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REVIEW: John Scofield @ SPACE 10/5/16

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Faraz ChaudryHe's been a regular visitor, but last Wednesday John Scofield brought an different kind of set to Evanston's SPACE. Fresh off the release of Country For Old Men, a collection of classic Country & Western tunes, he and his all-star band were committed to recreating the...

Review & Full Show Video | TAUK & Earphorik @ Miramar Theatre 10/8/16

Words & Photos: Carmel O'Farrell | Video: izeoftheworldphotosWith festival season in the rear view mirror, Milwaukee sure gets treated as far as live music goes.Over the last few years, the city has experienced some pretty intense one-on-one shows with many of the jam scene's favorite road warriors. Dopapod, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong,...

Review / Setlist | Spafford @ Tonic Room 9/30/16

Photos: Ben BowenIt was a Friday night at Chicago's Tonic Room, but also probably the important show in the career of Prescott, Arizona's Spafford.Tucked away in the wide-open expanses of the southwest, it's been physically difficult for the four-piece to "Break Out", which happens to be the name of this tour, their first...

Photos / Recap | Sara Watkins @ Old Town School Of Folk Music 9/22/16

By: Heidi Peters Photography"I love a venue that you can buy rosin in the lobby,"  Sara Watkins confessed, thanking the Old Town School of Folk Music several times throughout her Wednesday night set.  After repeated visits, it's starting to feel familiar for her, and clearly the audience has found a...

Review / Video / Setlist | The Steepwater Band & Bubbles Brown @ Schubas 9/16/16

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos & Video: Wyatt BrakeThe road-warrior Steepwater guys keep the gravel and grit in their instruments as much as their appearance. Friday night at Schubas brought energy, boogie, and several dual-guitar shred fests throughout the balls-to-the-wall two hour set, drawn heavily from their latest release ...

Review / Full Show Audio | William Tyler @ Constellation 9/14/16

At 36 years of age, William Tyler has arrived at an enviable artistic space.He is a writer and performer who combines the inventiveness of youth with the confidence and singular expressiveness of somebody who has found his voice after decades of practice.  An oft unsettling combination of fearlessness and wisdom, it is embodied in...

Review & Photos | Andrew Bird @ Pritzker Pavilion 9/7/16

Words: Alex Wood | Photos: Heidi PetersAndrew Birds performance at Pritzker Pavilion was one of the best shows in Chicago this summer.Its a bold statement, but hear me out.I saw countless shows in the last four months. From big names like Phish, LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam and Wilco to small, equally impressive performances...

Lockn' In Review | Thoughts, Photos, Video & Audio From The Four Day Festival

By: Aaron Stein (@neddyo) | Photos: Adam Miszewski (@adjomi)Go To: Full Photo Gallery | Setlists & Media - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - SundayEvery year they play an NBA All-Star game and every year basketball fans look at the line-ups -- the amassed talent almost incomprehensible in its limitless possibilities -- and...

Review / Setlist | Wilco @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion 8/21/16

Photo via charlottefreffi InstagramSee you sometime next year, Jeff Tweedy announced to the Chicago crowd as Wilco left the stage on Sunday night.Perhaps dashing the hopes of some hoping for another run of shows to support Schmilco before the calendar flips, but I suspect the day will come when Wilco sets up shop in...

Review | Chicago Farmer, Midwest Side Stories

By: @WeirScrewedOne of my favorite things about being a dad is sharing music with my kids. Over the past few years, we've all shared a morning commute; their school and my work were near enough to force some signficant "together time".The soundtrack to these drives has featured many of the...