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Riot Fest Announces Schedule, Additional Performers | WIN TICKETS!

By: Alex WoodShortly before single day tickets went on sale for Chicago's Riot Fest, festival organizers annouced the daily schedules, including a few surprise additions to the already massive lineup.Amongst the bands added are The Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Julian Marley performing Bob Marley's Exodus in full, The Bronx, Fucked Up and The...

Photos | Wayne Baker Brooks @ Buddy Guy's Legends 6/17/16

By: Howard Greenblatt Wayne Baker Brooks plays the blues and he plays it fast and loud. Making an appearance at Buddy Guy's Legends -- a South Loop institution -- kept the packed crowd riveted, up and dancing for the both the up-tempo rockers and the simmering slow blues.  Brooks made the...

Wicker Park Festival Announces Lineup

By: Alex WoodWicker Park Fest organizers have announced the headliners for the 2016 summer street festival taking place July 23 and 24. This year's headliners will be The Mountain Goats, Com Truise and Antibalas on Saturday and Rocket From The Crypt, Ought and Alvvays on Sunday. With three stages set up along Damen...

Welcome To Tomorrow's Verse

Introducing Tomorrows Verse.Music doesnt end when the last note is played. It is with us constantly challenging the listener and calling them to action.It invites us to dig deeper and explore to contextualize the past, understand the present, and prepare for tomorrow.Tomorrows Verse exists to aid this process in whatever possible form....

Wrigley Weekend Is A Phish Poster Nerd's Dream

If you love rock related art -- specifically Phish related -- you'd be fortunate to be able attend a gallery or showing of the stuff you love.  This weekend in Chicago, there are at least three big events that a savvy lover of music and art can hit, as well as some interesting...

Setlist / Video | Tame Impala @ UIC Pavilion 6/9/16

Tame Impala's arena sized tour brought its arena sized visuals to UIC Pavilion last night.  Here are a few videos that capture the majesty of Kevin Parker and crew's 16 song live set in Chicago.  They're off to Bonaroo next. Thanks to Jason McGee. Edit this setlist | More Tame Impala setlists

Chicago Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Headliners, Featured Performers

By: Alex WoodChicago Jazz Festival released its 2016 lineup and theres a lot to look forward to for all music fans.The festival, which takes place at Millennium Park September 1-4, is entirely free to attend and will feature more than 40 artists at various locations around the park.Headliners for the festival will be Orbert Davis,...

Photo Essay | Juke Joint Festival 2016

Juke Joint Festival Boasts Great Jams from Over 100 Blues BandsWords: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard GreenblattForget the big-ticket festivals -- long lines, superficiality, and craning your neck just to see who's on stage. For many, there's nothing better than heading down to the birthplace of the blues every April for Clarksdale, Mississippis Juke Joint Festival. ...

Review / Photos | The Avett Brothers @ Chicago Theater 4/22/16

By: Heidi PetersCount The Avett Brothers among the artists capable of selling out Madison Square Garden in New York City.  So when they hit town for three nights at the relatively cozy Chicago Theater, you can excuse the fans for being a little giddy.So they ended up with a marriage proposal from...

Review & Setlist | Parquet Courts @ Metro 4/20/16

By: Sean WilmsenSomeone said Parquet Courts is going to destroy the Metro. Were not violent people. We wouldnt destroy a historic landmark."- Andrew Savage, of Parquet Courts. It wouldnt be the last of this random, funny, crazy, and often intellectual banter that came from the Metro stage throughout the night. The chit-chat ...