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PHOTOS / RECAP | Iceage @ House Of Vans

By: Philamonjaro StudioDanish punk rock band Iceage played a headling set at House of Vans Chicago on Thursday, June 21st while on their current US tour.  The show came on the heels of their fourth release, Beyondless, out on Matador records. The band dropped its first single, "Catch It", in February,...

PHOTOS: Blues On The Fox 2018

Photos: Howard GreenblattSamantha Fish won over the Blues On the Fox audience when she first played the festival in 2014.Four years later, as her songwriting becomes more diverse and her lyrics matured, her fan base has exploded.Still only 29 years old, shes already won twoBlues Music Awards, most recently as Best Contemporary Female Artist in...

Review & Photos | Eels & That 1 Guy @ Thalia Hall

Words: Aaron & Nicole Eikenberry | Photos: Michael Lepek 2018 saw the release of the first Eels record in four years, The Deconstruction. A great deal has transpired in Mark Everetts (aka E) world in the interim: a marriage, his first child, and a divorce.That volatility doesn't always find its way onto the stage, but...

The 2018 Juke Joint Festival In Words and Pictures

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Michael LepekA large Chicago contingent descended on Clarksdale, Mississippi for the 15th Annual Juke Joint Festival. But, long-anticipated balmy weather was not to be. Heavy overnight rains descended on the Delta on Friday into Saturday, ushering in cold, windy temperatures.Worse yet, much of Clarksdale was without power on the day...

PHOTOS & VIDEO | Matador! Soul Sounds & Hartswick/Cassarino Duo @ Martyrs' 3/22/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotIn this age of funk-and-soul supergroups, it seems like a pick-up band can materialize -- full of a handful of musicians sourced from a pool of well-known jammers -- at any time and for any reason.This group of road warriors is ready to be drawn into battle at...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | JGB @ Park West 3/16/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotFormer Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals is no stranger to the Chicago area.  He appears frequently as a special guest with the local Dead tribute staple Terrapin Flyer.But it's been a minute since he's brought his JGB project through the city -- so it was nice to get a...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Turner Hall 3/1/18

Photos: Adam MiszewskiI'm going to say it.  Beyond just their name, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has a jambandy aesthetic that makes String Cheese Incident seem reserved, self-serious and demure by comparison.But good on them for just embracing the fuck out of it.  And you can't say the audience hasn't responded. The...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | Stanley Clarke @ City Winery 3/21/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotAs a music veteran, Stanley Clarke can fly a little bit under the radar, but when he pops up you best pay attention.The man is an absolute beast on the bass.  City Winery goers were treated to a full-on clinic during his March visit with his talented touring ensemble....

PHOTOS | Fleshtone @ Beat Kitchen 3/3/18

By: Philamonjaro StudioOn a Saturday night in Chicago, fans were treated to a rare concert by New York's favorite garage punk band, The Fleshtones.Having first debuted at CBGB in 1976, they were a part of the beating heart of the NYC punk scene.In 2018, the band harnessed energy from that storied era when they touched...

Photos / Recap | Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl

By: Michael LepekIt's nice when you can scratch a couple items off the bucket list.  On a recent trip to New York City, I was able to go for a pair: experiencing a show at the original Brooklyn Bowl and seeing a live performance of the seminal West Coast funk-jazz (or is it jazz-funk?)&...