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Review / Setlist | The Wood Brothers @ The Vic 11/3/16

Words: Alex Wood | Photo: @Martybar90 Over the past decade, Ive watched the Wood Brothers grow from a low-key folk duo playing half-filled bars to a full-fledged rock band selling out large theaters. Unlike most bands, this evolution toward fame was both natural and deserved, better for both the fans and the music.Their performance...

Larry McCray, Cubs Fuel Winning Spirit @ Fitzgerald's 11/1/16

By: Howard GreenblattPeople walked away happy from FitzGeralds Tuesday whether you were there for an outstanding blues show or you were more interested in cheering the best team in baseball on to victory.FitzGeralds hosted Tom Markers Bluesday Tuesday and set up their patio to feel like Wrigley complete with huge screen...

Album Reviews | October 2016 Releases

By: Alex Wood Phish- Big Boat [10/7]Weve all heard it by now. And sure, studio Phish albums are never supposed to be amazing, right? But this ones bad. Like, real bad. Lets be honest. For a more thoughtful analysis of Big Boats release, read our article here. Green Day- Revolution Radio [10/7]Green Days newest record,...

Full Show Audio | Steve Gunn @ Metro 10/8/16

When Alex made it out Dinosaur Jr. in October (filing this excellent review), we were disappointed that he wasn't able to catch set by opener Steve Gunn, a guitarist who has been dazzling us for some time now.Luckily another contributor was in the house, and even brought his recording gear.  We're happy to...

Review / Setlist / Video | Green Day @ Aragon Ballroom 10/23/16

Words: Alex Wood | Photo: @carlaskeSure, Green Day may not be your thing. Theyre inherently uncool by most serious music fans standards, and even lost a portion of their older fanbase with American Idiot and the records that followed.But somehow the trio managed to remain relevant, even as the pop-punk genre they helped create faded...

Greensky Bluegrass Sends Cubs To World Series with "Go Cubs Go"

Greensky Bluegrass guitarist Dave Bruzza was a runaway contender in our Cubs edition of Who Wore It Best?Sure, he got a great boost from the incredible fans at Camp Greensky, but it's appropriate, too, as he -- unlike some of the others featured -- is an honest-to-God Cubs fan.So as he and the...

Widespread Panic @ The Riverside 2016 | Posters & Preview

It's that time of year again.Widespread Panic touches down for three shows in Milwaukee starting on Friday, October 21st -- a tradition that started on Jimmy Herring's first tour with the band, and is still going strong now in his 10th year.In years past, we've detailed many great things about this run,...

Almost Umphrey's (Good Enough) Will Play A Private Show In Chicago & You Could Win Tickets

AliveOne celebrates 20 years of serving thirsty Chicago fans.  They've been about the music from day one, and have had a great tradition of hosting live shows and related events since the beginning.  The "all live jukebox" has always been a staple.To mark the occasion, they are throwing a private party on Saturday,...

White Denim Song Used In Nintendo Promotional Video

File this one under "didn't see that one coming".Nintendo's new console / handheld gaming device hybrid will be out next spring and today marked the start of the promotional push for what is being branded as Switch.Pretty big news, but not necessarily for this site.  But what's that sound I hear?  Always...

Double Door Eyeing New Logan Square Location

As the iconic Wicker Park music venue Double Door nears its eviction, its owners have began eyeing Logan Square's Savings Bank building for relocation. Double Door's owners are asking for Logan Square residents to support the venue's move into the historic space by signing an online petition. The website, located here, offers...