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Photos / Recap | The Slackers @ Reggie's

By: Philamonjaro StudioNew York City's third-wave ska ensemble The Slackers had the house skankin' for three full-house performances the weekend of December 1-3 at Reggie's Rock Club in the South Loop.The special occasion was to perform their 1997 Hellcat records release Red Light in its entirety. Also, they released a 180...

Review / Photos / Setlist | Andrew Bird @ 4th Presbyterian Church 12/11/17

Words: Alex Wood | Photos (from 12/12): Zach StoneFor a number of reasons, Andrew Birds Gezelligheid performances at 4th Presbyterian Church have become a holiday tradition for me.From the gorgeous, decorated church setting on Michigan Avenue to the intimate, warm performances from the native-to-Chicago violinist, the unpredictable setlists, guest musicians and natural sound quality form an...

Photos / Video / Setlist / Recap | Joe Marcinek's Dead Funk Summit @ Martyrs' 12/9/17

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotGuitarist Joe Marcinek is the chef who is always cooking up something special with whatever ingredients are on hand.As luck would have it, the cupboard happened to have a little from two separate camps for a December run.  Melvin Seals, the longtime Jerry Garcia Band organist was available for...

Photos / Recap | Squeeze @ The Vic 11/25/17

By: Philamonjaro StudioThere was a time when Squeeze's songwriting duo of Chris Dillford and Glenn Tilbrook were hailed by the British press as the next Lennon and McCartney. While they not have attained that level of fame, judging by Saturday night's sold out Vic concert, the hardcore fans...

When Boogie Meets Boogaloo | Karl Denson Eats A Bunch Of Peaches In Chicago

By: @312mrg | Photos/Video: John 'Nunu' ZomotAll of music is a whirling blender which incorporates elements of performers that swirl around each creator orbit.  Labels are always difficult, often times meaningless, but occasionally offer a window into how to process invdidual pieces of art.Paraphrasing from good ole wikipedia, Boogie is a term...

PHOTOS | LCD Soundsystem @ The Aragon 11/7/17

James Murhpy and crew returned to Chicago for the first time since a Lollapalooza appearance last year.While that visit saw the club and the festival field, the 2017 edition split the difference with three shows at the mid-sized Aragon Ballroom.  The crowds showed up, too, as the venue was tightly packed with eager fans....

Phil Takes Chicago | 10 Bullets, 30 Photos, 5 Videos & 2 Streams

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotAt age 77, there's little that Phil Lesh needs to prove.  And that's the genius of the Grateful Dead bassist, he doesn't fall comfortably into any narrative.  His very appeal lies in his ability to march to his own beat (bass lines?). So rather than try to recount the entirety...

Breaking Good | Eli Winderman On Dopapod's Huge Fall Tour

By: Ryan MannixIts fall tour time again and, for a certain segment of the jam scene, things are starting to feel a bit familiar; relentless driving, late nights, packing mid-sized clubs -- some are even expanding to bigger theaters in new parts of the country. These new bands (yeah, some have been...

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE | Carey Frank's Something To Remember Him By

Carey Frank burst into our consciousness in 2017 and is doing his best to take advantage of his time in the spotlight.Frank got the call to join Tedeschi Trucks Band earlier this year to fill in for their ailing keyboardist Kofi Burbridge.  His addition was evidence as to just how deep the TTB...

Review / Setlist | Daniel Johnston with Jeff Tweedy & Friends @ The Vic 10/18/17

By: Alex Wood | Photo: @mgnstrSongwriter Daniel Johnston is currently embarking on his final tour, the 12-date trek including two shows at The Vic last week.Amongst rock historys most creative figures, Johnston naturally wouldnt settle for simplicity, instead creating a star-studded tour where each citys stop would be backed by a popular musician or band...