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SETLIST / VIDEO | Ween @ Aragon Ballroom 3/16/17

Photo: @RiotFestWeen's Live In Chicago has been one of the finest documents of their live sound.  They were back on Thursday for their firsrt non-festival gig in the city since 2010 -- the first of two nights at Aragon Ballroom.They delivered 25 songs (26 if you count an aborted "Your Party"), heavy on...

Setlist / Video | Greensky Bluegrass @ Canopy Club 3/15/17

Photo: @peacefulhemp InstagramThings got pretty casual downstate as Greensky Bluegrass dropped in for a mid-week show at Canopy Club in Champaign.After opening with "Feelin Alright", they dropped the hump day classic "Causal Wednesday" midway through the first set, sung to the tune of the Dave Mason via Joe Cocker nugget.  That was...

Seven Quotes And A Clip | Long Strange Trip Has South By Southwest Screening

We've been eagerly awaiting the June 2 premeire of the Amazon Original documentary Long Strange Trip for some time now.  The four hour film had some additional screenings this past week at South By Southwest, and got thrust back in the spotlight again.We've collected some high profile quotes and the first publicly available clip...

Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett Are Making A Record

Guitarist Kurt Vile is presently finishing up an Australian tour and apparently he's had the chance to meet up with one of our favorite Aussies.Vile joined Courtney Barnett at Newmarket Studios in North Melbourne for a little recording.  Here are some social media posts that document the collaboration including a&...

Bill Walton Defends Donna, Recounts Legendary Dick Latvala Tale In Far-reaching Podcast

Bill Walton will always deliver solid sound bites when broadcasting a game or during an in-studio appearance.  But I think the podcast may be the ideal format for the man.Luckily, the team at Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast have delivered a two-parter that unleashes the big man to chat...

Mom's Place, A New River North Venue, Has Dead-Friendly Vibe

When the doors shut at Windy City Inn, it wasn't the end of the road for its proprieters.Although many northside Deadheads lamented the abrupt closing of the the jam-friendly room, you can't keep a good head down.  The husband and wife duo responsible for the WCI and its vibe, are back in...

Pitchfork Festival 2017 Announces Complete Lineup

Pitchfork 2017 will be held once again in Chicago's Union Park on July 14-16.Today, the announced their headliners and have made tickets available.  LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange will headline.[Update 3/10] The complete lineup is out, including TV favorites like Thurston Moore, Vince Staples, Hiss Golden Messenger, William...

Xenochrony! Frank Zappa Contributes Posthumously to New Dweezil Song

Xenochrony is what Frank Zappa called the practice of isolating one of his guitar solos and repurposing it in an unrelated musical setting in the same or relative key.Frank's son Dweezil is using the technique to incorporate some of his dad's playing into one of his own compositions.  The tune is called "Dinosaur",...

Setlist + Video | Dawes @ Riviera Theatre 3/1/17

We've watched Dawes grow from perpetual opening band to not only headliners, but playing a two set theater show at the Riv.With albums packed full of great songs (the played at least three songs from five LPs), we couldn't be happier that they've gone this route.Here's the setlist from last week's show and...

VIDEO / SETLIST | JRAD Debuts Original Song "Keeping It Simple" at 100th Show

When Joe Russo's Almost Dead kicked off a six night Brooklyn Bowl residency with their 100th show, did you expect them to phone it in?Ha! As if that's even possible with this group.  After starting things off with a 100 beat "Beat It On Down The Line", their execellent first set ended with the...