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The Week In Chicago Rock

You shoulda been there.

1. Subhumans at Reggies on Monday night.


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2. Trivium at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park on Sunday.

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3. J. Cole at the Concord on Monday night.

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4. Body Count with Ice-T at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park on Sunday.

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5. David Crosby at City Winery on Tuesday night.

Gendron: "David Crosby procrastinated more than 20 years before finally releasing a new solo album, "Croz," earlier this year. In the months since, he apparently discovered a sense of urgency. The 72-year-old singer played the record from start to finish Monday at the first of a sold-out two-night stand at City Winery. While not without hiccups, the recent material forced Crosby out of the nostalgic comfort zone and reiterated themes central to his familiar work."

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6. Korn at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park on Sunday night.

College News: "The First Midwest Bank Amphitheater also tightened up the bootlaces quite a bit this year. They were a lot stricter with the tailgating in the parking lot this year, making sure that you were getting shuffled into the venue without any beer. Once you got to the gates, security did their regular search letting in a certain amount of contraband like booze and weed; you know, the concert essentials.

When I went up to get a beer I almost fell over. My hips almost gave out which would have left my body falling in a very Charlie Chaplin kind of way. I asked for a tallboy (24 ounces) of Pabst Blue Ribbon and the woman said sharply without any kind of remorse for the request, "That will be fifteen dollars."

"FIFTEEN DOLLARS?!? You have got to be kidding me?"

She replied dryly, "No sir, fifteen dollars."

"Then no, can I just get water then?"

"That's $4.50."

She handed me my almost five dollar water without the cap. I asked, "Can I get that cap please?"

"No sir, my boss says that we can't give you the cap."

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7. Cannibal Corpse at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park on Sunday.

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8. Suicide Silence at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park on Sunday.

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9. Byzantine Time Machine at the Emporium on Wednesday night.

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10. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Millennium Park on Monday night.

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11. Bitch at Schubas on Tuesday night.

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12. Robbie Fulks feat. Michael Shannon as Lou Reed at the Hideout on Monday night.

Loerzel: "Robbie Fulks' Monday-night shows at the Hideout are never the same, covering a huge variety of music and guest-starring all sorts of folks. This week, the theme was a tribute to the late Lou Reed, with a beginning-to-end performance of Reed's 1982 album Blue Mask. And the special guest - the guy who sang Reed's songs - was Michael Shannon, the Oscar-nominated actor and cast member of the Boardwalk Empire series on HBO."

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13. Psychopathic Daze at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park on Sunday.

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14. Avenged Sevenfold at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park on Sunday night.

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15. White Heat at Beat Kitchen on Sunday night.

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16. Keyshia Cole at the House of Blues on Thursday night.

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17. Jack White at the Chicago Theatre on Wednesday night.

Kannenberg: "White's Wednesday show at the Chicago Theatre walked a fine line between a singalong-friendly career retrospective and a balls-to-the-wall display of blues rock virtuosity in support of his second solo effort, this year's Lazaretto. The 39-year-old guitarist deftly led his band through nearly three hours of swerving, soaring, diving renditions of everything from White Stripes charmers like 'We're Going to Be Friends' to the dark and twisty Dead Weather burner 'Cut Like a Buffalo,' and everything in between."

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18. Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Soldier Field on Thursday night.

Kot: "On stage, Jay Z and Beyoncé tried to shape their own reality. But for the first hour it felt about as personal and mechanical as an expensive political ad. Sure, the songs came fast and uptempo. Beyoncé declared she was 'Crazy in Love,' Jay Z demanded 'Show Me What You Got.' The singer proclaimed her gender's empowerment in 'Run the World (Girls),' Jay Z later answered with the testosterone-saturated bravado of 'Big Pimpin'.' But the lack of smiles and the professional detachment kept the screaming fans at arm's length -- not that any of them seemed to particularly mind. At one point, Beyoncé commanded the stage with a sullen stare, and the cheering only grew wilder and more appreciative."

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Posted on July 26, 2014


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