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Saturday
Sep082018

VIRTUAL SELF @ Aragon Ballroom

Virtual Self
Where: Aragon Ballroom
When: September 7th, 2018
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

It’s hardly uncommon for electronic music producers to release music under different monikers.  It allows them the freedom to step outside the box that their day job confines them to.  While some artists may not veer too far outside their comfort zone for side projects, Virtual Self is worlds apart from the rest of Porter Robinson’s catalog.  Virtual Self is an appropriate name because this project is most likely one of self-indulgence.  Instead of catering to his more EDM-centric fanbase, the Virtual Self project is packed full of electronic music subgenres that we just don’t hear about much anymore.  But it isn’t off-putting at all, quite the contrary in fact: it’s all run through the Porter Robinson brain, so he’s found a way to make all these crazy niche sounds appeal to a wide audience.  But for the real Virtual Self experience, it begs to be seen and heard live.  Luckily for yours truly, I caught the Chicago show this past Friday night.

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Friday
Oct242014

THE GLITCH MOB @ Aragon Ballroom

The Glitch Mob w/The M Machine
Where: Aragon Ballroom
When: October 17th, 2014
Grade: 5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Forget what you’ve heard – The Glitch Mob are a rock band.  Yes, their music is created within the confines of mostly electronics and you’ll find their music on electronic music ‘best of’ lists before anywhere else.  But if one listen to Love Death Immortality doesn’t sell you on their inherent rock aesthetic, go see them live and prepare for a change of perception.  Their live performance rig, The Blade, helps the trio channel their massive masterpieces of big beat through massive drums and an arsenal of samplers which are completely visible to the audience.  Outshining their contemporaries, The Glitch Mob have found a way to remove the skepticism about if they’re just ‘pressing play’ or actually making the music happen onstage.  One thing is certain, the audience at the Aragon were all in for a treat as they performed nearly all of Love Death Immortality along with a few other gems and simultaneously blew all of our minds with a serious rock show.

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Wednesday
Apr302014

The Knife @ Aragon Ballroom

The Knife
Where: Aragon Ballroom
When: April 23rd, 2014
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Last night at the Aragon Ballroom, the once unthinkable actually happened…The Knife performed in the Midwest. The last time they hit U.S. soil, it was for a short stint of a handful of dates that catered only to the east and west coasts. So, most of us who were in attendance last night have been waiting to see the groundbreaking Swedish duo since 2006 when Silent Shout exploded all of our minds or even further back when Deep Cuts met our ears and became the best pop record we’ve ever heard. If you’ve been a fan since their soft-spoken debut, well, you’re probably the coolest fan around. Regardless, it’s been a long time coming and whether you’ve been waiting since 2006 or 2001, last night made the wait worthwhile.

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Wednesday
Nov272013

Capital Cities @ Aragon Ballroom

Capital Cities
Where: Aragon Ballroom
When: November 22nd, 2013
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

I’ll be the first to admit — going into seeing Capital Cities at the Aragon Ballroom tonight, I was a tad bit skeptical as to how they’d pull off their warm yacht-rock-meets-electro-funk-by-way-of-Hall-&-Oates vocal stylings. I was sure they’d fall short somewhere along the way, and being the skeptical critic that I am, I was almost waiting for it. But from the opening notes of “Kangaroo Court,” my doubts washed away, and I was immersed with the crowd in a cascade of crystal clear vocals and harmonies, pulsating synths, and a torrent of the best trumpeting I’m sure that I’ve ever heard in a live setting. This is one of the rare times that the hype over a new act is very well deserved. But sometimes you have to overcome an obstacle to get to the prize at the end of the race...

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