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ODESZA bring out all their friends at sold out show in Chicago (with Sofi Tukker)

Dramatic lights and a powerful bass dazzled and resonated around the room as smoke and confetti cannons rained over crowded during last week’s ODESZA show at UIC Pavilion. The chillwave electropop duo played a sensational set at the sold out show. Not a single attendee was sitting down from start to end, with an arena full of light, color, and dancing. Throughout the show, ODESZA brought out a lineup of guests from their latest album, “A Moment Apart”, that included WYNNE, Naomi Wild, and Leon Bridges. The tour brought together ODESZA’s hits from previous albums as well as newer chart topping songs. Continue Reading

American folk and soul duo (and husband and wife) Johnnyswim welcome all of Chicago’s Vic Theatre into their family

There are no friends at a Johnnyswim show, just family; welcome everyone into our home” said Abner Ramirez as he raised a white ceramic mug into the air at their Friday nights sold out show in Chicago. Continue Reading

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Ric Wilson sells out Schubas Tavern as a birthday present to himself (with C$, Elton Aura and Morimoto)

Chicago native Ric Wilson sold out Schubas Tavern for a musically colorful night, full of friends and dancing. The 22-year-old rapper is positive reinforcement of just how much talent Chicago has to offer and the bright future of this city’s music scene.

Wilson’s ever lasting energy to move and groove kept everyone on their feet, their bodies driven by his contagious spirit, including his youngest fan who was only 8 years old. Ric Wilson’s EP “Soul Bounce” gained the buzz of Chicago’s heart a year ago, and his second EP “Negrow Disco” dropped last Monday. His groovy old school framework meshed with new school sound is infectious, layered with rhythmic lyrics delivers head bouncing and toe tapping beats.

Ric Wilson is a product of Young Chicago Authors, the same poetry program which helped launch the careers of Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and numerous other Chicago breakouts in the past few years. “Soul Bounce,” which was produced by 3Lo and assisted by guitarist Austin Peters, is the young rappers newest hit. It features club beats and conscious lyrics, building off the sounds of his first EP, “The Sun Was Out.”

Ric has a few more Chicago shows in the month of May. Hear his music and get tickets at ricwilsonisme.bandcamp.com.

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Morimoto

Morimoto

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Elton Aura

Elton Aura

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Rise Against get personal, intimate and political at live-streamed House of Vans show

Rise Against played to a small, packed Brooklyn crowd on Monday, debuting songs from upcoming album Wolves and pleasing fans with classic tracks like “Savior” and “Hero of War” and “Re-Education (Through Labor).” Continue Reading

Bastille play under painted stars at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, with opener Mondo Cosmo

The London based alternative pop band Bastille gave a stirring and exuberant performance at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom last Monday night. The night started off with an energized performance of the band’s latest hit song “Send Them Off!” from their most recent album “Wild World.” Continue Reading

A Great Big World taking it back to their roots at lighthearted show in Chicago

Great Big World filled the Space, in Evanston Illinois for a intimate night full of laughs and sing-a-longs. The singer songwriter duo took to the stage relaxed, and lighthearted, providing back stories to their songs sending the room into sympathetic “awws” and laugher, bringing a personal friendly atmosphere to the night. Continue Reading

Big Wild throws mixes live instrumentation with tropical beats at Chicago show

Big Wild, aka Jackson Stell, brought his best to Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL, this past Friday night. Part way through his Invincible tour (to coincide with his newly-released Invincible EP), the California-based producer was more than able to please the professional party-goers of Chicago city. Continue Reading

At Lectric Leprechaun, Steve Aoki, Cash Cash, Krewella and more celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with bass drops and confetti

Grandtheft, Cash Cash, Krewella, and Steve Aoki turned Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom into an EDM nerve center for B96’s inaugural Lectric Leprechaun, a 3-plus hour carnival of music that left the Celtic revealers mesmerized and not wanting to leave. Continue Reading

Frank Turner, Arkells, Masked Intruder, and Will Varley play an eclectic, sweaty show in Chicago

Frank Turner headlined a sweaty night of alternative rock this week in Chicago, alongside Arkells, Masked Intruder and Will Varley. The English folk-rocker closed out the show with celebratory shots of whiskey and a “wall of hugs” to wrap up his set, instead of a wall of death. Before his set, Hamilton, Ontario-based Arkells played a poppier set, while Masked Intruder brought their Warped Tour ready punk vibes, and Will Varley played a folkier set. Continue Reading

Bright lights and brooding lyrics lead the way as Basecamp play Schubas in Chicago

OWSLA-signees Basecamp brought their progressive electronic album In Stone to life in Chicago this weekend with a show at Schubas. The trio plays brooding, tempo-driven music that mixes heavy bass and looping strings with modern electronic sounds. Continue Reading

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