BAND SPOTLIGHT: Mister Moon

Mister Moon, the “culternative” rockers out of North Central Ohio, will be playing The Elbo Room this Saturday along with Sean Wilson, American Narcissism / The Pirate Broadcast, and Red Ransom. Despite the fact that all four band members have visited Chicago, this will be their first time playing the Windy City as Mister Moon.

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WKQX The Nights We Stole Christmas

If you didn’t get your presale tickets today, more are going on sale tomorrow! See below for lineup details.

11/30 – Rise Against + Papa Roach (WKQX The Nights We Stole Christmas) @ Aragon Ballroom (on sale 9/29)

12/1 – Foster the People + Cold War Kids (WKQX The Nights We Stole Christmas) @ Aragon Ballroom (on sale 9/29)

12/2 – Queens of the Stone Age + Run the Jewels (WKQX The Nights We Stole Christmas) @ Aragon Ballroom (on sale 9/29)

Fleet Foxes at The Chicago Theatre 10/3 – 10/4

One of our favorite indie folk bands, Fleet Foxes, is back at it and playing The Chicago Theatre for two nights in a row next week! The band released their first full-length album in 6 years this past summer and are eager to reconnect with fans. Crack-Up features the beautiful harmonies that originally drew us in and combines them with mesmerizing instrumentals. Their live show is said to be incredible and, in this case, well worth the wait. For tickets to the shows, click here.

LouFest 2017: The Festival

For those who were at LouFest last year, they’ve changed their location within Forest Park from Central Fields to the Upper Muny Grounds with entrance gates located at Wells Dr. / Macklind and Pagoda Circle/The Muny. The change means more shade and more weather-resistant terrain! The box offices for the fest will be located near both north and south entrances and open from 10am-10pm both days. *See map below*

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LouFest 2017: Line-Up Preview

Whether the timing, the cost, or the rain kept you from Lolla or your favorite bands, our neighbors to the south are putting on yet another fantastic festival this year. If a 2-day fest is more your thing, stay tuned! Chicago Music News will be bringing you the best of the best from the fest, but we want to point out some gems from the lineup first.

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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!