Concert Preview: Jonny Rumble and The Kickback at The Hideout

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As we’ve told you before, there are a lot of exciting independent bands that rock Chicago on a nightly basis. And tonight at The Hideout Johnny Rumble and The Kickback will doing their best to help melt away the memory of yesterday’s massive blizzard that turned the Midwest upside down and shook us up like a big super-sized snow globe.
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Concert Preview: GigMaven Chicago Kick-Off Show At Subtereanean

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We recently explored tools to help independent artists launch their DIY career and grow their fan base through touring.

And now, we’d like to share news about GigMaven, a free website that helps artists find venues and book gigs at several of our favorite Chicago venues including the Empty Bottle, Congress Theater, Double Door, Lincoln Hall, and Logan Square Auditorium. Continue reading

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Best Concert Moments of 2010: How Live Music Changed Our Lives

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B.O.B. at Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago

Before we dive into a new year of concert adventures, let’s see what live music moments mattered the most. Let’s discover how the live concert experience changed our lives in 2010.
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Livestream Event: Emerging Bands, Top Bloggers Unite at Knitting Factory for LYVA Music Fest 2010

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Continuing our series on virtual concert experiences, we’re pleased to bring you another Livestream event with a New York and worldwide focus. Continue reading

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Concert Preview: Ra Ra Riot Leads Fans Through The Orchard

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Ra Ra Riot has come a long way since I first saw them perform in 2007 at moe.down festival near their home in upstate New York. And I’m wondering what will be in store for fans during their current tour.

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Concert Preview: Is Gayngs Going To Be Just As Good Live?

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One of my favorite albums lately has been the debut release from Gayngs called Relayted. And tonight at Metro we’ll see if the new album is just as good live as it has been between my headphones these past few weeks.
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Satisfy Your Concert Contest Craving: AXE, Sennheiser, Baeble, Urban Outfitters, Levi’s & more

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AXE Music one night only contest

We’ve been keeping an eye out for cool contests this year. And here are four more concert contests from AXE, Sennheiser, Baeble, Levi’s and Urban Outfitters featuring the music of rapper T.I., indie-rock band Deerhunter and a love for concert photography.
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Live Fix Exclusive: Sci-Fi Concert Mashup Illustration

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Sci-Fi Concert Mashup by Sean Sullivan

Sci-Fi Concert Mashup by Sean Sullivan

Contiuning our exploration into Real Live Concert Mashups, I’d like to share with you a Live Fix exclusive!

The image above is a first ever Live Fix concert mashup illustration.  It was created by my friend and illustrator Sean Sullivan who was inspired by my live concert mashup post.  I had been asking him to consider contributing his artwork to Live Fix when ever he was inspired to do so.

And after he read my mashup post he sent me the amazing sci-fi live concert illustration above. 

Since I’m not trained as a designer, I was curious how he created the illustration and what inspired him.

Via email he told me “the image was created in Photoshop using a digital sketch through colors. I let my imagination picture the technology required and came up with something fun using a diving helmet and a hologram.”

Sean also explained that he was “pushing a futuristic, sci-fi tech interface.”  He also agreed with me that the technology would be pretty heavy, so he just went with a science fiction feel, noting that the wires are anachronistic, because current technology is already wireless–maybe they’re coolant hoses, he added (more on this in a moment).

I loved Sean’s creative sense of humor when he explained his musical inspirations for the illustration saying “the guy in the helmet is just a generic rocker dude and I was thinking Tina Turner would be a good foil for the hologram, but I didn’t want to do a miniskirt because I thought it would look too much like his personal entertainment (his private dancer, haha). So I wasn’t thinking of any band in particular. I was just trying to mix genres like rock and folk or rock and R&B.”

And he nailed it!

The coolant hoses connect us

Sean considered the coolant hoses anachronistic, but I thought they were a poignant and timeless visual metaphor for modern times.  Though we live in an increasingly “wireless” concert culture where we can’t always see the connections, we can certainly feel and experience the connection to the music and fellow fans in our bodies, hearts and minds.  

And when I’ve asked, most concert fans tell me that they consider their concert experiences to be very “communal” and see concerts as “the ultimate community experience.”  Fans also tell me that using mobile technology is one way they outwardly express their inner desire to connect. 

So I think Sean’s use of the coolant hoses sprouting out of the rocker dude was spot on, even if he didn’t plan it that way.

I feel an encore coming on

This was a great continuation to our exploration of the live concert mashup! And I thank Sean for contributing his creativity to Live Fix. Stay tuned because he sent me another one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. In the meantime, you can visit his site to see more of his work.

If you’d like to contribute to Live Fix with an illustration, or share you concert experiences in other ways, check out the “Tell Your Story” section for more info.

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I Love The Cubs But…

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Having Billy Joel and Elton John play on July 21st at Wrigley Field in Chicago is not the best thing for fans (baseball or music.)

With such a rich crop of indie-rock right in their own backyard and considering the state of the Tribune needng a new and younger audience to get future revenue from, the 2008 Central Division Champs should learn something from the Atlanta Braves(even it bruises their ego.)

According to this Creative Loafing story the Braves are having an open submission for “any band (any genre) to compete for the right to play Turner Field in front of 40,000 people.”

If the Cubs pulled from the talent in their own backyard and created their own version of what the Braves are doing that would better for fans, bands and our wallets.

Why not make the most of Chicago’s deep pool of independent bands? Why not give local bands the chance to play at Wrigley and offer fans cheaper tickets to get in. That would be better than charging fans high ticket prices too see artists who have had their time in the spotlight.

If the Cubs can’t get to the World Series this year (or ever), why not at least use the park for live music that does matter.

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