PriorVerse Stories

Setlist / Video: Freeman @ Tonic Room 1/29/15

So I guess Tonic Room is now the official place to be in Chicago to see former members of Ween in an intimate setting. It has hosted Deen Ween, often times unexpectedly, several times over the last couple of years.Stick another feather in their cap then, for snagging Aaron Freeman to play their small...

Recap / Video / Photos | Robert Randolph & Family Band @ City Winery 1/23/15

Robert Randolph is just so many things. He and The Family Band popped in for a pair of shows at City Winery this winter as a part of the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival. He's the bandleader, a brilliant soloist, more-than-capable singer, master of ceremonies, and part-time comedian.He was even the inspiration for his...

Review | String Cheese Incident @ Aragon Ballroom 1/29/15

Words & Photos: Kelley Lauginiger - @peapodmcgeeIt might have been the start of a blustery, cold weekend in Chicago, but The String Cheese Incident brought the heat as they visited for three nights on their Winter Carnival Tour.The line wrapping around the building on Thursday night was full of love and hugs, reuniting estranged...

Album Reviews | January 2015 Releases

By: Alex WoodPanda Bear- Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper[1/9]Animal Collectives Panda Bear has released a string of consistently quality solo records, and The Grim Reaper is no exception. Though the opening notes recall the slow, trippy harmonies of Person Pitch, the record becomes decidedly more upbeat than the 2007 release. Electronic noises form the...

Setlist / Notes | String Cheese Incident @ Aragon Ballroom 1/29/15

More to come from this show, but first here's the setlist and song timings from opening night if the run...Outside & Inside (10:26)Best Feeling (18:31)White Freightliner Blues (4:48)Mouna Bowa (8:43)Barstool (5:56)Way That It Goes (8:11)Joyful Sound (11:55)Come As You Are (12:25)Colliding (13:09)Miss Browns Teahouse (14:12)Pygmy Pony (11:50)Black Clouds (11:30)Master Blaster (Jammin) 8:46 *Stevie Wonder coverImpressions (9:43)...

Preview: String Cheese Incident @ Aragon Ballroom - January 2015

Let's talk about String Cheese Incident and the Midwest.During their hard touring days, you could count on several swings through the area per year.  A Chicago Cheese fan could easily catch a multiple night run (or two) right in their home town, plus be on the lookout for a few driving stops around...

Review & Video Playlist | Kishi Bashi @ Athenaeum 1/15/15

By Alex WoodKishi Bashi debuted his new string quartet at Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival.The songwriter and violinist was joined by two violas, a cello and a violin, as well as his touring guitarist guesting on banjo when needed. In addition to vocals, Kishi Bashi conducted the...

Widespread Panic - "I Swear It Wasn't Me" [Video & Lyrics]

It's hard to fathom exactly how incredible Panic en La Playa must be to WSP fans who are able to make the trip. Four nights. Stage right on the beach. Staying on site at an all-inclusive resort.After a blowout show on first night of the fourth edition of this destination festival, the band had...

Phases Of The Moon Festival Moving To Arkansas (!) For 2015

It was one of the more exciting stories of 2014 for us. A new fall festival in Illinois featuring a lineup of rock, soul, roots and bluegrass with a heavy jam influence. And no EDM.When Phases of the Moon arrived in September, it was not without it's hiccups, but ultimately delivered a really interesting and...

Brian's Top Ten Albums of 2014

By Brian Brinkman - @sufferingjukeIts been a weird year for me with music. Between traveling through SE Asia & India, throwing myself into a complete career shift, and ultimately moving to the East Coast for the first time in my life, I havent had a ton of time to sit and reflect on music like...