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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...

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...