VÉRITÉ @ Lincoln Hall 8/28

Alt-pop artist, VÉRITÉ is returning to Chicago to share her debut album, Somewhere in Between, with fans.

VÉRITÉ bust onto the scene only three short years ago, but she has already cranked out multiple acclaimed EPs, performed at massive music festivals, and done headlining shows across the US and Europe. Buzzfeed called VÉRITÉ “one of the best artists in alt-pop,” and TIME has praised her “...complex electronic arrangements, layered with rich and ethereal vocals” on the album. Want to hear her for yourself? Check her title track out below.

VÉRITÉ will be supported at Lincoln Hall by Tigertown–get your tickets here.

On sale soon…

Some RiotFest Aftershows included! For the full list of aftershows, click here.

9/15 – New Found Glory + Bayside @ Concord Music Hall (on sale 8/18)

9/17 – Taking Back Sunday @ Bottom Lounge (on sale 8/18)

9/17 – Gogol Bordello @ Concord Music Hall (on sale 8/18)

10/30 – Arcade Fire @ United Center (8/16-8/17 presale code = CHORUS, on sale 8/18)

11/4 – Kid Cudi @ Aragon Ballroom (on sale 8/18)

11/10 – Crystal Castles @ Concord Music Hall (on sale 8/18)

11/29 – Grizzly Bear @ Riviera Theatre (on sale 8/18)


For a more full list of upcoming events, click here.

Homeshake @ The Empty Bottle 8/17

Homeshake, the project of Peter Sagar, is coming back through Chicago in support of his February release, Fresh Air.  His hazy love songs have a light, stoner-R&B feel which is hard to describe unless you check it out.  Homeshake’s downtempo bedroom R&B featured on the album is the perfect thing to check out if you’re looking for a chill evening of music.  Have a listen to “Home at Last” from last year’s Schubas performance here.

This Old Dog puts on an Unforgettable Show

Prior to his headlining set Saturday night at Lollapalooza, Mac DeMarco played Concord Music Hall to a group of DeMarco diehards. If those in the crowd had been at Lolla all day, I never would have guessed it based on their energy. Fueled by Jameson whiskey, DeMarco took the stage at midnight and treated fans to smooth, summery jams and had the crowd roaring with laughter between songs. DeMarco commented on the amount of booty shorts he saw around town despite the colder weather, recounted his memories of playing at The Empty Bottle, and had the crowd screaming as he talked about eating Chicago dogs, beef  sandwiches, and deep dish pizza. DeMarco and the guys played a number of tracks off the newest album, This Old Dog, whose lyrics fans already knew by heart and had no reservations belting out. With every new song during the set, the crowd roared in approval and helped DeMarco out by singing along and snapping to the beat. Throughout the night, DeMarco lost pieces of his clothing. Upon returning from the most supportive crowd surfing experience I have ever witnessed, DeMarco was down to a t-shirt and shorts, and had mysteriously also lost his socks during his adventure out into the crowd. The night was unforgettable to those who were lucky enough to be there. DeMarco’s new material sounded great live, we got a cover of Weezer’s “Undone,” and we were able to enjoy DeMarco’s quirky and chill personality in a small venue. Can’t wait for him to come back to Chicago!

Future Generations @ Beat Kitchen 7/26

Future Generations has been busy these past few years. After the July 2016 release of their debut album, the Brooklyn quintet has been on the road and racking up over a million Spotify plays on multiple songs from their album.

The band has been compared to the likes of MGMT and Passion Pit, and is known for their catchy hooks and rich electronic production.

For tickets to Wednesday’s show, click here.

Julie Byrne @ Schubas 7/20

New Yorker Julie Byrne is coming to Schubas next Thursday, and it promises to be quite the show.
Byrne just finished off a European + US tour in support of Whitney and Kevin Morby and is ready to head back out on tour with Johanna Warren who guested on three songs from Byrne’s latest album Not Even Happiness. Her mesmerizing voice coupled with her fingerpicking creates a dreamy sound that has been dazzling crowds around the globe. Check out one of her newer releases above and get tickets for Thursday’s show, click here.

Pitchfork + Goose Island = GI5-5538

Pitchfork is finally here! Apart from the killer lineups, one of my favorite things about Pitchfork is that Chicago’s own Goose Island has been getting in on the fun the past couple of years and brewed a special beer with an artist. 2017’s collaboration has them partnered with S U R V I V E, the synthwave duo you may recognize from the Stranger Things soundtrack. The band recently released their second LP in September and will be hitting the stage on Saturday night at Pitchfork.

Together, Goose Island and S U R V I V E brewed GI5-5538, a red Red Pale Ale. The beer was inspired by S U R V I V E’s home state of Texas and features hints of blood orange and grapefruit. If you’re confused about the seemingly coded name, GI5-5538, you’re not alone! However, the name is very telling:

  • GI5 –> Goose Island’s 5th collaboration with Pitchfork
  • 55 –> 5.5% ABV
  • 38 –> the beer’s IBU rating (International Bitterness Units scale)

The name of the beer also matches the format of a record’s catalog number and S U R V I V E’s previous albums (Mnq026, HD009, and RR7349). According to Adam Jones of S U R V I V E,

Teaming up with Goose Island to make our own beer for Pitchfork was fun. We’re stoked that GI5-5538 is the official beer at the festival, and we think our fans are going to like drinking it. I think it’s pretty damn good.”

GI5-5538 will be on draft at Pitchfork Festival, as well as select Chicago bars for a limited time, so make sure you get out and try it!