Showing posts with label House of Blues. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

INCOMING: Clutch at House of Blues Chicago

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Hey Chicago. Clutch is coming back through for another smokin' show at House of Blues Chicago! Don't miss this. Here at ChiIL Live Shows, Clutch has been a favorite of ours for decades. In fact, we've run over 26 features on the band over the years, interviewed frontman Neil Fallon, and shot stills from the photo pit numerous times. We've even road tripped to other states to see them 4 times. We've covered them at music fests, tiny hole in the wall dives, and large auditorium shows. And we welcomed in 2016 with them at Bogarts in Cincinnati with a stellar New Years Eve show.

Whether you're just discovering Clutch or you've been a fan since 1991, they're a must see for rock and metal fans. They're hard to pin into a genre, with notes of funk, punk and blues rolled into the mix and literate lyrics, but they shine live, and always dig deep into their archives for set lists full of old favorites and new stuff that just keeps getting better. We love that the band members take turns writing the set lists! 

Clutch - Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016
House of Blues Chicago

Artist(s) At This Event: Clutch, Zakk Sabbath, Kyng, Clutch - Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016

Event Info:
Doors @ 6:30PM. Performance begins at 8PM. This show is for AGES 17 AND OLDER. Valid Photo ID is required for age restricted shows. Forms of valid ID are current and non-expired Driver's License, State ID or Passport. House of Blues Chicago is a standing room only venue, all tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. Please contact the House of Blues Box Office 312.923.2000 to inquire about Dinner Package Seating and/or Disability Seating. Those in need of Accessible seating need to first purchase a General Admission ticket, then contact the venue Box Office at 312.923.2000 to reserve accommodations. House of Blues Chicago is Smoke Free. There is no re-entry.
All tickets subject to all applicable facility fees and service charges. No refunds, exchanges, cancelations.

Artist Info:
It's the parabolic motion of projectiles. Or, as Isaac Newton stated, what goes up must come down - that is, everything except Clutch. Earth Rocker created an insurmountable peak. But Psychic Warfare has altered laws of physics by elevating the smart songwriting and impressive performances of that last album, setting an even higher benchmark as their now-definitive album to date. The eleventh Clutch studio album Psychic Warfare goes straight for the throat with “X-Ray Visions” and never lets go. Working again with acclaimed producer Machine, this time in Texas, the concise arrangements that made Earth Rocker so assertive is the same harness for the combustible musical energy on Psychic Warfare. Harder, faster... let the rhythm hit ‘em. 

Formed in 1991, the Maryland-based band's ability to absorb different musical styles and fabricate them into a distinct Clutch sound continues to be their forté. “A Quick Death In Texas,” overstocked with signature “Clutch heavy” Tim Sult riffs and lonesome guitar licks, and the funk undercurrent of “Your Love Is Incarceration,” color Psychic Warfare with articulate musicality and comfortable familiarity. 

The overall intensity of Psychic Warfare would be self-consuming without the pressure valve of a canny rhythm section. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and bassist Dan Maines have an intuitive sense of dynamics that gives weight and contrast to the forcefulness of the vocals, steering Clutch into the straightaway out of tight, exhilarating corners. “I listened closely to the rhythm of Neil’s vocals this time around.” Gaster explains. “The rhythms he sings, are very syncopated. It was my goal to articulate these rhythms on the drums while keeping the pulse of the music strong.” 

Psychic Warfare is cinematic, a soundtrack to the plot of singer Neil Fallon's imagination. The narrative of “ The Affidavit” sets the scene for an album of gunslingers, energy weapons, paranoid neurosis, and the occasional three-legged mule. It's an episodic lyrical landscape populated by abstract characterization, nuance, and clever peculiarity. “I spent a lot of time doting over the lyrics,” Fallon says. “It was fun because I have a great luxury that I'm a professional liar—that's what a storyteller is. Or at least that’s what I try to be. It's the one socially acceptable way to completely deceive people, and that's what they want. If you sing it with enough conviction, people won't question it. I just love that escapism, the fantasy aspect of it. And fantasy doesn’t necessarily equate to dragons and wizards. It can be seedy hotel rooms and sketchy hitchhikers.” 

Gaster says the band knowing Earth Rocker was such a high water mark put them in a position of needing to follow up with an exceptional album. “Looking back on the process, one thing that sticks out in my mind is the amount of rehearsal the band put in. We started each pre-production day by writing out a new album sequence and then playing that sequence straight thru as if it were a set list. I think this allowed us to get inside the songs in a way we had not done before. When it came time to record drum tracks, I had a clear idea of how I wanted to play each song.” 

In the past, Clutch consciously made each album conspicuously different from the last one. “We had a sadistic fear of repeating ourselves,” Fallon admits. “But over the last few years, we've realized our strengths and what it is that people like about us. Why deny it? Clutch is Clutch, embrace what you are.”  The bar is set higher, laws of physics be damned. Psychic Warfare is the new adventure, and it has no limit.


Monday, June 9, 2014

INCOMING: Empires at Chicago House of Blues 6/24, Letterman 6/17 and More






Empires are thrilled to announce they'll make their TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on June 17th! That same day, Chop Shop / Island Records will release the band's new EP How Good Does It Feel - a collection of songs that will appear on their major label debut Orphan out later this year.

A band hand-picked early on by NPR Music as one their 100 acts to see at SXSW this year, Empires new single "How Good Does It Feel" was recently named one of the 25 Best Songs of the Summer by GQ Magazine.

Stereogum is now streaming "Please Don't Tell My Lover" - a new song from the EP which they rave, "Empires make timeless music - upbeat yet melancholy, pleasant but not saccharine, lyrics tangled up in the messy business of romance ... these guys have their own thing going, though, and that thing is highly appropriate for the summer that is about to unfold before us."

Empires have already played the Hangout and Bottle Rock Music Festivals, toured with Margot & The Nuclear So and So's and are looking forward to performing at this year's Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Music Festivals. The band will also hit the road with The Chain Gang of 1974 this July.

The EP (and upcoming LP) was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, The War On Drugs and The Black Angels) and will be available in digital and on limited edition 10" vinyl. Visit iTunes, Spotify and for more info.

Pre-Order EP How Good Does It Feel here:

Stay tuned for more news!

Remaining Tour Dates (more to be announced):

June 5                         Barboza                                               Seattle, WA               
June 6                          Doug Fir                                              Portland, OR             
June 7                         Neurolux                                             Boise, ID                   
June 9                          Kilby Court                                        Salt Lake City, UT    
June 10                       Lost Lake Lounge                               Denver, CO               
June 12                       Bonnaroo                                            Manchester, TN
June 18                        Mercury Lounge                                 New York, NY          
June 20                       Musica                                                Akron, OH                 
June 21                        Musica                                                Akron, OH                
June 24                        House of Blues                                   Chicago, IL
June 25                        Summerfest                                         Milwaukee, WI
July 12                        Common Ground Music Fest            Lansing, MI *    
July 16                       Crescent Ballroom                              Phoenix, AZ *    
July 18                        The Roxy                                             West Hollywood, CA *            
July 19                        Observatory                                        Santa Ana, CA *           
July 21                        Bottom of The Hill                             San Francisco, CA *  
July 23                        Bunk Bar                                             Portland, OR *  
July 24                        The Imperial                                       Vancouver, BC *           
July 25                        The Bartlett                                        Spokane, WA *              
Sept 6-8                      LouFest                                               St. Louis, MO                        
Oct. 3-5                      Austin City Limits                             Austin, TX    
Oct. 10-12                   Austin City Limits                             Austin, TX   

* With The Chain Gang of 1974   

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

INCOMING: DEVILDRIVER Announces Second Leg of North American Co-Headline Tour With Trivium #metal

The "California Groove Machine" DEVILDRIVER will be hitting the road tomorrow in support of their latest release Winter Kills.  This co-headlining run with Trivium features support from Sylosis and After The Burial and will run through October 17th.  Tickets for these shows are available now.

Today DEVILDRIVER has announced a second leg of the North American Co-Headline tour with Trivium.  Support on this leg will come from After the Burial and Thy Will Be Done.  The dates begin November 5th in Seattle and will run through December 14th in San Diego, CA. 

 Shows on our radar:

Winter Kills is the sixth DEVILDRIVER studio album and their first for their new label home, Napalm Records.   Winter Kills hit charts all over the world, with some of the band's best chart numbers to date.  In North America, Winter Kills came in at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart (The band's highest chart debut ever), #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #10 on the Billboard Rock Chart and #13 on the Billboard Independent Chart.

Winter Kills is available in four configurations including a Deluxe Digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks: "Shudder" and "Back Down to the Grave") and Live DVD (Featuring 40 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power. No studio over dubs at all just the band at their best and includes fan favorites "Clouds over California" and "The Wretched"), standard CD version, digital version and for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP Gatefold edition. 

The band recorded the album in Florida at Audio Hammer Studios and vocals in Los Angeles, CA at Dez's home studio with Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, All That Remains) handling production duties.  DEVILDRIVER has worked with Lewis previously on "Beast" and "The Last Kind Words" and producer Mark Lewis's prolific leadership of the new school of metal has yet again helped DEVILDRIVER deliver another epic heavy metal record.  This record melds what the band does best. In your face power as well as the California Groove sound the band pioneered.

DEVILDRIVER recorded a cover of the AWOLNATION hit single "Sail" for Winter Kills.  Check out an exclusive stream of the cover courtesy of Crave Online HERE

The video for the song "The Appetite" can be viewed HERE.  The video was directed by Dan Burke of PianoFight Films.

Best Buy stores are offering an exclusive edition of Winter Kills.  The package comes with the Deluxe Digibook version of the CD, the DVD and an exclusive t-shirt, designed specifically for Best Buy's exclusive edition.  This version can be ordered on and is available in stores in North America

Winter Kills is available on iTunes. The album can also be ordered on Amazon

DevilDriver with Trivium, After the Burial and Sylosis:
9/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
9/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
9/16: Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom
9/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
9/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon
9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick
9/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/25: Montreal, QC @ Corona
9/27: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
9/28: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/29: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
10/2: Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
10/3: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/5: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/7: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/10: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/11: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
10/12: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Regency
10/16: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/17: San Diego, CA @ SOMA

DevilDriver With Trivium, After The Burial and Thy Will Be Done:
11/5: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
11/6: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/7: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
11/9: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
11/11: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/12: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
11/13: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
11/15: Lexington, KY @ Expo Five
11/16: Sauget, IL @ Pop's Nightclub
11/18: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/21: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
11/22: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
11/23: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
11/24: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
11/26: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/27: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/29: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/1: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
12/4: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
12/5: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
12/6: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
12/7: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
12/8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
12/10: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues - Cambridge Room
12/11: San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
12/13: Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
12/14: San Diego, CA @ Soma

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Badfish Engagement on Stage at Cubby Bear #originalHDvideo

Romance is alive and well.   Check out this rockin' surprise wedding proposal ON STAGE the last time Badfish played Chi-town!!   Luckily Vanessa said yes.   Are you a bad fish too?   Come on out and rock out this Saturday at The House of Blues.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

INCOMING: Badfish at HOB THIS Saturday 3/30 #originalphotos

Photo credit:  Bonnie Kenaz-Mara for ChiIL Live    Badfish Cubby Bear, Chicago 11-16-2012

We've been promoting this show for months, but if you still haven't gotten your tickets for this Sat, what are you waiting for?!   Go already.   These boys put on a smokin' live show.   Doors 7/ Show 8pm 17+/ Shrub & Makeshift open.

Badfish - A Tribute to Sublime

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SatMar 30, 2013 07:00 PM
Details: Badfish - A Tribute To SublimeMakeshiftShrub
Please Note: Performance begins at 8PM.This show is for AGES 17 AND OLDER.

Dig Sublime?   Come on out and see Badfish rock all your fav Sublime tunes this Saturday at House of Blues.   Highly recommended.   We've shot them at House of Blues before and a few months back at Cubby Bear as well, where we even caught an on stage marriage proposal!!   



Click here for Tickets and full show details.

Check back with ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.   We'll have original footage of Badfish LIVE in concert leading up to their Sat show.

Click here for ChiIL Live Shows' past reviews and pit photos from Badfish, Scotty Don't, and Midwest Hype at House of Blues 2/4/12.

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