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Review, Photos, Setlist: Old Shoe & Sean Shiel @ Ace Bar 5/9/12

Words: Dave Weckstein, Images: Norman SandsWhat the world needs now is another folk hero, like I need a hole in the head is a phrase penned by Cracker on Teen Angst but in the years since they wrote it, it has been covered by the likes of acoustic artists suchThe band went on later in...

Adventures In Publicity: The Shams Band & Dastardly Feud Of Spring 2012

When good bands generate some great publicity, it's win-win for the bands, fans and especially bloggers like me. Two Chicago bands, making waves in the alt-acoustic scene, The Shams Band and Dastardly cooked up a good old-fashioned feud to create awareness for show at Subterranean that featured both bands on the bill.It began with...

Fight For Your Right To Party: The Infographic

Craig Robinson makes some absolutely beautiful baseball related infographics at Flip Flop Flyball. He put that skill to work over the past weekend to create this elegant map of the words in Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)".Every dot represents one word of the song. The colors, of course, are...

Setlist, Recap & Video: 30db & Van Ghost @ Abbey Pub 5/9/12

The 30db / Van Ghost pairing was just one of the many inspired double (sometime triple & quadruple) bills that the Abbey Pub has been programming lately and certainly one of the most high profile, considering the national prominence of the artists involved, yet a strong sense of Chicago hung in the air all night. This...

Venn Diagram: Beastie Boys Sabotage

This is a classic classic found at Joe Biden Fan Club. You can also add a circle for things that you are going to kick root down.

Photos: Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum & Family Groove Company @ The Vic 4/20/12

We are so very pleased to be able to feature this incredible photo set, courtesy of Norman Sands, that has totally captured the spirit and energy of this Chicago event.For more on this show, see Dave Weckstein's thoughtful review on jambands.com or view the full setlists and listen some audio from this show...

Jimmy Tebeau Pleads Guilty, LiveNation Gets A Wrist Slap, Mickey Hart's Still Weird, More...

I had the chance to meet Jimmy Tebeau, bass player for St. Louis band The Schwag and former impresario of midwest festivals, at a Barn event last summer. One heck of a nice guy, so it's a shame that his legal situation has come to this -- a guilty plea to federal drum chargesIt is...

News Bites: New Music on Old School Nintendo, The Last Waltz @ Fitzgerald's, Jerry = The Steve Jobs Of Rock, More

I was recently turned on to Fort Atlantic by a friend. Turns out they are releasing their new album on modded NES cartridgeA big screen showing of Martin Scorcese's seminal Band Documentary The Last Waltz will go down at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn on May 3. There will also be an additional 30 minutes of Levon-centri documentary footageA...

Visual Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee @ Martyr's, Chicago, IL 4/28/12

For a write-up on how to read and interpret visual setlists, click on over here.[box] SongGapLTPWappy Sprayberry44/20/2012Space Funk Booty163/21/2012Last Man Swerving312/15/2012Out Of Order54/19/2012Down Under38611/19/2008The Weight Around6410/24/2011Robot World173/18/2012Jimmy Stewart14/27/2012Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover27910/27/2009Puppet String24/26/2012Utopian Fir64/18/2012Baby Honey Sugar Darlin27111/14/2009Hurt Bird Bath34/21/2012The Other...

Visual Setlist, Audio Stream & Download: Umphrey’s McGee @ UMBowl III - Park West, Chicago, IL 4/27/12

For a write-up on how to read and interpret visual setlists, click on over here.The visual setlist probably isn't the best way to get what this show is all about (but it helps), so I'm adding a full audio stream and download [via taperchef on archive.org]The StreamDowload Entire Show (.zip mp3)[box]...