Ask A Chicago Expert: Best Ways To Discover New MusicThe mega festival sells out each year, but you know that a city that has produced Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Muddy Waters, Styx, Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against and Kanye West likely has the next trend producer playing at a local joint. Indeed, the city overflows with bars and even BBQ storefronts that welcome, as they say, "live music."
Best Monday Night Specials In ChicagoGet yourself out for any of these Monday night specials that will assuage the stifling normality of weekdays and bring, at least, an air of weekend fun.
Pitchfork Weekend BeginsCBS 2's Mai Martinez talks with event organizers, concert-goers and a Chicago doctor about what they expect.
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013: R. Kelly Is Everything To Everyone, Bjork Summons The StormPitchfork music festival, now in its eighth year, is produced by the people behind the indie-rock bastion Pitchfork Media—essentially, a music festival put on by people who frequent music festivals. Held in Union Park, a small patch of grass on Chicago’s north side, a few dozen carefully selected bands are spread out over three days on three stages. The collection of pop and indie pretty accurately encompasses the music website’s taste, while indie clothing retailers and a vinyl record tent represented its lifestyle.
Pitchfork Music Festival Headliners AnnouncedAn annual music festival held here in Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival will take place July 19-21 in Union Park. While most bands haven’t been confirmed--the festival usually has over 40 artists--Pitchfork announced three headliners today: R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian....
Guide To Pitchfork Music FestivalHaving been running music festivals since 2005 (R.I.P. Intonation Festival!), Pitchfork is a saavy crew of promoters at this point. No longer the minor league for Lolla, the fests now regularly trade headliners (Hot Chip and Feist have both played Lolla previously; Vampire Weekend are pulling off the rare Pitchfork-Lolla-Pitchfork appearance) and the audience might be less 20-something face-painted scenesters and more 30-year-olds with blankets. But audience-schmaudience! Let’s talk about the entertainment.
Best of 2011: EventsDespite what my mother says, I do leave my house occasionally (and I’m not a nerd, dammit). It’s my job. Kind of. To go out in the world and to find junk to write about. And, you know, some of the junk I’ve found is great. Really great. Looking back over 2011, here are five of my favorite things that’ll be back in 2012. So leave your house in 2012! Go to these cool things! Prove to your mother that you're not a nerd!
Guide To: PitchforkCheaper than other music festivals of its ilk (at only $45 bucks a day), Pitchfork Music Festival is a bright light in the bleak landscape of a summer filled with too much of the same old same old. So why not go?