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Phora thanks Chicago after September show

The crowd for Phora’s show at Subterranean filled the room on Sept. 22 and held their iPhones up high, recording while cheering for the lead singer, Marco Anthony Archer.

Jack Dombro, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

Hip-hop and R&B artist Phora came to Subterranean Sept. 22 to close out his Bury Me With Dead Roses tour, determined to put on a memorable show for Chicago. The bit of rain didn’t stop a few hundred fans from lining up and wrapping around the corner past the Subterranean property. When the door...

Car Seat Headrest heats up Riviera

Car Seat Headrest heats up Riviera

Sabrina Miresse, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2018

Will Toledo is the kid you went to high school with but never noticed—but that kid found his voice, and the Riviera overheated with his fans Friday Sept 7. After Naked Giants left the stage, Car Seat Headrest trickled onto the stage with a slow opening song, “The Ending of Dramamine.” This wa...

Mikky Ekko Brings Passion and Love to The Riviera

Photo by Naj Jamai

Sabrina Miresse, Contributing Writer

February 1, 2018

“This is love,” Mikky Ekko (born John Sudduth) said to the crowd after asking them to applaud for the night’s acts. The Louisiana born indie pop artist had a roughly thirty-minute set at The Riviera Theatre. Setting the tone for the night, the singer performed before jazz electronica vocal...

Earl Sweatshirt starts the fun at Concord Music Hall

Earl Sweatshirt performs at Concord Music Hall. (Josh Leff / The DePaulia)

Kevin Quin

March 31, 2015

[slideshow_deploy id='10615'] In the competitive field of hip-hop where rappers contend with twisted lyricism and mirror-shaking beats, it’s not uncommon for beefs occur. Disagreements over style, political views and location are some of the reasons why even the biggest names in rap may disagree....

Review: Cloud Nothings at Metro

Review: Cloud Nothings at Metro

Kirsten Onsgard

January 19, 2015

[slideshow_deploy id='8752'] For a band whose stage presence is generally reserved, Cloud Nothings certainly know how to rile an audience. Even now, nine months after the release of 2014’s acclaimed heart-tugging headbanger, “Here and Nowhere Else,” the deceptively unassuming opening chug of...

Photos: Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 takes over Chicago

Photos: Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 takes over Chicago

Arthur Ortiz and Josh Leff

January 19, 2015

[slideshow_deploy id='8765'] Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 paired nationally-touring acts and small local bands onstage throughout Chicago. Read More »...

Bragging rights: Cameras at concerts

The Sahara tent was packed for the performance of Showtek, a brother DJ team of Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen, on the third and final day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., Sunday, April 20, 2014. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Stefani Szenda

October 19, 2014

When the band everyone has been waiting all night to see finally takes the stage, the crowd cheers, some throw their hands up in a rock sign, and others take out their phone to snap a picture.   Read More »...

Review: Foxygen show at Lincoln Hall ‘nothing less than a blast’

(Kirsten Onsgard / The DePaulia)

Kirsten Onsgard

October 19, 2014

[slideshow_deploy id='4670'] This time last year, Foxygen was just recovering from a series of minor PR issues. Singer Sam France confronted a fan at SXSW, and was injured over the summer, resulting in dozens of tour cancellations. A former touring member detailed on Tumblr alleged conflicts between Fra...

Review: Catfish & The Bottlemen bring ‘weekend vibes’ to Schubas Tavern

(Alyssa Girdwain / The DePaulia)

Alyssa Girdwain

October 8, 2014

Welsh rockers Catfish & the Bottlemen added some weekend vibes to a chilly Monday night Oct. 6 at Schubas Tavern. Catfish & the Bottlemen, sporting wild manes and grungy black threads, took the stage to Outkast’s “Roses.” For a Monday night show, the room was filled, much to the band...

Review: Seahaven brings impressive set to Bottom Lounge

(Cheriden Sablik / The DePaulia)

Cheriden Sablik

September 30, 2014

California natives Seahaven took the stage Thursday night at the Bottom Lounge, bringing an impressive set and all the best musicianship. Playing before the popular underground rock band Balance and Composure, Seahaven drew their own crowd of dedicated fans; a bunch of smiling faces pressed against the st...

Review: Limp Bizkit performs ‘crowd-pleasing’ set at Aragon Ballroom Sept. 28

Limp Bizkit performs at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Sept. 28. (Erin Yarnall / The DePaulia)

Erin Yarnall

September 29, 2014

I think Limp Bizkit gets judged unfairly. This always happens in music. Someone says a band is bad, and from then on that's what they are known as without getting a chance from potential listeners. Limp Bizkit is one of these bands. I never listened to Limp Bizkit. They were a "bad" band. None of ...

Cage the Elephant unleashed at Aragon

Bowling Green, Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant at a show in the UK in April. Cage the Elephant played to a sold-out crowd at the Aragon Ballroom May 14. Photo  courtesy of CAGE THE ELEPHANT/POONEH GHANA

Ashley Perez

May 19, 2014

With EDM taking over every song on the radio, reality competition shows churning out generic pop stars and artists trying to find the latest gimmick, authenticity is missing in music. Cage the Elephant make sure to keep their authenticity alive. There is nothing shallow, false or pretentious about this...

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