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Album Review | The Right Now - "Starlight"

By: Alex WoodFive years since their last record, Chicago soul revivalists The Right Now return with a new album and a new sound.Starlight, the bands third full-length release, doesnt simply build off of the nostalgic soul sound of their past work, but transcends the blueprint entirely, melding genres to create something truly their own.2012...

Review / Video / Setlist | Wilco @ Chicago Theatre 2/22/17

By: Alex Wood | Photo: @chicagotheatreOpening with Ashes Of American Flags, Wilco instantly foreshadowed the dynamic of their first performance of 2017s four-night Winterlude run at Chicago Theatre, its spacious, acoustic ambiance and pointed political theme to remain for the majority of their set.An unusual but enticing beginning, the song got the ball slowly rolling,...

Photos | Here Come The Mummies & The North 41 @ House Of Blues 2/18/17

Sure there are a lot of funk bands out there?  But there's probably only one that bill themselves as "the world's premier undead funk ambassadors".Here Comes The Mummies brought their mummified funk to a fairly packed House Of Blues on Saturday night.The super talented Tara Gracer was on hand with her camera...

Greensky Bluegrass Are Us | The Vic In Review

Photos: ontheDL Photography via Greensky Bluegrass FacebookPhenomenal.Thats the word Id use to describe Greensky Bluegrass at The Vic.  Not because the shows were that good (okay they were), but because Greensky Bluegrass has the undeniable momentum of not just a touring and recording band finding white-hot success on both fronts, but as...

My Morning Jacket Gets Serious On Holiday | One Big Holiday in Review & Video

By: Alex Wood | Photo: @scobaumEvery year, My Morning Jacket host One Big Holiday, a festival in Riviera Maya featuring three headlining sets in four nights alongside a slew of other artists.This years festival took place February 4-7, and found the band in top form, with some of the best setlists imaginable, guest spots and,...

Grip It & Rip It | The Bubbles Brown Interview

By: Ryan MannixThe music of Bubbles Brown is a modern, gritty take on old American forms -- blues, country, and ragtime are just the beginning of the genre lines that this duo straddles. While the bare instrumentation recalls the past, the soulful melodies and whip-smart arrangements place Bubbles Brown firmly in the present.Bubbles Brown,...

Brothers Gow Enjoying The Good Days, Looking To The Future

Dunn Dunn Fest roars back into Chicago for a weekend packed with diverse bills at outstanding venues.  One of the more intriguing lineups will feature local favorites Spare Parts with San Diego based Brothers Gow at Tonic Room on Friday.Brothers Gow hit the road pretty hard these days, especially for a...

Review / Photos | Mark Farner and the N'rg Band @ Arcada Theater

By: Lisa Torem | Photos: Philamonjaro StudioThe interior of Ron and Rick Onestis Arcada Theater catches the eye with its gold-trimmed balcony and rose-colored ceiling, flanked with floating Cirrus clouds. This beautifully restored building once faced the possibility of demolition, yet here it stands, stately and timeless, thanks to the two brothers....

Album Reviews | January 2017 Releases

By: Alex WoodBrian Eno- Reflection [1/1]Brian Enos newest ambient offering, Reflections, is a single, 54-minute piece of droning, swirling and relaxed electronic textures. Though inarguably not for everyone, fans of Enos ambient records in the past will find much to love here. The piece rarely varies, remaining a steady, reverb-heavy and spacious composition both relaxing...

Review / Video | Leftover Salmon Takes Chicago

By: Nick LaMantia | Photos: Philamonjaro StudioIn the hours before Tom Brady and company completed their comeback, Leftover Salmon followed up a raucous Saturday evening concert with a Sunday brunch show at City Winery. Goat cheese flatbreads and chardonnay are unusual fare for Salmons bouncy brand of "slamgrass", but the band found a fitting groove for...