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Lollapalooza 2023 (Pre-Coverage)

2 August 2023

The Big Takeover’s Pre-Coverage of Lollapalooza 2023 in Chicago, IL.

Kim Gordon - The Paradiso (Amsterdam) - July 10th, 2023

17 July 2023

Kim Gordon recruits a crack all-female band and brings a level of urgency and ferocity to her recent solo material.

Le Tigre -The Salt Shed (Chicago) - July 15th, 2023

16 July 2023

There is a world you can escape to when you see Le Tigre play and it isn’t as much a world of the reality of the existing world but one of possibilities in which we all can have fun if we’re kind and not careless with each other and if we continue to pay attention and be engaged in our communities. I want to Keep on Livin’ in that world!

Sparks - Beacon Theatre (New York) - June 27th, 2023

14 July 2023

You know what? I’m about to say it: We need Sparks now more than ever. With a lyrical voice that is in turn witty, observant, detached, self-referential, satiric, and above all, entirely their own, only the Mael brothers are adequately equipped to comment on the current times while simultaneously providing a much needed dose of escapism.

Big Joanie -The Empty Bottle (Chicago) - July 13th, 2023

14 July 2023
It definitely felt like what the band left their fans with was beyond the actual music but meaningful and positive representation.

Warpaint - Salo Apolo (Barcelona, Spain) - June 28, 2023

8 July 2023

Warpaint continue their journey of dancey post-punk.

Love and Rockets - Kings Theatre (Brooklyn) - June 9th, 2023

21 June 2023

Hopefully this tour is not the band’s swansong and Love and Rockets will continue to play live. At the risk of sounding too greedy, one can only dream that they will record another album as well.

Caroline Rose at The Fillmore

Caroline Rose - The Fillmore (San Francisco) - May 3rd, 2023

14 May 2023

Caroline Rose delivers a masterclass in The Art of Forgetting at the Fillmore.


Punks in the Park: Free Summer Shows in New York City Start May 5

2 May 2023

TVOD, InCircles, and others set to headline free shows in New York City’s parks.

Zebra - The Arcada Theatre (St. Charles, IL) - April 08, 2023

9 April 2023

While performing their 1983 debut album for its 40th anniversary, New Orleans’ heavy rockers Zebra created a special one-off event for returning fans at the Arcada Theatre.

Angel - The Arcada Theatre (St. Charles, IL) - March 19, 2023

21 March 2023

The Arcada Theatre was rocking with Angel classics and songs from forthcoming album Once Upon A Time.

Weyes Blood -The Riviera Theater (Chicago) - March 11th, 2023

12 March 2023

On a stage filled with illuminated elegance, Weyes Blood emerged to dazzle a sold out crowd with the type of lovely folk songs that harken to a different sort of time. These tracks have a beautiful melancholic feeling with exceptional melodies carried by creator and lead singer Natalie Laura Mering, who gives the self assured sense that she finds singing more natural than talking. Adding to the rich ambiance, Mering danced around in a floor length ball gown with a glorious ease throughout the 80 minute set

My Brightest Diamond at Gezelligheid – Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago, IL) – December 14, 2022

15 December 2022

Shara Nova performed new My Brightest Diamond material during an opening set for the fifth of seven seasonal Gezelligheid concerts by Andrew Bird. Photos by Alec Basse.

The Smile -The Riviera Theater (Chicago) - December 1st, 2022

30 November 2022

Both the lyrics and the song structures on The Smile’s 2022 album A Light for Attracting Attention go places that, if they were bodies, would be strange contortionists. One might find yourself wondering if a chord progression can actually evolve like that the way you’d wonder if a knee can bend in a certain direction.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 2nd, 2022

20 October 2022

On the third and final day of 2022 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Danielle Ponder emerged as one the main highlights of the festival, delivering a blistering set of soul music.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 1st, 2022

20 October 2022

A beautiful Saturday greeted the fans on the second day of 2022 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, featuring everyone from the Mekons to Elvis Costello.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - September 30th, 2022

20 October 2022

It was hard not to feel nostalgic about this year’s return of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, September 30th through October 2nd.

Halloween Meltdown - Mosswood Park (Oakland, CA) - Day 2 - October 9, 2022

20 October 2022

Day 2 of Mosswood Meltdown saw the idyllic calm of Sunday afternoon quickly ripped to pieces with punk and stoner rock.

Amyl and the Sniffers live at Halloween Meltdown, 2022

Halloween Meltdown - Mosswood Park (Oakland, CA) - Day 1 - October 8, 2022

20 October 2022

On October 8th and 9th, Halloween Meltdown was back at Mosswood Park in Oakland, offering up two days of punk, stoner, and garage rock under sunny East Bay skies.

Alvvays -The Riviera Theater (Chicago) - October 14th, 2022

16 October 2022

It’s impossible to be unhappy while listening to Alvvays. There’s something so sincere and also buoyant about lead singer Molly Rankin’s vocals that reassure a human in their most melancholic of moments that everything is going to be alright. It’s not merely catchy pop songs she sings but lullabies to get you through your darkest days.

Iron Maiden – United Center (Chicago, IL) - October 5, 2022

6 October 2022

Spooky metal for Halloween! Iron Maiden brought its Legacy of the Beast tour to United Center in Chicago, IL.

Swindon Shuffle Festival - Year 15 - Top Three Bands

20 September 2022

Any music festival that had risen from a vague idea, one drunken night in the back room of a pub, into a five-day, “in the city” style celebration involving eight venues and over 60 original bands and which had negotiated floods, recessions, lockdowns and the growing apathy towards those who chose to write their songs, should be the stuff of legend.

Riot Fest: Day 3 - Douglass Park (Chicago, IL) - September 18, 2022

19 September 2022

Despite forecasts of an inbound storm that threatened to disrupt Nine Inch Nails’ headlining set, Chicago received sunny end-of-summer weather during most of the final day at Riot Fest. Jeff Elbel’s coverage includes The Linda Lindas, Jawbox, Lunachicks, Jimmy Eat World, and Sleater-Kinney.

Martin Courtney-Elsewhere 1

Martin Courtney - Elsewhere Zone One (Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY) - Friday, August 5, 2022

11 August 2022

Unlike larger, more prodigiously-attended Real Estate shows, this more intimate setting allowed one to focus attentively on Courtney’s exquisite singing and guitar playing, and to better appreciate his delectable songwriting flair.