Noisey has just launched a new web video series called "Sound Off!" and their guest list has been enviable to say the least. For the series' fourth installment, Chuck Ragan makes an appearance in the great outdoors. Ragan gives viewers a glimpse of how he prefers to spend his downtime and we even get to tag along as Ragan gives a tour of his Lake Tahoe digs, pals around with his dogs and unwinds by the light of a campfire. While you may not be able to join Ragan for a buddy weekend in the wilderness, you can still get your Ragan fix. The Hot Water Music frontman will be at Metro with his band The Camaraderie and The White Buffalo on Wednesday, April 16. Tickets are still available, so act now!

Posted on Monday April 14

As many of you know, this past week has been full of fans and musicians alike celebrating Kurt Cobain's life and work since this marks 20 years since his passing. His old buddies and band mates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, stopped by The Tonight Show and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about old Nirvana stories.

Our favorite? Grohl reminisces about a time when he drastically needed a new drum set. He decided that after their set at their Metro show, he and Cobain would shred the set to pieces in order for the tour manager to agree to getting him a new one.

Posted on Thursday April 10

The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) are set to release their self-titled debut next week, April 15 on SuperEgo, and have just shared a new video for “Milwaukee.” The video, directed by Daniel Ralston, features a storyline revolving around that one uncle everyone has. In this case, its Ted’s uncle, “Ed Leo,” who ends up filling in on a few dates after the band’s real drummer takes a few gigs in Europe. All sorts of mayhem ensues, from “Ed” filling the stage with fog and wearing heavy black makeup for shows, to mispronouncing backing vocals, to being extremely excited to drive the van (and grilling out while driving, of course), and even planning to make some side money from Aimee and Ted’s possessions. Check out the video below and catch The Both stopping at Metro for a show on May 9.

Posted on Wednesday April 9

With their fifth and latest album, One Of Us Is The Killer, The Dillinger Escape Plan sees the band’s career at its height. Following the album’s release in mid-2013 to critical praise, awards, and many best-of list appearances, the band is still riding the crest of the wave. It’s a great thing to see, a band now over a decade into their career still continuing to improve, impress, and innovate.

Since getting started in New Jersey in 1997, the attitude has remained the same, the level of devotion to making their unique metal, rock, and experimental ambient music hasn’t changed. Over the course of the years, co-founder Ben Weinman has been named one of Spin’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, AP’s Top Ten Guitar Slingers, and Guitar World’s Top 25 Cult Guitarists. Singer Greg Puciato has some similar claims to fame, reaching no. 1 on Metal Sucks’ Top 25 Modern Metal Frontmen list and also getting included on Revolver’s Greated Metal Frontmen of All Time. Not bad at all, but again it has been a long road over the better part of two decades.

Now, The Dillinger Escape Plan can also be hailed as veterans of the festival circuit, having appeared on many of the largest international festivals and made major network TV appearances. But that’s not to say the roots of being one of the most lauded underground live acts have faded. The band still sees attention from many different scenes, from those huge festival circuits, to the underground subculture it came from, to tastemaker and critic circles alike.

Even with such high praise and commercial success over the course of the band’s five full-lengths, the spirit behind it remains in tact. In fact, the commercial success has actually allowed the band in a way to go back to the DIY model, having started its own label imprint, Party Smasher Inc., which counts One Of Us Is The Killer as the band’s second release on it (with the help of Sumerian Records, as well as international partners). Always innovating and continuing to push the envelope, it will be interesting to see in what direction the band will go next.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will be performing at Metro on April 11 with Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining.

Posted on Tuesday April 8

Monday, May 5: WOLFMOTHER
Saturday, May 24: THE 2014 GRABBYS

Thursday, May 22: FAILURE

Posted on Tuesday April 8


Wye Oak is out with a new video for “The Tower.” While we’ve already heard the single from the guitar-less duo, now they’ve tapped director Ben O’Briend (Dan Deacon) for help on the music video, which features a pair of painters strolling Mary Poppins-style down the street then being joined by some back-up dancers in a big warehouse. We’re enjoying the new video and are excited for Wye Oak’s new album, Shriek, due out April 29 on Merge. Just two weeks later, a performance at Metro is set for May 13 and we’re just as excited for that. You can still grab tickets here.

Posted on Monday April 7

Teaser Thursdays: LONDON GRAMMAR
Time Out Chicago named our London Grammar show a Critics' Pick this week, saying -

"Formed at Nottingham University in 2011, London Grammar burst onto the blogs and the radio in early 2013 on the back of its Metal & Dust EP. The band is led by Hannah Reid's mannered, Florence-ish vocals, and it has picked up plenty of comparisons to the xx for its downbeat instrumentals. The young trio has since released a debut album, If You Wait, and will be performing soothing tunes at the Metro."

Posted on Thursday April 3

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