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Of Jambands, Twittered Reviews, and Suburbs: A Chat With Pitchfork’s Rob Mitchum

Even casual readers our site may notice the affection and attention we lavish on bands that dabble in improvisational rock. We do this because we unabashedly love these bands, though not at the expense of all other music. It seems, however, that fans of jambands can't get a break when it comes to respectability amongst...

Donna The Buffalo @ Fitzgerald’s: Stream and Download

We're so glad that Donna has chosen the burbs for their last couple of visits to the area. And why not? Fitzgerald's is the venue equivalent of Donna's music: comfortable and integrity laden (and with beer). The band settled right in and delivered a beefy set of tunes that evoked mountains, back...

Infographic: Naive Melody

This offering is more of a beautiful, lyrical poster than a true InfoGraphic. But, the time is right to share, given our promise to focus on Talking Heads related content until the first of the year.Conceived and illustrated by artist TheCharles (and discovered via the seemingly boundless DeviantART website), I particularly love the color...

InfoGraphic: Rock Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny

According to this graph from NPR's website, an analysis of the Top 100 Hits of 2010, Rock music accounts for 8% of the selections.Further, the article goes on to state that nearly 1 in 10 songs has a Dr. Luke credit, somebody who I'd NEVER EVEN HEARD OF before reading this article. Over twenty-five percent of this...

It’s Keef’s Birthday: A Rolling Stones InfoGraphic

Keith Richards turns 67 today amidst all sorts of buzz about his tell-all autobiography. We feel compelled to celebrate in InfoGraphic form. Here's an interesting one created by something called Deathdart which covers the Stones' lineups and albums over the course of their storied career.Click for a better viewIt's his first InfoGraphic ever...

The Barn’s Holiday Mix: A Very Jamband Christmas

This is the 2010 holiday mix and the first in a trilogy. For more Christmas tunage, check out the 2011 and 2012 mixes.There's holiday music everywhere you turn this time of year. While sometimes it might be nice to drown it all out with the occasional 20 minute "Dark Star" or "Tweezer"; we've recently discovered that it's also...

Cornmeal at The Vic – Stream and Download

Hometown show. Big Holiday weekend. A historic venue in a great neighborhood. This gig had all the makings of one for the ages.Cornmeal has been playing Thanksgiving shows in Chicago for ten years, and according to our friends at Chicago Jam Scene, they delivered yet again in the big room.I've just got this...

New Spotlight Show: NYE at Brixie’s With This Must Be The Band

When a show this huge comes to the neighborhood, we are happy to include it as a Barn spotlight show.This Must Be The Band rings in 2011 at Brixie's with the timeless, multi-faceted sonic amalgam that is Talking Heads music. This is not your typical cover band -- sure they cover the songs and will...

Mike Gordon’s Video Idea – Live From Studio M in Madison

I thought this made a good companion piece to our stream and download of Mike's Lincoln Hall Show in Chicago.Filmed just the day before at 105.5 M in Madison, this video provides superb shots of and access to the band (dig that funky bass), nice sound and unique stripped down acoustic arrangement of the tune "...

InfoGraphic: The Style Of Music

Here's a interesting chart with some of the most iconic outfits donned by well known musicians over the last 50 years. Click on the image to get to Moxy Creative's site (where it was developed) to see a slick interactive version with the answers and ability to look at close-ups of each ensemble -- a print...