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IN REVIEW | Jam Cruise 18 - Day One

Words: Tim Kelly | Photos: Michael LepekIts that magical time of the year when the musical aquatic traveling circus know as Jam Cruise sets sail for destinations that (::checks notes::) truly no one cares about when booking. I dont believe Im alone when asked where is the cruise going, and I answer Im not sure.......

Friday Reviews | The Nine Best Albums Out February 28

Real Estate - The Main ThingJangly indie-rockers Real Estate return with their first record since firing their guitarist. The Main Thing shows growth for the band without losing their iconic sound, with strong songwriting and musicianship intact. If anything, the record finds the band taking more risks, and even collaborating with Sylvan Esso on breezy...

REVIEW: Dr. Dog @ Thalia Hall 2/5/20

By: Ryan MannixTypically, Chicagoans are able to catch Dr. Dog, the Philadelphia five-piece towards the end of a run, but their stop in Chicago this February was at the start of a longish tour.  Fortunately, the band demonstrated no signs of needed warm-up and delivered a 23 song, career-spanning show on a Wednesday...

The Oysterhead Reunion In Review [Photos/Video/Audio]

Photos: Adam MiszewskiOysterhead was unlikely to begin with... so what does that make a reunion nearly 15 years later?Whether following along at home or packed inside in the sold-out 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO, it's hard not to feel nostalgic for something so fleeting, yet so singular.  Listen to a few notes...

Friday Reviews | The 7 Best Albums Out February 21

Califone - Echo MineA new record from Chicago songwriter Tim Rutilis Califone is never a simple thing. Fluttering between folk, experimental noise, electronics, rock and more, the songs seem to blossom organically but unpredictably, a thrilling ride for fans and listeners that has led to a devoted fanbase. Echo Mine begun as music for Robyn...

Pitchfork Music Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

Pitchfork Music Festival returns for its 13th year, taking place at Union Park July 17-19. The eclectic lineup ranges from alternative, indie and hard rock to funk, hip-hop, folk and more.Featuring headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run The Jewels and The National, the lineup is noticeably missing a significantly older, nostalgic name at the top...

UPDATE: Evanston “Out Of Space” Concerts Announced For 2020

Evanston brewery Temperance Beer Co. and music venue S.P.A.C.E. will continue their annual music festival, Out Of Space, featuring shows at the brewerys outdoor space between June 25 and 28 and at the Canal Shores golf course between August 6 and 9. The performers at Temperance Beer Co. will be Big Boi, Drive-By Truckers...

Evanston “Out Of Space” Concerts Announced For 2020

Evanston brewery Temperance Beer Co. and music venue S.P.A.C.E. will continue their annual music festival, Out Of Space, featuring shows at the brewerys outdoor space between June 25 and 28 and at the Canal Shores golf course between August 6 and 9. Though the Canal Shores shows have yet to be announced, Temperance has...

VIDEO | Six Recent Grateful Dead Covers From Artists We Love

Watch genre spanning artists cover Dead classics in recent months.Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - Brown-Eyed WomanBluegrass master Rob Ickes performs with guitar prodigy Trey Hensley on this Grateful Dead cover. Predictably more country than the original, the old-time lyrics lend themselves to the genre perfectly, resulting in this emotional and infectious single. ...

Friday Reviews | The Seven Best Albums Out February 7

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun EPTwo of recent years best Texas artists, psych-rock trio Khruangbin and retro-soul singer Leon Bridges, have collaborated on the fittingly titled Texas Sun EP. The four-song album combines Bridges crooning vocals with the spacious, Middle-Eastern influenced musical backing, settling on a sound that modernizes classic gospel influences. Its...