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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...

Review / Photos / Setlist: Bustle In Your Hedgerow @ Bottom Lounge 6/14/13

The music of Led Zeppelin occupies a rarified air. With a songbook asbeloved as any seminal rock band, and an outsized mythology that seems to revereits members to the point of forgiving their generalaloofness, they find themselves in a comfortable zone -- able to maintain mystique and prestige aming their diehard fanslong after the initialdiscovery...

Greyboy Allstars & Funky Meters Overcome Congress Theater - 4/19/13 [Photos]

Amidst a pall of uncertainty about the venue -- ticket sales were ordered capped by local authorities -- the show went on Friday night. The heavy funk of the headliners didn't do much to bolster the Congress Theater's crumbling infrastructure, which was cited for a shocking 26 violations the week prior.The Congress has played a...

Toots Hibbert Stumps For Live Reggae Music In Chicago at House Of Blues Appearance [Photos / Video]

When Toots & The Maytals took the stage at House Of Blues in Chicago on April 4th, the packed house let the band's powerful reggae grooves wash over them. But many in the crowd, as well as Toots, realize that reggae legends at huge clubs like HoB are disappointingly one of the only options for...