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Monday, August 1, 2016

The best fashions at Lollapalooza 2016

Posted By on 08.01.16 at 03:59 PM

  • Kari Herrera

Lollapalooza may not have the boho fashion cred of Coachella or Glastonbury, but for four days the festival turned Grant Park into a parade of original looks. The overall theme seemed to be "come as you are, with a dash of who you want to be." Feel like wearing a full-length prom gown over combat boots? Knock yourself out. Thinking more jeans and a T-shirt topped with a dramatic mermaid crown? That’s cool too. The festival's diverse bookings—the headliners included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and Vic Mensa—were reflected in the crowd’s style.

What trends didn’t surprise? Flower crowns and bikini tops. They’re inevitable (sadly). What was surprising? Parasols, drum-major hats, and endless variations of the classic Bulls jersey. While some went all-out, most stayed low-key—Malia Obama, for instance, kept it chill in khaki shorts and earth tones. No big deal.

There was something for everyone on the festival fashion scene this year. Here we’ve gathered our favorite looks from Lollapalooza 2016.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Guess who’s on this week’s cover and win VIP passes to the 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival

Posted By on 07.13.16 at 11:30 AM

  • Jason Wyatt Frederick

Half of humanity might be awkwardly capturing virtual pets on their phones, but we've got a way better game for you to play this week.

Take a good, long look at the Where's Waldo?-style illustration on the cover of this week's issue—our annual Pitchfork Music Festival preview— by Jason Wyatt Frederick. It's full of Chicagoans of varying levels of fame and infamy, plus visual puns of Pitchfork acts.

The person who correctly identifies the most people and music acts will receive a pair of three-day VIP passes to this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival. To get a better view of who's who, click the image above for a full version. (If you're on a mobile device, click this link to zoom in.)

So hurry up and send your answers, along with your full name, to pitchfork@chicagoreader.com for your chance to score free drinks,  side-of-stage access, and more at this year's indie-rock party at Union Park. The deadline is 2 PM on Thursday, July 14 so HURRY UP!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Photos of Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation from Friday's Metro show

Posted By on 04.11.16 at 03:44 PM

King and Abbath Doom Occulta onstage with Abbath at Metro - BOBBY TALAMINE
  • Bobby Talamine
  • King and Abbath Doom Occulta onstage with Abbath at Metro

On Friday, Metro hosted the Decibel Magazine Tour, headlined by Abbath—the new group fronted by Abbath Doom Occulta, former front man for iconic Norwegian black-metal band Immortal. The stacked bill also included Oakland barbarian-metal overlords High on Fire, Ohio blackened thrashers Skeletonwitch, and Swedish vampire impersonators Tribulation. Chicago photographer Bobby Talamine shot everybody but openers Green Death, who hail from what they call Death Moines, Iowa.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Five things to know about Lil B before the Lil B Pitchfork Fest aftershow

Posted By on 07.17.15 at 08:00 AM

Lil B at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2013 - LYDIA GORHAM
  • Lydia Gorham
  • Lil B at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2013

Lil B ("the Based God" to his fans) is the type of celebrity that could only exist in this weird, postmodern digital age. Over the past five years, he's amassed an Internet cult that includes more than a million Twitter followers.

There's a lot to unpack with Lil B—he's one of the most mystifying musicians working today, and even fans who think they know what he's about are likely still scratching the surface. Tonight at a First Ward show presented by ILoveMakonnen, Lil B performs as part of a collaboration called Superchef with Tunji Ige, Sonny Digital, Green Lantern, and Speakerfoxxx. (It's free, but you've got to RSVP through Boiler Room.) In case this is your introduction to the Based God, here are five essential facts about him—soon you'll be doing his trademark cooking dance with the best of them.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Want to win a three-day VIP pass to this year's (2015) Pitchfork Music Festival?

Posted By on 07.14.15 at 11:15 AM

  • Jason Frederick

Many of my Reader coworkers know that I have a somewhat amusing, mostly annoying habit of requesting that all our covers should take the form of Mad magazine fold-in covers. When I propose this in editorial staff meetings, it is under the assumption that it will never happen. Well, dreams do come true. This year, local genius Jason Frederick made his annual Pitchfork Music Festival B Side cover a Mad magazine-style fold-in. And if my dream came true, well, yours probably can as well.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Find your favorite new local rock LP at the Chicago Independent Labels Pop-Up Shop

Posted By on 03.20.15 at 01:00 PM

Poor iPod Classic
  • Poor iPod Classic
On Sunday more than a dozen local record labels will join together at the Empty Bottle for the Chicago Independent Labels Pop-Up Shop. The list of imprints slinging new records and cassettes includes classical-focused Parlour Tapes; the in-house label belonging to Permanent Records; and the eclectic FPE Records, which was founded in 2012 by Matt Pakulski (he also came up with the idea for the pop-up event). "I feel like there's this critical mass of people that are making new records in Chicago, and there isn't really a good venue for them to sell the records in," Pakulski says. "So I decided to make a venue for them to sell records in."

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Local band Pet Symmetry has just the thing for emo-loving dog owners

Posted By on 03.13.15 at 08:00 AM

Pet Symmetry
The ways in which musicians tempt music fans into buying an album can be as interesting and colorful as the music itselft, especially when it comes to the items included in a physical release. Actually, I sometimes find the add-ons more entertaining than the music: I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about purchasing the "Ultra LP" version of Jack White's Lazaretto for the vinyl's bells and whistles (a hand-etched hologram?!), and not the actual songs. Sure, vinyl-specific gimmicks have their drawbacks—the elaborate pop-up art included in the deluxe double-LP version of Father John Misty's recent I Love You, Honeybear warped the records—and they can come off as cheap money grabs. But when a piece of nonmusical "flair" is executed in style it can reflect all the best parts of the music it represents.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The new Wedding Dress LP has a new video to go along with it

Posted By on 11.20.14 at 02:00 PM

Wedding Dress
  • Jessica Price
  • Wedding Dress
Tomorrow night, local indie-pop outfit Wedding Dress celebrate the release of their excellent debut LP, this week's Desperate Glow, with a show at Township. To go along with the record, they've shared the video for Desperate Glow's first single, "Heirloom." The video is the first official project from The Great Northern, a new video-production company run by Wedding Dress front man Erin Elders. The video's oddball storyline comes with a high-gloss sheen, an aesthetic that seems to mirror the band's ability to blend oddball, experimental bedroom recordings with huge-hooks pop-rock—a perfect visual component to the obtusely catchy track. Check it out below.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Deathface's Johnny Love gets your body and wardrobe in shape

Posted By on 08.26.14 at 03:34 PM

Just do it. And by it I mean wear this shirt.
  • Courtesy of #HealthGoth
  • Just do it. And by "it" I mean wear this shirt.
If you're eager to get in shape while blasting goth, industrial, and darkwave on your little white earbuds then electronic-music wiz and local party promoter Johnny Love is here to help. Love, the man behind nu-industrial outfit Deathface, just released a PDF of workout tips for fans of dark, menacing electronic music, which he calls the "#HealthGoth Fitness Bible." The all-caps guide to getting in shape is a fun, quick read regardless of whether or not you plan to follow Love's words about, say, eating before hitting the gym: "Pre-workout is better than cocaine, because instead of talking about bullshit for an hour, you get a sick pump, and everyone loves vascularity."

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Friday, July 18, 2014

And the winner of our 2014 Pitchfork cover contest is . . .

Posted By on 07.18.14 at 02:30 PM

Some people have strange talents. Take Patrick Stanton—he has managed to win this contest for the second year in a row. Patrick correctly identified a mind-boggling 46 characters on this year's B Side cover, no small feat.

This year, we've provided a detailed key of everyone and everything that appears on Jason Wyatt Frederick's Pitchfork cover. Take a look below and see what you might have missed (and use the image above for reference). And keep checking back here for the rest of our coverage of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival.

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