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Setlist / Review / Photos / Video / Audio: Greensky Bluegrass @ Bell's Brewery 6/7/14

Photos: Eric FischerTruly outstanding shows don't just achieve that status by virtue of a single song choice or inspired jam. The best of the best are a collection of moments -- some arising spontaneously as the music is created, some as punctuation in the continuing narrative of the band's career.Over the course of the...

Setlists / Tweeted Reviews: Phish @ Notherly Island Saturday & Sunday 7/19&20/14

I've been really behind on writing long-form reviews lately, so decided to tweet reviews for the Phish shows over the weekend. I still intend to post a more thoughtful piece on the entire run, but until then, here are setlists (via phish.net) and the tweets I sent out the day after each show.Saturday, 07/19/2014...

Setlist / Review / Video: Beck @ Pitchfork Night One 7/18/14

For his headlining set at Pitchfork Music Festival, Beck used the stylistic diversity of his back-catalogue to create an unpredictable, career-spanning set that was surprisingly light on new material.The opening heavy guitar riff of Devils Haircut dissipated any fears that the musician would stick to the acoustic styling of this years Morning Phase and...

Setlist / Review In 5 Tweets / Video: Phish @ Northerly Island 2014 Night One 7/18/14

Here's the setlist (via phish.net):Phish: Fri, Jul 18, 2014FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, ILSet 1: 555, Kill Devil Falls, Bouncing Around the Room, Reba, Waiting All Night, Birds of a Feather, Halfway to the Moon > Sparkle > Sample in a Jar, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Stash, The Squirming CoilSet 2: Golden...

Links Taproom Will Cater to Phish Fans With Special Local Beers / Food

This is our kind of place, but somehow escaped our previous list of Chicago goings on. Links Taproom will be tapping 13 Phish inspired brews from eight local breweries. Some classic names here... Powerful Pils, You'll Never Get Out Of The Haze, and Wheetapaug Groove among my favorites.Hungry pre-or-post-show? Check out the "Rotation Jam". Perfect...

Drew Millward's Official Chicago 2014 Phish Posters

Phish has unveiled the design for the 2014 Northerly Island Run posters. As expected (and consistent with Randall's and SPAC posters), the design is a triptych, with the three posters forming a twisted cityscape, using a similar palatte from the official LivePhish / TicketsByMail scheme for this tour.These limited edition posters are by artist Drew Millward...

Setlist / Review: Ben Kweller @ Lincoln Hall 7/10/14

Ben Kwellers set at Lincoln Hall was packed with classics, serving as a reminder of the strength of the songwriters catalogue.Performing without a band, Kweller jumped between an acoustic guitar and piano throughout the show, his constant comments and conversation maintaining an intimate, laid-back atmosphere, perfect for the small venue.The songs were played...

Show Review / Video: Dave Matthews Band @ Klipsch Music Center 6/20/14

Contributed by: Alex WoodRegardless of your opinion of Dave Matthews Band, their massive Summer 2014 tour is worthy of note, and the band set out to prove it during their first night in Noblesville.Offering a show divided into two sets for the first time since 1996, the tour allows for a lot surprises and unique performances,...

Photos / Recap: Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion @ City Winery 6/23/14

Photos / Reporting: Heidi PetersGinger Baker's early set at City Winery on Monday was only six songs, but like a true jazz band those tunes were stretched into well over an hour of musicStarting with Wayne Shorter's classic composition "Footprints" the band dived headlong into a jazz that was dominated by percussion.After exploring many rhythmic...

Review & Photo Set: Jack Johnson & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes @ Northerly Island 5/31/14

Words & Photos: Ashley M. DowningFirstMerrit Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island has quickly become my favorite large venue in Chicago. It reopened last summer after extensive renovations and it now ranks as one of the best spots in the country to see a live show.It sits on the shore of Lake Michigan tucked away...