PriorVerse Stories

Happy Birthday Phil Lesh! Listen to His Greatest Miss

I've spent a good amount of time thinking about Phil lately, especially since we're now celebrating his 75th birthday. Simultaneously, I came across a Venn diagram that made me chuckle. The timing and coincidence was worthy of a blog post to pay tribute to, and poke a little fun at, one of my great musical...

New Mastersounds Cover Cars Trucks Buses

By @312mrgThe number and prominence of Phish cover bands is growing by the day. From the Lawn Boys, Seven Below, Helping Phriendly Orchestra, the Phix or Pink Talking Fish, there are bands reproducing the Vermont band's material with a variety of tweaks to the approach.But what I find more intriguing is the concept of...

50 Years Of Pink Floyd: Massive Success and Inevitable Disintegration

Celebrating 50 Years of Pink Floyd: The Big Five (Part 2 of 3)By: Matt FricksThis is the second in a three part series in which Matt explores Pink Floyd's unique career over three distinct eras and fifty years of constant change. It chronicles the internal and external forces that established them as one of the most singular...

Setlist / Review | JD McPherson @ Lincoln Hall 3/12/15

Words / Photos: Alex WoodJD McPherson offered a high-energy set during his first night at Lincoln Hall, offering the majority of the songs from his studio albums and a handful of covers.His retro sound is derivative of an era more than any specific artist, pulling inspiration primarily from the late 50s and early 60s. The...

What is Voicebox? A Night of Music & Storytelling at Fitzgerald's

Words & Photos: Terry FaloonOn the second Tuesday of each month at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn, I have discovered a place where magic happens. It's a place where a group of kindred spirits meet to tell stories, listen to music and build community. Voicebox happens, and there is a lot to like about this inspiring, entertaining...

White Denim Songwriter Releases New Songs As Bop English

White Denims James Petralli is back with more genre-defying songwriting, but this time under the moniker Bop English.Over the last month, the songwriter has released two songs from Bop Englishs upcoming full-length, Constant Bop, out April 21.Though his distinctive vocal delivery is still there, the songs feature a more relaxed pop sound than White...

Tame Impala Releases Epic Eight Minute Single

Tame Impala have released a new eight-minute long track on their website, the first taste from their upcoming album. Titled Let It Happen, the track features the bands spacey, psychedelic sound complete with an extensive organ and synthesizer led instrumental jam. Upbeat drums combine with catchy vocal hooks and crunchy bass lines, all naturally smothered...

Preview & Ticket Giveaway | Del McCoury Band @ City Winery 3/14/15

Chicago's City Winery is only a few years old, but at this point, catching Del McCoury there has fast become a must-do for area bluegrass fans.Here's our coverage of his 2014 gigs at the classy West Loop music room:Review / Photos / Stream / Download: David Grisman & Del McCoury @ City Winery 11/16/14Review / Photos / Audio / Setlist: Del...

Review / Setlist | STS9 @ House Of Blues 3/7/15

By Matt FricksSee Matt's reviews of Thursday & Friday.Last night, STS9 closed out their three-night stand at the House of Blues and treated fans to a perfect mix of old and new. This review will be shorter than the previous shows because there really isnt much else to say. Once again, the band executed...

Setlist | Tweedy @ The Vic 3/7/15

Photos: TimothyMSchmidt.com @timothymschmidt (from 3/6)Night two of the Vic found Jeff Tweedy feeling a bit better than the prior night (when he suffered from a headache). The evening ran longer, especially in the Jeff solo portion which featured plenty of Wilco material.Check out Alex's review from Friday night and Timothy's full photo set...