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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...

Springsteen at Wrigley Roundup: Review, Music and Diagrams

My live music passion has taken me all sorts of places but it didn't occur to me, until being in the stands at Wrigley Field on Friday, that there are some things I'm just not used to experiencing:Up to twenty musicians on stage at once and a dramatic full band "roll call" to introduce...

Review, Setlist, Stream, Download: Jimmy Herring Band @ Martyr's 8/31/12

Sold Out. The phrase adorned Martyrs website by Friday morning, determining the destiny of all but the most hardcore fence sitters, some of whom turned out to try their luck anyway. There was little, if any, luck to be had, and Martyrs staff had its hands full with people trying to game the system to...

Setlist, Recap, Stream, Download: Anders Osborne, Tea Leaf Green @ Park West 8/24/12

For the second time in three months, Anders Osborne brought his powerful guitar sounds to Chicago, this time to the clubby, upscale Park West. In contrast to the more staid crowd at his last appearance at SPACE in Evanston, this crowd skewed younger, perhaps as a result of the location as well as the band...

Album Review: Jimmy Herring - Subject To Change Without Notice

Jimmy Herring humbly offers his considerable musical gifts to those who enjoy a rigorous musical workout. For a music writer, havingSubject To Change Without Noticeas the title of the guitarist's lastest release is like wrapping that gift with flowing ribbon and shiny bows. The album's name easily suggests not only the confident stylistic swingsthat gives...

Setlist, Recap, Photos, Videos: My Morning Jacket @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park, Chicago 8/22/12

Here is the song list from last night's show and some very brief thoughts below. [Friday update: added a few good videos, too]SetlistMy Morning JacketJay Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park, Chiago 8/22/12August 24, 2012ONE SETAt Dawn, Circuital, Holding On To Black Metal, Off the Record, War Begun, Outta My System, Mahgeetah, Rocket Man, Steam Engine, Lay...

Review, Stream & Download: Ragbirds & Chicago Farmer @ SPACE 7/15/22

Chicago Farmer and The Ragbirds @ SPACE - Evanston, IL July 15, 2012For a small town man from just south of Peoria, Cody Diekhoff sure has adapted to life as Chicago Farmer. The folk singer with a one-man-show was an appropriate choice to open up for The Ragbirds as just a few days earlier his reincarnation folk...

Review, Stream, Download, Video: Furthur @ Northerly Island, Chicago, IL 7/17/12

It was 25 years ago this summer that "Touch Of Grey" became an unexpected top ten hit for the Grateful Dead. The band had been steadily building an audience over the previous 22 years, but the exposure certainly led to a huge commercial boost for the band.The legions of teenage and young-adult so-called Touch-heads consequently became...

Review, Audio, Photos: Full Court Press 2 @ Abbey Pub 4/26/12

Words & Photos: Dave WecksteinThe best Super Jams are representative of what can be achieved on a whim when you mix together the right ingredients -- classic songs performed by some of your favorite musicians in a truly collaborative setting. While the concept was just getting its legs for its first installment this past winter,...