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Video Playlist: Janis Wallin & Friends' Stevie Wonder Set - 10/27/12 @ Abbey Pub

Watch this ensemble take on "Living For The City", "I Wish", "Tell Me Something Good", and "Signed Sealed Delivered, I'm Yours" at their blowout set Saturday night at the Abbey Pub. Some nice work all around. That's The Right Now's Stefanie Berecz and Jaik Willis nailing the vocals and the Genome horns for extra funk....

Review, Setlist, Full Show Video: White Denim @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL 10/28/12

White Denim returned to Chicago's Lincoln Hall for the second time in 2012, attempting to impress as they did in April. This time, they were backed by the corporate sponsored Bonnaroo 365 Tour, with openers Team Spirit and Maps and Atlases along with comedian Sasheer Zamata acting as emcee between sets. As they did in April, they...

Video: Phish @ Palace Of Auburn Hills 12/6/97

I'll start with the standard plea for you to purchase this very reasonably priced download so that we can enjoy archival releases of "all time best" shows like this going forward.With that out of the way, you can click below to see what happens when pristine audio gets synced with the type of grainy,...

Setlist & Video Playlist: Aaron Freeman @ Lincoln Hall 9/15/12

What a busy weekend we had in Chicago: Saturday night alone had Wilco, Rush, Riot Fest and I nearly forgot about this gem, Ween's Aaron Freeman at Lincoln Hall. Thanks to youtuber madpicken, we've got a nice seven song the full video playlist. Very cool to see these songs in this setting.SetlistAaron FreemanSeptember 15, 2012As...

Chicago Video Spotlight: Animation From Furious Frank and Akasha

I love to see Chicago bands dive deep into the creative well to help get the word out. These two bands have created some impressive visuals that spotlight what makes them unique contributors to the city's varied musical landscape.Furious Frank harnesses some crazy-energy gypsy punk, the seven-piece features a bevy of strings augmented by...

Video: Budos Band - "Chicago Falcon"

Chicago very much approves of "Chicago Falcon", the crazy funky lead-off track from the Budos Band's second LP. Here's a great video from an August 21, 2010 performance in Austin.

Chicago Rock, Jazz and Acoustic Musicians Collaborate On 45 Minute Dark Star

Doug Hagman combines the Bobby guitar role with Jerry-like vocals in his Terrapin Flyer project, but lately he's been taking on some Leshian tendencies, inviting unlikely groups of friends to come together to see what kind of musical magic they can make.This was the case last Friday at The Alley in Highwood when he...

Setlist, Recap & Video: 30db & Van Ghost @ Abbey Pub 5/9/12

The 30db / Van Ghost pairing was just one of the many inspired double (sometime triple & quadruple) bills that the Abbey Pub has been programming lately and certainly one of the most high profile, considering the national prominence of the artists involved, yet a strong sense of Chicago hung in the air all night. This...

Umphrey's McGee Drummer Kris Myers Demonstrates Some Unconventional Technique

Here's some backstage footage of Kris at the 2012 version of the Mayan Holidaze music destination weekend in Mexico The man is clearly a master -- I wouldn't be surprised to see this setup on stage sometime.

Old Folks Boogie: Senior Citizen Young At Heart Chorus Covers Phish's Free 12/31/11

No doubt there was tons of great music this past New Year's eve, but nothing quite gave me the warm fuzzies about 2012 quite like this take on Phish's "Free" from the ageless folks in the Young At Heart Chorus.As one youtube commenter suggests, the only thing that could have been better is if the...