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Liberated! A Review of Animal Liberation Orchestra @ Double Door 4/20/13

Contributed By Mike Guzaski @312mrgAfter a week of crazy news, torrential rainfall and accompanying flooding, on Saturday (4/20!) Chicagoans were ready to let loose and liberate their inner animals. Animal Liberation Orchestra blew (both) doors off the Double Door with a explosive celebration of sound that balanced classics and newer material. From the moment they took...

Recap and Video: Galactic @ Park West 4/6/13

On Saturday Night at the Park West, I started to keep track of how funky Galactic's tunes were by counting the number of times drummer Stanton Moore leaped off his stool to emphasize a beat or dramatically finish a fill.Cutting their teeth as one of the most party-ready bands of the nineties, it is...

Setlist / Recap / Media: Dawes @ Reggies 4/1/13

On the cusp of the release of their third LP, Stories Don't End, southern California band Dawes is criss-crossing the country on a promotional tour playing primarily radio shows and record stores. The Chicago stop, on April Fool's Day, was part of WXRTs "Free Sample" concert series, which afforded them the luxury of playing in...

Review: St. Patrick's Day at SPACE with Todd Snider

Contributed by: Chris MurtaughThe stage was small and the mushrooms were large at Evanston's SPACE on St. Patrick's Day. My first time at the suburban venue, I wondered if the prop mushrooms were always on stage at this intimate facility, or if they were a Todd Snider thing. Minutes before he came out for his...

Setlist / Recap / Video: Todd Snider & Chicago Farmer @ SPACE, Evanston, IL 3/16/13

Contributed by @WeirScrewedThe songs of some artists are snug like a warm blanket. Todd Snider is a prime example. He has worn the role of traveling stoner troubadour quite well over the years and the packed house at SPACE on Saturday night attested to this. Judging by how much of the crowd was singing along...

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...