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Photo Gallery & Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery 6/25/14

Photos: Rickie KostinerPreservation Hall Jazz Band is a lot of things. An institution. An unbelievably great time. A slice of the real New Orleans. A wide range of tones, sounds and rhythmns. Now I can officially add to that list: photogenic.Yep, there is something about seeing generations of men, who embrace, live and tour...

Photo Gallery & Video: Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Park West 6/26/14

Photos: Rickie KostinerRobert Randolph dropped into town for another in a series of electrifying Chicago performances and Rickie Kostiner was on hand to capture some of the exciting moments for a photo gallery for The Barn.SetlistIntro, Motions, Working Title, All That Matters, Payback, La Tormenta, Fly, Blankets, Freak OutPark West proved to be a...

Recap: White Denim Lollapalooza Aftershow @ Empty Bottle 8/2/14

By Alex Wood / Photo: John RiordanOn Saturday night prior to Sundays rainy Lollapalooza performance, White Denim played an electric set at Chicago's The Empty Bottle. The official aftershow was the bands first performance at the small venue, the energy from which was felt in the music and the sold-out audience alike.Like most of the...

Review: Parquet Courts @ Empty Bottle 8/1/14

By Alex WoodParquet Courts played an ambitious set at The Empty Bottle for their Lollapalooza aftershow, despite the performance being before their festival set.With the sold-out show following their excellent full-length Sunbathing Animal, expectations were high. Fortunately, the set retained all the qualities that make Parquet Courts such a great band in the studio....

Photo Gallery: Phish @ nTelos, Portsmouth, VA 7/30/14

It was a bit of a disappointment to learn that one of the top live music photographers in Chicago would be heading back east this summer, but I wished Mr. Adam McCall the best of luck as he relocated back to Maryland.Sure, we're a Chicago-based blog, but when somebody this talented offers stunning shots...

Stream / Download: Jerry Garcia & John Kahn Acoustic @ Auditorium Theater 7/1/1982

On a summer night in 1982, Garcia & Kahn brought their acoustic show to the grand Auditorium in Chicago.Two compact sets and a nice little "Reuben & Cherise" encore.  There's not much to dislike here in this rare audience recording.  Enjoy.Download Entire Show

Setlist / Video: Umphrey's McGee @ Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL 7/25/14

Umphrey's McGee played their first ever show at the long-standing "wine-and-cheese" venue Ravinia Festival in Highland Park last night. The set featured an acoustic interlude, including a lengthy "In The Kitchen", a cover of Toto's "Africa" and the closing of both the second set and the encore with a string quartet sit-in.Here's the full...

Setlist / Review / Photos / Video / Audio: Greensky Bluegrass @ Bell's Brewery 6/7/14

Photos: Eric FischerTruly outstanding shows don't just achieve that status by virtue of a single song choice or inspired jam. The best of the best are a collection of moments -- some arising spontaneously as the music is created, some as punctuation in the continuing narrative of the band's career.Over the course of the...

Setlists / Tweeted Reviews: Phish @ Notherly Island Saturday & Sunday 7/19&20/14

I've been really behind on writing long-form reviews lately, so decided to tweet reviews for the Phish shows over the weekend. I still intend to post a more thoughtful piece on the entire run, but until then, here are setlists (via phish.net) and the tweets I sent out the day after each show.Saturday, 07/19/2014...

Setlist / Review / Video: Beck @ Pitchfork Night One 7/18/14

For his headlining set at Pitchfork Music Festival, Beck used the stylistic diversity of his back-catalogue to create an unpredictable, career-spanning set that was surprisingly light on new material.The opening heavy guitar riff of Devils Haircut dissipated any fears that the musician would stick to the acoustic styling of this years Morning Phase and...