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Milwaukee '91 Show To Be Released As GarciaLive Vol 8

On March 10th, the first in a series of releases commemorating Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday (August 1, 2017) will be released to the public with an impressive array of options.  Packages available include T-shirts and posters as well as the show from November 23, 1991 in MIlwaukee in both physical and digital media.The show itself, featuring...

Krasno & King Help Each Other Out On Allmans Covers

Tributes continue to pour in, honoring the great Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, who passed away last Tuesday.  While I don't think anything can surpass the Tedeschi Trucks Band performance of "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" in terms of beauty and emotion, a pair of guitar slingers just now embarking on...

Purple Billboards & Public Space Ads Signify Prince Coming To Spotify

Rumors are circulating that the Prince catalog will appear on Spotify in coordination with the 2017 Grammy Awards.Fueling the speculation are a series of largely wordless outdoor ads in Prince's favorite color, dotting buidlings and Subway platforms in New York and London.Some of the purple @Spotify ads that were spotted in 4 instance #NewYork...

The Last Jedi Now Has A Theme Song (wink) And It's An Indie-Rock Gem

News spread quickly last week that Star Wars: Episode VIII had a fresh new title: The Last Jedi.And while filmgoers will have to wait until December to see what the exactly that title refers to (though there is no shortage of speculation), Mountain Goats' John Darnielle has took his own swipe at it --...

Garaj Mahal Reunion In The Works

In the 90s, guitarist Fareed Haque was Chicago jam fan's little secret.But something happened at the the dawn of the new Millenium that put jam fans on notice from coast to coast.The virtuoso jazz & fusion guitarist co-founded, a Midwest / West Coast collective that allowed Fareed to add "jam" to the already...

AUDIO | Ryley Walker / Bill MacKay / Michael Zerang @ The Hideout 1/28/17

Guitarist Ryley Walker hits Evanston's SPACE this coming Wednesday with his trio, but a trio of a different sort stopped by the The Hideout on Saturday night.  Joel Berk (@pfcidb) was on hand and captured audio of the appearance.  He has offered a stream of the show to accompany the download hosted at...

WATCH | Derek & the TTB Pay Tribute To Uncle Butch on 30 Minute Liz Reed, Statesboro Blues

Photo: @stacymmccannFresh of a remarkable Chicago run, the Tedeschi Trucks Band hit other Midwest markets when they got the terrible news of Butch Trucks' passing.But apparently the show must go on, at least the St. Louis stop did, and the band gave it all they could in honor of Derek's departed uncle, Wedensday...

Bill Graham Exhibit Coming To Skokie Holocaust Museum

For a master class in the early days psychedelic rock and the growth of live concerts in America, the last place you might expect to go is Skokie, Illinois.  Perhaps even less likely at a Holocaust Museum.But impresario Bill Graham was a survivor.  Born Wolodia Grajonca, he was a refugee who...

RIP Butch Trucks (1947-2017)

Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks, founding member and drummer of The Allman Brothers Band, has passed away at age 69 on Tuesday.Thank you, Butch for years of incredible music behind the kit.  At its finest, the ABB was an unyielding rhythmn machine, and Butch provided the driving force.  His music paved the way for...

'Long Strange Trip' Premiered At Sundance And The Reviews Are In

By May, Amazon Video subscribers will get a chance to watch (or maybe more appropriately binge-watch) the nearly four hour documentary on the Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip, which had its world premiere last night at the Sundance Film Festival.There's a whole cottage industry of chronicling the Grateful Dead in print and film, and...