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ANDREW BIRD & THE HANDS OF GLORY
ROBYN / RÖYKSOPP
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
DELTA SPIRIT
TIMEFLIES
We Were Promised Jetpacks
ALT-J
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
FIRST AID KIT
NELARUSKY: AN OFFICIAL LOLLAPALOOZA AFTERSHOW with
NELARUSKY: AN OFFICIAL LOLLAPALOOZA AFTERSHOW with
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Wednesday July 30

Benefitting Special Olympics
NELARUSKY: AN OFFICIAL LOLLAPALOOZA AFTERSHOW with
TWIN SHADOW
  • $26
  • Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
  • 18+
George Lewis Jr., the nom de plume of Brooklyn indie pop sensation Twin Shadow, first broke through with 2010’s Forget. That first record, co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and initially released on Taylor’s Terrible Records label before getting picked up by 4AD, garnered a lot of praise from the likes of Rolling Stone (“fully-formed, haunted and haunting”), Allmusic (“lush, intricate pop”), and Pitchfork, which named it one of the best albums of 2010. Soon after its release, Lewis began amassing even more fans during a string of headlining club dates (a feat that Lewis will repeat this summer and fall on his “Ton Up” tour), while also opening for Florence and the Machine and playing a number of festivals, including Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonarroo and Austin City Limits. His second, 2012’s Confess, garnered continued praise and even more fans, leading to collaborations and remixes of Lady Gaga and Neon Indian, amongst others. Twin Shadow returns this year on the Eclipse Tour - Be the first to get tickets to hear new songs from the forthcoming album!





GROUPLOVE
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Thursday July 31

Official Lollapalooza Aftershow / 101WKQX Welcomes
GROUPLOVE
  • $26
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Since forming in 2009, LA-based indie band Grouplove has quickly become one of music's most exhilarating young acts. By the time they released their 2011 debut full length, Never Trust A Happy Song, Grouplove was already a standout at music festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading & Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. Grouplove's raucous live show brought surging crowds to their Coachella and Bonnaroo performances and back-to-back sold out headlining tours. By the end of 2012, "Tongue Tied" was Alternative radio's second most played song. Grouplove's second full length album, Spreading Rumours, was released September 17, and the band has been touring since. Earlier this year, Grouplove released I'm With You, a short form tour documentary about the band.

Opening the night is Joywave, an eclectic group specializing in alternative pop hailing from Rochester, NY. After the success of 2013′s 88888 mixtape, they established their Hollywood Records imprint Cultco Music, through which they released their debut EP How Do You Feel? on March 11. With a catalog that deftly jumps between genre, Joywave’s How Do You Feel? EP demonstrates the band’s pointed talent for blending influences, from classic songwriting, house music’s energy, disco’s playfulness and an overarching hip-hop spirit.


SPOON
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Friday August 1

Official Lollapalooza Aftershow / 93XRT Welcomes
SPOON
  • $36
  • Doors: 10PM / Show: 11PM
  • 18+


Spoon is ramping up the excitement for what is sure to be a memorable 2014 for both the group and its fans. In addition to playing several festivals this summer, the band will release a new album, their eighth, soon. Prior Spoon full-lengths have included Telephono (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002) and Gimme Fiction (2005), which received raves from critics and catapulted the band to many best of lists. Their next release, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), debuted in the top ten of the Billboard charts and also made many best of lists. 2010's Transference was the band's seventh studio album and debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as placing in Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010. The band has not toured for two years, so you won’t want to miss this show!

Opening the night is acclaimed LA-based band Wildcat! Wildcat! They are currently touring following the release of their self-titled debut EP, out now on Downtown Records. The band garnered critical praise for their previously released sold-out limited addition 7” on the taste-making label Neon Gold Records, including early support from BBC Radio 1, Time, and NYLON. The band has toured extensively including SXSW, a sold out west coast headlining run and major U.S. support slots with Alt-J and Portugal. The Man.


GLEN HANSARD
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Saturday August 2

Official Lollapalooza Aftershow / 93XRT Welcomes
GLEN HANSARD
  • $37
  • Doors: 10PM / Show: 11PM
  • 18+


Glen Hansard is celebrated as the principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the Irish group The Frames, who have established themselves as one of the most influential bands in Ireland. Hansard garnered a reputation as not only an unparalleled front man, but also for his dedicated following and his grounded, real-life songs. Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglov took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly" off the Once soundtrack. Hansard and Irglov continued the success of Once with the 2009 release Strict Joy under the namesake of The Swell Season. Rhythm and Repose, Hansard's first ever solo album, was released in 2012, followed by Drive All Night, a four song EP that was released this past winter.

Lancaster County, PA foursome The Districts will open the show. The young band has perfected their own brand of authentic, soulful rock music. They came to nationwide attention when a one-take performance of their track "Funeral Beds" was filmed at a local Philadelphia studio and skyrocketed to the front page of Reddit. Their self-titled EP was released in January on Fat Possum.


FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
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Sunday August 3

Official Lollapalooza Aftershow
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
  • $26
  • Doors: 10PM / Show: 11PM
  • 18+


Brimming with imagination, energy and genre-smashing scope, Fitz and The Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, a chart-topping, show-stopping modern pop combo unlike any other. The Los Angeles-based sextet comprised of Fitz (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals/tambourine), James King (saxophone, flute), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), John Wicks (drums, percussion) and Joseph Karnes (bass) played its first show in December 2008 at Hollywood’s Hotel Café. After the self-released 2009 EP Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1, Fitz and The Tantrums found themselves appearing on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” touring with Maroon 5 and recording their full-length debut, Pickin’ Up the Pieces. The album, which was awarded three-and-a-half stars by Rolling Stone, spent 73 weeks on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, peaking at No. 1. The band was named a “You Oughta Know” artist by VH1 and views for the video for the hit single “MoneyGrabber” surpassed three million. For their 2013 Elektra Records debut, More Than Just A Dream, Fitz and The Tantrums worked with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Phoenix) and ramped up the timeless song craft and sonic force that made them a worldwide sensation.

Opening the show is Fly Golden Eagle. This foursome is currently touting their latest, psych-funk release, Swagger, and are finished recording their follow-up, Quartz, to be released soon. In the past year the band has toured with Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Dr Dog, Arctic Monkeys, Clear Plastic Masks and Chrome Pony.


LIL BUB’S BIG SHOW (LIVE!)
LIL BUB’S BIG SHOW (LIVE!)
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Wednesday August 6

Akashic Books Presents
LIL BUB’S BIG SHOW (LIVE!)
featuring DAVID YOW
  • $6 GA
  • $12 Seated
  • $75 Meet & Greet Upgrade
  • Doors: 7:30PM
  • Show 8PM
  • All Ages
You already know David Yow as an artist, actor, and musician who is best known as the singer of the bands the Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid. But did you know he's also the author of a forthcoming book from Akashic Books, "Copycat: And A Litter of Other Cats"? David Yow’s cat portraits, captured for the first time in book form, are bold, striking, hilarious, and beautiful. Each portrait is based around a pun, but they capture so much more than wordplay. All cat lovers will find something to relish in this gorgeous coffee-table book, which is the perfect gift for cat enthusiasts, animal lovers, and anyone with a playful sense of humor.

In celebration of the release of the book, Yow is coming to Metro to meet with celebricat Lil Bub for a very special edition of Lil Bub's Big Show live! Join Bub as she interviews David about his new book, their shared love of animals and who knows what else! The fine folks at The Book Cellar will also be onsite with copies of Yow's book for sale. Best of all, this event benefits Tree House Humane Society & Lil BUB's Big FUND for the ASPCA!


NEVERLAND PRESENTS: GRAVITY
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Friday August 8

NEVERLAND PRESENTS: GRAVITY
featuring DJ sets by BORIS & DJ CINDEL
  • $30 Early Bird (until 7/26) - $40 adv. - $50 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 Market Days Weekend and features the theme of Gravity!


DANNY BLACK
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Saturday August 9

In GMan Tavern (3740 N Clark St)
DANNY BLACK
  • FREE
  • Show: 8:00pm
  • 21+
Singer/guiarist Danny Black is most well known for founding The Blacks. The Blacks burned bright for two albums (1998's Dolly Horrorshow and 2000's Just Like Home), then flamed out under their own volatility. In 2010, after a 10 year hiatus, the band reunited and returned with a digital-only EP, In Sickness and Health. Then they broke up again during the encore of the release show.



ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
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Sunday August 10

93XRT Welcomes
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
  • $30
  • Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM
  • 18+


Formed in 1978, the Bunnymen have been a vital force in the indie rock world for over 36 years having won over millions of obsessive music fans worldwide and indelibly influenced countless bands with their signature sound—from the Flaming Lips to Coldplay to Pavement. Their latest album, “Meteorites” is a key addition to their repertoire. It’s an intimate song cycle written by Ian McCulloch performed by the band with a renewed sense of purpose showcasing all of their unmistakable musical hallmarks while taking them to a new level.

Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), the album contains ten hand-picked new songs written by founder Ian McCulloch and performed by Bunnymen stalwarts Mc Culloch and Will Sergeant along with Gordy Goudie (guitar) and Stephen Brannan (bass).

Says McCulloch: “’Meteorites’, the new Bunnymen album…at long last we’ve made the worthy successor to ‘Crocodiles,’ ‘Heaven Up Here,’ ‘Porcupine’ and ‘Ocean Rain.’ ‘Meteorites’ is what Echo and the Bunnymen mean and are meant to be—up there in heaven--untouchable, celestial, beautiful and real. It has changed my life”

The band will tour the UK and the US this spring and summer!



THE O’MY’S
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Saturday August 16

THE O’MY’S
  • $12
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:30PM
  • 18+
The O’My’s, Chicago’s dynamic funk and soul group, were conceived in the summer of 2007, when high school rivals, vocalist Maceo Haymes and pianist Nick Hennessey joined forces to make sweet music. Since then, The O’My’s have become one of the most adored bands in the Chicago music scene, drawing sold out crowds to venues across the city.

The band’s two front men grew up on Chicago music and are products of the city’s rich history of soul and blues. Maceo’s Black and Cuban-American community exposed him to a wide range of music as he was growing up, which inspired Maceo to start playing Latin percussion, drums and piano at a young age. As a teenager, Maceo picked up the guitar and taught himself to play, write songs, and develop his commanding voice. Nick was born in Wicker Park, Chicago, and raised on its vibrant Art & Music scene. When he wasn’t busy skateboarding, he spent his teenage years learning Jazz piano from Chicago legends such as Ramsey Lewis and Willie Pickens. It was around this same time that he discovered his talent and passion for songwriting and began composing some of his own music.

Borrowing from Chicago’s rich blues and soul history, The O’My’s make honest music for everyday people. The O’My’s have mixed raw talent with thought provoking subject matter. Simply put, The O’My’s make Rock’n’Soul. Their full-length album A Humble Masterpiece was released in October 2013.



DOWNWRITE MUSIC TRIVIA & CONCERT
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Wednesday August 20

at GMan Tavern (3740 N. Clark St.)
DOWNWRITE MUSIC TRIVIA & CONCERT
Featuring A Performance By SETH ENGEL
  • FREE!
  • Trivia: 7PM
  • 21+
Join us for our monthly residency with Downwrite - an evening of music trivia and musical guests! This month's special guest is Chicago musician and recording engineer Seth Engel.



DEER TICK
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Saturday August 23

DEER TICK
  • $19 adv. - $21 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


John McCauley and Deer Tick have long walked a tightwire between total despair and fractured resilience, but their recent release, “Negativity.” represents a heroic leap forward on virtually all fronts for the Providence, Rhode Island-based band. Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary producer/musician Steve Berlin, the album –Deer Tick’s fifth full-length studio release, and follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed Divine Providence – is McCauley’s most personal work thus far as well as the band’s most undeniable and universal, their famously freewheeling musical approach refined here into a gloriously cohesive whole.

Deer Tick – sounding as sure-footed as one would expect from a band who have spent a couple of hundred nights each year on stage for more than half a decade – more than match the strength of the songs by taking a more detailed approach than on some of the breakneck recordings of their past. From the sparkling baroque pop to full-blown Memphis showstoppers, “Negativity” sees the Tick bridging boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and whatever else catches their fancy into their own profoundly American rock ‘n’ roll.



OWEN PALLETT
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Thursday September 4

OWEN PALLETT
  • $18 adv. - $20 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


While Owen Pallett has served as a versatile collaborator to many projects in both pop and art establishments, he is equally beloved for his accessibility, for the way his art reflects and resonates with Mainstream Pop Culture, for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides. Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze’s Her. The new album from Owen Pallett, In Conflict, was released on May 13th on Domino, and was written and produced by Pallett, recorded with the core rhythm section of Robbie Gordon and Matt Smith, and features contributions from Brian Eno and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. Don’t miss this exceptional artist on his fall tour!




JD MCPHERSON
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Friday September 5

JD MCPHERSON
  • $20
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:30PM
  • 18+
As a visual artist, Broken Arrow, Okla., native JD McPherson is well versed in the process of working within clearly defined formal parameters, and he employs a similarly rigorous discipline with his music. On his breakthrough Signs & Signifiers, this renaissance man/hepcat seamlessly meshed the old and the new, the primal and the sophisticated, on a work that will satisfy traditional American rock ’n’ roll and R&B purists while also exhibiting McPherson’s rarefied gift for mixing and matching disparate stylistic shapes and textures. Never has an album of so-called “retro” music been laced with such a rich payload of postmodern nuance. But that was precisely the intent of what JD describes, only half-facetiously, as “an art project disguised as an R&B record.” Since its release, he has toured the country many times and back. He is currently preparing to release a new album in 2015!



INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
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Saturday September 6

Proceeds benefit the rescued cats and kittens of Tree House Humane Society & Chicago Cat Rescue!
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
Hosted by LIL BUB & MIKE BRIDAVSKY
  • $12 GA - $20 Seated
  • $75 VIP
  • $100 Meet & Greet Upgrade
  • Doors: 1PM
  • Show: 1:30PM
  • ALL AGES
The Internet Cat Video Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between—in a social environment. Making its debut at the Minnesota State Fair, the 2nd Internet Cat Video Festival hits the road with stops across the United States and the world. All events help support local cultural and animal welfare non-profits!







INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
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Saturday September 6

Proceeds benefit the rescued cats and kittens of Tree House Humane Society & Chicago Cat Rescue!
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
Hosted by LIL BUB & MIKE BRIDAVSKY
  • $12 GA - $20 Seated
  • $75 VIP
  • $100 Meet & Greet Upgrade
  • Doors: 4PM
  • Show: 4:30PM
  • ALL AGES
See above for more details on this very special event!







INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
BUY TIX

Saturday September 6

Proceeds benefit the rescued cats and kittens of Tree House Humane Society & Chicago Cat Rescue!
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
Hosted by LIL BUB & MIKE BRIDAVSKY
  • $12 GA - $20 Seated
  • $75 VIP
  • $100 Meet & Greet Upgrade
  • Doors: 7PM
  • Show: 7:30PM
  • ALL AGES
See above for more details on this very special event!









INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
BUY TIX

Saturday September 6

Proceeds benefit the rescued cats and kittens of Tree House Humane Society & Chicago Cat Rescue!
INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
Hosted by LIL BUB & MIKE BRIDAVSKY
  • $12 GA - $20 Seated
  • $75 VIP
  • $100 Meet & Greet Upgrade
  • Doors: 10PM
  • Show: 10:30PM
  • 18+
See above for more details on this very special event!









OFFICIAL INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL AFTER-PARTY
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Saturday September 6

In GMan Tavern (3740 N Clark St)
OFFICIAL INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL AFTER-PARTY
  • FREE
  • Show: Midnight
  • 21+
The party doesn’t end after the screenings in Metro! GMan hosts a special performance by Sarah Donner to continue the fun at this afterparty!


ARBOR CREEK
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Saturday September 13

Shoeshine Boy & SwizzleSteve Productions Presents
ARBOR CREEK
  • $12 Adv. - $15 Day Of
  • Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:00PM
  • 18+
The heyday of good ol' time blues and rock 'n' roll has returned! Chicago indie rock band Arbor Creek brings to the table a fresh, modern twist on the blues and jam band sound of the 60's and 70's, with the alternative indie vibe of today's music! With only one member legal to drink and gamble, and the rest still in high school, Arbor Creek's sound is fresh and youthful. The band has opened for Andrew W.K., Black Stone Cherry and Jack Russell's Great White and played shows throughout the area. Their self-titled album was released digitally April 8, 2014 and features many great songs such as "Snow", "The Mountain Song", "Laden Head" and "Four More Words."


J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
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Thursday September 18

101WKQX Welcomes
J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
  • $16 Adv. - $18 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


For J. Roddy Walston & The Business―who formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee―embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit..

Releasing their debut EP Here Comes Trouble in 2002, J. Roddy Walston & The Business relocated to Baltimore in 2004. Along with putting out their first full-length album (2007’s Hail Mega Boys), the band devoted the next few years to earning a reputation as an incendiary live act that devotees aptly liken to “AC/DC fronted by Jerry Lee Lewis.” Along with touring with the likes of The Black Keys, Lucero and the Lumineers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business have brought their joyfully chaotic performance to such festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Bonnaroo. Melting all manner of stereotypes into an as-yet-unnamed breed of New American, each performance finds hipsters hugging Teamsters and sweating till it hurts, and art-school cynics and metalheads screaming out every lyric in some gorgeously desperate attempt to connect. There seems to be a competition between the band and the crowd as to who will give more each night.

On their most recent album, Essential Tremors, J. Roddy Walston & The Business builds off that formula with a mix of heavy hooks and elegant melodies revealing their affinity for artists as disparate as Led Zeppelin, pre-disco-era Bee Gees, The Replacements, Randy Newman, and the Southern soul outfits that once populated the Stax Records label.



BONOBO (DJ Set)
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Friday September 19

BONOBO (DJ Set)
  • $21
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his powers. His 2013 album ‘The North Borders’ was the high watermark of his career to date: a masterful record, marrying Green's inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums.

An artist that constantly pushes himself outside of his musical comfort zone, Bonobo’s ranging personal tastes and regularly expanding range of synthesizers and instruments continue to take his productions to new levels. This outlook has earned him a reputation as one of the most pioneering figures in electronic music. Bonobo is not only one of the world’s hardest working artists in electronic music, but also one of its best.



KONGOS
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Saturday September 20

KONGOS
YOUNG RISING SONS
  • 18+
  • Doors: 8:00PM / Show: 9:00PM
  • $19 Adv. - $21 Day Of
KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers - Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of British singer-songwriter John Kongos, they grew up in London and South Africa, and are now based in Phoenix, AZ. In late October 2013, the band self-released Lunatic in the United States, to widespread acclaim. Their songs “I’m Only Joking” and “Come With Me Now” have been played on radio stations across the country, and Epic Records signed them and re-released the album in January 2014. They have toured around the world, opening for bands including Linkin Park. “Come With Me Now” is heavily influenced by Kwaito music, which is described as being a blend of South African jazz, township pop, and Western house music, and can be heard in commercials, television shows, and sporting events around the United States.


TWIN SHADOW
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Tuesday September 23

TWIN SHADOW
MOVEMENT
  • $21
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+
George Lewis Jr., the nom de plume of Brooklyn indie pop sensation Twin Shadow, first broke through with 2010’s Forget. That first record, co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and initially released on Taylor’s Terrible Records label before getting picked up by 4AD, garnered a lot of praise from the likes of Rolling Stone (“fully-formed, haunted and haunting”), Allmusic (“lush, intricate pop”), and Pitchfork, which named it one of the best albums of 2010. Soon after its release, Lewis began amassing even more fans during a string of headlining club dates (a feat that Lewis will repeat this summer and fall on his “Ton Up” tour), while also opening for Florence and the Machine and playing a number of festivals, including Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonarroo and Austin City Limits. His second, 2012’s Confess, garnered continued praise and even more fans, leading to collaborations and remixes of Lady Gaga and Neon Indian, amongst others. Twin Shadow returns this year on the Eclipse Tour - Be the first to get tickets to hear new songs from the forthcoming album!




STROMAE
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Wednesday September 24

Madison House Presents
STROMAE
  • $26 adv. - $30 day of
  • Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
  • All Ages
Brussels singer-songwriter Stromae, aka Paul Van Haver, is taking over Europe, and brings his mix of hip hop and electro to America this fall. His album, “Racine Carree”, went platinum eight times in Belgium and held the No. 1 chart spot for several weeks in countries throughout Europe. With danceable beats and lyrics addressing the problems of the world, Stromae has won over fans across Europe and beyond – even if they don’t speak French! Kanye West recently remixed the his “Alors On Danse” and Stromae plans to take on America this year!




COLD WAVES III
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Friday September 26

COLD WAVES III
featuring FEAR FACTORY / DIE KRUPPS / ACUMEN NATION / AUTHOR + PUNISHER / SMP / 3TEETH / 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.



JOEY CAPE
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Monday September 29

@ GMan Tavern (3740 N Clark St)
JOEY CAPE
  • $12 adv. - $15 day of
  • Show: 8PM
  • 21+


A musician since the age of 10, for well over 2 decades Joey Cape has been lending his voice, his songwriting skills and his guitar playing and his casual charm to the likes of bands as disparate as Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Bad Astronaut and even to his work as a solo artist. A rock and roll renaissance man, Joey’s a punk, an indie rocker, a troubadour and a cover artist all in one, and he’s been doing it all since before most of us were even born. Prolific as ever, now Joey finds his voice in a steady stream of acoustic releases.

In 2004, Joey made his first solo effort, an acoustic record with the aforementioned Tony Sly. The split LP Acoustic, featured sparse takes on Lagwagon tunes. Then, in 2008, Joey and his acoustic guitar returned with his first in a long line of truly solo efforts Bridge, which featured some never before heard songs that have drawn comparisons to such indie acts as Iron and Wine and Elliot Smith. On his latest acoustic effort, Acoustic Vol. 2, Joey’s side features five more acoustic versions of Lagwagon songs and a new tune while Tony has matched him with five stripped down NUFAN numbers and his respective new song, the last he would record.

Joey shows no sign of slowing down, currently working with Lagwagon on their first full-length album in 8 years, a new Me First and the Gimme Gimmes record and of course his latest solo acoustic L.P., all the while touring in the interim.



KASABIAN
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Wednesday October 1

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


Meeting claims of the death of British guitar music with hugely successful album after hugely successful album, massive sell-out gigs at the O2 Arena and countless festival headlining slots, Kasabian have gone from dance-rock outsiders to one of the biggest rock bands in the country. 2012 was a huge year for the Leicester band – but then, every year has seemed colossal for Kasabian recently. The Band’s fourth album, ‘Velociraptor’, was released in September 2011 to widespread critical acclaim: hailed by many as their finest effort to date. Having moved away from psychedelic breakdowns and interludes, the band have claimed they’re going leftfield with the next album. However far Kasabian venture into the leftfield, though, it’s unlikely that it will hinder their popularity. The band originally formed as Saracuse in 1997, but later changed their name – taking their new moniker from Linda Kasabian, a get-away driver for the notorious Charles Manson. Despite first beginning to record material in the late ‘90s, the band didn’t release their eponymous debut album until 2004 – but it was their run of ever-increasingly popular singles which truly brought them mainstream attention. Their second album, ‘Empire’ was a huge success, spawning a further run of hit singles while the album itself debuted at Number One on the UK Albums Chart. Its follow-up, ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, was their bravest and boldest yet but still no less popular: in additions to scoring them a consecutive Number One, it was also nominated for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize. 2013 saw the band headline dance festival Snowbombing in Austria and play an incendiary set when they headlined Hard Rock Calling in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park. Work on their fifth album has been completed, with the yet unnamed LP slated for release in June.



HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR
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Friday October 3

HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR
  • $18 Adv.
  • Doors: 11:00PM / Show: 11:00PM
  • 18+
The collaborative rotating door of personalities that makes up Hercules and Love Affair has always been a broad church, with ringmaster Andy Butler at the core. Now back with a punchy house record packed full of dance floor anthems, Hercules & Love Affair’s third album “Feast Of The Broken Heart” is certainly bigger and bolder than its predecessors. The goal of Hercules 3.0 is meaningful house music that IS pop music and can speak to the most musically adept of tastes. Andy Butler returns with an exciting new line up of guests; BRITS nominee, John Grant lends his vocals on ‘I Try To Talk To You’ and ‘Liberty’; Rouge Mary, whose deep, spiritual voice is hewn from the gospel education; Belgian singer Gustaph whose counter tenor takes lead on the single ‘Do I Feel The Same?’ and smoky voiced virtuoso Krystle Warren sings the provocative ‘My Offence’. The album has received widespread critical acclaim with coverage in NME, Q, Guardian and DJ Magazine, and the group is taking to the road this fall!


BANKS:  THE GODDESS TOUR
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Tuesday October 7

BANKS:  THE GODDESS TOUR
  • $23
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Banks, an LA based singer songwriter, hasn’t even released her debut album yet (it’s due out this September) but she’s already found clamoring fans and critics’ love by using social media to release her work. Billboard called her a "magnetic writer with songs to obsess over" four months after she posted her first song to Soundcloud. After posting songs on Soundcloud and gaining a large number of listeners, she began working with the label Good Years, releasing two EPs with the Good Years / Iamsound Recordings / Harvest Recordes family.

In late 2013 she received nominations for awards from the BBC and MTV. Banks has been tipped by more than a dozen media outlets as the artist to watch in 2014, including Spin, iTunes, Vogue, Shazam, Spotify, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post. She has toured internationally with The Weeknd, played this year’s Coachella Music Festival, and embarks on her own tour this spring and summer – don’t miss this rising artist!




THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
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Tuesday October 14

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
JULY TALK
  • $17 adv. - $19 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+
The Rural Alberta Advantage come to Metro this fall in support of their latest album, Mended With Gold. In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award Nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), a Long List Nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and a hard-earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see.




ALKALINE TRIO
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Thursday October 16

101WKQX Welcomes
ALKALINE TRIO
  • $33 adv. - $38 day of
  • Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
  • All Ages


Metro is pleased to welcome Alkaline Trio back to our stage for a very special four night engagement. Alkaline Trio will be doing a residency in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York where they will perform all 8 of their albums in 4 nights. Fans will be treated to the band playing all songs from records scoping their 16 year career including: Goddamnit, Maybe I'll Catch Fire, From Here to Infirmary, Good Mourning, Crimson, Agony & Irony, This Addiction, and My Shame Is True. The albums will not be played chronologically and the pairings will not be announced beforehand!

Alkaline Trio first emerged from Chicago in 1996 and has since released eight full length studio albums Goddamnit, Maybe I'll Catch Fire, From Here To Infirmary, Good Mourning, Crimson, Agony & Irony , 2010’s This Addiction which reached #11 on Billboard 200 and Damnesia, which features a selection of beloved fan favorites selected from the group’s extensive catalogue and presented in an intimate-semi unplugged format.

Cult punk rock heroes and longtime friends of Metro, Alkaline Trio returned with a new album, My Shame Is True, this past April. Determined to never make the same record twice, Alkaline Trio have preserved the most electric elements of their collaborative songwriting abilities while pushing ahead creatively and as a band. With multiple world tours, numerous chart successes, and over fifteen years under their belt, the dark punk trio have cemented their legacy with My Shame Is True.



ALKALINE TRIO
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Friday October 17

101WKQX Welcomes
ALKALINE TRIO
  • $33 adv. - $38 day of
  • Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
  • All Ages


See above for details on this very special engagement!



ALKALINE TRIO
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Saturday October 18

101WKQX Welcomes
ALKALINE TRIO
  • $33 adv. - $38 day of
  • Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
  • All Ages


See above for details on this very special engagement!



ALKALINE TRIO
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Sunday October 19

101WKQX Welcomes
ALKALINE TRIO
  • $33 adv. - $38 day of
  • Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM
  • All Ages


See above for details on this very special engagement!


DUM DUM GIRLS
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Friday October 24

93XRT Big Beat Welcomes
DUM DUM GIRLS

ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 7/25 @ NOON

  • $16 adv. - $18 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+
Dum Dum Girls’ have a track record for delivering some pretty bullet-proof, fuzz-filled, dark pop anthems. Just look to every single full-length LP and EP for proof. They did it again with their latest release, "Too True," was was released to critical acclaim in January. The band has spent the year touring around the world, as well as making a short film based on their single "Are You Okay". Now, they hit the road again this fall for a U.S. tour - don't miss it!



RED SCARE 10th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND with
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Saturday October 25

RED SCARE 10th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND with
THE FALCON
THE LILLINGTONS
THE METHADONES
THE BROKEDOWNS
TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET
MASKED INTRUDER
THE REAGANOMICS
DIRECT HIT!
ELWAY
with MORE BANDS and EVENTS TBA
  • $25
  • Doors: 3PM / Show: 3:30 PM
  • 18+
Chicago label Red Scare Industries will celebrate their tenth anniversary this fall at Metro with a very special anniversary show on October 25. In the spirit of a family reunion of sorts, the show will feature The Falcon (original lineup), recently reformed The Lillingtons, The Methadones (Dan Vapid of Screeching Weasel’s first show in three years) and Elgin punk heroes The Brokedowns. This will be an all day show starting at 3pm, and many more bands will be announced as the date gets closer.

Tobias Jeg founded Red Scare Industries in 2004 in San Francisco while still an employee of Fat Wreck Chords. After working at the label for years and bringing bands like The Lawrence Arms and Against Me! over to Fat, he decided to strike out on his own and released the debut EP of The Falcon (members of The Lawrence Arms, Alkaline Trio, and ex-Rise Against). Red Scare relocated to Chicago in 2007 to be closer to the Midwestern punk scene and label co-conspirator, Brendan Kelly. Soon, the label was embraced by the locals and as been voted “Best Local Label” multiple times by the Chicago Reader. Red Scare has had a history of developing bands and encourages its artists to move on to bigger labels, all the while maintaining friendships and working relationships with all the bands. Today, the label boasts over twenty bands on the roster, some of whom (The Menzingers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder) have indeed went on to bigger labels like Epitaph and Fat Wreck.



HOZIER
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Sunday October 26

93XRT Welcomes
HOZIER
  • $20
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


It’s not often that you stumble across a songwriter whose lyrics both sound and read like poetry. When those lyrics are set to music that balances burning indignation with lilting tenderness, and delivered in a voice imbued with the spiritual passion and yearning of gospel and the blues, you figure you’ve chanced upon something special. And so it is with 23-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne, an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from County Wicklow who goes by the name of Hozier.

Raised in a musical family, and briefly a student of music at Trinity College Dublin, Hozier’s childhood and adolescent listening was dominated, he says, “by Chicago blues, Texan blues, Chess Records, Motown, and then I discovered jazz, but more importantly, Delta blues –that extraordinarily haunting sound. He joined his first band when he was 15 years old, fronting a soul band with some older heads. Taught himself to play guitar and piano, and went to Trinity College to study music. Whilst there, he bagged a seat on the flight deck of the symphonic B-52 that is the Trinity Orchestra, fronting their missions into the world of classic rock. Home is where the art is, and a simple studio, set up in the attic proved to be the crucible where Hozier would forge a musical identity he could call his own.

In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church, with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube and Reddit. It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart on October 25, 2013. He followed it up with the new EP From Eden. His full-length debut album is scheduled to be released at the end of Summer 2014 by Columbia Records. He is writing away, he says, sat in the attic mining his emotions, wrestling his demons, playing with fire, struggling with the contradictions of life. It seems a terribly cruel thing to say, but for our great benefit, if not for his, long may those fires rage.


AMERICAN AUTHORS
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Wednesday October 29

2014 HONDA CIVIC TOUR PRESENTS
AMERICAN AUTHORS
  • $20
  • Doors: 6:00PM / Show: 6:30PM
  • All Ages





ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
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Thursday October 30

93XRT Welcomes
ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
  • $20
  • Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7:30PM
  • All Ages
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises.

The recently released Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.

Front man Paul Janeway’s handle “St. Paul” is a wry allusion to the vocalist’s grounding in the church. Like many a legendary soul singer, Janeway, a native of the small town of Chelsea, Alabama, was raised on the gospel side, in a non-denominational, Pentecostal-leaning local church. Reaching back nearly 50 years to methods employed the great epoch of deep Southern soul, the group eschewed studio trickery for an in-the-moment approach during sessions at the Nutthouse in Muscle Shoals, AL. All six members share writing credit on 10 of the songs on Half The City, with Janeway contributing lyrics.

Half The City – vital, direct, emotionally affecting – presents the same engaged, high-voltage, in-the-pocket sound that St. Paul & The Broken Bones produce at their live dates, where Janeway’s extroverted performing style enraptures his audiences. Don’t miss it!



ST. LUCIA
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Tuesday November 11

The Night Comes Again Tour
ST. LUCIA
VACATIONER
  • $18 adv. - $20 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+


Brooklyn based electro-pop outfit St. Lucia will embark on the just-announced “The Night Comes Again Tour” of North America, headlining the largest venues of their career. The band recently released the deluxe edition of their electrifying debut album When The Night, featuring three brand new and exclusive tracks. Filled with their trademark modernized new-wave, When The Night (Deluxe Edition) is available now.

Earlier this year, St. Lucia’s sold out all 23 shows on their North American headline tour, several within minutes. Most recently, the band was direct support to Foster The People on their spring tour. St. Lucia will hit the festival circuit this summer, with performances scheduled at Summerfest, Forecastle and Osheaga, before heading out this fall to venues including Metro!




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.


DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.
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Friday November 21

DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.
  • $16 adv. - $18 day of
  • Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
  • 18+
Formed in late 2009, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is the off-kilter title under which Detroit-area natives Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott record, release and perform music. Initially beginning as an exercise in collaboration undertaken with very little intention of ever being publicly consumed, the band’s trajectory has been as unexpected as it has been unlikely. In just a few short years, fans have seen the project grow from basement recording project--to media curiosity--to an international touring ensemble widely recognized for their joy-fueled live offerings.