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America's Coolest Outdoor Concert Venues

CheapTickets | Posted 03.31.2016 | Travel

By Ally Marotti for the CheapTickets Travel Blog Nothing tops a good summer concert. But sometimes jumbo shows at sports stadiums just don't provide...

'Too Hot to Handle': The Jazz-Gospel Messiah at Chicago's Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 01.27.2017 | Entertainment
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

As I entered the Auditorium I could feel excitement in the buzz around me. My seatmates commented that this was their eighth Too Hot To Handle.

Greatest Hits: 10 Notable Episodes From The First 10 Years Of Dynasty Podcasts

Jaime Black | Posted 01.19.2017 | Chicago
Jaime Black

Back in summer of 2005, I launched Dynasty Podcasts as Chicago's first ever and longest-running music podcast. Over the last ten years, I've been fort...

Live & Dangerous: Thanksgiving 2013

Jeff Pollack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

Thanksgiving is upon us - and while this time of the year may not be ripe for festivals in the US, that doesn't mean there aren't some great shows happening all over the country in the next few weeks worth checking out.

WIN TICKETS! Lollapalooza 2013

Posted 07.30.2013 | Chicago

It's that time of year again, Chicago: the mammoth "Walmart on the Lake" of music festivals is set to take over Grant Park beginning Friday. The fe...

Your 2013 Pitchfork Music Fest Guide

Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago

The Pitchfork Music Festival has grown by leaps and bounds, morphing from two days of rocking out with a local beer in hand to a sprawling three-day w...

Windy City Style Spotlight: Spring Awakening Music Festival (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Neon, candy bracelets, and furry accessories dominated the fashion scene at last weekend's Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF), and I was there with my camera to capture all of the wild and beautiful fashion choices all weekend long.

Pitchfork Music Fest 2013 Set Times Announced

Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

As the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival inches closer, festival organizers released the set times for the three-day fest happening July 19-21 in Chicago'...

PHOTOS: Of Monsters & Men Rock The Aragon

Posted 05.23.2013 | Chicago

Though you likely may not recognize their name, you've definitely heard (at least one) of their songs. Now a year since their jangly pop gem "Littl...

Kim Bellware

Jayson 'JC' Brooks On Food, Fame And The Darker Side Of Chicago | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Among Jayson Brooks' many talents, hiding out is not one of them. "As a final acceptance of my height, I've grown my hair super, super long for th...

WIN TICKETS! Spring Awakening Music Festival 2013

Posted 05.02.2013 | Chicago

With the weather in Chicago finally reminding the city's residents why they put up with our notoriously brutal winters, the realization that summer is...

Martin Atkins Talks CIMMfest, the Music Biz and Why He Throws Blueberry Muffins at His Audience

Lauren Drell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Lauren Drell

I caught up with Martin Atkins -- who's best known for drumming in some of the most influential post-punk and industrial bands, including Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface (Trent Reznor) and Killing Joke -- about what he's got on deck for his keynote to wrap CIMMfest.

Flux Pavilion at Congress Theater (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 06.10.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Flux Pavilion, British DJ and producer, made a pit stop at Chicago's Congress Theater along with Torro Torro and Carnage for a night of electronic dance music and hypnotic light displays.

PHOTOS: Cold War Kids Rock The Metro

Posted 04.08.2013 | Chicago

Long Beach, Ca. indie rockers Cold War Kids hit Chicago for a sold-out show at The Metro in Wrigleyville Saturday evening. The band this month rele...

The Full Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 Lineup Is Here!

Posted 03.26.2013 | Chicago

The Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 lineup is complete, with the Tuesday announcement of remaining acts that include Wire, Yo La Tengo, Solange, M.I.A.,...

My Gold Mask Musician Talks New Album, Joan Cusack & Pancakes

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 02.28.2013 | Chicago

The latest album from Chicago band My Gold Mask has been some time in the making. Four years ago, the band -- Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo, jo...

Culture Over Conflict: Middle East Music Ensemble Plays It All

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

In an age when cultural boycotts are searing weapons of mass rejection and historic flashpoints can be reignited with the faintest spark, institutions like the Middle East Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago provide safe haven from resentment.

Wonder Woman's New Half-Brother Based On '90s Cult Artist

Posted 02.08.2013 | Chicago

Wesley Willis's ties to the DC Comics universe were previously limited to which superheroes' asses he whupped, but the late cult singer and visual art...

The Hottest Live Music Picks For Early February

Posted 02.05.2013 | Chicago

Pitchfork has been announced and Beyonce is coming, but there's no need to wait until summer to dig into Chicago's top-notch shows happening around th...

Pitchfork Music Festival Announces More Lineup Additions

Posted 03.04.2013 | Chicago

Updated story After releasing the first headliners of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park early February, the lineup continue...

She Speaks in Tongues: The Chicago Band That Changed My Mind

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 03.31.2013 | Chicago
Liz Joynt Sandberg

Suddenly tears started streaming down my face! I was shocked. And I stood there for the duration of the set weeping and feeling like a major weirdo. This? This is not what I expected.

Psalm One Talks Oprah, Hot Dogs & 'Child Support'

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 01.24.2013 | Chicago

For Chicago rapper Psalm One, a.k.a. Cristalle Bowen, 2013 has already gotten off to a smashing start. Last year saw the release of "Child Support,...

It's Official: Pearl Jam Plays Wrigley Field In July

Posted 01.23.2013 | Chicago

It's a rumor no more: Pearl Jam will take the stage at Wrigley Field in July. After a series of tweets teasing a possible show in Chicago (see slid...

Big Dipper, Queer Rapper, Releases Raunchy Debut EP

Posted 01.08.2013 | Chicago

Chicago-based queer rapper Big Dipper is ready for the big leagues -- and maybe, just maybe his big break. On Tuesday, Big Dipper, a HuffPost favor...

Buddy Guy Named Kennedy Center Honoree

Posted 11.28.2012 | Chicago

After a lifetime of work in which he pioneered the Chicago Blues sound, Buddy Guy is getting honored by the Kennedy Center. The influential guitar...