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Review, Stream, Download, Video: Greensky Bluegrass, Strange Arrangement & Chicago Farmer @ Park West 11/21/12

Let's throw some labels around, shall we? If bands can be described as post-rock or post-jazz -- even post-metal -- is it time to start rallying folks around the idea of post-jam?After the Thanksgiving Eve show at Chicago's Park West, which featured Greensky Bluegrass and Strange Arrangement, I feel that may be...

Review, Setlist & Video: Cornmeal with Jeff Austin, Van Ghost @ Vic Theater, Chicago, IL 11/23/12

Contributed by: Chris MurtaughIt was a family affair at Chicago's Vic Theater on Black Friday. Following a turkey stuffed evening, Cornmeal returned to Chicago for their annual holiday show, a homecoming of sorts for the band and presumably many in attendance. With the departure of the Nowak brothers announced in late summer, I was interested...

Setlist, Recap & Video: Tame Impala @ Metro, Chicago, IL 11/13/12

Thanks to @WeirScrewed for the reporting!What's the story with Tame Impala? It's rare that we he the opportunity to (or have the desire to) cover a true "buzz" band at The Barn Presents. But, we've fallen hard for Tame Impala, and knew that the Chicago stop for this Western Australian band...

Review, Photos: Kasey Foster's Dance Tribute To Mr. Bungle - Martyrs 10/23/12

Contributed By: Dave WecksteinWith Halloween upon us, Kasey Foster (local actress and vocalist in This Must Be The Band) thought it appropriate to dress up as her favorite band a week prior to the holiday. The occasion was her first dance tribute to the experimental California band Mr Bungle. Truth be told, I was a...

Review, Setlist, Full Show Video: White Denim @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL 10/28/12

White Denim returned to Chicago's Lincoln Hall for the second time in 2012, attempting to impress as they did in April. This time, they were backed by the corporate sponsored Bonnaroo 365 Tour, with openers Team Spirit and Maps and Atlases along with comedian Sasheer Zamata acting as emcee between sets. As they did in April, they...

Review, Setlist, Stream, Download, Video: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, United Center, Chicago 10/11/12

In advance publicity for his autobiography Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young has been pretty public about his recent abstinence from weed and booze for the first time in just about forever. I'd like to provide (happy?) testimony that this decision has had no material affect on his stage demeanor or ability to perform long, psychedelic...

Album Review: Kevin Daniels - Thirteen... Live In An Empty Room

Contributed by @WeirScrewedA guy and his guitar-- what represents American folk more than that image? Add a slightly wild voice, a bass drum, an occasional harmonica, and a couple of friends and there you have Kevin Daniels' debut effort, Thirteen.Live In An Empty Room.Starting off with sparse guitar melodies reminiscent of William Eliot...

Review: Fresh Hops, Brown Bag, Joe Marcinek Band, Catfish & The Dogstars @ Martyrs 10/2/12 (includes photos & audio)

Words: Dave Weckstein, Images: Caitlin JefkoAs we enter the first full month of fall, I decided to immerse myself in a night at Martyrs, one of my favorite Chicago music venues. On Tuesday, October 2nd, the club played host to four talented jazz influenced acts. While changing weather may leave some longing for the warm...

Ten Things To Know If Prince Is Welcomed 2 Your Town: Chicago Recap and Audio

For a concert junkie like me, Prince had been a "bucket list" artist for as long as I can remember. With an unpredictable live performance schedule, seemingly disconnected with the conventional tour routing and promotion infrastructure; there is legitimate concern that a casual fan might miss him on a swing through their city. Luckily I...

Review, Stream, Download, Setlist & Video: David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Chicago Theater 9/18/12

It's rare that I'd have to start a concert review with Spoiler Alert and even rarer that I'd fall so hard for a show that was as well-planned and seemingly scripted as this event, but despite these caveats David Byrne and St. Vincent at Chicago Theater was Grade A entertainment and among my favorite shows...