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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...

Photos / Recap / Video | Moon Taxi & Too Many Zooz @ Concord Music Hall 10/13/17

By: Zach StoneForgive me... there are a lot of "Moon" bands out there.  I had Moon Taxi pegged for a brass band when I went to cover their October 13th show at Chicago's Concord Music Hall.And what they delivered was something wholly their own -- merging a chill, jammy rock vibe with...

Photos / Video / Recap | Arlo Guthrie & Family @ City Winery

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotIt's hard to avoid the concept of legacy when discussing Arlo Guthrie, so he has embraced the past and future of his family, by bringing along his children on his appropriately named Re-Generation Tour.The tour stopped in Chicago in early October for two nights at City Winery -- and Nunu was...

Photo Recap | Thievery Corporation @ Aragon Ballroom 10/6/17

By: Zach StoneThievery Corporation combined spectacle, variety, and innovation in a show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.The band showcased a ton of new music from their latest release The Temple of I & I.  For nearly every song, a new vocalist came out to perform -- including political hip-hop personality Mr.Lif and vocalists...

Review / Photos / Video / Setlist | Fleet Foxes @ Chicago Theatre 10/3/17

By: Alex Wood | Photos: Zach Stone (10/4 show)Despite finding critical and commercial success throughout their career, Fleet Foxes have had it tough.The band emerged as leaders of a folk renaissance in the music scene with their self-titled, 2008 debut, bringing a Simon & Garfunkel brand of acoustic music back into the mainstream.Yet before the...

Photo Gallery | Sons & Daughters Of The Blues @ Buddy Guy's Legends

By: Howard GreenblattThey say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  The Sons and Daughters of the Blues Jam at Buddy Guy's Legends on September 18 proved that old adage.Coming together to support prostate cancer education and awareness, the offspring of Blues legends are Blues Royalty in their own right.Hosted by Wayne...

Photos / Recap | Nick Murphy @ The Vic 9/29/17

By: Zach StoneThat's Nick Murphy.  You may also know him as "Chet Faker" but the Australian artist has boldly reverted back to his birth name.  These images were captured Friday night in Chicago at the Vic Theatre with a full band behind him.Taking the stage nearly an hour had elapsed...

Robert Randolph Brings Down The House In Evanston [Photos / Video]

Photos / Videos: John 'Nunu' ZomotThe sounds don't get much more joyful than the kind that come from Robert Randolph, and Evanston's SPACE was a perfect room to harness them.With Randolph his typically animated self, the already personable performer was up-close and with the crowd who soaked up a few choice covers along with...