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Photos / Recap: JC Brooks & Uptown Sound @ Cubby Bear 3/28/14

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound may be the most versatile band on the Chicago scene. Judging from list of stages they've graced over the last few months -- from Montrose Room to the Metro and from North Coast to Taste Of Randolph -- their appeal extends far and wide, and they are leaving a...

Photos / Audio: The Infamous Stringdusters & Fruition @ Lincoln Hall 3/19/14

Photos: Rickie KostinerEast met West, when two rising progressive bluegrass stars brought their tour through Chicago on Wednesday night. The Infamous Stringdusters hail from Charlottesville, Virginia and Fruition has been tearing up the West Coast from their Oregon home base. But there's nothing middle-of-the-road about their music, which features fierce picking, smooth vocals and a...

Photos / Stream / Download: Jeff Austin & The Here and Now @ City Winery 3/7/14

Not even fatherhood can keep a good man down.While Jeff Austin sat out a recent Yonder Mountain String Band run to stay home with his newborn daughter, he couldn't resist just a small run of shows with The Here & Now at the beginning of March, marking some of the last scheduled appearances for...

Photos / Recap: The Revivalists & Bone Boys Living Funk Addiction @ Concord Music Hall 3/7/14

I think I might have discovered the most fun job in the music business: the guy who makes up the names for the FiyaWerx productions super jams.In concert with Chicago's SilverWrapper, the team that conceived of FiyaFest, FiyaWater, FiyaAid, and WildFiya brought Bone Boys Living Funk Addiction -- a mashup of players and styles...

Recap / Photos: Maceo Parker @ SPACE 3/1/14

Photos by Heidi Peters, additional reporting by Des PetersMaceo Parker has been on the front lines of funk from the days of James Brown through the P-Funk revolution and remains something of a hero to today's modern day funk crusaders.His set on Saturday night at Evanston's SPACE touched on all these spaces and more,...

Review / Photos / Video / Stream / Download: Hard Working Americans @ Park West 2/22/14

Words: @WeirScrewedPhotos: Tom HarmonTodd Snider and the Hard Working Americans wrapped up their first ever tour Saturday night at the Park West. From the opening notes of "Blackland Farmer", the band extended most of the tunes from their self-titled debut into lush jammy landscapes. After exploring "Farmer" a bit, the band settled into a "New...

Setlist / Photos / Video: Snow Shoe @ Volcano Room 2/15/14

Great bands play in great bars and clubs every weekend -- hell, every day -- in Chicago. What has always intrigued me is how you take such a routine occurrence and and turn it into an EVENT.Old Shoe has succeeded in doing just that. Saturday, February 15th at the Volcano Room at Bottom Lounge...

Recap / Photos: Steve Earle @ City Winery 2/22/14

We've been on top of All Things Earle lately. With JT visiting Concord in January, and a look back at one of his father's 2003 performances, we were primed and ready for the main event: a three night stand of Steve Earle, solo and acoustic, at Chicago's City Winery February 21-23.Heidi Peters was on hand...

Setlist / Photos: Ryan Montbleau Solo & Acoustic @ Old Town School Of Folk Music 2/20/14

A big welcome to our newest contributor, photographer Rickie Kostiner, who we expect some big things from.Her first contribution, however, is the classic intimate show, which we feel very lucky to be a part of. Ryan Montbleau, who is shaking things up a bit after touring for many years with his band, has boiled...

Setlist / Photos / Video: The Pod Featuring Dean Ween @ Tonic Room 2/4/14

Ween's Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween) has made Chicago a regular stopping place these days. First, he dropped in unexpectedly with The Pod, our local Ween tribute band in September. Then, he found himself at Cubby Bear with his Moistboyz project in December.On February 4th, The Pod was billed with a VERY SPECIAL GUEST...