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Album Reviews | October 2014 Releases

For October, we've got 14 capsule reviews from Alex and four "Editor's Choice" summaries from me below. A key track from each release is included in the embedded Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.Flying Lotus- Youre Dead! [10/7]Flying Lotuss music has never been simple, and Youre Dead! is no exception. Busting through 19 songs...

Video: Prince Offers 8 Minute Jam On SNL

If anybody still doubts Princes ability to rock, watch his eight-minute Saturday Night Live performance.With 3rdEyeGirl as his backing band, Prince runs through one song from each of his new albums as well as an Alice Smith cover. Prince plays keyboards for Clouds, fromArt Offical Age, plays guitar for a hard rocking Marz, fromPlectrumElecctrum,...

Review / Setlist | Bonnie 'Prince' Billy @ Thalia Hall 10/31/14

By: Alex WoodWill Oldham, AKA Bonnie Prince Billy, is as enigmatic a songwriter as there is, his dedicated fan base hanging on to every release of his prolific, twenty-year discography.The stage at Thalia Hall was completely empty with the exception of a floor lamp, a small table and a single microphone. Oldham walked out...

Interview | Marco Benevento On Songwriting, Lyrics, Live Performance & Collaborations

Marco Benevento - Live Performance - You Cant Edit Your MistakesBy @312mrg Photos: Rickie Kostiner & Adam McCall Cue dramatic deep buttery movie theater preview voice... In a world of so many live music acts that draw the attention, focus and dissection of a rabid fanbase, that world always seems to course correct and...

Phishbill | Halloween 2014 @ MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Posting this mid-first set, so really have no idea what it all means, but here's some nice shots of the entire 10/31/14 Phishbill.

Viktor Hertz Crowdsources 'Secret Pictogram Project'

We've been big fans of the work of Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz for a few years now. His series of song pictograms for Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie and more have long been some of our most perennially beloved content shared over here.As a freelance designer, he's using some of that creativity...

Review & Setlist | Meat Puppets @ Empty Bottle 10/24/14

Words & Photos: Alex WoodIt amazes me that the jam-band scene never embraced the Meat Puppets.Known primarily for their heavy influence on post-punk and alternative rock in the 80s, the bands music sounds no less revolutionary when performed today. Their music simply cant go out of style with age.Though fans will hate me...

AUDIO: Black Keys @ United Center 9/27/14

With so many sites dedicated to sharing live music recordings, it's not often that you find a complete audience recording of a recent show posted up to YouTube. But that's the medium that Tim Newell of Paper Dolling Films used to share his pull of the first night of Black Keys two nights at Chicago's...

Widespread Panic Reveals Complete Three Poster Triptych for Milwaukee 2014 Run (AJ Masthay)

The crew at Brown Cat have been dropping posters for each night of the run exactly two days ahead of each show.When the first of the AJ Masthay prints was revealed on Thursday, and it was just for Friday's show, I had a sneaking suspicion that we were going to get a full and...

VIDEO: Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ Chicago Theater 10/24/14

There is nobody quite like Rodrigo Y Gabriela, the hybrid folk / acoustic / metal guitar heroes from Mexico City. The returned to Chicago Theater on Friday night and YouTuber Sojahsey1 captured a trio of amazing tunes from this duo.