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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,...

Recap, Photos, Stream & Download: Phish @ Alpine Valley 6/30/12 & 7/1/12

This is not a full review but merely a handful (bucketful?) of thoughts after spending two extremely fun nights in East Troy with Phish. Scroll down to listen to the entire show from both nights or download a zip file with a tracked, tagged and iTunes ready high-quality mp3 audience recording of each of the...

Setlist, Recap & Photos: Bruce Hornsby & Van Ghost @ Park West 6/17/12

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers sucked the audience down a into wormhole on Sunday night. We entered an alternate reality where popular music valued chops and musicianship over flash and gimmick -- a world were Bruce and his primary musical outlet have had unparalleled commercial success over the past 25 years.But alas, we don't live...

Recap, Setlists & Audio: Shoe Groove, Afternoon Moon, Catfish & Dogstars, and Ed Anderson, Ace Bar, 6/15/12

Words and Photos: Dave WecksteinI have arrived at two certainties today. One: I have some new favorite grub -- I write this review after having experienced for the first time the splendor that is Kitschn Diners chicken and waffles. Two: I think my breakfast choice was influenced by hearing the debut of Shoe Groove, a...

Recap: Anders Osborne @ SPACE, Evanston, IL 5/25/12

Evanston isn't the most easily accessed part of Chicagoland, and thus a visit to its "newish" club SPACE has been on The Barn's to-do list for some time. From the beginning their booking has been tremendous, but it took an appearance by Anders Osborne to make the stars align for coverage of an event at...

Review, Photos, Setlist: Old Shoe & Sean Shiel @ Ace Bar 5/9/12

Words: Dave Weckstein, Images: Norman SandsWhat the world needs now is another folk hero, like I need a hole in the head is a phrase penned by Cracker on Teen Angst but in the years since they wrote it, it has been covered by the likes of acoustic artists suchThe band went on later in...

Setlist, Recap & Video: 30db & Van Ghost @ Abbey Pub 5/9/12

The 30db / Van Ghost pairing was just one of the many inspired double (sometime triple & quadruple) bills that the Abbey Pub has been programming lately and certainly one of the most high profile, considering the national prominence of the artists involved, yet a strong sense of Chicago hung in the air all night. This...

Review, Photos, Poster, Video: White Demin @ Lincoln Hall 4/19/12

Im not sure how one can define The Best Live Band in America or if it would even mean anything if you did. However, if intensity, imagination, innovation, and execution could be considered fair measures, White Denim made its case for the title Thursday night at Lincoln Hall.Starting out with the opening trio of...