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Setlist / Photos / Video | Mudcrutch @ The Riv 5/29/16

By: Howard GreenblattIs that Tom Petty on bass guitar? That's the way it goes at Mudcrutch, a band resurrected now for the second time and touring behind the appropriately named 2 album.But that doesn't mean Petty's fingerprints aren't all over this project. You'll find his familiar presence (looking more aging-hippie than ever), songwriting, and of...

Photos + Video | Little Feat Duo & The New Orleans Suspects @ Fitzgerald's 5/13/16

Photos: Howard Greenblatt | Video by dreadnickmonWhile full band Little Feat shows may not fill the calendar like they used to, Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett still collaborate, carrying the torch of that great band to points far and wide.On Friday, May 13th, the duo arrived at Fitzgerald's for a typically great night of roots...

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...

VIDEO | Hydrofoil @ Permanent Records - RSD 2016

This a new band for me, and a little research shows it's a relatively new band period. But I like what I'm hearing, and felt that these two videos were more than worthy of a post.We recently sharedvideocaptured byseijinleeof Ryley Walker and Charles Rumback's Record Store Day performance. It turns out they weren't the...

VIDEO | Ryley Walker & Charles Rumback @ Permanent Records - RSD 2016

The guitar/drums duo is a format that is finding all sorts of interesting permutations. Chicago has bred a pair of fine practitioners in Ryley Walker and Charles Rumback. Walker'sacoustic, and the sounds that hecoaxes out of it, set these guys apart -- briliant, exploratory, conversationaljams with just two instruments.Here's the duo at Chicago's...

VIDEO | Causa Sui @ Jazzhouse Copenhagen 4/29/16

Maybe if we all get together, close our eyes, join hands, and think really hard about it, Causa Sui will realize that there's an audience in the States for their psych-jazz-jam music.Until then, here's a video from an appearance in Copenhagen. The venue is called Jazzhouse and, like their recent record, the band is...

Review / Video / Setlist | White Denim @ Thalia Hall 4/30/16

By: Alex WoodId be lying if I said I wasnt skeptical going in to White Denims Thalia Hall show on Saturday.Mylast two White Denim shows, during their 2014 tour, both took place in venues in the 200 and 500 capacity range. This, combined with the band's newlineup,gives reason for a longtime fan to think, or possibly...

Pearl Jam Honors Prince and Jake Arrieta at South Carolina Show

While musicians -- and truly everyone -- worldwide werehonoring Prince and his career after he passed away tragically yesterday, there was another news story that had grabbed the attention of usChicagoans, and baseball fans everywhere.Jake Arrieta, of the Chicago Cubs tossed his second no-hitter in 11 regular season starts as a part of a 16-0...

Setlist / Video | Avett Brothers @ Chicago Theater 4/21/16

We'll have much more on tonight's show when we'll have a reporter in attendance, but newsfrom The Avett's Chicago run opener was too good not to share.The band ran through a 25 song set, paying tribute to Merle Haggard early in the set, and tipping their hat to Prince during an emotional "Pretty Girl From...

Setlist / Video | Smashing Pumpkins / Liz Phair @ Civic Opera House 4/14/16

Smashing Pumpkins welcomed original guitarist James Iha to the stage for a mini Siamese Dream set and an encore take on The Rolling Stones' Angie. It was Iha's third appearance with the band after a pair of LA shows in late March.His appearance was just one highlight inside a super-sized show that featured David...