May 17, 2013 |
Chicago is welcoming cats back to the stage. Not Broadway "Cats. " Literally, cats. Chicago-based “The Amazing Acro-Cats,” one of four traveling domesticated cat shows in the nation, is set to play four shows June 6 through June 9 at the National Pastime Theatre, along with “The Rock Cats.” What exactly does the show entail? (Pun very much intended.) “…Feats of agility pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, jumping through hoops and much more,” according to a press release announcing the shows.
May 10, 2013 |
The Ravenswood 'hood, already home to a craft beer bar, Fountainhead , and a brewery, Begyle , could see the arrival of even more beer courtesy of a brewpub called Band of Bohemia. Led by a team that includes an Alinea sommelier, Craig Sindelar, and a Half Acre brewer, Michael Carroll, the proposed brewpub currently is in its early planning stages. Construction of the new bar and restaurant would require a zoning change in the area, from M-1 (Limited Industrial District)
May 9, 2013 |
The question prompted by this year's remarkably underwhelming array of (repeat) Lolla headliners (including The Killers, Vampire Weekend and Mumford and Sons) was, “Where are all the headliner-caliber rock bands that have never played Lolla and, you know, are actually good?” At Thursday's sold-out Chicago Theatre show, Paramore had the answer. Tiny Hayley Williams is leading a giant revolution, shooting sweet darts into the hearts and lungs of fans that belt out every cathartic word.
May 3, 2013 |
The first time Tennessee pop-rockers Paramore headlined a tour, they started it at Beat Kitchen in 2006. Seven years later, the band will play the much larger Chicago Theatre on Thursday as part of its first U.S. tour since 2010. Paramore then and Paramore now, singer Hayley Williams says, are like night and day. “I don't want it to sound like I'm ever bashing the band that we were before, but I definitely feel like we are a new band now,” says Williams, 24. Paramore's two founding members, brothers Josh and Zac Farro, departed about a year and a half after the...
May 2, 2013 |
It's been 32 years since the Beastie Boys were founded, but the band's fan base is as strong as ever. And although no one can replace the now-defunct band, Chicago fans can pay tribute to Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock thanks to their female counterparts in She's Crafty, an all all-female Beastie Boys tribute band. "We're bringing other peoples' memories of music alive and sharing it and having a good time," said Amy Sumpter, 35, of Lakeview. "I love that. People just get so excited about an all-female Beastie Boys tribute band.
April 24, 2013 |
Near the close of Youngblood Hawke's debut album, "Wake Up," frontman Sam Martin sings, "You don't get a second chance to make the same mistakes. " Yet a second chance is exactly what Martin has been given. Prior to forming the Los Angeles-based sextet, the singer and his bandmate Simon Katz spent six years grinding away in Iglu & Hartly, a California-by-way-of-Colorado rock band that scored a major label deal and briefly flirted with mainstream success before disintegrating in 2011.