opening act Emily Blue brought her charismatic personality on…

Hidden gems of the week…

MONDAY (5/14): Traveller @ SPACE Fresh off the release of their debut album, Western Movies, country supergroup Traveller will be playing at Evanston’s SPACE Monday night! Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel and Jonny Fritz make up the trio, and between the three of them, they have years of experience and have perfected the recipe for the perfect country jam….

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5/19 – The Kills @ House of Vans (free with RSVP and early queuing ) 9/30 – BØRNS @ Aragon Ballroom (5/3 presale code = JAMBORNS, on sale 5/4) 10/3 – Ben Howard @ Aragon Ballroom (5/3 presale code = JAMBEN, on sale 5/4) 10/7 – Death Cab For Cutie @ Auditorium Theatre (5/3 presale code =…

Post Animal plays to sold out home crowd

One of Chicago’s favorites, Post Animal, played to a packed Lincoln Hall on Friday. The 18+ show was brimming with youths who were getting rowdy the second the band struck their first chord. Mosh pits, crowd surfing, and soaring beers quickly became the norm as the crowd indulged in the band’s heavy psychedelic jams. Giving…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Bullets & Octane

Bullets & Octane, based out of California via St. Louis, has been rocking together for the past two decades. The band has shared the stage with some pretty legendary bands (Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Stone Sour, Deftones, and more) and continually strive to make their sound bigger and better. Their live shows tend to stick pretty…

Fans rushed to hospital after faces melt at The Darkness concert

Guys, I’m worried I’m going mad. The Darkness graced Chicago with their presence 3 nights ago at Park West, and for very obvious reasons, I can’t stop thinking about that damn show! Unequaled stage presence paired with crushingly heavy songs has made The Darkness one of the best live acts on the road. Fresh off…

Gang of Youths breathes life back into Chicago

Did you hear the news? Going to concerts not only helps improve your mental health, but can help you live longer! While I’m sure this doesn’t come as a shock to those of us who spend our free time at Chicago venues, I feel like my friends and family have a better understanding of why…

New single by Weesp

Although Weesp’s new single “Not Over” was just released a few weeks ago, it has already been seen on YouTube over 100,000 times by fans eager to hear more from the band. The song deals with the endless struggle between light and darkness that lives in all of us. In the end, the band preaches…

Lucius strips down for Chicago crowd

The former Brooklynites of Lucius played Thalia Hall this past Tuesday to a dedicated group of fans. The band’s most recent release, Nudes, is their first compilation album in which they rearranged previous songs, stripped them down to make them acoustic, and even threw in a few covers and new originals. Lucius opened the show with one of…

Get Dancing With Spencer Ludwig

Featured trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, from the multi-Platinum band “Capital Cities”, brings to the Metro his solo artist show alongside “Betty Who”. His new music is attracting many fans because of its jazzy blend of rhythmic funk pop sound, accompanied by his prominent trumpet playing skills. He’s played at various festivals including Lollapalooza, Piqniq, and Austin…

MGMT is back stronger than ever

The last time MGMT played The Riviera Theatre was back in 2010–the band was on their Congratulations tour, Tame Impala was the opener, and it was my inaugural MGMT show. Fast forward 8 years and the band finds themselves back at the Riviera for two nights promoting their most recent release, Little Dark Age. After…

MGMT Take Us On A Ride Through A More Carefree, Decadent 80’s Giving Us Hope That We Will Survive This Little Dark Age.

Laura Hoke @tennislala February 9th ended the 5 year wait for MGMT’s fourth studio album under Columbia Records, Little Dark Age. It’s widely known that accidental rock stars, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden met their freshman year at Wesleyan College. They bonded over their love of music, developing their relationship by impressing one another making…