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Photos / Setlist / Recap: Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery 10/19/14

Sinead O'Connor's set at City Winery on Sunday -- the first of a three night run at the venue -- provided a mix of the material that have edified her career for over 27 years: from Celtic-inspired melodies to driving rock-and-roll to her own alt-pop songwriting.The Barn's Heidi Peters was on hand to capture some...

Photo Gallery: EOTO @ Concord Music Hall

We're experiencing a bit of a String Cheese renaissance around these parts lately. First, we've been covering the potential three night run that we are expecting them to drop on Chicago any moment now. Then, we had the pleasure of catching them at September's Phases Of The Moon festival and were able to share some...

Review / Photos / Video: Joe Russo's Almost Dead @ Concord Music Hall

In the 19 years since Jerry left us, the benchmark for primo, psychedelic, improv-heavy, Grateful Dead interpretations had been held by the Phil Lesh Quintet.  While other of Phil's ensembles, including Furthur, have reached for those deep lysergic spaces, none have done it with the consistency or audacity of the Q.So it was ironic...

Photos: The New Deal @ Concord Music Hall 8/30/14

Rickie Kostiner pulled double duty on late night sets the weekend of North Coast Music Festival. She turned in a nice set of shots from Lettuce and also filed this set from the next night with The New Deal. She tells us:The crowd ranged from young festival kids just getting into the scene to...

Fun Facts About Lettuce (Setlist & Photos From Concord 8/29/14)

As Rickie Kostiner filed these shots from Lettuce's post-North Coast Festival appearance at Concord Music Hall, it occurred to me how it's not uncommon to see members of Lettuce here in Chicago, but given the nature of the beast, how rare it is to experience the total package.In fact, you may be more familiar...

Setlist / Photos / Recap: Billy Bragg @ City Winery 9/12/14

Two Guitars & A Mug Of Tea - Billy Bragg @ City Winery 9/12/14Photos: Heidi Peters | Additional Reporting: Des PetersThe last time Billy Bragg played Chicago's City Winery he brought along his band. This time, he arrived with just two guitars and a mug of tea.Bragg bounded on to stage and after a brief How...

Setlists / Photos: String Cheese Incident / Lunar Landing Conspiracy & More @ Phases Of The Moon 9/12/14

The weather has not been kind to the inaugural Phases Of The Moon festival, but there has been some undeniably great moments on stage to put frustrations with logistics at ease.  We'll have more on the festival in the coming days but wanted to share the first round of photos and setlists that we...

Are We Experiencing The Golden Age Of Chicago Street Fests? Photos & Video From Boulevard Festival 2014

Photos by Rickie KostinerStreet festivals have always been a Chicago summer rite of passage. We've got four, maybe five months of weather to support them and plenty of places for them to pop up and take on different neighborhood flavors.But it wasn't too long ago that they all pretty much boasted a similar lineup...

Photo Gallery & Videos: David Crosby's Summer In Chicago 2014

Photos: Michael KaizWhen a pair of David Crosby shows scheduled for this past February at City Winery were postponed for "unforeseen circumstances", you'd be forgiven if you happened to swallow hard and try not to think of the worst. Indeed, those circumstance turned out to be a heart operation... another trial in what has amounted...

Photo Gallery & Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery 6/25/14

Photos: Rickie KostinerPreservation Hall Jazz Band is a lot of things. An institution. An unbelievably great time. A slice of the real New Orleans. A wide range of tones, sounds and rhythmns. Now I can officially add to that list: photogenic.Yep, there is something about seeing generations of men, who embrace, live and tour...