Dispatch at The Riviera on Oct. 3, 2012

written by: Hannah Lorenz on October 4, 2012

During their Circles Around the Sun tour, Dispatch stopped in Chicago for a two-night run at the Riviera, on Oct. 2 and 3. The folk-pop group Good Old War accompanied them in what seemed like an odd match-up at first, but proved to be a perfect fit. Both bands enjoyed themselves on stage, were engaged […]

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First Aid Kit at Metro on Sept. 24, 2012

written by: Shannon Shreibak on September 26, 2012

One of few token shows outside of the Metro’s alt-rock bread and butter, First Aid Kit’s appearance at Metro on Sept. 24 seemed to be a promising break from distortion pedals and head thrashing. Cashing in on America’s love affair with hyper-nostalgia and sepia-toned Americana imagery, the Swedish duo’s audience was putty in their hands. […]

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Bob Mould at Metro on Sept. 14, 2012

written by: Alex Bahler on September 17, 2012

Bob Mould played a sold out show Thursday night at Metro, and as expected from a concert highlighting two albums released 20 years apart—one past, one present—it was a mix of head-trip nostalgia and sharper focus on the present.

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Yeasayer at The Vic Theatre on August 22, 2012

written by: Kim Manning on August 28, 2012

A Yeasayer show is much like one could expect. At any given time, lights shined in bright purple, yellow, orange, blue, green and any combination imaginable. For this tour, the band touted props adding a whole new dimension to their light show.

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Real Estate at Mass MoCA on August 9, 2012

written by: Evan Brown on August 10, 2012

A set that focused on the second album was to be expected considering its 2011 release but it was certainly nice to hear the jangly “Beach Comber” along with a handful of other songs from their self-titled debut.

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Lollapalooza 2012 – Day 3 Coverage

written by: Taylor Brennan on August 6, 2012

Anna Holmquist: I woke to find that Chairlift had been given a slot at 7:30 on the final day of Lolla to make up for the evacuation cancellation. This set the tone for the rest of my day. Taylor Brennan: Staying out super late to watch the Company of Thieves after show at Hard Rock […]

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Lollapalooza 2012 – Day 2 Coverage

written by: Taylor Brennan on August 5, 2012

Lollapalooza 2012 – Day 2 Taylor Brennan: I assumed I’d be in for another scorcher.  Day two would be one for the record books, just not in the way I thought. Anna Holmquist: The unexpected storm cut my day short on Saturday. Fortunately, I still got to hear some great music, and the rain cooled […]

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Lollapalooza 2012 – Day 1 Coverage

written by: Taylor Brennan on August 4, 2012

Chicago’s crown jewel returned for three days of fun, in an ever expanding setting in and around Grant Park. Since there is more territory to cover, I enlisted the help of fellow music enthusiast and Pop ‘stache contributor Anna Holmquist to get the most complete coverage possible. Luckily, we have different tastes and favorites, so […]

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Nelarusky 2012

written by: Taylor Brennan on August 2, 2012

Alabama Shakes brings the groove to support Special Olympics.

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Gold Motel at Schubas Tavern on July 26, 2012

written by: Craig Bechtel on July 28, 2012

The set was rich with highlights, but standouts included the torch song single “Slow Emergency,” “Leave You In Love, and the rollicking and ironic “Musicians.”

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