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Setlist / Photos / Video Playlist: Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine & David Marks @ House of Blues 10/29/13

What seems like an unlikely pairing is actually winning some acclaim on a tour this fall. British blues master Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson (with former Beach boy compadres Al Jardine and David Marks) have superstar resumes if not superstar status or "buzz", but together they make for an entertaining evening of contrasts and collaborations....

Photos / Audio / Video: Hot Buttered Rum with Allie Kral, Wavy Dave & Chicago Farmer @ Cubby Bear 10/11/13

When Cornmeal & Hot Buttered Rum teamed up for a 4/20 show in 2012 at The Vic, it was a pairing of two rising jamgrass stars at the top of their game. Well, a lot has changed since then, with Cornmeal fiddler Allie Kral parting ways with her bandmates this year shortly after the band absorbed the...

A Peek Inside Wire With Mr. Blotto: Photos, Music From 10/5/13

It was hard NOT to get excited upon hearing the news about the addition of Wire to Berwyn's burgeoning "music row" on Roosevelt Road. Before the opening, we had every assurance that it would be a unique space curated by musicians with the fan in mind.We were fortunate to have Alex Mason, of A....

The New Old Reliables: Photos From North Mississippi Allstars @ House Of Blues 9/28/13

When North Mississippi Allstars first burst on the scene with 2000's Shake Hands With Shorty, the gritty authentic Hill Country blues was a shock to the system.  To be young, fierce and ambitious while still holding on to roots was a rarity then as it is now.  Luckily these guys had the pedigree...

Photos / Video: Steve Kimock and Dan Lebowitz wsg Janis Wallin @ Martyrs 9/28/13

The dedicated fans that descended upon Martyrs from all over the country this weekend got what they came for: a one-0f-a-kind collaboration between Steve Kimock and Dan Lebowitz. The mix of material from each of the principals provided an unusual balance between Steve's patient and exploratory songwriting and Dan's more grounded pop-based approach.Saturday...

Recap / Photos / Video: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers @ Lincoln Hall 9/17/13

Words & Photos: Matt Van GronigenThe crowd was packed tight and it was a challenge to navigate the bodies during of Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers performance at Lincoln Hall. As part of this event, the audience submitted their dreams to be projected on the wall during the performance. Yes, World Peace made the list,...

Take Me To The River(Edge Park): Hornsby, Greensky, FGC & Old Shoe in Aurora 8/24/13 - Recap, Photos, Setlists, Audio & Video

Photos and additional reporting by Adam McCallThere's something going on in Aurora.Wait... Aurora? Home of Wayne's World? Closer to Joliet than Chicago? Well, actually, yeah.We've been hip to the fine Two Brothers Brewery for a while now. Their brewpub is situated in the old Burlington Northern Roundhouse at the end of the line...

The Allman Brothers Band In Chicago: Five Things (and 25 Photos) To Ponder

There is nothing quite like a musical institution that spans generations, within the band and the audience. Chicago finally got another chance to experience the foremost purveyors of this experience, The Allman Brothers Band, up-close-and-personal for two nights in August. I was able to catch one of the shows (night two, Wednesday), but eagerly followed...

Masters Of Sound - Review & Photos of New Mastersounds @ City Winery 6/16/13

Words: @312MRGPhotos: Adam McCall PhotographyOne of the joys of getting to write about live music for this blog is the preparation. Getting myself acclimated to an artist that I only have topical knowledge and appreciation for, requires more than casual listening. While writing, I hope to project grounded and respectful confidence in the subject knowing...

Photos / Recap: Greensky Bluegrass @ City Winery 6/15/13

Let's hand it to City Winery for putting an exclamation point on a wonderful festival. Moving into this venue for an aftershow just reinforced the class, elegance, and accessibility that makes Greensky's music so welcoming.Stream or download the complete sets here: Friday - SaturdayWe were lucky to have Adam McCall on hand to document...