Tag Archives: music

Chicago Record Labels (Part One)

Beyond the plethora of music venues, record stores and starving musicians looking to make more than a peep in this city, Chicago is one of the leading hubs for record labels.

Transistor: An Andersonville Shop for the Art/Book/Music Lover

Transistor is one of those hard-to-define Andersonville stores. Is it a record store? A bookstore? With art for sale on every inch of wall and amps, instruments, and headphones on display, I had to ask—what is Transistor?

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means… ugly Christmas sweaters and peppermint schnapps, of course! But for those searching for a little intellectual stimulation and entertainment between the white elephant exchanges and ornament hanging, there is no lack of holiday theater options.

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

Situated directly behind the Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris theater is one of the gems in the Millennium Park crown and, as of 2003, one of the great venues in Chicago for viewing dance and music events.

5 Kickass… Chicago Karaoke Bars

5 Kickass… Chicago Karaoke Bars

Grab some cash to tip the DJs and do some vocal warmups, because readers, you’re going to have a hell of a time at any of these kickass Chicago Karaoke Bars.

North Coast Music Festival 2011 Preview

North Coast Music Festival 2011 Preview

Don’t you worry, folks. Festival season isn’t quite over yet. Dubbed ‘Summer’s Last Stand,’ the North Coast Music Festival brings a variety of artists to Chicago’s Union Park over Labor Day weekend. Check out our 2011 preview here.

Lolla 2011 Recap: Day Two

Lolla 2011 Recap: Day Two

Lolla Day Two: a day jam-packed with enough aural goodness to fully alleviate the pain from Day One’s hangover.

Summer Dance Chicago

Happening Thursdays through Saturdays, Summer Dance Chicago features a different style of music from around the world, and attendees are invited to learn the dance style associated with the music before a live band takes the stage to kick the proceedings into high gear.

The Food of Love: A Chicago-Inspired Playlist

The Food of Love: A Chicago-Inspired Playlist

If you look hard enough, you’ll find over a century of musical expression based on Chicago. Consider this list of some favorites your food of love and play on.

Ravinia: The Quintessential Chicago Music Festival

Not only is Ravinia the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. but also the number one outdoor music festival featuring classical music acts. No matter what genre of music you’re into, Ravinia boasts a three-month long lineup with over 100 musical events.

Split a Six Pack with Andy Kiel of Moon Furies

Split a Six Pack with Andy Kiel of Moon Furies

Before Moon Furies heads out to play 100 shows in 100 days, we at UPChicago got a hold of guitar player Andy Kiel. We had six questions. He had six answers. If you like ‘em, turn ‘em up.

The Smashing Pumpkins: Chicago’s Musical Juggernaut

The rise and fall (and rise again) of Chicago’s very own Smashing Pumpkins. An epic love story by Gene Wagendorf.

The Metro (Music Venue, Wrigleyville)

The Metro (Music Venue, Wrigleyville)

Whatever your reason for loving this local music venue, the Metro is a great place to get introduced to Chicago’s music scene.

The Riviera Theatre (Music Venue, Uptown)

The Riviera Theatre (Music Venue, Uptown)

Owned by Jam Productions, which also owns and operates the Chicago venues of Park West and The Vic, the Riviera Theatre, colloquially referred to as “The Riv,” is the center of Uptown’s theatre district.