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Umphrey's McGee Milwaukee umVIP Ultimate Giveaway

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were ringing in the new year with Umphrey's McGee in Chicago.That was one hell of a run. The band has logged many miles in three short months since then, and now find themselves just 87 miles North of Chicago at one of the premier&...

Ween Concludes Chicago Run With Rarities, Acoustic Mini-set, Cubs Jerseys [Setlist / Video]

You can't say that Ween isn't aware of their surroundings.St. Patrick's Day?  Open the show with "The Blarney Stone".video via Brian J. LeonardPlaying in Chicago?  Don the Cubs 17 ("hey.." - Kris Bryant) jerseys for the encore.Second of two nights?  Change things up a bit.  Ween dropped...

VIDEO | Robert Randolph Offers Old & New At Lincoln Hall 3/17/17

Sacred steel genius Robert Randolph, along with The Family Band dropped into Chicago's lovely Lincoln Hall on a St. Patrick's Day Friday.Eschewing the green for a sharp black shirt and red bowtie, he treated the crowd to some material from across his catalog.Nunu Zomot was on hand to capture these ...

Revivalists Cover Chuck Berry, AC/DC (With Bagpipes) At Concord [Setlist / Video]

 A post shared by The Revivalists (@therevivalists) on Mar 19, 2017 at 11:51am PDTThe Revivalists, riding high off a wave of radio support, stormed Chicago and made the absolute most of their St. Patrick's Day weekend appearance.The band paid tribute to the late Chuck Berry with his classic "Johnny B. Goode".But they also went...

Oteil Burbridge Joins JRAD At Brooklyn Bowl 3/16/17 [Setlist / Videos]

Oteil Burbridge filled in for Dave Dreiwitz on bass for the first of three JRAD shows while Dave is in Chicago with Ween.It's a nice fit.Longtime collaborator Stuart Bogie also joined on tenor and baritone sax, flute and percussion for various parts of the show.  Almost Dead continues to move beyond...

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...