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Next Big Thing: The Marcus King Band

I can feel it in my bones, The Marcus King Band will be huge.  Not even old enough to legally buy a beer, King has assembled a powerhouse band and will release a self titled LP in October. He's in line with the right folks, playing the right gigs and making...

Review | Twin Peaks Live From Studio X 8/30/16

It should come as no surprise that Twin Peaks have gotten as big as they have.This year alone, the young Chicago five-piece has risen to the top of the oversaturated 60s-revival scene with a fantastic third record, Down In Heaven, and an overwhelming hype surrounding their rowdy live shows.Chances are high that youve...

5 More Artists To Check Out At North Coast Music Festival

Click through the pages of this site, and you'll see plenty of coverage of Editor's Choice for top North Coast acts: Greensky Bluegrass, Vulfpeck, Umphrey's McGee, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, TAUK, and The Revivalists.But that casts a narrow net for a festival with so much more to offer across many more...

Setlist / Video | Bruce Springsteen @ United Center 8/28/16

Photo via ryantg23 InstagramBruce and the E-Street band managed to squeeze an arena-sized visit to Chicago inside a few massive stadium-sized appearances in his home state of New Jersey.No matter the size, he managed to pull off a show featuring the standard fireworks and a handful of special treats.  From the string ensemble...

Review / Setlist / Video | Ryley Walker @ Empty Bottle 8/25/16

By: Alex WoodFollowing Ryley Walker somehow gives the feeling that youre on to something.Its not just that hes from Chicago, or that hes worked for years to make a name for himself. Its not just the timeless yet completely unique sound hes mastered by the age of 27. Its not just the sheer technical proficiency...

Pearl Jam Welcomes Dennis Rodman, Acts As Venue Security, Tosses Baseballs | Setlist + Videos Monday @ Wrigley

More thoughts on this show to come, but first a quick recap.Pearl Jam bested Saturday's 34 song marathon by two on Monday night, playing a main set featuring all original music and then dropping both familiar and obscure covers throughout two encore that totaled 17 songs.While Saturday saw Cubs (and family of Cubs) royalty grace...

Pearl Jam Drops Eight Covers Amongst Saturday Wrigley Show | Setlist + Videos 8/20/16

Photo via laubau5 InstagramEddie Vedder sported a Murphy's Bleachers T-shirt (based on his exploits on the day prior), before switching into a good ol' Cubs Jersey for the first of two nights at Wrigley Field. Go #Cubs Go #eddievedder #pjwrigley #wrigleyfield #friendlyconfines #pearljam #chicago #concert #concertgram @pearljam @cubsA photo posted by Brian Phillips (@...

Pearl Jam Sets Up On Roof Of Chicago Bar

There are two Pearl Jam shows scheduled for this weekend at Chicago's Wrigley Field, but on Friday afternoon it seemed like there might be a third.While the stage in the venue itself was still being constructed, the band was spotted setup on a roof across the street from the bleachers -- at...

Setlist / Audio / Video | Golden Gate Wingmen @ Martyrs' 8/19/16

Photo via rendi.v InstagramBy the way I count, the last time Jeff Chimenti performed in Chicago, he was standing in front of 70,000 strong at Soldier Field during the final Fare Thee Well on July 6, 2015.So the cozy confines of Martyrs' probably had a bit of different feel for him.Maybe not so much for...

Jeff Tweedy's Guide To Chicago

Wilco plays a highly anticipated Sunday night show at Chicago's Pritizker pavilion this weekend.But it's no ordinary tour stop.  Jeff Tweedy lives here and clearly has an affection for the city.Yesterday, we learned more about how far this love goes, as Jeff and the band teamed up with huckberry.com for a...