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Preview & Ticket Giveaway | Crosseyed & Phishless @ Subterranean 10/15/16

Is it possible to have a Phish tribute band and not play any Phish songs?Consider this:  according to phish.net, Phish has performed 937 different songs in some form over the course of their 30+ year career.  Of those, 557 are covers. Given that covers represent an ever decreasing part of Phish's actual songlists, perhaps...

Review / Setlist / Videos | Dinosaur Jr. @ Metro 10/8/16

By: Alex Wood | Photos: heplert1 & karoliinaniemenkariDinosaur Jr.s influence on alternative rock and the current state of music couldnt possibly be overstated.Combining classic rock and punk with distinct quiet-loud dynamic jumps, Dinosaur Jr. perfected the musical style that would characterize the 90s years before the Pixies or Nirvana even existed,...

Stream / Download / Video | Sigur Rós @ Chicago Theatre 9/30/16

Photo via rebeccateresa InstagramThe last time Sigur Rs was in Chicago was three years to the day of Friday's show.  It was a different type of affair, as the group is touring in 2016 as a trio.Gone are the string arrangements and layered soundscapes, but none of the power of their moody...

VIDEO / SETLIST | Yusuf @ Oriental Theatre 9/30/16

Photo via ___lexbrooks InstagramOne of the most flattering commentaries offered about 60s/70s era singers is that they've retained their voice from their halcyon days.That's 100% true for the former Cat Stevens, now touring as Yusuf Islam.  What's more is that he's remained largely out of the spotlight in ther intervening years,...

Album Reviews | September 2016 Releases

By: Alex Wood Angel Olsen- My Woman [9/2]Angel Olsen began her musical career in Chicago, and the city still, rightfully, tends to claim her as its own. And theres good reason. Olsens newest record, My Woman, is a mature yet exploratory catalog of songs. Covering a variety of sounds, from the delicate ambience of the...

Review / Setlist / Video | Bill Callahan @ Constellation 9/26/16 (Late Night Show)

Words: Alex Wood | Photo: @JimTuerkDespite being far from a household name in the music scene, Bill Callahans tours draw a serious buzz, the songwriter finding his way to Chicago every few years at best.When tickets to his Sunday-night show at Constellation sold out immediately, he added a Monday night performance. When this sold...

PHOTOS / RECAP | Mike Peters @ Old Town School of Folk Music 9/23/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioMike Peters -- front man of the 80's alternative band The Alarm -- rocked the rafters at Old Town School of Folk Friday night for a room full of long time fans.  The show was sponsored by CHIRP Radio - a listener-supported music and arts focused community radio station...

VIDEO | Bob Weir Joins Wilco in California 9/17/16

Photo via wilco InstagramBob Weir has some history appearing with Wilco (he even guests on their contribution to the enormo-Dead Tribute Album Day Of The Dead, "St. Stephen").He joined the band again last weekend in California as a part of their Schmilco tour, and recently full video of the sit-in has emerged, and...

New Jim Pollock Art Show 'High Phi' Inspired By Cannabis

While Chicago area music fans may have just gotten their fill of Jim Pollock's concert posters this June, perhaps they have some other interests as well?The fall brings another showing from the renowned poster artist, celebrating the work of cannabis.  The High-Phi Rock Poster will be shown at Galerie F starting on Friday,...

Jim James Announces Solo Album, Riviera Tour Date

My Morning Jackets Jim James announced a new solo record, Eternally Even, out November 4.The album, which was produced by Blake Mills, will be his second endeavor separate from his band, following 2013s Regions Of Light and Sound of God.Speaking of the album, James stated that it hopefully speaks to the issues of the...