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  • George Ezra performs with Sam Smith in Chicago

    George Ezra – 2015 Tour
    UIC Pavilion – Chicago, IL

    All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

    George Ezra - 2015 Tour - UIC Pavilion

    George Ezra is currently opening for Sam Smith on his 2015 tour. The English vocalists packed the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, January 23, for a sold-out show. Ezra will support Hozier following his stint with Smith before heading out for his own headline dates.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    Demi Lovato fills Allstate Arena to the rafters

    Demi Lovato – 2014 Neon Lights Tour
    United Center – Chicago, IL

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    Demi Lovato - 2014 Neon Lights Tour

    Disney icon Demi Lovato brought her 2014 Neon Lights tour to Allstate Arena near Chicago on March 14. The tour included X Factor contestants Fifth Harmony and the 2011 winners of the U.K. version, Little Mix.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    The Rave brings an evening of pop to Milwaukee with Emblem3

    Emblem3 – 2014 #BandLife Tour
    The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

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    Emblem3 - 2014 #BandLife Tour

    Emblem3 brought their 2014 #BandLife tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 14. The Valentine’s Day crowd consisted of a mostly female crowd that were psyched to see the former X-Factor contestants perform in support of their debut album, “Nothing to Lose.” Pop duo MKTO provided direct support while Jackson Guthy opened the show.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    Pink brings ‘Love’ to Milwaukee, gets same in return

    P!nk – 2014 Truth About Love Tour
    Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI

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    Pink - 2014 Truth About Love Tour

    Pop sensation Pink pulled into the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 9 during her worldwide ‘Truth About Love’ tour. The show was a Broadway caliber performance teeming with erotic overtones that told a story with narration by the show’s emcee, Rubix. An abundance of Cirque du Soleil inspired maneuvers interspersed into the set kept fans on their toes. New Politics opened the show.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    Cyndi Lauper still ‘Unusual’ after 30 years

    Cyndi Lauper – 2013 She’s So Unusual Tour
    Capitol Theater – Madison, WI

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    Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual Tour

    Cyndi Lauper is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakout debut album, “She’s So Unusual.” The tour rolled into Madison, Wis., on October 29, selling out the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts on Tuesday night. Female rock artist Hunter Valentine opened the show and drew a strong response from the capacity crowd.

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    Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty celebrate life in Moline

    Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox Twenty – 2013 Tour
    i Wireless Center – Moline, IL

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    Goo Goo Dolls - 2013 Tour 1

    Roughly a week into their co-headline tour, Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls converged upon Moline, Ill. to perform at show at i Wireless Center on July 10. The pairing brought together two artists that consistently produce commercially successful songs, offering nearly three hours of hit music.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    Jewel closes out ‘Greatest Hits’ tour in Dubuque

    Jewel – 2013 “Greatest Hits” Tour
    Diamond Jo – Dubuque, IA

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    Jewel - Greatest Hits 2013 tour

    Award winning singer-songwriter Jewel closed out her 2013 tour of intimate venues at Diamond Jo in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, June 20. Supporting her first ‘Greatest Hits’ album, she performed an acoustic set in front of a packed house with Tori Kelly opening the show.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    Alicia Keys plays Chicago’s United Center

    Alicia Keys – 2013 “Set the World on Fire” Tour
    United Center – Chicago, IL

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    Alicia Keys - 2013 tour

    Alicia Keys wrapped up her “Set the World on Fire” North American tour at the United Center despite a blustery and damp Chicago evening on April 18. Roughly 7,000 fans ventured out on a day that saw torrential rain produce flooded interstates, in addition to neighborhood sinkholes that had absorbed entire vehicles.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    Emblem3 rides ‘Riptide’ into Chicago’s House of Blues

    Emblem3 – 2013 Tour
    House of Blues – Chicago, IL

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    Fans lined up around the block at House of Blues in Chicago on Tuesday, March 26, waiting to catch Emblem3. It was the first of two sold-out shows at HOB, and the final stop on the current leg of their 2013 tour.

    Emblem3 - Chicago - 2013 Tour

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    Shuteye releases Hush Hush

    Shuteye Chicago


    Shuteye is award-winning singer-songwriter Elysia Hang-fu and veteran DJ/Producer Alena Ratner. Before finding one another both artists spent several years writing music and lyrics of their own. So by the time they met in 2010 they had a massive amount of unused material. After meeting each other they realized they were each other’s missing piece. They blended their art into a unique electronic sound that became Shuteye. This Chicago duo brings their own sound that truly is emotionally electrifying! Shuteye has shared the stage with artists such as Ladyhawke, The Deertracks, Peaches, JD Samson & Toro Y Moi. In May Shuteye won the Monster Diesel VEKTR Headphones Contest which got their song “Heats And Stones” converted to a 3D track. The track was featured in displays around the world! The band was recently voted Runner Up for “Best New Band” in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2012.” They debuted their first EP Sun Night Sky in 2011 which is a off their brand new album Hush Hush that just released last week. Take a listen for yourself!

    Find Shuteye on FacebookSpotifyiTunes & CD Baby.

    Upcoming Shows:

    Dec 30th at The Empty Bottle – Chicago

    Dec 31st at Subterranean – Chicago

    Ellie Goulding is back with Halcyon! Listen to “Anything Can Happen” Now!

    Ellie Goulding just released the lyric video for her first single off her sophomore album HALCYON, which is due out in the US on October 9th via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Halcyon is the follow-up to her highly successful debut Lights. Lights was the best selling debut album in the UK in 2010 and certified double-platinum in the US.  Her hit single “Lights” has already sold over 2.9 million copies, which is an impressive feat these days.

    The video is for “Anything Could Happen” and contains Instagram photos from her fans.

    If you dig it, the single is available for purchase on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/AnythingCouldHappen

    The Lollapalooza Lowdown!

    coldplay lollapaloozaLollapalooza starts tomorrow and we have the lowdown!

    2012 tickets sold out in records time, 71 days prior to the event, but those who didn’t score the coveted tickets can stream the show at http://youtube.com/lollapalooza. Live streams and interviews will be available for Jack White, AVICII, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Ocean, The Shins, Florence + The Machine, and more.

    Something cool this year is the stand-alone LollaShop.  The Shop is open to the public through August 6th and has Lollapalooza merchandise and merch from Sony, Goorlin Bros. Hats, Baggu plus many more.  The LollaShop is located Thompson Hotel and the Lounge will host events and artist appearances, and yoga.  Make sure to reserve a spot by RSVPing at http://do312.com/lollashop.

    When there is just too much to carry, State Farm is providing a bag check. This is free and located west of Buckingham Fountain.

    Lolla + Instagram + Free WIFI

    This year Lollapalooza is having bands and fans Instagram photos showing up on the jumbotron around the stages.  Remember to tag all Lollapalooza photos this weekend in Instagram with #lolla.  Don’t use Instagram? iPhone and Android photos also show up in the Lollapalooza mobile app that is available for free on Google Play and iTunes.

    To assist in uploading all those Instagram photos, Lolla is providing FREE WIFI around the park.  There will be hotspots near Buckingham Fountain, Lederhosen’s Biergarten, Uncorked Win Lounge, all Lolla Lounges, and more.  The network to select is “2012 Lolla.”

    What’s Allowed and Not Allowed in the Park

    Since it’s been hot around Chicago and the Midwest, festivals such and Summerfest and now Lollapalooza are allowing patrons to bring in 2 SEALED bottles into the festival.  Also allowed is an empty, refillable bottle.  There will be commemorative CamelBak water bottles and packs at merch booths.  The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic containers in the park with partners Boxed Water and Vita Coco Coconut Water.

    Along with the sealed bottles the following items are ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

    Blankets, Sheets, Towels

    Umbrellas (ONLY Hand-Held)

    Soft-Sided Coolers

    Baby Strollers


    Non-Professional Recording Equipment (Point & Shoot Cameras, Flip Video Cameras, etc.)

    The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

    Weapons of Any Kind, including Fireworks or Explosives of Any Kind

    Illegal or Illicit Substances of Any Kind

    Large Backpacks (Framed, Hiking Backpacks, etc.)

    Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans.

    Outside Food or Drinks (including Alcohol), except Two Factory-Sealed Water Bottles (up to 1 Liter each)

    Skateboards, Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles

    Bicycles Inside Festival Grounds (Plenty Bike Racks are available near The Box Office).

    Carts, Tents & Chairs of Any Kind

    Hard-Sided Coolers

    Pets (except Service Dogs)

    Professional Recording (Photo, Video, Audio) Equipment (NO Detachable Zoom Lense, Tripods or Other Commerical Equipment

    No Unauthorized/Unlicensed Vendors Allowed. No Unauthorized Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Give-Aways, etc.

    The FOOD

    For the newcomers to Lolla the food is plentiful and diverse.  Chef Graham Elliot returned as the Culinary Ambassador to oversee the food is top notch.

    Not everyone eats meat and besides having some great choices from food vendors, there is also the return of the Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free patrons.


    Lollapalooza started with showcasing music, but today Lollapalooza has much more to experience than just music.

    Green Workshops

    In conjunction with the Farmers Market, there will be brief urban gardening workshops provided by Compass Green. These workshops support education in low-income schools.  These workshops are at the south end of Green Street each day of Lolla at 1p.m.


    For those who are bringing the kids along there is Kidzapalooza.  Kids 10 and under enter the festival within Lolla for free.  It has its own stage and interactive games from Rock Star Video Karaoke to hip-hop workshops with the Q Brothers. Face painting is also taken to a whole other level as kids are transformed into rock stars and get a photo shoot all glammed up.

    Do312 Celebrity Kickball

    For the 3rd year running, DO312 put together a stellar line-up for the game that takes place Saturday morning at 11:15a.m.  at the north end of the festival by the Red Bull Soundstage.  This year’s celebrities include Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Chef Guy Fieri, Ryan Cabrera, Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, Chris Holmes, Greg Corner, Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Paradise, Dave Ziebarth, Kaylee DeFer from Gossip Girl.

    For the full Lollapalooza 2012 schedule head over to http://lineup.lollapalooza.com/events/2012/08/03/.




    This Band’s Original Line-up is Back!

    Shiny toy guns benjy russell

    Pictured l to r: Carah Faye Charnow, Jeremy Dawson, Chad Petree, Mikey Martin
    Photo credit: Benjy Russell

    Carah Faye Charnow was the original singer for Shiny Toy Guns and helped drive the band to it’s fame back in 2006 with “Le Disko” and “You Are The One” from their debut We Are Pilots. After 6 years Carah is back and Shiny Toy Guns is set to release their third album, III, October 9th via Five Seven Music.

    The band also released the video for their first single off III on Vevo today. Watch “Waiting Alone” below.

    Shiny Toy Guns – “Waiting Alone” off their upcoming album III

    Shiny Toy Guns around the net:

    Gavin DeGraw and Tiesto ensured the Summerfest heatwave continued

    Gavin Degraw – 2012 Summerfest
    BMO Harris Bank Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI

    All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

    Gavin DeGraw - 2012 Summerfest

    Following a dark Monday, 2012 Summerfest kicked into gear on Tuesday, July 3 with DJ sensations Steve Aoki and Tiesto headlining the Marcus Amphitheater. Those who were sane enough to avoid the dance party could choose between Gavin DeGraw, Joe Walsh and Skillet amongst the major headliners.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    In Photos: Robyn at Summerfest

    Miller Lite Oasis

    Robyn Summerfest Miller Lite Oasis 2012

    On Sunday night Robyn headlined the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She capped a day full of electro-pop music from Chicago’s own Pyro Fighters and Dot Dot Dot.

    Photos from Robyn’s set at Summerfest:




    In photos: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour at Summerfest

    The Beach Boys
    Milwaukee, WI

    Photos from The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour  at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI

    And for those who are wondering,,,,,,,,,, they sounded amazing.


    Train runs into Fun. at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee

    Train w/ Kelly Clarkson – 2012 Summerfest
    Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI

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    Train - Summerfest 2012

    Kelly Clarkson and Train packed the Marcus Amphitheater at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 29. Jimmy Cliff, Kellie Pickler, Cowboy Mouth, Mutemath and The Hives were other featured headliners. However it was Fun., one of the breakout artists from 2011, that appeared to have drawn the largest crowd on the general admission ground’s stages. Fortunately, a cool lake breeze finally quelled the oppressive heat from the previous few days.

    Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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    Blind Pilot Returns to Lollapalooza!

    Blind Pilot promo

    Blind Pilot has come a long way from starting as a two man band into a now 6-piece ensemble. Back in 2008 they went on tour with their instruments strapped to their bikes. On that tour they made over two dozen stops along the West Coast up into Portland, Oregon.  That next year they were playing the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, California and made their debut at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

    Lollapalooza welcomes Blind Pilot back to Grant Park  this summer! They are also hitting the road debuting their sophomore album, We Are The Tide. The sophomore album follows their grassroots break-out debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, that sold over 50,000 albums and was featured in NPR’s “Best Music of 2008” roundup.  That year they also played the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, California. This Portland-based band is a must see!

    Lollapalooza is set for August 3-5, 2012 and tickets are getting very scarce! Check out ticket availability here.

    Blind Pilot Tour Dates:

    Date Venue Location
      May 25 Les Schwab Amphitheaterw/ The Shins, The H… Bend, OR
    May 27 Sasquatch! George, WA
    May 28 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29 Red Rocks Amphitheatrew/ The Shins, The H… Morrison, CO
    May 31 Harrah’s Council Bluffsw/ The Shins Council Bluffs, IA
    Jun 02 Molson Canadian Amphitheatrew/ Dave Matthews Band Toronto, Canada
    Jun 03 Blossom Music Centerw/ Dave Matthews Band Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    Jun 05 Webster Hallw/ Dan Mangan New York, NY
    Jun 06 The Nationalw/ Dan Mangan Richmond, VA
    Jun 07 Neighborhood Theatrew/ Dan Mangan Charlotte, NC
    Jun 09 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
    Jul 06 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
    Jul 07 The Fonda Theatre Hollywood, CA
    Jul 08 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
    Jul 10 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
    Jul 11 Santa Fe Sol Santa Fe, NM
    Jul 13 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX
    Jul 14 Kessler Theater Dallas, TX
    Jul 15 Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX
    Jul 17 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
    Jul 18 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OH
    Jul 20 Firefly Festival (July 20-22) Dover, DE
    Jul 23 Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen, MI
    Jul 25 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
    Jul 26 Corona Theatre Montreal, Canada
    Jul 27 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
    Jul 28 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI
    Jul 30 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
    Jul 31 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
    Aug 02 Deluxe at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
    Aug 03 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
    Aug 04 The Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
    Aug 06 The Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
    Aug 08 Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
    Aug 09 Sheridan Opera House Telluride, CO
    Aug 11 Chautuaqua Auditorium Boulder, CO
    Aug 12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO
    Apr 27 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Oregon Symphony) Portland, OR



    B96 Summer Bash Line-up and Ticket Information

    B96 Summer Bash
    June 16, 2012
    Toyota Park
    Bridgeview, IL
    Tickets: Start at $50 to $100 plus service fees

    B96 Summer Bash 2012

    The summer concert season has already started with the likes of the Hangout Music Festival and Rock on the Range taking place this weekend and Summer Camp next holiday weekend. What is now a staple of B96.3FM, the B96 Summer Bash is right around the corner.  The Bash takes place June 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois and the bill is a hot one with Flo Rida, The Wanted, Big Time Rush, Sean Paul, Dev, Mike Posner, and internet sensation, Karmin taking the stage and more to be announced. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for free Summer Bash ticket giveaways at locations around Chicago.

    The Line-up:
    Flo Rida
    The Wanted
    Big Time Rush
    Sean Paul
    Mike Posner
    & more!

    Ticket information from Ticketmaster:

    US $50.00 – US $125.00
    US $50.00 Ticket + US $10.20 Fees =
    US $60.20US $125.00 Ticket + US $12.95 Fees =
    US $137.95

    US $25.00 – US $85.00
    US $25.00 Ticket + US $7.60 Fees =
    US $32.60US $85.00 Ticket + US $11.05 Fees =
    US $96.05

    US $9.63
    US $9.63 Ticket + US $7.25 Fees =
    US $16.88

    Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester Hits the Road with Check in the Dark

    Leighton Meester Check in the Dark 2012 Tour posterGossip Girl just wrapped up its 6th season on the WB this past Monday, but that’s not stopping one of its stars from working.  Leighton Meester is hitting the road on a 5 city tour starting on May 29th in Seattle, Washington at the Showbox and ending in Anaheim, California at the House of Blues.   Check in the Dark will be supporting Meester on all the tour dates.

    Leighton was signed to Universal Republic in 2009 and released her first single “Somebody to Love”  featuring Alan Thicke and then “Your Love’s a Drug,” but no full album…yet. To stay on top of everything Leighton Meester follow her on Twitter. Universal hasn’t kept up with updating her website, which is a pain.

    Leighton Meester Tour Dates:

    5/29  Seattle, WA  Showbox at the Market
    5/30  Vancouver, BC, Canada  Vogue Theatre
    5/31  Portland, OR    Hawthorne Theatre
    6/1  San Francisco, CA    Slims
    6/4  Anaheim, CA   House of Blues

    Shonen Knife Celebrate 30 Years with 30 North American Tour Dates!

    Shonen Knife is celebrating their 30th anniversary with 30 new North American tour dates! This female pop/punk band from Japan is also set to release their 19th album, Pop Tune, June 6th off Good Charamel Records in North America. Pre-order will be available soon through their label website: www.goodcharamel.com.

    We last caught up with this trio back in 2010 at their stop at Schubas Tavern in Chicago and played 10 questions with Naoko!  This is a must-see tour for punk fans!

    Shonen Knife North American Tour Dates:
    7-19 Philadelphia, PA- Johnny Brenda’s*
    7-20 Asbury Park, NJ –Asbury Lanes*
    7-21 Brooklyn, NY- The Bell House*
    7-22 Hoboken, NJ- Maxwells*
    7-24 Providence, RI- Providence Social Club*
    7-25 Portland, ME – Space Gallery*
    7-26 Allston, MA- Great Scotts*
    7-27 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
    7-28 Long Lake, NY – Mt. Sabattis Pavillion*
    7-29 Bethlehem, PA- Levitt Pavillion Steelstacks*
    7-30 Detroit, MI- Lager House -*
    7-31 Great Rapids, MI- The Pyramid Scheme*
    8-2 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle*
    8-3 TBA
    8-4 Minneapolis, MN-The Entry
    8-5 Fargo, ND- The Aquarium
    8-8 Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
    8-9 Portland, OR- Dante’s
    8-10 San Francisco, Ca- Bottom of the Hill
    8-11 San Jose, CA- Blank Club
    8-12 So Cal. – TBD
    8-13 So Cal – TBD
    8-14 Tucson, AZ- Club Congress
    8-16 Austin, TX- Red 7 –
    8-17 Dallas, TX- Club Dada
    8-18 Little Rock, AR- Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken
    8-19 Nashville, TN- Exit / In*
    8-20 Cincinnati, OH- Taft Theatre*
    8-21 Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom*
    8-22 Toronto, ON- The Quadrangle / Hart House
    * w/ opening band White Mystery


    Summerfest Announces the Miller Lite Oasis Headliners for 2012!

    Summerfest header 2012

    It was just last month Summerfest announced their Grounds headliners including big names such as The Avett Brothers, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Joss Stone, and many more.  Today the festival released the headliners for the Miller Lite Oasis stage.  It consists of a diverse group of musicians from pop, DJs, to country music.  There is definitely something for everyone in this bunch.

    June 27 10:00 pm Kool & the Gang
    June 28 6:30 pm Josh Thompson (Country Throwdown Tour)
    8:00 pm Rodney Atkins (Country Throwdown Tour)
    10:00 pm Gary Allan (Country Throwdown Tour)
    June 29 10:00 pm TBD
    June 30 10:00 pm The Roots
    July 1 10:00 pm Robyn
    July 3 10:00 pm Joe Walsh
    July 4 10:00 pm Ziggy Marley
    July 5 10:00 pm TBD
    July 6 6:30 pm Atmosphere
    10:00 pm Paul Oakenfold
    July 7 10:00 pm Cake
    July 8 10:00 pm Sublime with Rome

    For more information on Summerfest and Summerfest tickets, head over to: http://summerfest.com/connect/miller-lite-oasis-headliners-2012#.T5Bgj7NYueY

    KISS 103.5’s Fantabuloso Line-Up and Information

    KISS 103.5 Fantabuloso
    Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
    May 18, 2012
    TIME: 5:30 P.M.
    Tickets: $25 to $95 (ticket information is below)

    Fantabuloso 5 18 KISS 103.5’s Fantabuloso is always a good time and filled with today’s hottest acts and this Fantabuloso lives up to its name.  Last year Pitbull headlined with Far East Movement, and Jessie J also on the bill. Check last years show coverage including photos here.  Artists that are currently scheduled to appear this year are:

    Enrique Iglesias
    Gym Class Heroes
    The Wanted
    Cobra Starship
    Havana Brown
    Neon Hitch
    Carly Rae Jepsen
    Adam Lambert

    Ticket information:

    US $55.00 – US $95.00
    US $55.00 Ticket + US $10.65 Fees = US $65.65
    US $95.00 Ticket + US $11.65 Fees = US $106.65

    US $25.00 – US $85.00
    US $25.00 Ticket + US $9.90 Fees = US $34.90
    US $85.00 Ticket + US $11.40 Fees = US $96.40

    US $25.00 – US $35.00
    US $25.00 Ticket + US $9.90 Fees = US $34.90
    US $35.00 Ticket + US $10.15 Fees = US $45.15

    For more information about the event, head to: http://www.1035kissfm.com/pages/fantabuloso2012/

    Kelly Clarkson and The Fray Head Out on Tour!

    Kelly Clarkson and the Fray tour

    Kelly Clarkson is back on tour later this summer! This time around The Fray is joining her as co-headliners with Carolina Liar as the opener on this 30 plus city tour. Kelly Clarkson is out supporting her newest album is Stronger and The Fray has Scars & Stories. Tour dates are below.

    Tour Dates:

    7/21/12             Ridgefield, Washington – Sleep Country Amphitheater
    7/22/12             Airway Heights, Washington – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
    7/25/12             Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
    7/27/12             Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea – The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
    7/28/12             Murphys, CA – Ironstone Winery
    7/30/12             Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
    8/1/12               Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
    8/2/12               Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
    8/4/12               Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
    8/6/12               Orange Beach, AL – Amphitheater at The Wharf
    8/8/12               Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
    8/10/12             Detriot, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
    8/14/12             Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
    8/16/12             Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
    8/17/12             Hershey, PA – Hershey Stadium – Summer MixTape Fest
    8/19/12             Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    8/21/12             Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
    8/23/12             Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
    8/25/12             Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
    8/26/12             Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
    8/28/12             Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    8/29/12             Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands- Marvin Sands PAC
    9/1/12               Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
    9/2/12               Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
    9/7/12               Houston, Texas – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    9/11/12             Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
    9/12/12             Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    9/14/12             Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
    9/15/12             Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    Ticket on-sales will begin on Friday, April 20 at 10AM. For exclusive information regarding ticket pre-sales, meet and greet opportunities, and other exclusive perks, log on to www.kellyclarkson.com or www.thefray.com/us/news.

    Jon McLaughlin Makes Promises

    Jon McLaughlin
    Promising Promises
    Razor & Tie
    Release: 22 May 2012

    In September of last year Jon McLaughlin released his album Forever if Ever. On May 22nd he will release an updated and remixed/remastered version of that album along with new artwork and packagin. Jon has also included three new singles for his fans. One of the new singles can be heard below, the album’s first single, “Summer Is Over” featuring Sara Bareilles is on sale now –Buy HERE and Listen HERE.

    * Look out for the title track “I’ll follow you”, it’s enough to make most tough guys well up, myself included.

    The 2012 Lollapalooza Line-Up is HERE!

    lollapalooza logo

    Update 12:01 a.m. CST: The official announcement for Lollapalooza is in.

    lollapalooza 2012 lineup

    Update: The Sun-Times article is currently not loading…or alas it has been pulled.  Chicago Tribune and Pitchfork are now posting the line-up. See below.

    Apparently the leak was true and the 2012 Lollapalooza headliners  include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black KeysBlack Sabbath, Jack White, Florence and the Machine, and At the Drive-In to name a few. The Chicago Sun Times, COS, and even the Brooklyn Vegan are confirming. Also posting Chicago Tribune and Pitchfork!

    The only tickets left are the 3 day tickets that are currently going for $230.  All single day tickets, souvenir, and early bird tickets are sold-out.  Check http://www.lollapalooza.com/ for more ticketing information.

    SEE FULL LINE-UP below:

    Full line-up:
    Lollapalooza AUGUST 3-5, 2012 

    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Black Keys
    Black Sabbath
    Jack White
    Florence + the Machine
    At the Drive-In
    The Shins
    Passion Pit
    Sigur Ros
    The Weeknd
    Miike Snow
    The Afghan Whigs
    Bloc Party
    Franz Ferdinand
    Frank Ocean
    J. Cole
    Childish Gambino
    Delta Spirit
    The Temper Trap
    Die Antwoord
    The Head & the Heart
    The Big Pink
    Twin Shadow
    The Tallest Man on Earth
    Toro y Moi
    Dr. Dog
    Of Monsters and Men
    Gary Clark Jr.
    Alabama Shakes
    The Gaslight Anthem
    Amadou & Mariam
    Band of Skulls
    Tame Impala
    The Walkmen
    JJ Grey & Mofro
    Neon Indian
    Dum Dum Girls
    Washed Out
    Aloe Blacc
    Trampled by Turtles
    Bear in Heaven
    Blind Pilot
    The Black Angels
    Yellow Ostrich
    Bombay Bicycle Club
    Sharon Van Etten
    White Rabbits
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    The Devil Makes Three
    The War on Drugs
    Michael Kiwanuka
    O Rappa
    Orchard Lounge
    The Growlers
    Hey Rosetta!
    JEFF the Brotherhood
    First Aid Kit
    JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
    Milo Greene
    Los Jaivas
    Kopecky Family Band
    The Jezabels
    Walk Off the Earth
    Animal Kingdom
    The Sheepdogs
    The Dunwells
    DJ Mel
    Kevin Devine
    Dry the River
    Haley Reinhart
    Imaginary Cities
    DJ Zebo
    Chancellor Warhol
    Laura Warshauer
    Red Oblivion

    Perry’s stage
    Calvin Harris
    Knife Party
    Zeds Dead
    Big Gigantic
    Skream & Benga
    Little Dragon- Little Dragon @ Lollapalooza (Chicago) — Friday, August 3 at 2:30am in Chicago, Illinois.
    Porter Robinson
    Sub Focus
    Paper Diamond
    Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
    Star Slinger
    DJ Nihal
    Kid Color

    Lollapalooza Line-up Leaked….Again!??!!?

    Pretty Much Amazing has a Lollapalooza memo for the 2012 line-up, but could it be true?! This isn’t the first leak of the supposed Lollapalooza 2012 line-up.  PMA has a photo of the memo (below).  The headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence and the Machine, and At the Drive-In to name a few. Other musicians that are supposedly set to take the stage include: The Shins, Passion Pit, The Weekend, Miike Snow, J.Cole, Delta Spirit, Dir Antwoord, Dawes, Band of Skulls, Polica, Sharon Van Etten, White Rabbits, and much more.

    Do you believe?! The official announcement of the Lolla Line-up comes at 12 midnight tomorrow night, so we shall see if this is the real deal!

    Lolla 2012 lineup

    On The Road: Jason Mraz and Christina Perri

    Jason Mraz is back at it again! 2012 will keep Jason on the road for practically the entire year. This time he is taking Atlantic Records labelmate Christina Perri on his adventure across the world. The Tour is a Four Letter Word kicks off in Pusan, South Korea in June and ends at the O2 Arena in London in December.

    All this touring is to promote his new album Love is a Four Letter Word, which is due out April 17th.

    8/9 – 10/7 with Christina Perri

    8          Pusan, South Korea              Busan Exhibition Center
    9          Seoul, South Korea               Rainbow Festival
    16        Bangkok, Thailand                Impact Arena
    19        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia       Stadium Mederka
    22        Jakarta, Indonesia                 Senayan
    24        Hong Kong                             Asia World Arena
    26        Taipei, Taiwan                       Taipei Arena
    29        Singapore                               Gardens By The Bay

    1          Honolulu, HI                          Waikiki Shell

    9          New Orleans, LA                    Lakefront Arena
    11        Dallas, TX                               Gexa Energy Pavilion
    12        Houston, TX                           Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    14        Tampa, FL                              1-800-Ask Gary Amphitheatre
    15        West Palm Beach, FL            Cruzan Amphitheatre
    17        Orange Beach, AL                  Amphitheater at the Wharf
    18        Atlanta, GA                             Aarons Amphitheatre Lakewood
    19        Raleigh, NC                             Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
    21        Charlotte, NC                         Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    22        Nashville, TN                         Bridgestone Arena
    24        Columbia, MD                        Merriweather Post Pavilion
    25        Hartford, CT                          Comcast Theatre
    26        Philadelphia, PA                    Susquehanna Bank Center
    28        Cincinnati, OH                        Riverbend Music Center
    29        Detroit, MI                              DTE Energy Music Theatre
    31        Holmdel, NJ                            PNC Bank Arts Center

    1          Wantagh, NY                          Nikon at Jones Beach
    2          Saratoga Springs, NY            Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    5          Cleveland, OH                        Blossom Music Center
    7          Boston, MA                            Comcast Center
    8          Montreal, QC                          Bell Centre
    9          Toronto, ON                           Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    11        St. Louis, MO                          Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    12        Kansas City, MO                     Starlight Theatre
    14        Indianapolis, IN                     Klipsch Music Center
    15        Chicago, IL                             First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    16        Minneapolis, MN                   Target Center
    21        Vancouver, BC                       Rogers Arena
    22        Seattle, WA                             Gorge Amphitheatre
    24        Denver, CO                             Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    28        San Jose, CA                           HP Pavilion
    29        San Diego, CA                        Cricket Wireless Pavilion

    2          Phoenix, AZ                            US Airways Center
    4          Berkeley, CA                          Greek Theatre
    5          Los Angeles, CA                     Hollywood Bowl
    7          Las Vegas, NV                        Red Rock Casino

    12        Paris, France                          Le Zenith
    13        Luxembourg                          Luxembourg  Rockhal
    14        Zurich, Switzerland               Maag Hall
    19        Lisbon, Portugal                    Atlantic Pavillion
    22        Amsterdam, Holland             Ziggo Dome
    24        Frankfurt, Germany              Jahrhunderthalle
    25        Dusseldorf, Germany            Mitsubishi Electric Hall
    26        Berlin, Germany                    Columbiahalle
    28        Munich, Germany                  Zenith
    29        Brussels, Belgium                  Forest National

    1          London, United Kingdom                 O2

    For more information, check out www.jasonmraz.com.

    Of Montreal Drop Psychedelic Vibes At The Metro

    Of Montreal
    Metro – Chicago, IL


    Performing to a sold out crowd is an achievement on its own. When you’re of Montreal and have 10 Albums behind it should be more of an expectation. Of Montreal returned to their most loyal city, and Chicago fans playing to a sold out show at the Metro.

    Their new Album Paralytic Stalks like most all of the lead singer’s, Kevin Barnes, albums is a personal reflection yet he did mention that It would not be an instantly gratifying collective and that it would take time to take it all in as a whole. Taking this into consideration, it was expected that their tour for Paralytic Stalks would be way chilled out and less theatrical then their past. Yet, compared to other shows they only performed a small fraction of songs from their current album.

    Their show started off with “Gelid Ascent”, from Paralytic Stalks, as they introduced colorful projected images onto their set. A dapper Kevin Barnes stepped onstage wearing a trim grey suit while keeping in touch with his signature effeminate stage persona through wearing a red ruffle button up and electric blue eye shadow. While the set tone was bit more serious it did however pick up as they performed songs from their past albums. There were even a few appearances by their imaginative creations which consisted of white creatures and the infamous human pigs which were a main attraction on their last tour. They finished off a fun set with “The Past is A Grotesque Animal.” Yet they hit their high when they came back onstage for an encore which consisted of a potpourri of songs from their album “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” It was the highlight of the show as they danced on stage with their mythical creatures while confetti explosions went off.

    While this tour was more subtle and less outrageous then their past, Of Montreal seem to release a new album almost every year. It will be interesting to see what they’ll have for us next.

    Photos from Of Montreal’s set in Chicago:

    Listen: Jessie J’s “LaserLight” Featuring David Guetta

    Jessie J

    There is a new single on the horizon from international pop star Jessie J. Best known for her hit single “Price Tag,” Jessie J has sold 11 million singles and 2 million copies of her milti-platinum debut album to date.  Now she is back with her newest single “LaserLight” featuring David Guetta. The single will be available for purchaseon May 13th, but you can stream the song below.

    Jessie J’s LaserLight featuring David Guetta:

    Website: http://bit.ly/JessieJ-OfficialSite
    Twitter: http://bit.ly/JessieJ-Twitter
    Facebook: http://on.fb.me/JessieJ-Facebook

    Lisa Marie Presley is Back with “Storm and Grace”

    Lisa Marie Presley Storm and Grace cover

    We wondered if Lisa Marie Presley was going to record another album and we have our answer! On May 15th she is set to release her third studio album, Storm and Grace, off Universal Republic/XIX Recordings. Storm and Grace is the follow-up to her successful 2003 debut, To Whom It May Concern, and 2005’s Now What. The new album is produced by legendary producer T-Bone Burnett and recorded at The Village in Los Angeles, California. Tracklisting is below.

    Track Listing – Storm and Grace
    1. Over Me
    2. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
    3. Weary
    4. Close To The Edge
    5. So Long
    6. Un-Break
    7. Soften The Blows
    8. Storm Of Nails
    9. How Do You Fly This Plane?
    10. Sticks And Stones
    11. Storm and Grace


    SafetySuit on the road with Daughtry

    Opening for Daughtry
    Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL
    All Photos by Paul Weber

    SafetySuit is:
    Douglas Brown – vocals, rhythm guitar
    Dave Garofalo– guitar
    Jeremy Henshaw– bass
    Tate Cunningham– drums

    SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIU

    SafetySuit is riding high with their sophomore album hitting the #1 spot on iTunes the week of its release.   This pop/rock band from Tennessee also is celebrating their current spot as opener for Daughtry on the Break the Spell 2012 tour.

    SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIULast night was the second stop opening for Daughtry as they hit the Convocation Center on the NIU campus.  The show took place in the arena that isn’t ideal for concerts.  Part of me feels pretty bad for SafetySuit as it took the crowd a while to warm up to them.  This is no knock to the band as they were amazing. I blame it more on the venue as the sound bounced around and made fans feel like they were in a less intimate space than they actually were.  I hope for future gigs on this tour the show gets a backdrop on the stage to help provide a solution to that sound problem, as the empty seats behind the stage only made the sound worse.  For that, I feel bad for the guys as it took the crowd to the tail end of their set to get off their feet and give back the energy the band was feeding the crowd.

    SafetySuit’s “These Times” Music Video

    The highlight of the set was their current single, “These Times,” where the music video is a compilation of fan submitted videos portraying their own hard times. The prelude to the song was Douglas sending out a message to those who are currently enduring tough circumstances, “These times are hard but they will pass.” Also a strong point of the night was the cover of “Hallelujah.”  It was after “Hallelujah” when Douglas jumped off stage and was in the pit serenading the front rows.  This is when the crowd started to get on their feet, as Douglas also reminded those in the arena that this was, in fact, a rock show.  It also didn’t take long for Douglas to leave the pit and greet fans with floor seats.  He really knows how to get the crowd pumped.

    The set ended with “Stay,” one of the songs that helped launch their career.  It’s just too bad it took the crowd so long to catch the goodness SafetySuit was giving as the crowd was left wanting more.

    Photos of SafetySuit’s set:


    Music Video: Norah Jones’ “Happy Pills”

    Norah Jones Little Broken Hearts cover

    Norah Jones is back with a new album, Little Broken Hearts, out on Blue Note/EMI on May 1st. The newly released video is for “Happy Pills” off her fifth studio album.

    Norah Jones’ “Happy Pills” Music Video

    Norah Jones on Tour:

    May 25, 2012      Olympia Paris, France
    May 28, 2012      Carré Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Jun 01, 2012       Royal Festival Hall London, United Kingdom
    Jun 02, 2012      Royal Festival Hall London, United Kingdom
    Jun 29, 2012       Kodak Theatre-NY Rochester, United States
    Jun 30, 2012       Kodak Hall At Eastman The… Rochester, United States
    Jul 14, 2012        Piazza Napoleone Lucca Lu, Italy
    Jul 17, 2012        Stadtpark Freilichtbühne… Hamburg, Germany
    Aug 10, 2012       Hollywood Bowl      Los Angeles, United States

    The track listing for Little Broken Hearts is as follows:
    1. Good Morning
    2. Say Goodbye
    3. Little Broken Hearts
    4. She’s 22
    5. Take It Back
    6. After The Fall
    7. 4 Broken Hearts
    8. Travelin’ On
    9. Out On The Road
    10. Happy Pills
    11. Miriam
    12. All A Dream
    *All songs written By Norah Jones & Brian Burton

    Nikon and Warner Music Team Up at SXSW

    The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon SXSW PosterIt’s always a grand event when one of the top camera companies teams up with one of the biggest music labels at one of the biggest music, film, and media festivals in the United States.  Nikon has teamed up with Warner Music Group at SXSW next month to bring fans the best in music and even photography workshops and contests.  The residency in Austin for SXSW is dubbed “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon.”

    Warner Music Group artists set to perform are Sanitgold, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Kimbra, and fun. just to name a few. The full list by day is below.

    Nikon will host several shooting activities on-site at “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” including a practical HD-SLR workshop on how to make a music video hosted by filmmakers The Bui Brothers on Tuesday, March 13th as well as experiential shooting opportunities during day time music performances with legendary rock photographer Robert Knight.

    As for contests, Nikon is sponsoring the “Your 1 Shot” contest to find the next music superstar.  Artists and musicians were asked to submit a liver performance video to be judged by  music industry experts, including A&R executives from both Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. Records as well as guest artists from each label’s prestigious roster. The contest submission are here: http://www.talenthouse.com/nikon-perform-at-sxsw.

    Online voting is open and will run through March 1st, with the “Your 1 Shot” winner scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, March 6th. Warner Music Group will choose the winner(s) from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top People’s Choice voted entries. For rules, terms and conditions, along with prize information head over to http://www.talenthouse.com/nikon-perform-at-sxsw.

    Live @ SXSW March 13th – 15th


    Theophilus London
    Flux Pavilion
    Doctor P
    Neon Hitch
    Gary Clark Jr.
    Dr. John
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
    Ed Sheeran
    Punch Brothers

    B.o.B & T.I.
    Meek Mill
    Kirko Bangz
    Snow Tha Product
    DJ Drama
    Sway (Host/MC)


    The Chain Gang of 1974
    Avalanche City
    “Your 1 Shot” Contest Winner

    Crystal Fighters
    The Staves
    We Are Augustines
    Lost In The Trees

    For more information, visit http://TheWarnerSound.com/sxsw and www.facebook.com/thewarnersound.