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REVIEW / PHOTOS / VIDEO | The B-52s @ Genesse Theatre 11/11/16

Words: Lisa Torem | Photos: Philamonjaro Studio | Video: joeypgh1The gorgeous, gilded Genesee Theatre looks like it should host inaugurations, not new wave/pop idols like The B52s, who jacked up their careers by performing in grungy, underground clubs like CBGBs.  But once the swirling, psychedelic backdrop was exposed, and the...

Recap / Photos / Video | North Mississippi Allstars @ City Winery 11/6/16

Words / Photos: Howard Greenblatt | Video: Wyatt BrakeThe North Mississippi All-Stars brought Mississippi Hill Country Blues to City Winery Chicago for two shows on Sunday afternoon and evening.Brothers Luther on guitar and vocals and Cody Dickinson on drums and vocals were joined by Dominick Davis on bass.The stage was configured with Luthers Marshall amps...

Review / Photos / Video | Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Thalia Hall 10/14/16

Photos: Heidi Peters PhotographyWhen writing about the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, I suppose it's important to address the elephant in the room.Only, in this case, it's not exactly an elephant, more like a big black crow.I'm sure it escaped nobody in Thalia Hall on Friday night, that Chris Robinson probably wouldn't be...

VIDEO | Moon Hooch @ Martrys' 10/14/16

Rocktober marches on in Chicago and those looking for live music on Friday, October 14th had no shortage of options.There was an ominoous full moon, the perfect setting for the wild sounds of Moon Hooch (incidentally, Moon Taxi also performed in Chicago that night... whoa).the1stmikec was on hand to capture...

Review & Full Show Video | TAUK & Earphorik @ Miramar Theatre 10/8/16

Words & Photos: Carmel O'Farrell | Video: izeoftheworldphotosWith festival season in the rear view mirror, Milwaukee sure gets treated as far as live music goes.Over the last few years, the city has experienced some pretty intense one-on-one shows with many of the jam scene's favorite road warriors. Dopapod, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong,...

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...