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Review / Photos: Pimps Of Joytime @ Cubby Bear 4/17/14

Words / Photos: Ashley M. DowningCubby Bear has been going above and beyond to restore great live music in an unlikely neighboorhood. Despite its Wrigleyville location, The Cubby Bear is a lively venue that has all of the right amenities needed to put on a killer show and is supplementing some of its more questionable bookings...

Review / Photos: Particle @ Lincoln Hall 4/20/14

Words & Photos: Ashley M DowningAfter taking a hiatus and implementing some innovative adjustments, Particle is back as a musical force that cannot be ignored. They have played a handful of shows over the past few months, gearing up to fully takeover the scene that they once helped to create.Within the jam-electronica world there...

Review / Setlist / Photos / Video: Kishi Bashi @ Metro 5/31/14

Words: Alex WoodPhotos:Eujin KwakKishi Bashis set at the Metro balanced expressive violin performance with a creative use of effects. Though only three band members backed the violinist, their sound was massive, achieved through looping techniques and well-composed songs.Kaoru Ishibashi has released only two records under the Kishi Bashi moniker, but the set list...

Review / Photos / Stream / Download: Edward David Anderson @ Martyrs 5/3/14

Words: Alex WoodPhotos: Alex Wood & Tom HarmonEdward David Andersons album release show at Martyrs' was about more than his new full-length, Lies & Wishes. It felt like an odd family reunion, old friends gathering together joyously to see Anderson perform with a band after years of patiently waiting.Yet perhaps the most joyous member...

Review / Photos: Woods & Quilt @ Subterranean 5/7/14

Words / Photos: Alex WoodWoods headlining show at the Subterranean was a sort of psychedelic extravaganza, a night full of flangers, phasers, reverb and guitar effects.Local opener Bike Cop sounded as many young psych bands do, using barre-chords to churn out simplistic garage-rock riffs, songs stretching out horizontally for minutes without changing.The four-piece played...

Setlist / Photos: Escort @ Concord Music Hall 5/2/14

I'm pleased to have so many incredible photography contributors to the site, but I'm going to be frank for a second... With the majority of our coverage leaning towards frumpy, static jambands, geriatric classic rockers and shoe gazing, lo-fi indie bands, every now and then we could use some images to spice things up.Enter...

Photos: This Must Be The Band @ Abbey Pub 4/19/20

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Stop Making Sense, easily one of the greatest concert films in history. To celebrate, Chicago Talking Heads Tribute band This Must Be The Band are recreating the film as a live stage act at the Pageant in St. Louis tonight. As a bit of warm-up, and a treat...

Photos / Setlists: Lotus @ Riviera Theater 4/11 & 4/12, 2014

Lotus kicked off a short Spring tour in Chicago with a two-night run at the Riviera Theater. Playing two full sets each night, their sound and their production has truly grown into these mid-size theaters, stretching there jams and inspiring the packed house until 2 a.m.Rickie Kostiner was on hand for the second of...

Review / Photos / Setlist: The Men @ Empty Bottle 4/12/14

Words / Photos: Alex WoodThe garage and punk rock genres have seen a massive influx of talent in recent years, and The Mens show at The Empty Bottle felt like a celebration of the music scenes embrace.Both openers were local and put on tremendous shows, full of energy and attitude, as though they represented the...

Papadosio Jams Late Night In Chicago, Perform Debut Album The Following Night

One of our contributors, photographer Rickie Kostiner, had a busy night on Saturday, April 5th. After catching KarlD and the Tiny Universe, she popped over to Concord Music Hall for some late night fun with Papadosio.Papadosio has been steadily building an audience over the last few years, the packed room certainly spoke volumes about...