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Defending Mike Gordon | Thoughts, Video, Audio from Park West 2016

I suppose it takes a talent as singular as Mike Gordon to produce an effect as positively unsettling as what I get from his gigs.This November marks the third time in three years I found myself walking in a way from a Mike Gordon Band show, knowing I'd definitely be back, but...

Review | Aqueous & Mungion @ Lincoln Hall 12/17/16

By: Ryan MannixIt was another snowy winter night in Chicago with two up and coming jam-rockers ready to impress a packed house.Lincoln Hall is one of the cleanest, most comfortable, and best sounding rooms in the city, so it was a real treat to see these two bands at their shreddiest. A year...

Review / Photos / Video | The Brendan & Jake Holiday Show @ Park West 12/10/16

Words & Photos: Tara Gracer | Video: Michael JacobsonNow in its 14th year, The Brendan and Jake Holiday Show has become an annual tradition for family and friends from all corners of the United States.  Like its predecessors, this edition found its snowed-in attendees with spirits lifted through cheerful song and levity.&...

RECAP / PHOTOS / VIDEO | Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Bottom Lounge 12/10/16

By: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Faraz Chaudry | Video: izeoftheworldphotosDopapod roared into Chicago on the heels of a lengthy winter tour with something to prove. Original drummer, Neal Fro Evans, returned to the band a few months back.His return left some fans upset at the loss of Scotty Zwang, and some curious as to how...

RECAP / PHOTOS | Whitney @ Thalia Hall 12/4/16

By: Heidi PetersTo witness Whitney at this point in their career is simply joyous.Their final show of the year on Sunday December 4 at Thalia Hall brought the Chicago-based group back home, rounding off their recent tour with a uniquely millennial flourish."No Matter Where We Go", has been getting spins on local radio, and...

Widespread Panic & Milwaukee Allow Fans To Write Their Own Script

Photos: Adam MiszewskiAfter a decade of playing Milwaukees Riverside Theatre, it appears that the word is finally out about these annual cant miss Widespread Panic shows.  And although the 2016 version of this run brought fans from four corners of the country (tickets were snatched up at a record pace), its clear that itd take...

REVIEW / PHOTOS / VIDEO | The B-52s @ Genesse Theatre 11/11/16

Words: Lisa Torem | Photos: Philamonjaro Studio | Video: joeypgh1The gorgeous, gilded Genesee Theatre looks like it should host inaugurations, not new wave/pop idols like The B52s, who jacked up their careers by performing in grungy, underground clubs like CBGBs.  But once the swirling, psychedelic backdrop was exposed, and the...

Lotus & Spafford Team For Weekend @ The Vic | Review, Photos, Audio, Video

Words: Carter Stirtz | Photos: Ben Bowen (@benhertz)With perfect fall weather, a tailor-made venue, and two noteworthy bands, jam enthusiasts couldnt have possibly asked for more than what they got over the first weekend in November in Chicago.Expectations were high for this run from seasoned veterans Lotus and the recently exploding Spafford.Seemingly...

Review / Photos / Audio | Deerhunter @ Metro 10/21/16

Words, Photos & Audio: Joel Berk (@pfcdib)Deerhunter brought the second lap of their tour behind 2015s excellent Fading Frontier to Metro on October 21.Built around Bradford Coxs dark-meets- dreamy songs/unorthodoxly melodic guitar playing and Moses Archuletas soundscapes/propulsive drumming, Deerhunters unique strain of ambient psychedelic has been winning over audiences since 2001. Lockett Pundt...

Review / Photos / Audio / Video | Bob Weir @ Chicago Theatre 10/20/16

Photos: Mandy Pichler PhotographyDeadheads have always had reason to love and celebrate Bob Weir.As author and voice of dozens of our favorite songs, his primary and distinct disadvange in bringing along the rest of the world was sharing the stage with the guy who wrote and sang hundreds of them.Bob was...