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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...

President Obama's Perfect Quotes On Bob Dylan

I've been trying to process the news about Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature since the announcement last week.But sometimes it takes a different perspective to realize what an important contribution to the global cultural landscape Dylan has made.How about from President Obama?  A quote he gave to Rolling Stone magazine...

Chasing The Light, A Unique Storytelling Event With Photographer Jay Blakeberg

For those fortunate enough to have caught of one of Phil Lesh's retrospective shows celebrating a year in the life of the Grateful Dead at Terrapin Crossroads, you were treated to a freewheeling one-on-one interview with Lesh prior to the show.That interview was conducted by noted rock photographer Jay Blakesberg, and he...

VIDEO | Moon Hooch @ Martrys' 10/14/16

Rocktober marches on in Chicago and those looking for live music on Friday, October 14th had no shortage of options.There was an ominoous full moon, the perfect setting for the wild sounds of Moon Hooch (incidentally, Moon Taxi also performed in Chicago that night... whoa).the1stmikec was on hand to capture...

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...