WATCH | Manchester Orchestra played Live on CBS: Saturday Sessions. New album out Friday!

This amazing indie-rock band is just getting better with every album they put out.

This past weekend Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra performed their two new singles — “The Gold” and “The Alien” — on CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions ahead of Friday, July 28th’s release of their fifth studio album A Black Mile To The Surface (Loma Vista Recordings). “The Gold” and “The Alien” are available to watch now, along with a web-exclusive bonus performance of “The Parts“. The album — featuring production by Catherine Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Killers), John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen), and their longtime studio partner Dan Hannon — has earned early rave reviews from Alternative Press (4.5/5 stars), Kerrang! (5/5 stars), among others, while Uproxx recently profiled the band, diving deep into making of the album and calling it “their best.” Frontman Andy Hull spoke to writer Steve Hyden in a recent Celebration Rock podcast, while Discogs featured a list of his favorite Built To Spill albums.

Watch Manchester Orchestra perform “The Parts” on CBS Saturday Sessions:

Following a sold-out underplay show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge celebrating 10 years since the band’s first show in the city, Manchester Orchestra has also confirmed additional intimate release shows this week at LA’s Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge on July 26 and Nashville, TN’s Grimey’s on July 28th. The band recently announced a U.S. fall tour of headlining dates including shows at The Novo in Los Angeles on September 14th and at Terminal 5 in New York City on September 29th. A current itinerary is below; tickets are on-sale now

In late June, NPR Music premiered the Mike Dempsey-directed video for “The Alien,” the second single off A Black Mile To The Surface and the first visual in creative collaboration with directing duo The Daniels around the album. A Black Mile To The Surface remains available for pre-order, with “The Gold,” “The Alien,” and third single “The Moth” coming as an instant grat downloads with purchase:

Manchester Orchestra has expanded their dynamic sound to peak form on the cinematic production. The album showcases a band that rethought, deconstructed, and rebuilt their songwriting process to propel their music into a new emotional arena, drawing on Hull and McDowell’s unique experience scoring Swiss Army Man. Throughout recording the album, the band opened up their collaborative process and pushed themselves to go against their first instincts at every turn. It’s a reinvention of sorts — both musically and personally and an evolution of the band, while also retaining the sweeping, melodic, and anthemic sounds for which Manchester Orchestra has become known.

Listen to “The Alien” on Spotify | Apple Music Listen to “The Gold” on Spotify | Apple Music

Manchester Orchestra U.S. Tour:

07/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge

07/28 – Nashville, TN @ Grimey’s

09/05 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

09/06 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Theatre

09/08 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

09/10 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

09/12 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

09/13 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

09/15 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

09/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

09/18 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

09-19 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox

09/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

09/22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

09/23 – Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads

09/24 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

09/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

09/27 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

09/29 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

09/30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

10/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

10/03 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

10/04 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

10/05 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

10/06 – Columbia, SC @ The Music Farm

10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

10/21 – Manchester, England @ Academy 2

10/22 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Garage

10/23 – Leeds, England @ The Church

10/24 – Birmingham, England @ O2 Institute

10/26 – London, England @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

10/27 – Brighton, England @ Concorde 2

10/28 – Bristol, England @ SWX

10/30 – Cologne, Germany @ Gebaude 9

10/31 – Paris, France @ Les Etoiles

11/01 – Brussels, Belgium @ VK

11/02 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

11/03 – Berlin, Germany @ Franz

11/04 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow

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PREMIERE | Nine Inch Nails return with new EP “Add Violence” out today!

“Reznor and Ross seem ready to go full-on, carnal Nine Inch Nails again” -SPIN

Nine Inch Nails‘ new EP, ADD VIOLENCE, is now available digitally to download or stream. Hi-res digital with a limited edition physical component is available exclusively at The five-song collection will be released on CD in September. It is the second in a trilogy of EPs, following 2016’s Not The Actual Events.


Hailed by Billboard as “one of rock’s greatest live bands,” Nine Inch Nails returns to the road with a series of festival dates. The Los Angeles Times named the band as one of the “must-see acts” at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, where Nine Inch Nails will headline the closing day – Sunday, July 23. The band will also top the bill at Panorama in New York City, Riot Fest in Chicago and Aftershock Fest in Sacramento.

NIN Will Headline FYF Fest In LA this Sunday, July 23, and Panorama Festival In NYC On July 30

Nine Inch Nails’ sold-out, July 19 show at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena marked the band’s first live performance since 2014. The Fresno Bee said, “Nine Inch Nails visually stunned – at times, quite literally stunned – with a 75-minute set that was equally stark and minimal…and explosively overwhelming.”

“Disconcerting synths, screeching guitars, and Trent Reznor’s distinctive snarl: Must be new Nine Inch Nails,” said Entertainment Weekly, which praised the new single “LESS THAN” as “another stellar NIN jam that doubles as anxiety-inducing freak-out and alt-rock radio catnip.” The New York Times noted, “Its nervous electro pulse and intensifying salvos of guitar noise hark back all the way to the Nine Inch Nails of ‘Head Like a Hole’ from its 1989 debut album.” NPR Music lauded its”cinematic pop sheen” while Noisey observed, “It’s upbeat but dark and heavy in that signature NIN way, and Trent Reznor’s vocals are as much of an aural razor blade as they’ve always been.” Check out

Rolling Stone heralded “THIS ISN’T THE PLACE,” another track from ADD VIOLENCE, as “brooding and unsettling.” Consequence of Sound found it “intriguing” and Brooklyn Vegan observed, “It’s more proof that there’s no telling what moves Trent Reznor & co will pull in 2017.” View the visualizer for ”

Nine Inch Nails – 2017 Festival Dates

7/23Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

7/30New York, NY @ Panorama Festival

9/15Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

10/21Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Fest


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TOP 5 | What movies are coming out over the weekend?

It’s hard to decide what to see when you want to go to the theater. Let Popdust help you.

Every weekend in the summertime, movies we have been primed for over the last 6 months are finally here. There some great films, so check out the top five movie trailers. Then take a look at the full list of releases this weekend.


It has little dialogue and puts the situation as one you experience with the characters. It is meant to be a journey that challenges film making. Could this be Christopher Nolan‘s best movie to date? It has an original take on a story we know only too well, such as the Steven Spielberg classic Saving Private Ryan.

“It places you so absolutely in the situation of conflict — you don’t learn the details of characters’ backstories or even their surnames, you just see how this group reacts in this situation, make it a nail-biting encounter,” Branagh explained… [Read More about Dunkirk.]

PG-13 | 1h 46min | Action, Drama, History | Get Tickets for DUNKIRK

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard

2. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

PG-13 | 2h 17min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Get Tickets for Valerian…

Director: Luc Besson| Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna

3. First Kill

A Wall Street broker is forced to evade a police chief investigating a bank robbery as he attempts to recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life.

R | 1h 37min | Action, Thriller | Get Tickets for First Kill

Director: Steven C. Miller | Stars: Bruce Willis, Hayden Christensen, Ty Shelton

4. Girls Trip

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

R | 2h 2min | Comedy | Get Tickets for Girls Trip

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith

5. The Midwife

A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress.

“Really all we need is the sight of Catherine Deneuve smoking a cigarette, offering whisky, and saying lines such as, “You’re getting prettier every day. But that raincoat has to go” and we’re going to see the movie no matter what. But in the new movie from Martin Provost, Deneuve’s on-screen majesty has a proper counterpart in Catherine Frot, as the two women reconnect after a 30-year separation.” — Arno

Unrated | 1h 57min | Drama | Get Tickets for Girls Trip

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire

Full list of movies in theaters this weekend:

Friday, July 21, 2017

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23 July 2017

Lead singer of LINKIN PARK, Chester Bennington, commits suicide

Popdust is sad to report Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide by hanging himself.

Chester Charles Bennington was a musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He was best known as the lead vocalist of rock/hip-hop band Linkin Park, but also performed in Dead by Sunrise, and live rock cover band Bucket of Weenies.

Law enforcement reports that the singer had hung himself at a residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. Bennington’s body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris’ suicide.

The band has had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.

The band’s album, “Meteroa,” was one of the biggest alt. albums in music history.

Bennington was 41. Chester was married with 6 children from 2 marriages.

Dan Victor is editor in chief of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) & The Coldpress (indie rap) and front-man for Ductape Halo (indie rock). Follow on Youtube.

Clean Water Restores Life to a Village in Desperate Need


Liliana and her older sister gathered water several times a day from a reservoir that Liliana says was “left by the ancestors” — a manmade pond just outside of town. In the rainy season, the water was plentiful. In the dry season, they would scrape new holes in the ground and wait for them to fill with groundwater. Sometimes it worked, often it didn’t.

But the rain brought with it more than water. As it swept through the village towards the reservoir, waste and trash got washed along, too. “We could see the dirty things in the water when it rained,” Liliana said. She knew it was bad. “The water was trouble. It was dark.”

Liliana’s brothers and sisters got sick from the water, and so did she. Concern Worldwide got involved.

Concern Worldwide’s mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern Worldwide U.S. was established in 1993 in recognition of the Irish community in America, whose relatives and friends contributed so much early in Concern’s history. Today, they are a renowned international organization that sends more than 90 cents of every dollar directly to some of the world’s poorest countries. But the staff at Concern cannot continue to combat disaster and famine alone. Just like in 1968, there is a famine in Africa today and disaster around the world. Concern has teams on the ground in locations from Syria to Haiti and everywhere in between. What they need is us.


Liliana remembers when Concern first arrived in Mulombwa. They presented to people in the village and told them that they would build a water pump, but in the meantime the community was told they should boil their drinking water to make it safe. They spoke about lots of other things, too, like the importance of handwashing and keeping household plots tidy, and they helped families to construct latrines. They also asked the community to gather materials to help construct an enclosure for the pump. Everyone got involved. The pump was finally constructed last year and Liliana couldn’t be happier.

Liliana says that if the pump ever broke down and she had to go back to the old water source, now she knows to boil water first. But she’s not worried about that anyway. The pump is looked after by a water management committee elected by the village, and the community is fundraising to pay for ongoing maintenance.

From its 1968 origins of friends helping friends, Concern continues its mission to help those in need, to treat all struggling citizens, whatever their race, age, or background, like friends. What started with the Irish has now expanded to the world. We need to do our part and support the beautiful mission of helping others in devastating circumstances.

There is nothing more essential to a healthy life than clean water. This statement couldn’t be truer for Liliana and her entire community. Thank you so much for your support in bringing clean water to Mulombwa and other communities around the world.

Do your part and donate to Concern Worldwide U.S. today

Soundcloud: Could this be the end?

By Massimo Tornambe

Soundcloud, a company valued at around $700-900 million could be approaching a bitter end. Last week, Soundcloud announced it was laying off 40% of its staff (179 employees). This surprising and completely unprecedented action took those who were being fired by surprise, while also putting the remaining employees into an understandable state of panic. The questions users like me, and former employees are asking are: Why would they do this? Will my favorite music service be around much longer? The answer unknown to everybody except for Soundcloud owner Alexander Ljung and co-owner Eric Wahlforss. Ever since its launch in 2007, Soundcloud has had to battle with other music services such as Spotify, and Apple Music, among many others. The niche Soundcloud manages to hit is their abundance of unsigned artists being able to upload their work, along with mashups and remixes. However, the most likely reason behind these cost-cutting tactics is lack of revenue. However, even with all this saved money, Soundcloud only has enough funding for their fourth yearly quarter.

Soundcloud has, however, insisted that they’ll be fine. CEO Alexander Ljung stated on the soundcloud blog: “The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe.” His confidence steadied my nerves pertaining towards the future of my favorite music streaming service, as I hope it does to all other users. The mystery of all this lies within how Soundcloud plans to cover these losses. In no way have they mentioned their plan in handling this crisis.

The origin of this issue is within the foundation of Soundcloud’s ideals. Free music, and easy posting for unknown artists. However, up until recently, Soundcloud was totally free. In order to catch up with other streaming companies, Soundcloud now offers a pro membership for $7 a month and a pro unlimited membership for $15 a month. While users can still listen to tracks for free, many popular songs are restricted (pro and pro unlimited memberships required). Either way, Soundcloud now has a steady income.

Optimistic Underground

Even though it seems that Soundcloud is struggling, they have plenty of opportunities to raise more capital. Worst case scenario for them, Soundcloud is sold for its value of around $700 million. The buyers? Deals have been discussed with Twitter and Spotify, but they both fell through. The most recent contender is Deezer, a similar streaming service.

Rumors have arose about Soundcloud being saved by the musician, Chance the Rapper. Chance posted about having a very lucrative call with Soundcloud owner, Alexander Ljung. Perhaps Chance decided to invest in Soundcloud in order to save the service. This theory makes sense considering that Soundcloud was the platform Chance was discovered on. Rumors aside, Soundcloud has made it loud and clear that they are here to stay. I, and many other listeners hope they’re true to their word on this one.

WATCH | DUNKIRK lets the film convey the story, rather than say it

Endure an epic journey to fight the ultimate battle.

It has little dialogue and puts the situation as one you experience with the characters. It is meant to be a journey that challenges film making. Could this be Christopher Nolan‘s best movie to date? It has an original take on a story we know only too well, such as the Steven Spielberg classic Saving Private Ryan.

“It places you so absolutely in the situation of conflict — you don’t learn the details of characters’ backstories or even their surnames, you just see how this group reacts in this situation, make it a nail-biting encounter,” Branagh explained to The Hollywood Reporter on the black carpet at AMC Lincoln Square in New York. “He wanted it to be an experiential ‘fight or flight’ test, and it’s unrelenting in its engagement and doesn’t let the audience off the hook. You’re invited in to experience it as they’re experiencing it — as in, with not enough time to think or process things.”

Dunkirk hits the water with Mark Rylance as a small boat owner crossing the channel, flies with a Spitfire pilot (Tom Hardy) dogfighting German Messerschmitt planes and dodges bombardments on the beach through the eyes of young soldier Tommy (20-year-old newcomer Fionn Whitehead).

“It’s terrifying. I cannot imagine anything worse than being thrust into the situation these guys were thrown into,” says Nolan in his office on the Warner Bros. lot. “The survival instinct is just pretty remarkable.”

2nd P: STATS

Christopher Nolan‘s latest is sitting pretty at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing (here’s our own decidedly positive review). And while it’s received close to no negative criticism on a cinematic or storytelling level, it has — as is inevitable for any “based on a true story” film — been criticized on the basis of historical accuracy. In this particular case, the aggrieved party is the country of France.

Dunkirk arrived stateside on Tuesday night, with Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles and Fionn Whitehead in tow at the Warner Bros. film’s U.S. premiere.While the actors’ favorite (pre-Dunkirk) war movies range from the Steven Spielberg classic to Saving Private Ryan to last year’s foreign Oscar nominee Land of Mine — they all applauded Nolan for making “something that captures the chaos and panic of warfare,” said newcomer Whitehead. The critically-acclaimed WWII drama, out Friday, centers on the British military evacuation of the titular French city in 1940, one of the biggest battles.

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

The result of Nolan’s long journey is Dunkirk, the Dark Knight trilogy director’s audaciously ambitious foray into real battle with epic scope. Nolan produced, directed and wrote the screenplay that follows three viewpoints during the bleak days when 400,000 troops were pinned down on French beaches before being miraculously evacuated.

Collins: “He’s on me.”

Farrier: “I’m on him.”

This looks like a very good movie for historical war movies, but it could also be made for the notoriously dry British taste. See people dig that, I am reserving my opinion until after I see it. If you are looking for a Blockbuster Action movie for the summer, this might be your ticket to hop on a non-stop thrill-ride. Comes out on Friday, July 21st.


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RELEASE DATE: July 21st, 2017 | GENRE: Historical drama, War | RATING: PG-13 | TIME: 1 hr 47 min

CAST: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh
DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan

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Sources: Movie Phone, Fandango, IMDB, Indie Wire

Official DUNKIRK Trailer on Youtube:

REVIEW | Tyler Gets Real?

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Tyler. Since releasing Cherry Bomb two years back in 2015, he hasn’t been around the scene too much. Sure, he hasn’t totally disappeared but like most of the Odd Future gang, he doesn’t hang around the spotlight too much. He’ll pop and do something characteristically weird here and there but music wise he’s been quite. Since making it big, he never really has been one to hop on someone else’s track anyway. So while other artists try to stay relevant by getting some features in the interim between their projects, Tyler just sticks to focuses on his own.

On the other hand, a lot of artists recently have seemed eager to jump on the Creator’s tracks. On Cherry Bomb, he got features for Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell Williams, among others. Over the past week or so, Tyler had been teasing at some new content in typical Tyler fashion. His countdown culminated in a video for his new song “Who Dat Boy” with none other than A$AP Rocky. This song and video, along with other teasers, have been released to hype up his soon-to-be-released album Scum Fuck Flower Boy (which has all the charm of an album you would hear and say “yeah, that’s definitely a Tyler album”). The album will feature other collaborations such as Wolfgang brother Frank Ocean, former collaborator Lil Wayne, and singer Estelle.

The video accompanying the song “Who Dat Boy” is just as oddly creepy as the opening dark synth strings of the track would suggest. It opens on Tyler, back facing us, as we move through a dark hallway that frames him working on something. The kind of strange experimentation you would expect. Next thing you know, Tyler emerges outside and walks down the street with a severe gash across his face.

Then A$AP Rocky shows up, evidently to save the day by giving Tyler some facial reconstructive surgery. While performing the operation, a few cops bust in on them and they are forced to flee. Then it’s revealed to us that A$AP has sewed some sort of white-face surgical mask on to Tyler and damn, it is creepy as hell. The pair continue to rap around outside until all of a sudden Tyler is driving down the highway, cops in pursuit, with a random teenage dude that seems to come out of nowhere. This is all before the song and video abruptly transition into another song on the album “911”. This part of the video features multiple Tylers in a Cherry Blossom field or park.

All components of this video are pretty disconcerting but at the same time not at all something to be unexpected from an artist like Tyler. So much of his career has been based on a particular brand of strange antics and shock value. There could some potential race and/or police commentary going on in this video but like anything out The Creator, it’s distinctly difficult to pick out the pieces between absurd and direct.

A few other tracks from Scum Fuck Flower Boy have either been released or made their way out on to the Internet, including a song with Frank Ocean and the song “Boredom”. “Boredom”, the eighth track on the upcoming album, features Rex Orange County and Anna of the North. Some of this track rings back to the ending parts of Cherry Bomb, such as “Too Fucking Young/Perfect” and “Keep Da O’s”, with cuts of smoothness and Tyler swooning you don’t often get to hear. Unlike “Who Dat Boy” that very much sticks to the sonic canon of Tyler’s work, “Boredom” moves in a less abrasive direction.

The lyrical contemplation on “Boredom” hits with the same earnestness that likely has endeared Tyler to fans over the years. It’s a simple subject, generally just waiting for something to happen and trying to find the peace of mind to accept that nothing is going to happen. It’s the classic battle of trying to turn boredom into being simply content. This is evident in how the verses contrast the hooks sung by the features.


In a similar vein, the track “Mr. Lonely” (part of the “9/11/Mr. Lonely”), which has made its way online as well, deals with the theme of Tyler waiting on something or someone. The track, which features Frank Ocean, is another honest deluge of thoughts and emotions from Tyler who clearly has no trouble baring it all for fans. Although, I did mention earlier that discerning the meaningful from the prank-like wildness of Tyler can often be hard, many of his tracks are very cut and dry about his real feelings. Even though he often time goes extremely overboard, especially in his earlier work, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between raunchy tangents from his more poignant moments.

On top of that, apparently the whole album has already leaked online. This have given hardcore fans a chance to devour the content and flood the internet with speculation about even deeper moments on the album. Evidently Tyler gets even more personal on the album and on at least one track may or may not come out of the closet? While, this is all operating on the lyrics of the album and not on statements from The Creator, given that this album seems to be a departure for him, it would stand to reason that his lyrics reflect reality this time.

As other have pointed out, Tyler no longer seems to be making jokes and messing around. While he has retained much of the style of his antics, the earnestness level seems to have been bumped way up. Perhaps it has lended itself to making him a better artist and rapper as he is ready to get real with his fans.

It may have been a long time coming to some but I’m sure there will be those who miss his old ways. Although, once the album drops officially, we will be able to listen and see if there is enough for both camps of fans to be satisfied.

Dog Day is here! Chicago rivalries heat up with a long-time beef

Written by: Laurie Cairns

It’s a Chicago thing…

If you put ketchup on your hot dog you’re not a true Chicagoan. And the conversation is heating up as July 19National Hot Dog Day – approaches. Portillo’s and Buona, two longtime Chicago-area purveyors of street food, are both celebrating the food holiday with dollar dogs. Portillo’s came out first – offering $1 regular sized hot dogs on July 19th with the purchase of any sandwich, entrée salad, entrée pasta or ribs. Buona responded: they’re offering $1 hot dogs the DAY BEFORE National Hot Dog Day (July 18) with the purchase of a drink and a side. The caveat? They’re charging $1.50 if it’s ordered with ketchup.

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Forget about Chicago-style pizza – the Chicago hot dog is the stuff of street food legend. The Windy City classic includes yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. No ketchup. Ever. At least if you’re over 18. This Chicago-centric viewpoint has the support of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (the official trade association based in Washington, DC). The council published a paper on “Hot Dog Etiquette and Everyday Guidance for Eating America’s Sacred Food” in which they stated “Don’t use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18.”

Chicagoans’ obsession with assembling their hot dog by “dragging it through the garden” is something its residents take very seriously. The city’s roots in hot dog love are deep – dating back to the late 1800s. With the introduction of steam-powered meat choppers, Chicago’s famous Union Stock Yards plants began to churn out early versions of today’s hot dog. Chicago’s first hot dog brand was David Berg (founded in 1860). Many others followed, with Vienna Beef (founded in 1893) emerging as one of Chicago’s most beloved hot dog brands.

California Through My Lens

National chain Portillo’s started selling hot dogs in the western Chicago suburb of Villa Park in 1963, and has since become one of the city’s most famous purveyors of dogs. In 2014, the company’s Founder, Dick Portillo, sold the chain to Boston-based private-equity firm Berkshire Partners. The chain had grown to 38 restaurants, and the deal was rumored to be around $1 billion. Since the sale, Portillo’s has expanded to 50 restaurants and counting – 40 of which are in Illinois.

Buona, on the other hand, is a family-owned business that’s famous for Chicago’s OTHER iconic sandwich – the Italian beef. Relatives of the Buonavolanto family – AKA Buona’s owners – were among the group who first introduced Chicagoans to the sandwich. Like the hot dog, Italian beef was a product Chicago’s Stockyards, with its invention dating back to the time of the Great Depression. Buona has 20 locations across Chicagoland today, and is expanding at a rapid rate. Buona opened its first beef stand in Berwyn, IL in 1981, and today it is the Official Italian Beef of Chicago’s beloved baseball teams, the Cubs and White Sox. While Italian beef is their legacy and mainstay, they have been serving Chicago-style hot dogs since Day One. Notably, Portillo’s also sells Italian beef sandwiches.

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The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, publicizes, sponsors and supports events and activities that commemorate the day. The Council designates July as National Hot Dog Month, with the date for National Hot Dog Day varying from year to year. It usually falls on the day on which the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.

Stay tuned to see how Portillo’s and Buona duke it out next #NationalItalianBeefDay, which falls on the Saturday before Memorial Day – an official food holiday designation that the Buonavolanto family lobbied for and obtained in 2017.

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Portillo’s | Beef. Burgers. Salads.

Portillo’s is home to America’s favorite Italian beef, burgers, salads,
Chicago-style hot dogs, and chocolate cake.

Buona | The Original Italian Beef …

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Laurie Cairns is a Chicagoan, food aficionado, writer, publicist and mother. I have worked with some of Chicago’s leading chefs and restaurants, and have helped create editorial content on the history of iconic foods in Chicago, including Italian beef and the little-known story of Chicago-style BBQ.