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Review / Setlist | Jim James @ The Vic 11/26/16

Words: Alex Wood | Photo: @coreyskatzJim James performed at The Vic Theater on a tour promoting his excellent new solo album, Eternally Even. Not surprisingly, the show heavily featured the songwriters new material, with all but two songs from the new album performed.But unlike My Morning Jackets guitar-forward classic rock style, James material leaned...

Post Election, Your Favorite Jams Are Fleeing To Canada

Most people I know have settled down after Election Day, or at the very least, their threats of moving to Canada have been dialed back.But one group is actually taking steps to make the move, and surprisingly it involves countless hours of recordings by Grateful Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, and literally hundreds of other...

Greensky Bluegrass Pays Tribute To The Last Waltz @ State Theatre | Setlists / Audio 11/25 & 26, 2016

Photo: Kristine Condon (Greensky Bluegrass Facebook)Greensky Bluegrass have made a Thanksgiving run in their Kalamazoo hometown a tradition since the very beginning.  Coming at the end of intense touring years, these shows typically represent the culmination of everything the band has been up to, and whether in the Bell's back room, or in...

Tedeschi Trucks Band Honors Leon Russell at Peoria Show

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have probably done more to bring the music of Leon Russell to larger audience than any other artists, at least over the the last few years.Russell's influence has never been very far from the TTB -- from their Mad Dogs & Englishmen tribute (Russell was the musical director on...

PREMIERE | Donnie Biggins Shares "Lula" In Advance Of Solo Debut

Chicago has often described as a city of neighborhoods -- a metropolis whose bustling financial center and larger-than-life cultural landmarks are humbled by the people who come together in smaller communities that surround its core.And though a robust music scene flourishes here, it is driven less by big power brokers like in LA,...

Review / Setlist | The Wood Brothers @ The Vic 11/3/16

Words: Alex Wood | Photo: @Martybar90 Over the past decade, Ive watched the Wood Brothers grow from a low-key folk duo playing half-filled bars to a full-fledged rock band selling out large theaters. Unlike most bands, this evolution toward fame was both natural and deserved, better for both the fans and the music.Their performance...

Larry McCray, Cubs Fuel Winning Spirit @ Fitzgerald's 11/1/16

By: Howard GreenblattPeople walked away happy from FitzGeralds Tuesday whether you were there for an outstanding blues show or you were more interested in cheering the best team in baseball on to victory.FitzGeralds hosted Tom Markers Bluesday Tuesday and set up their patio to feel like Wrigley complete with huge screen...

Album Reviews | October 2016 Releases

By: Alex Wood Phish- Big Boat [10/7]Weve all heard it by now. And sure, studio Phish albums are never supposed to be amazing, right? But this ones bad. Like, real bad. Lets be honest. For a more thoughtful analysis of Big Boats release, read our article here. Green Day- Revolution Radio [10/7]Green Days newest record,...

Full Show Audio | Steve Gunn @ Metro 10/8/16

When Alex made it out Dinosaur Jr. in October (filing this excellent review), we were disappointed that he wasn't able to catch set by opener Steve Gunn, a guitarist who has been dazzling us for some time now.Luckily another contributor was in the house, and even brought his recording gear.  We're happy to...

Review / Setlist / Video | Green Day @ Aragon Ballroom 10/23/16

Words: Alex Wood | Photo: @carlaskeSure, Green Day may not be your thing. Theyre inherently uncool by most serious music fans standards, and even lost a portion of their older fanbase with American Idiot and the records that followed.But somehow the trio managed to remain relevant, even as the pop-punk genre they helped create faded...