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Photos / Recap | The English Beat @ Thalia Hall 7/9/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioThe 80s were alive Saturday night in Chicago -- with Billy Idol (Taste of Chicago), Duran Duran (Ravinia), and The English Beat (Thalia Hall).  While each brought a whiff of nostalgia, it was The English Beat, in their club setting, who probably played to the hardest core of music freaks.From first...

St. Vincent Covers Golden Girls Theme, "Thank You For Being A Friend"

Perhaps the white hair has inspired her, but I guess you pretty much expect the unexpected from St. Vincent. She tweeted this two minute, synth heavy cover of the 80s sitcom theme "Thank You For Being A Friend", self described as a "dirge."I remade the "Golden Girls" theme song into a dirge. #...

Robbie Fulks Reflects On Rick Danko Collaboration

On March 25, 1999, musican and bandleader Nicholas Tremulis hosted an event called The First Waltz, a benefit for homless kids at Chicago's Metro, and featuring The Band's Rick Danko.  The all-star, Chicago-driven lineup featured Billy Corgan (and his dad!), Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Ivan Neville, Lonnie Brooks, Jon Langford, Alejandro Escovedo, and&...

Review / Setlist / Videos | Paul McCartney @ Summerfest 7/8/16

By: Alex WoodExpectations from a Paul McCartney concert should be high.With endless money, a fanbase spanning every living generation and a catalog that includes hundreds of timeless classics, how could the Beatles bassist address the eternal demand for his live performances with a show that meets, if not exceeds, the hype?At Milwaukees Summerfest,...

My Morning Jacket Release New Song Decrying Gun Violence

My Morning Jacket have released a new song, Magic Bullet, as a means of condemning violence and encouraging peace.Posted to SoundCloud yesterday, the track features a funky vibe blending horns, guitar and electronics over a simplistic but powerful percussion section.The song's lyrics predictably focus on dealing with gun violence as a...

Setlist / Audio / Video | Dead & Company @ Alpine Valley 7/10/16

Dead & Company returned to Alpine Valley for the second of two shows on Sunday.  Although attendance was down from the Saturday show, the band continued their trend of trotting out huge Grateful Dead favorites.The traditional Sunday "Samson" opened the show, and the second set was a huge "Sugar Magnolia" --> "Sunshine...

Setlist / Photos | Shoe Farmer @ Durty Nellie's 7/8/16

By: Dale Foster PhotoGrateful Dead was on a lot of Midwesterner's minds with two nights of Dead & Company rolling through Alpine Valley over the weekend.In the Chicago area, if you were looking for a preview of sorts, one great option was Palatine's Durty Nellies on Friday night.Old Shoe has made a name...

Setlist / Photos / Audio | The Decemberists & Shakey Graves @ Taste Of Chicago 7/8/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioPortland, Oregon's The Decemberists contrasted the hip-hop and alt-rock of the first two nights of The Taste, with a pleasing take on indie-folk for the Grant Park crowd.Front man Colin Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, and keyboardist Jenny Conlee combined for soaring and dramatic melodies, wrapped up in folksy narratives.  ...

Photos | Kongos & Elle King @ Taste Of Chicago 7/7/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioDespite a threatening sky, music fans stuck it out in a mild rain to see the double bill of The Kongos and opener Elle King on the second day of the annual Taste Of Chicago.Both acts shared an unbridled energy on stage, with hooks and ...

Photos & Recap | The Roots, Donnie Trumpet & Chance The Rapper Kick Off Taste Of Chicago 2016

By: Philamonjaro StudioThe 36th Annual Taste of Chicago opened last night with excitement in the crowd and a handful of on-stage surprises.Grey skies threatened, but the weather held out this night for a packed Chicago audience.The opening night headliner was Grammy Award winning band The Roots, belting out their...