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Vinyl Lovers Be Warned, The Monsters Are Here

DJ Turntable

It's ironic that, in the age of records' resurgence as a popular music format, DJs are using more software than vinyl than ever before. The production and accessibility of these programs may be at its highest rate but that classic needle-on-wax sound is missing from too many clubs around town. 

Luckily, one Chicago events group isn't taking the shift in dance music lying down. Cage and Aquarium continues its Monster Eat Laptops series this month and will make an appearances

5 Reasons You Should Spend Your New Year's Eve With Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

Ask Andrew W.K. what his yearly New Year's resolution is and he'll answer, "try to be the best person I can be." Now that's a guy we want to ring in 2015 with. 

Luckily, we can and you can too. The front man and professional partier brings his full band to Thalia Hall on December 31. Not familiar with Andrew or need more reasons to believe this show is your best bet for New Year's Eve? He hopped on the phone with us to do some more

Christmas Wish List: How to Please the Music Fan in Your Life

Chicago Music Exchange

It's that time of year again. A time for heartfelt Christmas presents and smile-inducing stocking stuffers. Holiday shopping is nigh and if you have a music lover in your life, you might consider these gifts. 

The Best New Year's Eve Concerts In Chicago (That Aren't Sold Out Yet)

Mucca Pazza

It's hard to believe we're already here again. It seems like just yesterday we were planning how we were going to ring in 2014, then planning our festival season, then anticipating the fall tours, and so on.

But the year is drawing to a close. If you thought your choices for New Year's Eve were tough in 2013, the options are more enticing than ever this December 31. Unfortunately most of these shows are a hot ticket so you'll have to make up your mind quickly. The

Chicago Celebrates 75 Years Of Mavis Staples Next Week With Star-Studded Concert

Mavis Staples

Earlier this year we highlighted singer Mavis Staples' stunning span of contributions to Chicago's music community over the past half century. She was also the subject of a recent biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot. Her hometown shows seem to attract larger and larger crowds every time she plays. And, yet, none of this seems like quite enough to honor a woman who has accomplished so much in her life.

Next week, Mavis Staples finally gets

Weekend Alert: November 14-16


"Baby, it's cold outside," is no excuse to stay cooped up indoors. Chicago's bringing it every weekend, this one especially. Tons of free events are going on this weekend, including the always awesome 2nd Fridays on the Cultural Mile, the Annual Holiday Bazaar, Diwali Festival at the Art Institute, and the chill Chillfest. In the meantime, check out the Lincoln Park Zoo's Sleepover with the Animals and the Lively Water Whiskey Festival at The Field Museum (fortunately those don

ChillFest Brings A Cool 100 Free Concerts To Wicker Park


What's the weirdest place you've ever seen a concert? A jewelry store? An arcade bar? A gas station? Do we have your attention yet?

Chicago offers many a diverse locations when it comes to our indoor and outdoor concert venues but none are quite as unique as Wicker Park/Bucktown's annual ChillFest, an all-day event that schedules dozens of local bands and songwriters to hit some makeshift and some permanent stages all through the neighborhood.

Weekend Alert: November 7-9

Macy's Great Tree

The weather may be getting colder, but hey, don't let that keep you from getting out and doing some really cool things! This weekend we have music, art, food and a Great Tree lighting. The Music Institute of Chicago has its fifth annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the MCA hosts Holcombe Wallers "Wayfinders," Red Bull puts on its Art of Can exhibition, bellyQ hosts Ramenfest, and Marcus Samuelsson speaks at the Art Institute.

Last but not least, Ryan Seacrest and Lee DeWyze

Museum of Contemporary Photography Captures Chicago's Music Scene

Your Blues 1 

Untitled (dancer_1)/Photo credit: Michael Schmelling 

Chicago's music scene, as expansive as it is, is obviously best portrayed on the stage. However, as with any art scene, it shouldn't be limited to one medium. With the help of two equally special exhibitions, The Museum of Contemporary Photography proves that it's just as important to capture the sights of Chicago's live music as it is the sounds. 

Made In Chicago: Wilco Drummer Glenn Kotche Makes The Old Town School of Folk Music His Home This Week

Glenn Kotche Wilco

Wilco have risen above the term "popular" in their hometown of Chicago. The Grammy award-winning rock quartet has put out near-perfect albums and captivated fans with their live shows in the last 20 years of existence. Recently they announced the band's annual holiday shows and proceeded to sell all six shows out almost immediately. 

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