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The Tedeschi Trucks Band Represents The Best Of America | Chicago 2017 In Review & Photos

Photos: Mandy PichlerFor the second January in a row, the Tedeschi Trucks Band set up shop in the Chicago Theatre and if this is the beginning of a new winter tradition, Ill doubt youll hear many complaints.The 2017 run was distinguished, not only by adding an additional day of music (plus a guest appearance with...

REVIEW | Cornmeal Winter Wednesdays @ Martyrs' 1/18/17

By: Nick LaMantia | Photo: @zebaystoneAfter a few years marked by lineup changes and the subsequent search for musical cohesion, Chicago roots / bluegrass band Cornmeal has found their groove again. Their January 18th Winter Wednesdays show kept an energetic crowds feet moving throughout the nearly two hour set.The show kicked off with the staple When...

Review / Photos | Over the Rhine @ Old Town School of Folk Music 12/31/16

By: Philamonjaro Studio"Strings of lights above the bedCurtains drawn and a glass of redAll I ever get for Christmas is blue"Over the Rhine performed a sold out New Years Eve concert at Old Town School of Folk Music.The husband-and-wife duet, pianist/guitarist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/guitarist Karin Bergquist have...

Defending Mike Gordon | Thoughts, Video, Audio from Park West 2016

I suppose it takes a talent as singular as Mike Gordon to produce an effect as positively unsettling as what I get from his gigs.This November marks the third time in three years I found myself walking in a way from a Mike Gordon Band show, knowing I'd definitely be back, but...

Review | Aqueous & Mungion @ Lincoln Hall 12/17/16

By: Ryan MannixIt was another snowy winter night in Chicago with two up and coming jam-rockers ready to impress a packed house.Lincoln Hall is one of the cleanest, most comfortable, and best sounding rooms in the city, so it was a real treat to see these two bands at their shreddiest. A year...

Review / Photos / Video | The Brendan & Jake Holiday Show @ Park West 12/10/16

Words & Photos: Tara Gracer | Video: Michael JacobsonNow in its 14th year, The Brendan and Jake Holiday Show has become an annual tradition for family and friends from all corners of the United States.  Like its predecessors, this edition found its snowed-in attendees with spirits lifted through cheerful song and levity.&...

RECAP / PHOTOS / VIDEO | Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Bottom Lounge 12/10/16

By: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Faraz Chaudry | Video: izeoftheworldphotosDopapod roared into Chicago on the heels of a lengthy winter tour with something to prove. Original drummer, Neal Fro Evans, returned to the band a few months back.His return left some fans upset at the loss of Scotty Zwang, and some curious as to how...

RECAP / PHOTOS | Whitney @ Thalia Hall 12/4/16

By: Heidi PetersTo witness Whitney at this point in their career is simply joyous.Their final show of the year on Sunday December 4 at Thalia Hall brought the Chicago-based group back home, rounding off their recent tour with a uniquely millennial flourish."No Matter Where We Go", has been getting spins on local radio, and...

Widespread Panic & Milwaukee Allow Fans To Write Their Own Script

Photos: Adam MiszewskiAfter a decade of playing Milwaukees Riverside Theatre, it appears that the word is finally out about these annual cant miss Widespread Panic shows.  And although the 2016 version of this run brought fans from four corners of the country (tickets were snatched up at a record pace), its clear that itd take...

REVIEW / PHOTOS / VIDEO | The B-52s @ Genesse Theatre 11/11/16

Words: Lisa Torem | Photos: Philamonjaro Studio | Video: joeypgh1The gorgeous, gilded Genesee Theatre looks like it should host inaugurations, not new wave/pop idols like The B52s, who jacked up their careers by performing in grungy, underground clubs like CBGBs.  But once the swirling, psychedelic backdrop was exposed, and the...