August 19, 2013 |
With summer's biggest three-day music fests, Lolla and Pitchfork, behind us, it's time to clear your calendar for a new three-day adventure. Welcome to A Jangleheart Circus, which kicks off Thursday with 95 acts and more than 400 performers playing on three stages simultaneously, music festival-style. Its creators - Alex Honnet, Walt Delaney and Caitlin Stephan - have been producing small-scale shows in Upstairs Gallery, their Andersonville space, since 2010. "We wanted to just take all those people who are so talented and so driven and so creative and put it on a bigger...
August 5, 2013 |
An underwhelming lineup on paper provided a lot of highs in person--and several lows. These are the best and worst shows we saw this weekend. Best The Postal Service Second-to-last show EVER??? How can you say no? The crowd was smaller than expected at this show, but every person there knew every word. Pure magic. --Dana Moran Chance the Rapper This is bittersweet: the local's major fest debut basically cemented his status as one of Chicago's few through-and-through, naturally talented artists on the rise,...
July 31, 2013 |
Hold up, hold up. It's AUGUST, dudes. Where did July go? Hopefully in the midst of cookouts, patio partying and bags tournaments, you remembered to score some Lollapalooza tickets before they sold out. This year's lineup is a buffet of diverse musical acts, from The Cure to Lana Del Rey to Nine Inch Nails. And speaking of food, two words: Chow. Town. But if you missed the boat on Lolla passes, don't sweat it. Wrigleyville Summerfest, Edge Fest and Festival Cubano offer plenty of counterprogramming without all the madness of 250,000-plus hot bodies trying to crowdsurf.
July 31, 2013 |
EAT First Anniversary Specials Two 1132 W. Grand Ave. 312-624-8363 Chef Tom Van Lente smokes two suckling pigs from Swan Creek Farms for a special pulled pork dish served on honey-butter biscuits with a candy onion vinaigrette ($10). And since the best celebrations include a liquid component, all cocktails, ciders and craft beers are half-price with food purchase. 5-10 p.m. Through Sunday. DRINK Lollapalooza Kickoff Party Vertigo Sky Lounge 2 W. Erie St. 773-598-0852 Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation and...
July 30, 2013 |
So many bands! So many decisions! Before you panic, we're here to help. Here's some must-see (and missable) picks from our music crew to help you plot out your weekend. And even we can't agree on everything! (Except for Chance the Rapper, that is.) Andy Downing Friday Absolute must-see: Father John Misty (3:15-4:15 p.m., Lake Shore stage). The former Fleet Fox writes songs that can bust your gut or break your heart. Absolute must-not see: Lance Herbstrong (7:30-8:15 p.m., Petrillo stage)
July 29, 2013 |
So many bands! So many decisions! Before you panic, we're here to help. Andy Downing Friday Absolute must-see: Father John Misty (3:15-4:15 p.m. at Lake Shore stage). The former Fleet Fox writes songs that can bust your gut or break your heart. Absolute must-not see: Lance Herbstrong (7:30-8:15 p.m. at Petrillo stage). Because the only thing worse than the awful, awful name is the music. Hardest decision: Queens of the Stone Age (6:15-7:30 p.m. at Bud Light stage)