PHOTOS: Alice Phoebe Lou fills Thalia Hall for first headline performance in Chicago

From a low angle, Alice Phoebe Lou's head pokes above the stage as spotlights shine down rays of light around her.
Alice Phoebe Lou sings from a growing discography, and unreleased songs, for Thalia Hall attendees. (Dilpreet Raju/MEDILL)

By Dilpreet Raju
Medill Reports

Alice Phoebe Lou and fans jammed to old tunes and new numbers, including a fair amount of unreleased material, on May 13 at Thalia Hall.

Lou, who was born and raised in South Africa, called the night a “beautiful milestone.” Prior to this show, she had performed in Chicago only once before, at The Vic last October while opening for legendary folk-rock musician Billy Bragg. Her passion for music began 15 years ago, when Lou was 14 and became a fan of trance music. She would go to such festivals in Cape Town, South Africa, as a teenager to photograph audience members, and before long she found her own voice and sound.

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Dilpreet Raju is a master’s journalism candidate at Medill. You can follow him at @DilpreetRaju on Twitter or reach him at