Vince Staples, House of Vans House Parties 2019

By Slade Warnken

28 May, 2019

This Friday, Vince Staples, the multi talented MC and vocalist from California will be curating, as well as headlining, House of Van’s first House Show of 2019.

Since 2015 Staples has released 5 consistently hard hitting projects starting with his 2014 Hell Can Wait and his most recent full Length Project FM!. Sonically and lyrically, Staples discography shows a wide range of influence and a trend toward the experimental which has set him apart from many of his peers.

Openers Big Fish Theory gained wide attention for their use of electronic and dance inspired sonics.

Staples eclectic tastes are sure to make for a great curation of interactive and visual artists as well as openers.

This will definitely be one of the highlights of Vans House Show summer series so make sure not to miss out!

Below is this summer’s House of Vans 2019 House Party lineup.

Concert Preview: Bruno Major

Photo by Max Knight

By Ben Moskow

Bruno Major Heads to Chicago on Largest North American Tour to Date

Northampton, England native Bruno Major will head to yet another sold-out show on his 2019 North American tour this weekend at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. Nearly 40,000 of Bruno’s 2 million monthly Spotify listeners are based in Chicago, good for the third-largest total in one city. Bruno had a breakout 2018 where he opened for Sam Smith’s UK arena tour, headlined a tour of his own and made his first festival appearance at Bonnaroo. He has largely sustained this success in the new year, selling out every show on the current tour to date.

After being dropped by his first label in 2014, Bruno re-emerged onto the scene with his 2017 debut album A Song for Every Moon, for which he tasked himself with recording one song per month. On A Song for Every Moon, Bruno’s delicate, whispery vocals glide over soothing production, creating a comfortable and familiar sound. “Easily” became a breakout track from the album, raking in over 84 million Spotify plays and was his song of choice for his TV debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Make sure to check back to read our take on Bruno Major’s May 4 show and reviews of other Chicago concerts!

Pitchfork Announces Midwinter

It was announced this morning that Midwinter – an event that Pitchfork has been hinting at for the past few weeks – will take place on February 15-17, 2019 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The event is in collaboration with the Institute, and will feature three nights of art and music at various locations within the museum. Musical artists performing at the festival include Slowdive, Kamasi Washington, Oneohtrix Point Never, DJ Koze, Mount Eerie, Yves Tumor, serpentwithfeet, JPEGMAFIA and Joey Purp, among many others. Ambient installations throughout the museum will be put on by Nico Muhly, Julia Holter, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and others. View the rest of the lineup below.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. CST here. A $50 base ticket allows access to the museum, ambient installations, and Pitchfork Radio broadcasts. However, most of the musical performances require an add-on ticket, ranging from $15-30, which will need to be selected during the checkout process. These add-on performances will be held in specific places inside the museum: Griffin Court and Rubloff Auditorium will serve as main stages, with The Stock Exchange and Fullerton Hall as side stages. A full schedule of artists and locations can also be found on the Midwinter website.

North Coast Music Festival Preview

Photos from North Coast, 2017

To escape via daydreams from the Week Seven blues, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival announced today the full lineup for the 2018 festival. Taking place in Union Park from August 31-September 2, “summer’s last stand” will be one to remember, with international headliners and a deep lineup that will keep you at the park all day long.

Starting out the weekend will be a pair of headlining names that made my jaw drop: Miguel and Axwell ^ Ingrosso. The former, Miguel, is well known for his hip-hop jam “Sky Walker” with Travis Scott, and his most recent album includes collaborations with Rick Ross, Kali Uchis and J. Cole, among others. One of my personal favorites is “waves – Tame Impala Remix” from his 2016 EP. The latter, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, is one of the biggest teams in electronic music today. Formerly members of the eternally important Swedish House Mafia, the duo has, both independently and together, played a huge role in shaping the genre for the up and coming producers of today.

Saturday brings DJ Snake in from France to headline. DJ Snake is a music festival favorite who has played Lollapalooza, Coachella, Ultra and the like. You’ll know him for both major throwbacks — “Turn Down for What” with Lil Jon (can you believe this came out in 2013??) — and slightly more recent throwbacks from his 2016 album “Encore” — “The Middle” with Bipolar Sunshine; “The Half” with Jeremih, Young Thug and Swizz Beatz; and “Let Me Love You” with Justin Bieber. DJ Snake will be joined Saturday by Vulfpeck, The Revivalists and RL Grime.

Chance the Rapper joins The Cool Kids onstage at the 2017 festival. The Cool Kids will be returning this year on Friday.

Finally, Sunday will close out the festival with U.K. legends Jamiroquai, a band that has been around since before I was born. They had a huge hand in the creation and exploration of the “future funk” genre, and will be returning to the United States for the first time in over a decade for a small grouping of tour dates, including North Coast. With a huge discography grown through decades of performing, be sure to check out Jamiroquai to get ready to get down on Sunday.

In addition, a heavy hitting group of four supporting headliners will help Jamiroquai finish the weekend on a high note. Yellow Claw and Gramatik are strong on the trap electronic music front, although Gramatik often brings out live musicians and has jazz roots in many of his tracks, while Mura Masa blends EDM with instrumentals and R&B influences. Finally, the band Moon Taxi will round out the group with upbeat hooks and a poppy, alternative rock sound.

Other artists I’m personally excited for include Snails, Two Friends and Bryce Vine on Friday; The Strumbellas, Robert DeLong, Cashmere Cat and Tauk on Saturday; and Jacob Banks, NoMBe, Maddy O’Neal and Cofresi on Sunday. The lineup also features Chicago-grown EDM favorites Porn and Chicken, 2FAC3D, Bentley Dean, Diz and more in a “Chicago’s Most Wanted” series of B2Bs. Tickets for the ninth-edition of the festival are on sale now, so proceed to checkout so you can check out this lineup of incredible artists with me this summer.

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WNUR Phoneathon 2017
Friends of the Bog EP Release Show

Emerging Chicago band, Friends of the Bog, which consists of NU grads Jake Pollock (’12), Patrick Budde (’13), and Gaby Febland (’14) will be having an EP release show at Martyr’s.

Friends of the Bog writes sing-alongs from the murky side of the soul. The band recently recorded its debut EP with acclaimed engineer Steve Albini. The self-titled release is exuberant, eclectic, and a sign of exciting things to come from this new folk collective.

Event details

Friends of the Bog EP Release Show (w/ The Flood + Erik and Jessie)

Martyr’s – Sept 13, 8PM – $7 – 21+

WNUR Steetbeat is teaming up with Metro/Smartbar for some giveaways! And all tickets will be given away on the streetbeat fb page!


How to Kill Showcase

How To Kill is a new endeavor from Detroit collective F.A.M.E. These anonymous artists have been involved in the Detroit dance music scene for over 15 years in various capacities. Some hold DJ residencies at Detroit’s current mecca for dance music, TV Lounge, others have had releases on Apollo Records, Two Circles, and Sly Fox Records. The collective had it’s first release this year on Greg Wilson’s A&R edits imprint, which was well received and found it’s way to the top ten on Juno’s disco charts. 10-18-13 sees the release of the first vinyl-only imprint of the Detroiters’ massive catalog of unreleased, unique dancefloor couture.




White Material Showcase

Most new record labels take a few releases to establish themselves, especially when the people behind them are unknown. They cultivate a sound and a look, a vision begins to emerge, and then we start to buy their records. That’s generally how it works. White Material, however, positively burst out of the blocks. Their first four records quickly sold out, leading to inflated Discogs prices and frustrated fans craving what they couldn’t get. Read the rest of the feature here. 





Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer with productions on esteemed labels like Classic, Freerange, Razor N Tape, Tugboat Edits, and Hypercolour. He co-runs The Nite Owl Diner label with Alex Burkat, and is a resident DJ at the legendary Chicago nightclub Smartbar. The nite owl diner is a streetbeat label in residence.



WNUR’s January 2016 Release of “Are You Ready to Be a Comic?”

Listen to the latest edition of the LIVE comedy show sweeping campus! The January 2016 edition of “Are You Ready to Be a Comic?” features the musings of Northwestern’s Arielle Gordon, Andy Bayer, David Brown and Sam Saulsbury. Chicago Tribune political cartoonist Scott Stantis and WNUR’s Al Finley. Listen in for the laughter and see how many questions you can answer correctly!

Even Thieves to Perform at Nightmare of You’s 10th Anniversary Show 1/9

Even Thieves


If Morrissey, Bono, and Michael Hutchence had a late-night recording session in Springsteen’s basement, they might have birthed Even Thieves. Equal parts New Wave and rock ‘n’ roll, Even Thieves’ upbeat melodies aren’t easily pegged. The Chicago-based six-piece have their cherished influences, but still craft a lush, singular sound. Even Thieves listen to the beating of their hearts, the loudest of sounds, producing the soundtrack to lost days and stolen nights.

They will be playing with Indie Pop New Wave Rock band Nightmare of You’s 10th anniversary show at Double Door January 9th.


Show info

Saturday January 9th, 7 p.m.
Double Door, ALL AGES
Nightmare Of YouEven Thieves
$18 ADV / $20 DOS


Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers to Make Chicago Debut on 11/14 & 11/15

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

The Sapsuckers are a guitar/fiddle duo from rural Wisconsin that performs original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country, old-time, and vaudeville traditions of the 1920s and 1930s. They bill their music as “a brand-new take on old-time country,” and their latest album, “Ocooch Mountain Home,” received high praise from the likes of fROOTS, Bluegrass Today, and Country Music People, while Ear to the Ground Music named them one of “5 Americana Acts you have to Hear to Believe.”

They’re making their Chicago debut with back-to-back shows on November 14 (Honky Tonk BBQ) and November 15 (Red Line Tap, with Diamond Jim Greene and The Hat Stretchers).

Show info

Saturday November 14, 10 p.m.
Honky Tonk BBQ
1800 S Racine Ave (corner of S. Racine and W. 18th), (312) 226-7427
No cover charge

Sunday, November 15, 8 p.m.
Red Line Tap
7006 N Glenwood Ave (N Glenwood and N Lunt), (773) 274-5463
$5 cover