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Mom's Place, A New River North Venue, Has Dead-Friendly Vibe

When the doors shut at Windy City Inn, it wasn't the end of the road for its proprieters.Although many northside Deadheads lamented the abrupt closing of the the jam-friendly room, you can't keep a good head down.  The husband and wife duo responsible for the WCI and its vibe, are back in...

Pitchfork Festival 2017 Announces Complete Lineup

Pitchfork 2017 will be held once again in Chicago's Union Park on July 14-16.Today, the announced their headliners and have made tickets available.  LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange will headline.[Update 3/10] The complete lineup is out, including TV favorites like Thurston Moore, Vince Staples, Hiss Golden Messenger, William...

Xenochrony! Frank Zappa Contributes Posthumously to New Dweezil Song

Xenochrony is what Frank Zappa called the practice of isolating one of his guitar solos and repurposing it in an unrelated musical setting in the same or relative key.Frank's son Dweezil is using the technique to incorporate some of his dad's playing into one of his own compositions.  The tune is called "Dinosaur",...

Setlist + Video | Dawes @ Riviera Theatre 3/1/17

We've watched Dawes grow from perpetual opening band to not only headliners, but playing a two set theater show at the Riv.With albums packed full of great songs (the played at least three songs from five LPs), we couldn't be happier that they've gone this route.Here's the setlist from last week's show and...

VIDEO / SETLIST | JRAD Debuts Original Song "Keeping It Simple" at 100th Show

When Joe Russo's Almost Dead kicked off a six night Brooklyn Bowl residency with their 100th show, did you expect them to phone it in?Ha! As if that's even possible with this group.  After starting things off with a 100 beat "Beat It On Down The Line", their execellent first set ended with the...

FULL SHOW AUDIO & VIDEO | Trey Anastasio Performs 8 Songs Acoustic For First Time In Northampton

Trey Anastasio kicked off a short run of solo and acoustic shows (the first time the format has been used exclusively by the guitarist) last night in Northampton, MA.Wanting to take advantage of the arrangement, Anastasio debuted 8 songs in the acoustic arrangement, including a pair from 2016's Big Boat, and "Tree" from Blue...

Jim Pollock Unveils JRAD Brooklyn Bowl Prints

Poster artist Jim Pollock has produced a diptych set in his signature linoleum cut style for the six pack of Joe Russo's Almost Dead shows at Brooklyn Bowl which are taking place over subsequent weekends.He has shared photographs of the matched pair via his facebook profile, while YouTuber Travis Lord has showed some...

Album Reviews | February 2017 Releases

By: Alex WoodMoon Duo- Occult Architecture, Vol. 1 [2/3]A concept album of sorts, Occult Architecture is intended to represent the dark parts of the cyclical nature of the seasons. Though this may be the inspiration, the record comes off as another set of skuzzy, droning psychedelic songs consisting of simplistic, chugging rhythms and effects-drenched guitars. The...

Stream / Download / Video | Benevento Russo Duo @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/25/17

"We played that song this morning and the last time we played it was like 12 years ago", said Marco Benevento after he and Joe Russo finished "Powder" on Saturday night.That type of thing happens during reunions, but I'm not sure there were many complaints at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday.  Even with Marco and...

Stream / Download / Video | Wilco @ Chicago Theatre 2/25/17

Photo: @wilcoNight three of Wilco's Winterlude was broadcast via WXRT and we are lucky to have the broadcast captured and shared.The show's songlist leaned heavily on the tried and true material with a handful of rarites (with a focus on Being There material) tossed in -- giving it an overall feel similar to what...