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Concert Reviews

  • The Budos Band at Metro

    The Budos Band crushed the Metro in Chicago on July 12 for the last show of their Midwest run. This appropriately labeled Mayhem Tour showcased lots of new material soon to be released on the band&#...
    Jul 23, 2014 View Comments

  • Dumpstaphunk at Bottom Lounge (Taste of Randolph Fest after-party)

    Led Zeppelin covers are a dime a dozen. Any band worth its salt should be able to play a mean Zeppelin jam, which means they happen all too often. Very few bands can truly do Zeppelin justice, even f...
    Jul 17, 2014 View Comments

  • Stream/Download: The Magician’s Magic Tape #44

    Fresh off the stoves of the internet this week, we have the fiery beats of the one and only The Magician, serving up Magic Tape number 44. This is quite possibly our most anticipated monthly mixtape...
    Jul 11, 2014 View Comments

  • Disclosure, Joey Bada$$, and Green Velvet at Lincoln Park Zoo

    The Lincoln Park Zoo has been hosting concerts for years now. Unfortunately, I missed the days when they let Umphrey’s and the Disco Biscuits play there, so I was really excited when I saw Reac...
    Jul 11, 2014 View Comments

  • The Disco Biscuits at Irving Plaza in New York City

    As Soundfuse’s unofficial New York correspondent, I made my way out to the Big Apple for the second time in just over a month to cover The Disco Biscuits’ third and final night of an epic run at ...
    Jul 10, 2014 View Comments

  • The New Mastersounds at House of Blues

    [Photos by Ashley Marie Downing] On Saturday, June 7th, The New Mastersounds celebrated a decade of playing music in the States by hosting a spectacle in front of a lively audience at the House of Bl...
    Jun 25, 2014 View Comments

  • Sage Francis at Abbey Pub

    Sage Francis doesn’t just own the stage while he performs — it looks like he’s about to snap the mic stand over his head and tear the stage to pieces. Chalk it up to pent up energy;...
    Jun 25, 2014 View Comments

  • The Main Squeeze and Amrita at Cubby Bear

    CHICAAAAAGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! That is precisely how Corey Frye of The Main Squeeze started out the show at Cubby Bear earlier this month. And when Corey Frye opens his mouth, everyone, and I mean ...
    Jun 24, 2014 View Comments

  • Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at First Merit Bank Pavilion

    [with help from Ashley Downing] I’ll admit it, I have a major soft spot for Jack Johnson. It might seem out of left field based on most of the other stuff I gush about here at Soundfuse, but it...
    Jun 19, 2014 View Comments

  • YACHT at Pritzker Pavilion

    You know it’s Summer when in Chicago when concert season at Pritzker Pavilion begins. We’re so lucky as Chicagoans to have this jewel of a music venue offering free shows all Summer long....
    Jun 17, 2014 View Comments

  • UMBowl V at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY

    This year’s UMBowl – like recent decision made by Umphrey’s McGee to perform their New Years shows in a city other than Chicago — was pulled from the previous residency of Park Wes...
    Jun 16, 2014 View Comments

  • The Ringers at Martyrs

    [Words by Zach Zeidner] When first hearing about the line-up for The Ringers, I remember thinking, “My dear god, what could this monstrous project possibly sound like?” With Étienne Mbappé on b...
    Jun 10, 2014 View Comments

  • Slint at Bottom Lounge

    [Words & Photo by Joel Berk] Last month, I did something I never thought I’d be able to do – I saw Slint. Slint, one of the most mythical and influential bands of the past 25 years, didn’t ...
    Jun 03, 2014 View Comments

  • Chromeo at Lincoln Hall

    When you unapologetically call yourself the FUNK LORDZ, you’re either suffering delusions of grandeur or you really better back it up. After dropping an album like Fancy Footwork in 2007, Chrom...
    Jun 03, 2014 View Comments

  • 2014 Chicago Mayfest – Sunday

    After the ridiculously long winter we had this year, Mayfest was the perfect way to kick off Chicago’s street festival season. This Lakeview neighborhood annual tradition was held on the weekend...
    Jun 01, 2014 View Comments

  • Everyone Orchestra & Van Ghost at the Park West

    [Photos by Chris Monaghan] Summer Camp Music Festival threw one hell of a pre-party on Friday May 19th at the Park West in Chicago. Hosted by the fest’s Make A Difference initiative, this sho...
    May 28, 2014 View Comments

  • Particle at Lincoln Hall

    The world is much better off with Particle around. Despite the fact that they’ve gone through some changes over the years, the core of this band has been around for over a decade and have alway...
    May 20, 2014 View Comments

  • Toubab Krewe at Martyrs’

    [Words and Photos by Ashley Downing] Toubab Krewe has a pulse and energy that cannot be duplicated or ignored. Filled with alluring rhythms, their uniquely exotic sound is engaging on every level. Fo...
    May 18, 2014 View Comments