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Stream or Download | Tortoise @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion 8/25/16

We made a plea for more paid shows at this magnificent venue, but free gigs like this kind of soften the blow.Joel Berk (@pfcidb) was on hand to capture the magic of Tortoise on a late summer Thursday night. Here's what he has to say about the band's evolution this year:Tortoise...

PHOTOS / MEDIA / NEWS | Umphrey's McGee Gives Chicago What It Wants

Photos: Tara Gracer Design & PhotographyIn the social media age, one way to keep your brand into the public's mind is to constantly have something new to share.Since Umphrey's McGee touched down at Chicago's Concord Music Hall for a North Coast Music Festival after show, they've had more than enough to keep fans --...

Photos & Media Roundup | Shoe Fest 2016

Photos: Ashley Hamm Photography | Video: Don OlkerLots of music festival attendees claim that their experiences are "just like going away to summer camp".  Hell, there's even a long-running Illinois festival called Summer Camp, so yeah... there's some trying to capture that barefoot, worry-free magic of childhood summers.But Shoe Fest may actually have...

Review / Photos / Audio | Hard Working Americans @ Park West 5/14/16

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Mandy Pichler Photography | Audio: J. Frank Hard Working Americans opened their summer tour at Park West on Friday night. For a relatively "new" band, the crowd certainly skewed older, and could appreciate the the spacious and comfortable venue. Park West is a beautiful place, and definitely one of my favorite...

Stream / Download / Video | Widespread Panic @ Chicago Theatre, May 6 & 7, 2016

It's been a week, and I'm still going to try to put some thoughts together on the Widespread Panic Chicago Theatre run. But until then, how about a little media to keep you going.We posted audio from Thursday's show already, and here's two more great pulls via Z-Man: FRIDAY and SATURDAY.There's also a...

Rejoice! A Full Show Sturgill Simpson Video Playlist From Houston

What I love about music: I've probably cycled through about fiveor six Album Of The Year choices since January. But Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide To Earth just might end up sticking.After a few late night talk show and other promotional appearances where he brought a horn section (featured prominently on the album) to...

Widespread Panic Subtly Sells Jeff Wood's Chicago Posters Via Stage [Setlist, Stream, Download]

Widespread Panic's lighting rig has been at a consistent level of awesome for the last several years now. But they just may have stumbled on a new use for it lately.They'd been utilizing three suspended LCD screens to flash some incredible poster images all night (some with trippy animation). Deep in the second set,...

Stream / Download / Photos | David Gilmour @ United Center 4/8/16

Hey! Gilmour introduced a new song to distinguish the final Chicago appearance from his previous two.  The title track from his 2006 solo album, On An Island, found it's way into Friday's second set.  Otherwise, he stayed close to the script, while pleasing a whole new crowd on the Chicago closer.Have a listen...

VIDEO | Six Camera Full Show Greensky Bluegrass From Portland 11/5/15

There are fan shot videos and then there are FAN SHOT VIDEOS.Mark Burgin and Dan Vasen put together this six camera edit of the Greensky Bluegrass at Portland's Wonder Ballroom from November 5th, 2015.The editing actually makes it worth a look on a big screen and the audio sounds fantastic.  Do stick around...

Stream / Download / Photos / Video | David Gilmour @ Auditorium Theater 4/6/16

It was the same setlist, but different feel -- from hockey stadium to old school theater -- for the second of three David Gilmour appearances in Chicago.It seems like the Floyd police are heavily policing YouTube for videos and, our post on Monday's show feel victim to it. For this summary of Wednesday's show,...