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THE NATIONAL
MASTODON
REIGNWOLF
NEKO CASE
MOGWAI
BIGGEST MOUTH
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Thursday April 24

Columbia College & SPB Present
BIGGEST MOUTH
  • FREE
  • Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
  • 18+
Biggest Mouth, in its eighth year, is an annual competition presented by the Student Programming Board at the Metro Chicago. With twelve bands performing, Biggest Mouth will crown ‘Columbia’s Best Performer.’


NORTH OF 8
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Friday April 25

Shoeshine Boy Productions Welcomes
NORTH OF 8
  • $10
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8PM
  • 18+


Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, North of Eight has built their reputation as an honest, hard working, blue collared rock band. With histories deeply rooted in rock, blues, country and pop they have blended past and present to create a sound that is unique to their own. There are no smoke and mirrors. They present you with catchy riffs, attitude and lyrics inspired by love, loss and the ghosts of their pasts. In a world driven by the next big thing, North of Eight reaches towards the past striving to bring everything that is pure and genuine about Rock and Roll into one package that you can connect to. Combining genuinely original songwriting with tight harmonies and a contemporary Blues/Rock edge, North of Eight has since etched a place for their homegrown sound.


URBANITE XVII
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Saturday April 26

Power n Soul, 2XS with Red Bull Flying Bach Present
URBANITE XVII
  • $20 adv. - $25 door
  • Doors: 9PM / Show: 10PM
  • 18+
Power n Soul Pro and 2XSalong with Red Bull Flying Bach bring you #URBANITE, an exciting dance showcase and party featuring dancers and companies from around the nation and world. After 17 years in production, this spring #URBANITE makes its Chicago debut at the renowned Metro! URBANITE is an exciting dance showcase and party featuring dancers and companies from around the nation and world. Troupes bring a varied mix of high-energy hip hop and street-style choreographed dance with splashes of latin, breaking, bhangra, tap and more! Over a dozen dance companies perform, and DJs begin and end the showcase with a party!



THE SIDEKICKS (SOLO)
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Thursday May 1

@Gman Tavern (3740 N Clark St) // Red Scare Welcomes
THE SIDEKICKS (SOLO)
  • FREE
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 8:30PM
  • 21+


Steve Ciolek of The Sidekicks plays solo! It's not often that people who are serious about making music stick with their "first band", but that's exactly what's happened with Steve Ciolek (Vocals & Guitar) and Matt Climer (Drums), the long-time axis and backbone behind The Sidekicks. The two Cleveland natives were childhood buds that played high school sports together and shared an interest in spikey-haired punk rock bands that would probably make them cringe today. The first incarnation of The Sidekicks was a gruff punk rock quarteet that bore the markings of bands like Against Me! and Hot Water Music; and their first proper full length, So Long, Soggy Dog, is what caught the attention of the punk scene as well as Chicago label, Red Scare. They soon ditched the rigid trappings of the punk aesthetic and started incorporating more melodic and sophisticated influences into their sound reminiscent of Midwestern indie-punk acts like The Replacements or Smoking Popes. With the addition of guitarist and vocalist Matt Scheuermann, The Sidekicks forged their next LP, Weight Of Air, which was named 2009's "#1 Album of the Year" by Punknews.org. While their sound may have matured beyond their early punk stylings, they still abided by the underground ethos and continued to operate among the basement scene and toured the country with equally enlightened bands like Bomb The Music Industry and Tigers Jaw. Their third record, Awkward Breeds, was released in 2012 on Red Scare, and the band toured with Against Me this winter.



VINTAGE BLUE (EP Release)
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Friday May 2

101WKQX Welcomes
VINTAGE BLUE (EP Release)
THE FUTURE LAUREATES
THE IVORYS
MIKE GOLDEN & FRIENDS (acoustic)
  • $12 adv. - $15 day of - $38 VIP
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:30PM
  • 18+




Vintage Blue's genre blending sounds add umph to contemporary indie tunes with deft, driving, rock soul. Vintage Blue’s unique sound and obvious mastery make their live performances thrum and vibrate with a powerful potency. Satiated fans, leave every show buzzing with energy.

The diverse backgrounds of the members compose a band with wide-ranging lyrical aptitudes. Vintage Blues' members past musical lives took place in orchestras and jazz ensembles, marching bands and garage bands. Members cite an eclectic range of influences from Queen, Nirvana and Third Eye Blind to The Killers, Dashboard Confessional and bands like Atlas Genius or Fitz and The Tantrums.

Recorded in a room the band dubbed the “home of the hooks,” Vintage Blue’s next release "No Going Back" delivers instrumentals layered with catchy Killers-esque synthscapes and percussive backdrops. Thoughtful harmonies, and the occasional saxophone, deftly weave through the beats. Just try not to dance along. Impossible. "No Going Back" shows the band’s progression to an indie/pop/rock sound, advancing from the classic rock feel of their debut album "Strike The Mics."

Astoundingly capable on a range of tunes, Vintage Blue has played with Fitz and The Tantrums, Sister Hazel, Dave Matthews Band, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Lifehouse. Early attention and success launched Vintage Blue into a fast and furious upward trajectory.


CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN - Performing a Live Score of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA
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Saturday May 3

CIMMFest Welcomes
CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN - Performing a Live Score of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA
  • $27 adv. - $30 day of - $75 VIP
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Cult legend Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin comes to Metro to perform the live score of Dario Argento’s cult classic film “Suspiria,” a 1977 Italian horror film directed by the legendary Dario Argento. Having worked with Argento on prior film projects, Goblin was approached once again to compose the soundtrack for his latest project. The soundtrack was a huge hit, and today, 37 years after its release, it continues to captivate fans and critics alike. The main title theme was named as one of the best songs released between 1977-79 in the book The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. It has been sampled on the Raekwon and Ghostface Killah song "Legal Coke", from the R. A. G. U. mix tape. It was also sampled by RJD2 for the song "Weather People Off Cage's Album Weather Proof" and by Army of the Pharaohs in their song "Swords Drawn". The soundtrack from the film has also been sampled in the cult television series Invader Zim. It has been reused in multiple Hong Kong films, including Yuen Woo-ping's martial arts film Dance of the Drunk Mantis (1979) and Tsui Hark's horror-comedy We Are Going to Eat You (1980).

After Claudio Simonetti’s recent fall tour with other members of Goblin, including an amazing stop at Metro, the band’s fan base kept growing, bringing back the old enthusiastic crowds of the seventies and converting new fans of all ages along the way. Now, Claudio has gathered Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin together to bring the live score to "Suspiria" to U.S. audiences and continue to spread the great legacy of Goblin’s music in our their way, music that has inspired so many bands and so many generations of musicians over the years.



WOLFMOTHER
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Monday May 5

WOLFMOTHER
  • $25
  • Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7:30PM
  • All Ages


The world-renowned psychedelic rock band Wolfmother is back in action with their new album, “New Crown,” which was unexpectedly released via Bandcamp on March 23rd. The ten-track record has already received outstanding reviews from music publications across the globe. Billboard declares it “a return to Wolfmother’s psychedelic rock origins,” while Rolling Stone says the songs embody a new plethora of sounds from “punk-leaning edge” to “more…riffs and lo-fi production values than past albums.” With this fiery third release, Wolfmother is ready to share their new music internationally, as they play major music festivals over the next several months.

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the groundbreaking rock outfit took formation in 2004. Their self-titled debut album (feat. “Woman”, “Joker & The Thief”) and sophomore record “Cosmic Egg” (“New Moon Rising”, “California Queen”) were a critical successes, which led to achievements such as ARIA Awards (including “Best Rock Album”) and a Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance”. The band has performed with the likes of legendary rockers AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins; and appeared at world-famous festivals such as SXSW, Reading/Leeds, Download, Coachella, Rock Am Ring, Splendour In The Grass, Werchter Festival and many, many others over the past ten years.

This year marks a legendary chapter in the band’s career as they share new music for the first time in nearly five years, coupled with relentless international touring. This year also commemorates a monumental milestone in the history of Wolfmother – a decade since their first live show Vic On The Park in Sydney on April 15, 2004.



YG
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Wednesday May 7

Sean Healy Presents // My Krazy Life Tour
YG
  • $23 GA - $36 VIP - $75 Meet & Greet
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show 8PM
  • 18+






For the past few years, rapper YG has had the West Coast on lock. His music is played on every radio station and his hit records, "Toot It and Boot It", "B*tches Ain't Shit" and "Up" are go-to records in all of the hottest clubs. YG's latest mixtape, "Just Re'd Up", is in the streets coast to coast. He has transitioned from a popular street rapper from Compton, CA to becoming a certified hit maker and a leader of his movement "Pusha Ink" with an aura and a sound reminiscent of the 1900's label, Death Row. Ask YG his next plan and it's straight to the point, "The plan is this: put out more mixtapes, make more songs, Internet campaigning, music videos, touring, selling out shows, and then I'll put out an album." The execution has been precise with a cover feature on XXL magazine, rocking stages with Hip Hop icons 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and Chris Brown. His "Just Re'd Up" tour visited 20 cities across the country and he's already landed a lead role in a film directed by Mario Van Peebles titled, "Where The Party At?" His latest release, “My Krazy Life” was released March 18.



TELEVISION
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Thursday May 8

TELEVISION
  • $25
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:30PM
  • 18+


A dictionary entry for the word “influential” might easily place a picture of Television and stop there. The band has a devout following worldwide and has had a major effect on British post-punk rock as well as American indie rock.

Starting in New York’s East Village in 1973, the band, consisting of Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, Billy Ficca and Richard Lloyd, were at the center of the scene soon to be labeled punk. The band crystalized with the departure of Hell in 1975 and the addition of Fred Smith on Bass.

Television’s debut album released in February 1977 Marquee Moon was hailed by critics as one of the most striking and original recording debuts in years. Recently, critics ranked it number 83 on cable music channel VH1′S list of the 100 Greatest Albums of Rock and Roll, number 128 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was ranked number two on Uncut magazine’s 100 Greatest Debut Records, and number 3 on Pitchfork Media’s list of the best albums of the 1970s. Television’s second album, Adventure was issued in 1978 and the distinctive guitar work is still evident there, most notably on the tracks “Glory,” “Foxhole” and “The Fire. Various problems within the group led to a breakup later that year, with Verlaine and Lloyd pursuing solo careers.

In 1992 Television reunited to record a self-titled album that was well received by critics and did a world tour in 1993. In 2007, the band announced Richard Lloyd would be amicably leaving the group and guitarist Jimmy Rip, a collaborator on most of Verlaine’s solo recordings and tours since 1981, would be taking his place. Now, over 40 years since the bands founding, they are more active than anytime in many years. Not only have they have just completed a sold out tour of South America and Asia, there is a new record in the works. Television is back.



THE BOTH (AIMEE MANN & TED LEO)
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Friday May 9

93XRT & Heineken Welcome
THE BOTH (AIMEE MANN & TED LEO)
  • $23 adv. - $25 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+
Critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have joined forces for a collaborative project they call The Both. The duo's self-titled debut was released April 15 via SuperEgo Records. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo's solo sets that piqued Mann's interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together.

The Both's all original songs were written as back-and-forth collaborations between Mann and Leo. With their differing musical vocabularies and mutual admiration for one another, the duo found working together to be a boon. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with Ryan Freeland, between stretches of touring in 2013, and produced by Mann's longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan.

Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's much-lauded "Magnolia" and appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series "Portlandia." The new collaboration follows Mann's eighth studio album Charmer which received national attention.

Punk/indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leo is best known for his work with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists over the past fifteen years. His most recent album "The Brutalist Bricks" was released on Matador Records in 2010. Leo also kept up a consistent presence as a solo performer since the late 1990s and began playing with Mann in February 2012.



THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE
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Saturday May 10

Sang Presents The Love In Flying Colors Tour
THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE
  • $26
  • Doors: 9PM / Show: 10PM
  • 18+


Consisting of rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online hip-hop community Okayplayer.com in 2002. After trading files through Instant Messenger for over a year, Nicolay (living in his native Holland at the time) and Phonte (a Raleigh, NC resident) completed their debut album before they ever met each other in person. The album, "Connected," was released in 2004 to positive reviews, and was praised by legendary DJ's such as Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B, and electronica.

Their sophomore album, "Leave It All Behind" (2008) found The Foreign Exchange much closer in geography (Nicolay becoming a resident of Wilmington, NC), but located much further from their hip-hop origins. On the strength of their exhilarating live show and several nationally programmed music videos, "Leave It All Behind" became the group's most successful album to date, culminating in a Grammy-nomination for the album's first single, "Daykeeper". "Authenticity," released on October 12, 2010 on +FE Music, is The Foreign Exchange’s third album.


WYE OAK
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Tuesday May 13

93XRT Big Beat Welcomes
WYE OAK
  • $18 adv. - $20 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with "Civilian," their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. "Shriek" is Wye Oak’s fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.

A special message from the band -
"Over the past several years of performing and touring, we have had the opportunity to spend time in so many of America's great cities. Thanks to our fans' continued support, we are now in a position where we can share some of our good fortune with those working on behalf of the communities we visit. We're very excited to be working with Air Traffic Control in order to make this possible--with their assistance, $2 of every ticket sold on this tour will go to a local charity of our choice. We're grateful to them for providing a simple and seamless process that will allow us and our fans to make a positive contribution to the places we visit."



DRAG THE RIVER
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Tuesday May 13

@Gman Tavern (3740 N Clark St) // Red Scare Welcomes
DRAG THE RIVER
  • $10
  • Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7PM
  • 21+


The Story: Drag The River began in 1996, when Chad was playing in ALL and Jon was rocking in Armchair Martian. The two wanted an outlet for the more laid-back, country-influenced songs they were both writing, so they teamed up and used spare time at Colorado’s Blasting Room Studios to record over 20 demo tracks. They invited friends to stop by and collaborate, eventually clicking with Karl Alvarez of The Descendents/ALL. Together they released “Hobo’s Demos” in 2000 and “Closed” in 2002. Karl bailed in 2002 once they began touring too much and was replaced by J.J. Nobody of The Nobodys. With a firmly cemented line-up, Drag The River went on to release a score of records over the next few years, including the “Live At The Starlight” LP, the “It’s Crazy” LP, and last year’s “You Can’t Live This Way” LP. 2007 saw a short-lived hiatus for them, but as of 2008 they are unofficially reunited and playing shows with a revolving cast of members. Their new full length CD was just released!


CRY BABY
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Saturday May 17

Vicarious Venues Welcomes
CRY BABY
  • $10
  • Doors: 5:30PM / Show: 6PM
  • All Ages
Planted atop the fertile soil that is rock and roll music and embedded by the deep roots of the blues, Cry Baby has come from humble beginnings and grown into a mighty tree with branches stretching into so many different realms of music.


YASIIN BEY (aka MOS DEF)
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Sunday May 18

Sean Healy Presents
YASIIN BEY (aka MOS DEF)
SANTIAGO X THE NATURAL
RECONSTRUCTION ERA

RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE ANNOUNCED!

  • $36 Early Bird (Limited Time Only!) - $56 VIP
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+








Sean Healy proudly presents a rare performance from one of this generationʼs most popular and respected talents, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) at the Metro Chicago, Friday February 28th 2014. Since Beyʼs classic breakthrough albums - "Black Star" (1998), a collaboration with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek; and "Black on Both Sides" (1999), his solo debut - the hip hop giant continues to be revered now more than ever. His chart-topping albums and collaborations of the past decade continue to draw attention, especially from critics and underground rap fans. Bey has worked with an impressive roster of diverse artists, from Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and Kanye West, to vocalists like Jill Scott and Alicia Keys, to rock project Black Jack Johnson, to jazz star Robert Glasper, and many more. Also a renowned actor, Bey appeared in several films, including Academy Award- nominated Monsterʼs Ball, Golden Globe-winning "Lackawanna Blues," and Emmy- winning "Something the Lord Made." He even spent some time on Broadway, performing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Topdog/Underdog." Now, following up on his recent releases, "Fix Up" (with Talib Kweli) and "Black Radio" (with Robert Glasper), Bey makes an exclusive appearance at the famous Metro in Chicago hosted by Sean Healy Presents, recently awarded in the Chicago Reader's Best of 2013: Party Promoter category.


METRONOMY
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Wednesday May 21

METRONOMY
  • $21
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Joseph Mount is the lead singer and architect of Metronomy. His new album, "Love Letters," a classic electronic pop album, has a title that speaks volumes about sensations and modes of communication, about things that have always been there, and will always be here.

Metronomy have had an incredible few years. 2011’s “The English Riviera” took a West Coast sunshine spirit to Britain’s south-west, and gained many plaudits, including a Mercury nomination. The English Riviera was called “visionary” (NME), “exotic” (Mojo) and “stylish” (The Times); the Evening Standard called the record “a revelation”; i-D even called his band “pioneers”. They also sold out the Royal Albert Hall, toured Europe and North America extensively – many bands would wallow in those glories, but not them.

Metronomy’s new songs are bold and ambitious, but the sweet spirit they’ve always been known for still lingers within them. Melancholy still lurks in those hooks; loneliness still gleams along their edges. These are songs that carry you up and down in tides of feeling, in waves of pure sound.



FAILURE
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Thursday May 22

FAILURE
  • $30
  • Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7:30PM
  • All Ages


After a highly successful return to the stage back in February when supporting Tool, Failure just announced dates for a full North American tour. Dubbed the Tree Of Stars tour, Ken, Greg, and Kelli will spend the summer crossing the continent. Band co-founders Greg Edwards and Ken Andrews recently went one step further and began the writing and recording process for their forthcoming release, so stay tuned!


THE FAINT
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Friday May 23

Doom Abuse Tour
THE FAINT
  • $25
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


The Faint will return this spring with their sixth album, "Doom Abuse" released April 8 via SQE Music, and will be embarking on a national tour in the late spring, stopping at Metro May 23. To understand "Doom Abuse" and its raw, visceral aesthetic you have to understand its birth story. After touring for a year on their 2008 self-released album "Fasciinatiion," an album that took several years to write and produce, The Faint ceased to exist. They went their separate ways, pursued other sorts of music in other projects, sometimes together and sometimes separately, and learned new ways of channeling sound. They remembered what drove their songwriting in the first place. Then, in the spring of 2013, The Faint existed again. Anxious to make new music, the band recorded a 4-song white label 12" they referred to as "Preversions." That music, primal and punk rock in its approach became the unplanned blueprint for "Doom Abuse."

The birth of "Doom Abuse" in many ways, is in parallel with a rebirth of the band itself. The Faint, started in Omaha in the mid-'90s, have always created against the grain, disinterested in making anything except what their own inspiration drives them to make. Each album since their 1998 debut "Media" has shifted and evolved that desire. Some albums, like 1999's "Blank-Wave Arcade," came from urgent, short recording processes while others, like 2004's "Wet From Birth," were more carefully constructed. The musicians themselves are the constant, together embracing a style that is truly unlike every other band out there. While "Doom Abuse" harkens back to "Blank-Wave Arcade's" immediacy in some ways, it opens a new door. Inside is exactly where The Faint want to be now.




THE 2014 GRABBYS
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Saturday May 24

THE 2014 GRABBYS
  • Tickets available at www.grabbys.com
  • Doors: 5PM / Ceremony: 7:30PM-10PM
  • 21+
The 2014 Grabbies award show will take place at Metro this year.


TALIB KWELI
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Sunday May 25

Sean Healy Presents
TALIB KWELI
Performing with Live Band
  • $25 GA - $35 VIP
  • Doors: 7PM / Show 8PM
  • 18+




Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli has earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of beat.

His travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world’s best rappers with something significant to say. The result of this artistic growth and exploration arrives with Kweli’s dynamic “Prisoner Of Conscious”, an artistic tour de force that signals the start of the next chapter of Kweli’s remarkable career. Released in May 2013, the album was met with immediate success. Always working and looking for the next thing, Kweli immediately went back to work and released another album, “Gravitas,” this past December. After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished rappers.



CONOR OBERST with special guest DAWES
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Thursday May 29

93XRT Welcomes
CONOR OBERST with special guest DAWES
  • $36
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Conor Oberst has been releasing his music since 1993. In that time he has recorded and performed in many bands and musical projects including Commander Venus, Park Ave., Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and, most notably, Bright Eyes.

He recently signed to Nonesuch Records, which releases his new solo album "Upside Down Mountain" on May 20th. Prior to the album release, a limited-edition seven-inch single will be released exclusively for Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19th). This special single will feature album track “Hundreds Of Ways” along with album outtake “Fast Friends” on the B-side.

Oberst kicks off the first leg of a world tour in support of the new album this May. His friends and colleagues Dawes appear on the bill as “Special Guests” – both opening the shows and acting as Oberst’s band for the tour.



CONOR OBERST with special guest DAWES
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Friday May 30

93XRT Welcomes
CONOR OBERST with special guest DAWES
  • $36
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Our second of two shows with Conor Oberst and special guest Dawes!


KISHI BASHI
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Saturday May 31

KISHI BASHI
  • $17 adv. - $19 day of
  • Doors: 7PM / Show: 7:30PM
  • All Ages


The innovative violinist, singer and composer Kishi Bashi comes to Metro in advance of the release his sophomore album titled "Lighght," which will be released worldwide on Tuesday, May 13. Taking its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, "Lighght "(pronounced “Light”) continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, “151a,” which earned Kishi Bashi the title of “Best New Artist” for 2012 by NPR. Since the profoundly successful release of “151a” two years ago, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across the globe with his loop-based live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees.

“151a” was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi, the pseudonym for artist K. Ishibashi, was touring and recording with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and Of Montreal (where he was a full-time member and co-producer). In late 2012, after the success of “151a,” Kishi Bashi decided to focus solely on his own music and began composing the new material, which led to the songs that are featured on “Lighght.”

Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation on “Lighght.” Bright and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass-inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with ‘70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes). If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that’s because it is. But it works.




THE LAWRENCE ARMS
THE LAWRENCE ARMS
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Saturday June 7

Metro & Riot Fest Presents / The Metropole Tour
THE LAWRENCE ARMS
  • $25
  • Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7PM
  • All Ages


Chicago's own The Lawrence Arms returns to Metro following the recent release "Metropole," their first album in eight years, this past January 28, 2014 via Epitaph. The Lawrence Arms formed in Chicago in 1999, and members Brendan Kelly (vocals/bassist), Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar), and Neil Hennessey (drummer) have released five studio albums to date. The follow-up to their 2009 Fat Wreck Chords EP "Buttsweat and Tears," the new venture takes the band's gritty punk rock and fiery spirit, to reveal a new passion of the band for storytelling-through-songwriting.

For their first full-length album in nearly eight years, the Lawrence Arms amped up their brand of gritty punk with a newly deepened passion for storytelling-through-songwriting. The follow-up to the Chicago-bred trio’s 2009 EP "Buttsweat and Tears," "Metropole" threads the Lawrence Arms’s raw and blistering yet hook-heavy sound with a lyrical narrative that captures what vocalist/bassist Brendan Kelly calls “that alone-in-a-crowd, stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of sh*t—a feeling of such weird solitude that you don’t even know what’s up and what’s down ‘cause you’re so caught in the wake of the city.” Drawing inspiration from both Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s "Crime and Punishment" and classic late-‘90s hip-hop like Outkast’s Aquemini, "Metropole" gives off an unstoppably fiery spirit despite the downer subject matter–an effect owing largely to the Lawrence Arms’s infectious chemistry

One crucial change for the Lawrence Arms in creating "Metropole" was McCaughan’s recent relocation from the band’s hometown of Chicago to Portland, Oregon. Friends since age 10 and close collaborators in songwriting, Kelly and McCaughan found that their newly established distance helped sharpen the writing process. The synergy between the two songwriters also revealed its power when it came to teasing out the narrative at the heart of "Metropole." Taking time off also helped inspire new creativity as they took inspiration from the aforementioned Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s "Crime and Punishment," classic late-‘90s hip-hop like Outkast’s Aquemini, and Japanese hardcore bands, and pop songs on the radio. Listeners will notice thoughtful detail as the band takes you through the many moods of "Metropole" through a series of fragments of street-musician performances that the band members recorded on their phones.



THE 2014 US AIR GUITAR SEMIFINALS
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Friday June 13

THE 2014 US AIR GUITAR SEMIFINALS
with special performances by The World Air Guitar Champions NORDIC THUNDER & HOT LIXX HULAHAN

ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 4/25 @ NOON

  • $16 adv.
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+
Limited 2-For-1 Presale Tickets With Password SHRED Available Until Noon Friday 4/25





MS MR
BUY TIX

Saturday June 14

101 WKQX Welcomes
MS MR
  • $21.50
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:30PM
  • All Ages


The mysterious New York City-based musical duo MS MR (Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow) emerged to make their imprint on 2012 with "Hurricane," an introspective alt-pop masterpiece heralding the arrival of a new band, a new sound and a new approach to pop. An unofficial video for the track popped up on YouTube in May 2012 and has since garnered more than 1.5 million views. Awarded ‘Best New Track’ on Pitchfork, the duo's single quickly rose to number one on Hype Machine. Mainstream and underground press on both sides of the Atlantic soon took notice and before long MS MR’s songs were popping up everywhere, including “Bones” on the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 3 and "Hurricane" on catwalks everywhere during Fashion Week. "

In the beginning of 2013 MS MR released “Fantasy,” the first track off of their recent album "Secondhand Rapture." "Secondhand Rapture" is an intriguing aural Jenga that combines humbled ballads (“Dark Doo Wop”), experimental epics (“Head is not My Home”), and pure pop belters ("Think of You") alike. MS MR toured extensively throughout 2013, playing headline shows and many festivals around the world including Glastonbury in the UK, Lollapolloza in Chicago, and Splendour in the Grass in Australia.



JUDGE
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Saturday June 21

Empire Productions Welcomes
JUDGE
  • $25
  • Doors: 5PM / Show: 5:30 PM
  • All Ages


Reunited NYC hardcore legends Judge play their only Midwest date at Metro! The band, who were formed by members of Youth of Today in 1987 and broke up in 1991, have recently reunited for a few select dates. Don't miss your chance to see one of the most influential straight edge hardcore bands of their time.


NEVERLAND PRESENTS:
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Saturday June 28

A Chicago Gay Pride Costume Party
NEVERLAND PRESENTS:
SUMMER OLYMPICS
featuring DJ sets by IVAN GOMEZ (SPAIN)
ALEX ACOSTA (MEXICO)
  • $20 early bird (until 6/13), $25 adv. - $30 door
  • Doors: 9:30PM / Show: 10PM
  • 21+


Neverland is a Chicago-based dance party held 6 times per year on big holiday weekends. Each event revolves around a unique theme that is expressed and explored in an initial photo shoot and advertisements as well as in original handmade costumes made by the Neverland team for each party and the unique decor and flavor that permeate throughout the event. This event will be held on Pride Weekend and features the theme of Summer Olympics!



ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
BUY TIX

Sunday August 10

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN

ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 4/25 @ 10AM

  • $30
  • Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM
  • 18+



COLD WAVES III
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Friday September 26

COLD WAVES III
featuring FEAR FACTORY / DIE KRUPPS / ACUMEN NATION / AUTHOR + PUNISHER / SMP / CYANOTIC
  • Single Day G.A. - $42 / Single Day VIP - Limited $72 2-Day Passes
  • Doors: 5:30PM / Show: 6:30PM
  • 18+




Portion of proceeds to benefit Hope For The Day
Special guest appearances, DJ's, vendors, silent auctions, raffles and more
Presented by Cracknation, in association with WTII, Hope for the Day and Waxtrax! Records

The Cold Waves Music Festival returns to the Metro Chicago with Waxtrax! Records legends Front 242 and industrial metal godfathers Fear Factory. The diverse lineup also includes a rare performance from Germany’s Die Krupps, Chris Connelly’s (Ministry, Revco) latest project Cocksure, Pitchfork Magazine’s EBM darlings Youth Code, a posthumous performance from Chicago’s Acumen Nation, the awe-inducing Author & Punisher, and original Reconstriction artists SMP. Rounding things out are Madison’s Caustic, the critically acclaimed ∆Aimon, Chicago’s Cyanotic, and the underground mystery of Surachai.
This year will include special guest performances, DJ’s, vendors, silent auctions, raffles and more.

Cold Waves began with a massive memorial concert in the fall of 2012, to mourn the passing and to celebrate the life of Jamie Duffy, a much-loved and longstanding pillar of the local music community. Jamie’s work ethic and passion helped pull 14 bands to play the sold out event, which helped raise thousands for Jamie’s family’s funeral expenses. The Memorial show was referred to as Cold Waves: The Jamie Duffy Concert, in no small part due to the high number of “Cold Wave” artists who participated in it (Paul Barker, Chris Connelly, Jim Marcus, Howie Beno, Jared Louche, Martin Atkins and more). Cold Wave is considered to be a sub-genre of Industrial Music and more specifically a mending of electronic-dance and guitar-driven styles.

Last year the team ramped things up to two evenings and partnered with local charity Hope for the Day to help raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. As the festival grows, our goal is to continue to raise money for this cause, keep Jamie’s memory and passion alive, and celebrate Chicago’s iconic relationship with industrial music. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Chicago’s Hope for the Day which utilizes music and the arts to offer education, prevention and hope against suicide.




COLD WAVES III
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Saturday September 27

COLD WAVES III
featuring FRONT 242 / COCKSURE / YOUTH CODE / CAUSTIC / ∆AIMON * SURACHAI
  • Single Day G.A. - $42 / Single Day VIP - Limited $72 2-Day Passes
  • Doors: 5:30PM / Show: 6:30PM
  • 18+




Portion of proceeds to benefit Hope For The Day
Special guest appearances, DJ's, vendors, silent auctions, raffles and more
Presented by Cracknation, in association with WTII, Hope for the Day and Waxtrax! Records

It's day two of the Cold Waves Music Festival! See above for more background and history.



PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT
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Friday November 14

Performing New Order’s Low-Life and Brotherhood Plus an opening set of Joy Division Material
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT
  • $21 adv - $23 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Peter Hook & The Light are to perform New Order’s third and fourth albums, “Low-Life” and “Brotherhood” for the first time in the United States this fall. Peter Hook & The Light’s “Low-Life” & “Brotherhood” concerts chart New Order’s final stage of evolution from the post punk of Joy Division to defining themselves as electro pop pioneers at the cutting edge of the emerging club scene in the mid to late Eighties. The tour is the Peter Hook & The Light’s fourth of North America following two very well received Joy Division album tours of “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer” and their equally praised tour of New Order’s “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” in September 2013. The concerts will include the singles and B-sides from New Order’s most prolific period. From August 1983 up to 1987, taking the audience from “Confusion” to “True Faith”, with both “Low-Life” and “Brotherhood” performed in full alongside all the other tracks from that fans consider New Order’s greatest period including “Thieves Like Us” “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “The Perfect Kiss” and many more. The Light will also be supporting themselves at the concerts performing a selection of Joy Division material prior to the album performances. With a set list so full of classic records and fans favorites, many never heard for some twenty five years or more, this is an opportunity to experience the music that defined the times and still influences the current day.