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New Spotlight Show: Terrapin Flyer @ Brixie's

We are excited to announce what could be the most important spotlight show yet in the short history of The Barn. Okay, maybe that's a tad dramatic; however, Terrapin Flyer's show on February 11th at Brixie's is kind of a big deal, especially if you enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead and live in...

Bass'd In Chicago: The Barn Interview With Mr. Blotto's Mike Bolger

Mr. Blotto bassist Mike Bolger considers himself a very lucky man. "If you're lucky, you get to really enjoy and connect with music," he tells me. "Luckier than that, you are able to play it. Even luckier you get to be in a band... and write your own stuff. Still luckier you get to play...

Friday Linkafication: Solo Haynes, ACL Videos & The Best Chicago Dog

Every Friday, we're going to offer the best links, news and sites that we've discovered over the past week. We promise to keep it relevant (mainly).Warren Haynes talks about his forthcoming solo album, his first in 19 yearsVan Morrison stripped of his Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame credentials (The Onion)Full episodes of Austin...

Phish Vs. DMB: The Rumored Festival of Our Discontent

The Internets are all abuzz these days about the potential for multi-day festivals featuring Dave Matthews Band and Phish, swapping out headlining spots that cap off a day-long music lineup. While we know the DMB part of this is absolutely true, there is rampant speculation regarding who else is on-bard, a number of different locations...

Talking Heads Tuesday: Jambands Celebrate Talking Heads

More than just about any band (and I'll throw the Beatles, Dead, and Zappa in there too), Talking Heads have provided direct inspiration to the jamband community. Attribute it to their rhythmic ideals, engaging melodies or passion for innovation, but with only 8 studio albums to draw from, the variety of tunes covered and interpretations that...

What's A Strawdaddy?

Finding the line between creativity and integrity is a daunting challenge when crafting a sound that owes as much to roots-driven music like honky-tonk and low country blues as it does to rock. Leave it to a band out of Chicago to land on just the recipe to offer a little something new while still...

Friday Linkafication: Grateful Dead Video Games, 8-Bit Phish, Bluegrass Super Bowl Shuffle & More

Every Friday, we're going to offer the best links, news and sites that we've discovered over the past week. We promise to keep it relevant (mainly).Rolling Stone weighs in on the forthcoming Grateful Dead video game, but can it match the power and glory of the Journey arcade game?Widespread Panic will simulcast all...

Talking Heads Tuesday: A Year By Year Live Listener’s Guide with Streams and Downloads

Every Tuesday in January, The Barn will offer another feature about the incredible music and career of Talking Heads. In addition to a healthy legacy of groundbreaking studio recordings, Talking Heads were a band that, at least in the early part of their career, offered audiences contrasting interpretations of their catalog on stage. Fortunately, these...

Which Indie Rock Band Should You Join?

Don't know why the author of this flow chart (source: Houston Press blogs, John Seaborn Gray) chose to frame it as which band to join, as opposed to "listen to" or "like". I guess its worth it for the sly Arcade Fire reference.Regardless, I may be using this chart to check out a couple...

Retro Jamming: Medeski Martin & Wood with Oren Bloedow – Riviera 12/9/2000

Retro Jamming is a new feature in our Audiovisual section. While many of the shows we offer focus on local streams and downloads of recent vintage, these shows reach back to pick some choice recordings from classic Chicago area shows of old.Medeski, Martin & Wood is a band that doesn't make it around these...