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Wrigley Weekend Is A Phish Poster Nerd's Dream

If you love rock related art -- specifically Phish related -- you'd be fortunate to be able attend a gallery or showing of the stuff you love.  This weekend in Chicago, there are at least three big events that a savvy lover of music and art can hit, as well as some interesting...

Setlist / Video | Tame Impala @ UIC Pavilion 6/9/16

Tame Impala's arena sized tour brought its arena sized visuals to UIC Pavilion last night.  Here are a few videos that capture the majesty of Kevin Parker and crew's 16 song live set in Chicago.  They're off to Bonaroo next. Thanks to Jason McGee. Edit this setlist | More Tame Impala setlists

Chicago Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Headliners, Featured Performers

By: Alex WoodChicago Jazz Festival released its 2016 lineup and theres a lot to look forward to for all music fans.The festival, which takes place at Millennium Park September 1-4, is entirely free to attend and will feature more than 40 artists at various locations around the park.Headliners for the festival will be Orbert Davis,...

Photo Essay | Juke Joint Festival 2016

Juke Joint Festival Boasts Great Jams from Over 100 Blues BandsWords: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard GreenblattForget the big-ticket festivals -- long lines, superficiality, and craning your neck just to see who's on stage. For many, there's nothing better than heading down to the birthplace of the blues every April for Clarksdale, Mississippis Juke Joint Festival. ...

Review / Photos | The Avett Brothers @ Chicago Theater 4/22/16

By: Heidi PetersCount The Avett Brothers among the artists capable of selling out Madison Square Garden in New York City.  So when they hit town for three nights at the relatively cozy Chicago Theater, you can excuse the fans for being a little giddy.So they ended up with a marriage proposal from...

Review & Setlist | Parquet Courts @ Metro 4/20/16

By: Sean WilmsenSomeone said Parquet Courts is going to destroy the Metro. Were not violent people. We wouldnt destroy a historic landmark."- Andrew Savage, of Parquet Courts. It wouldnt be the last of this random, funny, crazy, and often intellectual banter that came from the Metro stage throughout the night. The chit-chat ...

Music & Lyrics | Widespread Panic Debuts Spring 2015

Update 3/30: Added fifth tour debut... "Steven's Cat"A personal favorite reward of being a jamband fan: when a band is working on material in the studio and they head out on the road... the new material starts trickling into setlists.That's exactly what Widespread Panic has been doing on this spring tour. First, they dropped...

Happy Birthday Phil Lesh! Listen to His Greatest Miss

I've spent a good amount of time thinking about Phil lately, especially since we're now celebrating his 75th birthday. Simultaneously, I came across a Venn diagram that made me chuckle. The timing and coincidence was worthy of a blog post to pay tribute to, and poke a little fun at, one of my great musical...

A Banjo Lesson With Jerry Garcia? Listen to This Tape from 1964

Listening to this offers a weird and wonderful trip through a time machine and is a true fly-on-the-wall experience.  A year before he decided to have a go at playing rock music with his buddies in The Warlocks, Jerry Garcia was riding high in the folk scene and giving banjo lessons.  I can...

Stream or Download: Earliest Widespread Panic Studio Recordings (Coconut Image & Monkey Image)

What has got to be considered the holy grail of Widespread Panic collectibles has made its way onto the music file sharing site Soundcloud. The 45 RPM vinyl "Coconut Image" / "Monkey Image" was recorded on February 9, 1986 in Arnoldsville, Georgia, not long before the first official Panic gigs whose 25th anniversary marked a year long celebration in 2011....