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Are We Experiencing The Golden Age Of Chicago Street Fests? Photos & Video From Boulevard Festival 2014

Photos by Rickie KostinerStreet festivals have always been a Chicago summer rite of passage. We've got four, maybe five months of weather to support them and plenty of places for them to pop up and take on different neighborhood flavors.But it wasn't too long ago that they all pretty much boasted a similar lineup...

Rumor: String Cheese Incident to Play 3 Nights at The Aragon This Winter

I'm a little late to post this one after it went viral last week, so for all I know everybody who cares already knows about this.But it looks like String Cheese Incident will be heading to Chicago in January, based on this image that circulated on social media.I'm not sure where it originated,...

Preview / Ticket Giveaway: Monophonics @ Martyrs' 9/11/14

Monophonics: Funk Sure To Rock Your Soul & Your BrainBy: Brian R. Brinkman - @sufferingjukeBy its definition funk is emotive in nature. Emphasizing rhythm in place of melody and harmony, funk exists to make you move. Yet, paired with introspective lyrics, funk can also make you think.San Franciscos Monophonics understands that the key to...

Setlist / Review: The War On Drugs @ Chicago Music Exchange 9/5/14

Lost In A Heavy Dream The War On Drugs At The Chicago Music ExchangeBy: Brian R. Brinkman - @sufferingjukeMy uncle passed away suddenly from a heart attack on March 21, 2014. The man had so much love in his soul that his heart simply couldnt work any more. 59 years young, he left a legacy of six children,...

Bustouts, Segues & Gags -- On Phish's 2014 Dick's Run

By Brian R Brinkman @sufferingjukeThe weekend and the Summer Tour ended with a show that flirted at times with being an instant classic, yet whose parts were somehow greater in the end than the sum.Opening with "The Curtain With" for the first time since 6/19/88 was a clear nod to the symbiotic energy that exists...

Coming To Fruition: An Interview With Jay Cobb Anderson

By: @312mrgIt was on a long, spaced out, evening commute home last fall when Sirius JamOn did something they dont always do: played a song by band outside of their typically tight rotation. I was in a bluegrass mood, so I let its strings help calm a bit of road rage. Then, in a sudden...

Setlist / Review / Photos: Greensky Bluegrass @ Boulevard Festival & Concord 8/22/14

By: @WeirScrewedPhotos: Ashley M. DowningIts safe to say that Greensky Bluegrass entered Chicago on Friday night on something of a roll.Over the past few weeks, they have traversed the country, opening for Railroad Earth at Red Rocks, playing an absolute heater of a show the next night in Boulder, and following that up with...

Setlist / Video / Stream / Download: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ United Center 8/23/14

Petty and his Heartbreakers mixed four songs from Hypnotic Eye with a couple of interesting covers and (of course) big hits from throughout their career. Check out some great video of a few tunes below.Here's the review from this morning's Trib.Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersAugust 23rd, 2014So You Want to Be a Rock...

Photo Gallery & Videos: David Crosby's Summer In Chicago 2014

Photos: Michael KaizWhen a pair of David Crosby shows scheduled for this past February at City Winery were postponed for "unforeseen circumstances", you'd be forgiven if you happened to swallow hard and try not to think of the worst. Indeed, those circumstance turned out to be a heart operation... another trial in what has amounted...

Setlist / Stream / Download / Photos / Video: Anders Osborne & Edward David Anderson @ Thalia Hall 8/15/14

Anders Osborne placed top ten in The Barn's year-end best list for two years running. The few last times he passed through the area, it was with an acoustic in hand: a solo gig and the Southern Soul Assembly, both at SPACE in Evanston.So it was appropriate that Anders brought the full Electric New...