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Stream or Download: Drive-by Truckers @ The Vic 10/24/14

Drive-By Truckers havent stopped touring since the release of English Oceans, the bands tenth full-length studio album. The ceaseless tour included plenty of big dates and festival outings, but also found the band playing a fairly intimate show at The Vic in October.Anyone who doubts DBTs ability to rock like they used to needs...

Review: Chris Forsyth & Solar Motel Band @ Empty Bottle 11/19/14

Brian Eno once famously claimed that the Velvet Underground had originally sold only 30,000 copies of their debut album, but everybody who bought one went out and formed a band.Only a few dozen souls braved frigid November night to see guitarist Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel band at the Empty Bottle. Curiously, despite the...

Setlist / Poster: Skydeck Allstars @ Willis Tower 11/22/14

We'll have more on this show in the next couple days, but wanted to get the setlist up from this remarkable show up ASAP.Joe Marcinek Band with Steve Molitz and Freekbass provided a great start to the night including a Bowie Fame jamSkydeck All StarsMarcus Rezak (DTM) - GuitarJohn Gutwillig (Disco Biscuits) - GuitarMike...

Contest | Old Shoe & Chicago Farmer Meet-and-Greet @ Schuba's 11/26/14 [Black Wednesday]

Old Shoe made a name for themselves playing weekly in Chicago, plugging away at a weekday residency at the old Ace Bar -- gigging with their pals and cultivating a loyal following.But these days, their local shows seemed to be tied to major events, even as the places they play get higher in profile....

When Can We Expect the Uber / Spotify Partnership in Chicago?

Spotify and car service Uber have announced a partnership allowing users to choose music from their Spotify accounts through the stereo of Ubers cars.Users will see a music bar on the bottom of their Uber app after requesting a ride if matched with a music-enabled Uber. By tapping the symbol, users can immediately choose...

Like A Good Neighbor - Riot Fest Forms Charitable Foundation to Benefit 26th Ward

Improvements and repair to Humboldt Park following the combination of rain and foot traffic from Riot Fest are now completed, according to Riot Fest organizers.Ground damaged from the three-day festival this past September have been reseeded, with topsoil added and aerated, and fencing has been installed to protect the recently repaired areas within the...

Setlist / Review / Video | Kevin Barnes Covers Bowie at MCA 11/20/14

By: Alex WoodIts kind of intimidating to be inside the body of David Bowie, Kevin Barnes said before performing Queen Bitch.The song opened a short set of acoustic Bowie covers performed by Of Montreals singer at the Museum Of Contemporary Art as part of the David Bowie Is exhibit.Of Montreal has consistently drawn...

Setlist / Photos / Video / Audio | Mavis Staples Tribute Concert @ Auditorium Theater 11/19/14

A parade of stars, including many Barn favorites, took the stage with Mavis Staples last night in Chicago in tribute to the living legend for her 75th birthday. The trusty Wyatt Brake was on hand with his camera and grabbed a handful of shots.Video of Widespread Panic's two song slot courtesy of YouTuber Adam...

Internet Archive Is Now a Full Service Arcade Emulator

We are heavily indebted to The Internet Archive for hosting so much of the music we feature here on the site. It is a treasure trove of audio for acts both big and small and a great resource for discovery and, well, archiving.Sure, this feature is just one facet of the site's overall mission...

Fort Frances Condenses Sufjan Steven's Chicago To Single Instrument

Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago" earned a place of honor our our Great Chicago Mixtape. It's lush arrangement and chamber-rock sensibility makes it a distinctive choice in that playlist.But what if that was broken down, disassembled and rearranged with only a single instrument?That's what Chicago trio Fort Frances attempts to do on their cover of...