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Album Review: Rise Against – ‘Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1’

The day Rise Against posted a teaser video on Youtube, with a reimagined version of “House on Fire,” from their 2017 Wolves album, I scoured the internet for more details. I’d been waiting on an acoustic solo Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) album for years, and had missed the boat on the 2013 Revival Tour with him, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Toh Kay (Streetlight Maniefesto), and others. Fail. If you’ve seen Rise Against live in concert, you might have experienced the lighter side of the punk rock Chicago…

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Album Review: Real Friends – ‘Composure’

You know the phrase, “It’s about to get real,” right? Well, Real Friends just released a brand-new record. For real. This is real life. Friday, July 13th, the Chicago pop punkers released their third record, Composure, via Fearless Records. The joke’s on you if you think Composure is anything but gimmicky though. The record has quite the tumultuous backstory, with lead singer Dan Lambton’s anxiety, depression and recent bi-polar diagnosis. He even took a break from the band in its entirety, after manic episodes, panic attacks and breakdowns. The band…

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STREAM: Compathy “Cannon”

Compathy is an acoustic pop punk solo-project founded by New Hampshire-native and current Chicago transplant, Matt Campbell. Through the project, Campbell released a new song titled “Cannon.” The track is a follow up to their debut EP, You Have No Home Here, which was released earlier this year. Please follow and like us:

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STREAM: HEMI ‘Avalon’

Today, Chicago heavy metal trio HEMI released their brand new record Avalon. After once again teaming up with producer AJ Kolar,  Avalon pushes the boundaries of what heavy metal is supposed to be. By incorporating elements of hardcore, punk, and melodic death metal, HEMI leads you through a series of songs that are stunning both lyrically and cinematically. You can stream Avalon below! To purchase a copy of the record, or any of HEMI’s previous releases, you can click here. Keep up with the band by following them on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter…

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State Champs headline Road To Riot Fest

When the weather starts to cool down and the leaves change, there is only one thing left that usually marks the end of summer… all the fall tour announcements. One of the biggest tours to be coming through this fall would be the Road To Riot Fest tour, kicking off promptly on September 5th, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. While this tour is only lasting till the end of September, it hits some pretty big states and cities, passing through a few festivals along the way. One of the most notable…

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Green Day Postpone Dates on Upcoming Tour

Green Day have had one hell of a comeback recently, with a new album and tour being just the tip of the iceberg for fans. While the new album is set in stone, unfortunately, their touring schedule will have a slight adjustment. Due to a spreading infection in the band’s camp, the group have to postpone a few dates of their forthcoming North American tour. Their St. Louis, Chicago, and and Detroit dates will be rescheduled. However, their Toronto date has no plans to be rescheduled as of yet. Check out…

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Celebrating 13 Years of Fall Out Boy’s Take This To Your Grave

There comes a time when any iconic album from a band hit’s a new milestone, let it be copies sold, audience approval or simply just being another year in existence. For pop-punk bands 13 years ago was May 6th, 2003, the kids of Fall Out Boy from Chicago, Illinois released Take This To Your Grave, their debut full-length record and their lives were forever changed. Take This To Your Grave was pivotal to launching an early Fall Out Boy’s massive career, to beginning to tour across the nation and even having…

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PHOTOS: Seinabo Sey, Chicago, IL

Seinabo Sey brought a soul pop and r&b vibe to the VHS Tour with X Ambassadors. For most of her performance, the stage was dark with the occasionally strobe of light. It made the audience focus on her voice. Sey sings effortlessly, no matter if she’s singing high or low. She connected with the audience telling personal anecdotes about the inspiration behind her songs. Sey is definitely the next best thing out of her home country of Sweden and one to watch. Check out the full online photo gallery of Seinabo…

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PHOTOS: X Ambassadors, Chicago, IL

X Ambassadors played a sold out show at House of Blues in Chicago on their VHS 2.0 Tour. After shooting the band for the first time a little over a year ago, their stage presence and live show has grown and become even more dynamic. When lead vocals, guitar, and saxophone Sam Harris wasn’t wrecking the stage with his instruments, his feet rarely were on the ground. The crowd feed off his movement. Movement and energy runs in the Harris family. While Sam Harris had the whole stage to jump around…

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Riot Fest Announce Denver, Chicago and Toronto Dates

Riot Fest has released the official dates for their Denver, Chicago and Toronto festivals. Check out the time frames below the jump and let us know which stop you’re excited for. The complete lineup as well as concert tickets are still on the way. In previous years, Riot Fest has included performances from La Dispute, Jane’s Addiction, Citizen and many others. You can purchase concert tickets here when they become available. Please follow and like us:

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