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UTG INTERVIEW: Pitchfork Music Festival Bands on Their Favorite Chicago Hangouts

We’re a little more than excited for Pitchfork Music Festival to arrive this year considering it has an awesome record fair (Chirp!), top notch food vendors (Rice Table! Puffs of Doom!), and a beautifully stacked lineup (Slowdive! Beck! Neutral Milk Hotel!). The festival will take place over at Union Park on July 18-20 for three days of great music before dispersing to Chicago’s playground of venues for a series of after-shows. And so the countdown to musical bliss begins.

To help festivalgoers make the most out of their experience, we asked some of the bands about their favorite spots, where …


Garth Brooks Reveals His World Tour’s First Stop, Confirms Cancellation Of All Five Dublin Shows

The return of Garth Brooks is going to dominate worldwide headlines for the next week or two. Strap in now.

After all five comeback shows in Dublin were cancelled (which we will get to in a moment), Garth Brooks was forced to find a new place to kick off his recently announced world tour. One lucky fan, a man named Andy Roberts from Atlanta, was given the honor of revealing the host city Monday afternoon. He apparently asked Brooks about his world tour during a Q&A at the country icon’s recent Las Vegas residency and Brooks told him he would …

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Alkaline Trio To Perform All 8 Albums Over 4 Nights In 3 Cities Later This year

Alkaline Trio have released eight studio albums during their time together as a band, which makes developing a set list for any outing incredibly hard. As a band, you always want to play your new music, but as time goes on there is a growing demand for classic cuts as well from people who have been supporting your work for years.

In an attempt to please both sides of this equation, Alkaline Trio announced today that they will perform all eight studio album live this fall during four night runs in three cities across the US. The band will perform …

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Riot Fest Chicago Lineup Grows To 124 Bands, Adds Say Anything And More

Riot Fest Chicago is the elephant in the room all other festivals must recognize and then drop to their knees and worship. The initial lineup announcement which included 110 bands, almost shut down the alternative music blogosphere when released. Now, with three months to go until launch, the organizers for Riot Fest Chicago have revealed 14 additional performers who will be appearing in Illinois on the weekend of September 13.

Topping the list of late additions to Riot Fest is none other than iconic rock outfit Primus. They are joined by fellow new recruits The Hold Steady, Say Anything, Tiny …

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The Fall Of Troy Reveal Plans For Additional Reunion Shows, Begin Working On New Material

Get ready, Fall Of Troy fans. The reunion that started earlier this year was only the very beginning of what looks to be a full scale comeback effort.

In a new post to fans released over the weekend, The Fall Of Troy revealed that they are currently locking in the final details for reunion performances in New York and Chicago. Those shows, which do not have dates at this time, will be revealed in the weeks to come.

Additionally, The Fall Of Troy told fans they have also begun working on new material that they hope to demo in the …

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Riot Fest Announces Chicago And Denver Lineups

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. After months of anticipation and speculation, the lineups have been announced for the Chicago and Denver editions of this year’s Riot Fest, and you can see them below.

Based on the history of Riot Fest and the announcement of the Toronto lineup last week, no one doubted that these announcements would be great, but the festival organizers truly outdid themselves. The top of the bill for both weekends includes huge names like The Cure, The National, Rise Against, and even Wu-Tang Clan. Additionally, Jane’s Addiction will make an appearance at …


Listen To A New Michael Jackson Song Produced By Timbaland

Sony Records will be releasing Xscape, a posthumous record from Michael Jackson on May 1. We’ve already been treated to a great new track featuring Justin Timberlake, and today, we can hear “Chicago,” featuring production by Timbaland.

According to the album’s liner notes, the track was recorded around 1999, after Michael heard the song that was written by songwriter Cory Rooney (Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey). The song was supposed to be included on 2001′s Invincible, but was instead saved for later. Timbaland’s inclusion gives the track a more modern feel, and proves that Michael …

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Chance The Rapper Surprises Fans With The Release Of “I Am Very Very Lonely”

Chance The Rapper has kept quiet whenever someone has approached him about the release of a new mixtape, but every so often he stops by this crazy thing called the internet and unleashes a little something special just to keep fans, and more importantly other members of hip-hop, on their toes.

Earlier tonight, a new track found its way online titled “I Am Very Very Lonely.” The song finds Chance recounting the thoughts and experiences from a night spent alone, with minimalistic production and signature ‘ah’ samples. I would not go as far as to call it a ballad, but …

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Riot Fest 2014 Announces Dates

After a huge year in 2013, Riot Fest is back this year for its 10th Anniversary.

The carnival released the dates of its three-weekend tour through Denver, Chicago and Toronto. As per usual, it will go on in September, with the Toronto stop being September 6-7, Chicago (the 10th Anniversary weekend) on the following weekend of September 12-14 and Denver being September 19-21.

They have some big plans for improvements and more rides to the Toronto and Denver locations, as well as renovations to the parking and camping grounds. There will also be some huge plans regarding the anniversary for …


Chicago Rapper Lil Marc Killed Days After Releasing Music Video Mocking Rival Gang

There are a lot of eyes on the Chicago rap scene right now, specifically around those leading the drill music movement. This is more than a trendy sound in rap. It’s a way of life for those spitting rhymes and nearly every teenager blasting their tracks on the street. For outsiders the violent lyrical themes and imagery may seem like a gimmick, but unfortunately that is often not the case.

Up and coming lyricist Lil Marc was shot and killed in the Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago last Friday. According to DNAinfo, the 20-year old rising star and self-confessed …


Freddie Gibbs Disses Jeezy On “Real”

Shots fired.

Two days ago, buzzworthy rapper Freddie Gibbs debuted a Jeezy diss in Chicago titled “Real” that blogs and music fans could not stop discussing. Today, Gibbs shares the studio cut of the track with fans, and the so-called ‘snowman killa’ proves he is out for blood.

Showcasing his wordplay on the first verse before cutting to the chase on the second, “Real” is – if nothing else – another strong entry in Gibbs’ record collection. It may be hard to think about that when you’re laughing and gasping at the shade thrown toward Jeezy on the back half …

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Lionfight Release “Uncle Ben” Music Video

Just a week after releasing their debut EP, Chicago rock outfit Lionfight have released a brand new music video.

Built around a single performance, “Uncle Ben” showcases that eye-catching stage presence of Lionfight against bright lights and dark backdrops. The track is essentially a riot set to music, and the energy shown from the members in the clip is fittingly frantic. You can view the video below.

We featured a track-by-track with Lionfight earlier this month. Click here to learn the story behind their debut EP.

Speaking of that new release, anyone interested in learning more about Lionfight’s music can …