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Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Exceed All Expectations In Milwaukee Debut

No two Dead concerts are ever the same. For many, they aren’t just concerts, but rather phases to a perennial mecca, eternally woven deep into the cultural fabric of America. For the better part of the last five decades, fans have religiously traveled coast to coast and everywhere in between to follow the California jam-band and the incarnations of its former members. […]

Interpol Returns To The Windy City: Live at Chicago Theatre

Following an exhilarating set at Riot Fest just five months earlier, post-punk revival icons, Interpol, did not hesitate to return to Chicago for seconds. On February 7th, fans of all ages braved bitter coldness, packing the iconic Chicago Theatre to the brim for a very special performance. Currently on tour supporting their latest 2018 LP, […]

CRB Thaws Chicago Crowd During Thalia Hall Residency

Failing to distinguish the highway lines through a small opening on my frozen windshield, I came to terms with the fact that I may not make it to my destination. While it may sound overdramatic, Chicago was in the wake of a historically treacherous polar vortex, with temperatures falling (well) below zero. To make matters […]

Pitchfork To Host Midwinter Music Festival At Art Institute of Chicago

It’s the dead of winter. If you’re living in the Midwest, you may feel constrained to the indoors as you desperately attempt to fend off mother nature. Perpetual thoughts of the warm, summer air keep plaguing your mind, only working to intensify your chronic festival withdrawals. As a music fanatic, you know all too well […]

Death Cab For Cutie Awes In Return To Chicago

Just two months after performing Transatlanticism in its entirety at The Auditorium Theatre, Death Cab For Cutie made their return to Chicago. On December 2nd, the indie-rockers headlined 101 WKQX’s “The Nights We Stole Christmas” winter concert series. Accompanied by openers Lovelytheband and Elle King, the Washington-based group surpassed all expectations; Death Cab’s presence was […]