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Chance The Rapper Busts The Mold For Magnificent Coloring Day Festival

By: Brad JohnsonThe culture of rap is about gain.  Many MCs who start out writing about their lives, struggles, and relationships are usually talking about their gold watch by their next album.But Chance the Rapper doesnt retreat into his fame. The 22 year old, Chicago-born artist has used his burgeoning fame as a...

VIDEO | The New Stew Celebrates Bill Withers @ City Winery 9/12/16

Photo: parallelicopter InstagramIt's hard to pin down exactly what The New Stew is, but I guess that's sort of the point.Their claim: a rotating cast of musicians performing the music of the recordings who influenced them.Living Colour's Corey Glover provides the vocals, but our man Matt Slocum (Jimmy Herring Band, Aquarium...

Album Reviews | August 2016 Releases

By: Alex WoodDinosaur Jr.- Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not [8/5]Since reuniting in 2007, Dinosaur Jr. has released a steady stream of quality records that embrace J. Masciss guitar-heavy sound. Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not doesnt only follow the formula, but may be the most fully realized of these albums yet. The...

Next Big Thing: The Marcus King Band

I can feel it in my bones, The Marcus King Band will be huge.  Not even old enough to legally buy a beer, King has assembled a powerhouse band and will release a self titled LP in October. He's in line with the right folks, playing the right gigs and making...

Review | Twin Peaks Live From Studio X 8/30/16

It should come as no surprise that Twin Peaks have gotten as big as they have.This year alone, the young Chicago five-piece has risen to the top of the oversaturated 60s-revival scene with a fantastic third record, Down In Heaven, and an overwhelming hype surrounding their rowdy live shows.Chances are high that youve...

5 More Artists To Check Out At North Coast Music Festival

Click through the pages of this site, and you'll see plenty of coverage of Editor's Choice for top North Coast acts: Greensky Bluegrass, Vulfpeck, Umphrey's McGee, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, TAUK, and The Revivalists.But that casts a narrow net for a festival with so much more to offer across many more...

Setlist / Video | Bruce Springsteen @ United Center 8/28/16

Photo via ryantg23 InstagramBruce and the E-Street band managed to squeeze an arena-sized visit to Chicago inside a few massive stadium-sized appearances in his home state of New Jersey.No matter the size, he managed to pull off a show featuring the standard fireworks and a handful of special treats.  From the string ensemble...

Review / Setlist / Video | Ryley Walker @ Empty Bottle 8/25/16

By: Alex WoodFollowing Ryley Walker somehow gives the feeling that youre on to something.Its not just that hes from Chicago, or that hes worked for years to make a name for himself. Its not just the timeless yet completely unique sound hes mastered by the age of 27. Its not just the sheer technical proficiency...

Pearl Jam Welcomes Dennis Rodman, Acts As Venue Security, Tosses Baseballs | Setlist + Videos Monday @ Wrigley

More thoughts on this show to come, but first a quick recap.Pearl Jam bested Saturday's 34 song marathon by two on Monday night, playing a main set featuring all original music and then dropping both familiar and obscure covers throughout two encore that totaled 17 songs.While Saturday saw Cubs (and family of Cubs) royalty grace...

Pearl Jam Drops Eight Covers Amongst Saturday Wrigley Show | Setlist + Videos 8/20/16

Photo via laubau5 InstagramEddie Vedder sported a Murphy's Bleachers T-shirt (based on his exploits on the day prior), before switching into a good ol' Cubs Jersey for the first of two nights at Wrigley Field. Go #Cubs Go #eddievedder #pjwrigley #wrigleyfield #friendlyconfines #pearljam #chicago #concert #concertgram @pearljam @cubsA photo posted by Brian Phillips (@...