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Watch Spotify's Documentary On The National's Day Of The Dead Compilation

Spotify has released a documentary on Day Of The Dead, the massive, all-star Grateful Dead compilation spearheaded by the National and released in May.Recording more than six hours of material over six years, the project benefitted the Red Hot Organization, and was certainly one of the most ambitious compilations in recent times.Following the...

Review / Setlist | Kamasi Washington @ Bottom Lounge 7/17/16

By: Alex WoodAfter touring tirelessly since last years release of The Epic, Kamasi Washington finished a Midwest run with a Pitchfork Music Festival aftershow at Bottom Lounge on Sunday night.In the last year, the saxophonist popped up seemingly out of nowhere, his name in the liner notes of countless records and his praises sung...

Review / Setlist / Videos | Brian Wilson Performs "Pet Sounds" At Pitchfork Music Festival 7/16/16

By: Alex Wood | Photo: @exhasutedwriter InstagramThough I wasnt sure what to expect, I had to see Brian Wilsons final tour performing Pet Sounds in full.By the age of 10 I could probably tell my teachers that Pet Sounds was the greatest album of all time, my dads opinion engrained into my impressionable mind like fact....

WATCH: Bob Weir, Rob Gronkowski Join Paul McCartney For Fenway Encore

Bob Weir's been a huge Beatles fan since forever, but as far as I know has never performed on stage with one.So of course, when he got his chance to stand side-by-side with Paul McCartney during a Boston gig on Sunday, he took it Dead & Company had played the same venue, Fenway...

Taste Of Chicago Wraps Up With Retro Feel

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard Greenblatt (imaginepictures.net)The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago closed out with a bang as iconic percussionist Sheila E brought the huge crowd to its collective feet on Sunday, July 10th. This multi-faceted performer pulled out all stops for the audience.Opening with a spirited salsa, Sheila...

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Announces Lineup and Schedule

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer with 36 performances across 11 stages, taking place September 24 and 25.The festival partnered with the Reva & David Logan Center For The Arts to commission composer and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon to compose a 60-minute piece to be performed with Chicagos Spektral Quartet. According to...

Recap / Setlist / Video | Violent Femmes @ Concord Music Hall 7/12/16

By: Alex WoodViolent Femmes rarely tour these days and seem reluctant to play regular venues when they do. But with a new record out, We Can Do Anything, the band is playing two nights in Chicago, at Concord and The Vic.Known for their eclectic and strange instrumentation, innocent, oddball lyrics and an intense delivery,...

Photos / Recap | The English Beat @ Thalia Hall 7/9/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioThe 80s were alive Saturday night in Chicago -- with Billy Idol (Taste of Chicago), Duran Duran (Ravinia), and The English Beat (Thalia Hall).  While each brought a whiff of nostalgia, it was The English Beat, in their club setting, who probably played to the hardest core of music freaks.From first...

St. Vincent Covers Golden Girls Theme, "Thank You For Being A Friend"

Perhaps the white hair has inspired her, but I guess you pretty much expect the unexpected from St. Vincent. She tweeted this two minute, synth heavy cover of the 80s sitcom theme "Thank You For Being A Friend", self described as a "dirge."I remade the "Golden Girls" theme song into a dirge. #...

Robbie Fulks Reflects On Rick Danko Collaboration

On March 25, 1999, musican and bandleader Nicholas Tremulis hosted an event called The First Waltz, a benefit for homless kids at Chicago's Metro, and featuring The Band's Rick Danko.  The all-star, Chicago-driven lineup featured Billy Corgan (and his dad!), Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Ivan Neville, Lonnie Brooks, Jon Langford, Alejandro Escovedo, and&...