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Ticket Giveaway | Dead Phish Orchestra @ Wire 4/17 & 18

Update: We have notified the winners, but if you'd still like to get purchase tickets in advance... we can set you up with a code for half price admission. Just follow this link to ticketweb and use the Access Code 420.If your group dabbles in the repertoire of the preeminent jambands, apparently you've got a...

Stream / Download / Video | Dr. Dog @ Thalia Hall 4/10/15

Dr. Dog played a trio of shows at two separate venues in Chicago over the weekend.The run kicked off with an all ages affair at our venue-crush Thalia Hall, before adjourning to House Of Blues for the Saturday and the cozy confines of Lincoln Hall for the Sunday gig.So glad to have stumbled...

Sufjan Stevens Debuts Carrie & Lowell Songs Live, Releases Non-Album Track

Sufjan Stevens recently kicked off his first tour in over a year in support of Carrie & Lowell, his new, stark full-length album.Fan videos have surfaced of the new songs live debuts, generally featuring Stevens on guitar with a backing band joining when necessary, adding background vocals or lush arrangements throughout.From the bleak,...

Rock 4 Autism Moves Locations, Reveals Schedule For 2015 Event

I'm always honored to feature news of this annual benefit here on the blog. April is Autism Awareness Month, and the organizers have worked hard the last several years to do their part with a fundraiser built around great tunes and good works.Good news for folks who live near me (or really, anybody not...

Setlist / Review / Video | Primus @ Chicago Theatre 4/10/15

By: Matt Fricks | Photos: Matt Fricks & Sean WilmsenCome with me and youll be in a world of pure imagination.The stage and set dressing at The Chicago Theatre on Friday night was exactly that: something of ones most outlandish imagination. Primus delivered an absolutely stunning two-set performance, highlighted by the wildly innovative live rendition...

Chicago Blues Festival Announces Lineup, Features Buddy Guy, Syl Johnson And Tribute Sets

The lineup for the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival has been announced and aims to commemorate some of the most iconic figures in the history of the Chicago blues.Taking place June 12-14 in Grant Park, the festival will close with two special collaborative sets highlighting the music of Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, respectively,...

Watch Andrew Bird’s Music Video For A New Pornographers Cover

Last year, Andrew Bird covered The Fake Headlines from the New Pornographers Mass Romantic. The song is featured on Good People Rock, a compilation of cover songs from various artists recorded for charity organization Yellow Bird Project.A video was recently completed for the track, which features an elaborately-designed marionette plot, making for an extremely...

Review / Setlist: Father John Misty @ The Vic 4/3/15

By: Alex WoodAfter reinventing himself as Father John Misty, songwriter Joshua Tillman has become a larger-than-life enigma in the music scene. From his legendary, drug-heavy back-story to his outrageously confident on-stage demeanor, the artist practically turned himself into a legend overnight.Father John Mistys sold-out performance at The Vic may have been a last chance...

Setlist / Video / Recap: Belle & Sebastian @ The Riviera 4/3/2015

Belle & Sebastian returned this year with Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, debuting a new sound featuring longer songs and the influence of electronic dance music.Yet for their show at The Riviera, the band largely stuck to their back-catalogue, performing only a handful of tracks from the new album.Sandwiching Im A Cuckoo...

Album Reviews- March 2015 Releases

By: Alex WoodOf Montreal- Aureate Gloom [3/3]Of Montreals 13th studio album is perhaps amongst Kevin Barnes most sincere songwriting. His extensive vocabulary expresses the emotional strains of divorcing his wife, Nina, an overarching subject of the album. Musically, the album finds Barnes and his band straying from the electronic, Prince-esque style of past releases and...