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Review / Setlist / Videos | Paul McCartney @ Summerfest 7/8/16

By: Alex WoodExpectations from a Paul McCartney concert should be high.With endless money, a fanbase spanning every living generation and a catalog that includes hundreds of timeless classics, how could the Beatles bassist address the eternal demand for his live performances with a show that meets, if not exceeds, the hype?At Milwaukees Summerfest,...

My Morning Jacket Release New Song Decrying Gun Violence

My Morning Jacket have released a new song, Magic Bullet, as a means of condemning violence and encouraging peace.Posted to SoundCloud yesterday, the track features a funky vibe blending horns, guitar and electronics over a simplistic but powerful percussion section.The song's lyrics predictably focus on dealing with gun violence as a...

Setlist / Audio / Video | Dead & Company @ Alpine Valley 7/10/16

Dead & Company returned to Alpine Valley for the second of two shows on Sunday.  Although attendance was down from the Saturday show, the band continued their trend of trotting out huge Grateful Dead favorites.The traditional Sunday "Samson" opened the show, and the second set was a huge "Sugar Magnolia" --> "Sunshine...

Setlist / Photos | Shoe Farmer @ Durty Nellie's 7/8/16

By: Dale Foster PhotoGrateful Dead was on a lot of Midwesterner's minds with two nights of Dead & Company rolling through Alpine Valley over the weekend.In the Chicago area, if you were looking for a preview of sorts, one great option was Palatine's Durty Nellies on Friday night.Old Shoe has made a name...

Setlist / Photos / Audio | The Decemberists & Shakey Graves @ Taste Of Chicago 7/8/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioPortland, Oregon's The Decemberists contrasted the hip-hop and alt-rock of the first two nights of The Taste, with a pleasing take on indie-folk for the Grant Park crowd.Front man Colin Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, and keyboardist Jenny Conlee combined for soaring and dramatic melodies, wrapped up in folksy narratives.  ...

Photos | Kongos & Elle King @ Taste Of Chicago 7/7/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioDespite a threatening sky, music fans stuck it out in a mild rain to see the double bill of The Kongos and opener Elle King on the second day of the annual Taste Of Chicago.Both acts shared an unbridled energy on stage, with hooks and ...

Photos & Recap | The Roots, Donnie Trumpet & Chance The Rapper Kick Off Taste Of Chicago 2016

By: Philamonjaro StudioThe 36th Annual Taste of Chicago opened last night with excitement in the crowd and a handful of on-stage surprises.Grey skies threatened, but the weather held out this night for a packed Chicago audience.The opening night headliner was Grammy Award winning band The Roots, belting out their...

Ten Highs & Lows Of Grateful Dead Night at U.S. Cellular Field

The White Sox hosted the infamous Disco Demolition night back in the 70s and in more recent years welcomed Elvis and Country Music fans to the ballpark.  One year after Fare Thee Well graced another of the city's sports stadiums, the team welcomed Deadheads to the park for the first ever Grateful Dead Night...

Setlist / Video | Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with Warren Haynes @ Ravinia 6/26/16

Lots of folks headed to Indiana after two nights of Phish at Wrigley.  Of those who stayed in the Chicago area, quite a few decided to hit up a Grateful Dead related event at Highland Park's Ravnia Festival on Sunday.Warren Haynes, along with drummer Jeff Sipe, former Garcia Band vocalist Jaclyn La...

Riot Fest Announces Schedule, Additional Performers | WIN TICKETS!

By: Alex WoodShortly before single day tickets went on sale for Chicago's Riot Fest, festival organizers annouced the daily schedules, including a few surprise additions to the already massive lineup.Amongst the bands added are The Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Julian Marley performing Bob Marley's Exodus in full, The Bronx, Fucked Up and The...