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Marcus King Does It All At Thalia Hall

[instagram id="BoPMwCRA4KJ"]I guess it takes a certain type of music fan to have multiple new Southern Rock bands on your radar in the year 2018. Yeah, Ive got a soft spot for the sound and Im always ready for another take on the venerable sub-genre.But these days, its Marcus King and his...

PHOTOS: STS9 In Milwaukee 9/21/18

By: Adam Miszewski (Adjomi Photography & Design)Milwaukee's Riverside Theater typically provides fans ample opportunities for jams in the fall.STS9 made it a stop on their 2018 Fall Midwest swing and the five-piece went right to work using the space to its full advantage.Adam was on hand, and there may be no photographer...

Thoughtful Curation - Hinterland Music Festival 2018 In Review

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Faz ChaudryIn a city-mouse, country-mouse scenario... what if Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival had a cousin that lived in St. Charles, Iowa?That's Hinterland Music Festival.Combining new and exciting indie groups with top alt-country artists makes for a unique energy. Hinterland is a camping fest but not a wild party with...

PHOTOS / RECAP | The Stars Align Tour at Northerly Island 7/29/18

Words / Photos: Howard GreenblattJeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, and Ann Wilson joined forces to present the Stars Align tour at Chicagos Huntington Park Pavilion on July 29.Beck's closing set was nothing short of incendiary. The crowd stood and roared as he appeared and never sat, the stage bathed in smoke and colored lights.Beck's set contained...

PREMIERE | Chicago Farmer's 'I Need A Hit'

Cody Diekhoff -- known around these pages as Chicago Farmer -- has been a regular presence around our Chicago music scene for a number of years.  Whether as a solo performer or in the rarer-but-welcome full band format, downstate's Diekhoff brings life to his songs on stage, and he is finally ready to put...

PHOTOS / RECAP | Howard Jones @ City Winery 7/9/18

By: Philamonjaro StudioWhile appearing most often in solo performance in the states, 80's synthpop star Howard Jones visited Chicago's City Winery for a unique concert with this electronic band. The trio featured two of his longstanding sidemen Robbie Bronnimann on synthesizer and keyboards and Robin Boult on guitar.Along with his expected hits, "...

PHOTOS / VIDEOS / AUDIO / RECAP | Dead & Company @ Alpine Valley 2018

Photos: Adjomi PhotographyThirty years ago (to the date) of this year's two night Dead & Company run, Alpine Valley was hosting its penultimate series of Grateful Dead concerts.Whether you were there for the '88 run, another of the now legendary Grateful Dead visits, or any number of concerts throughout the venues 80s and 90s...

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY | Fare The Well - The Final Chapter of The Grateful Dead's Long Strange Trip

Having not attended my first Grateful Dead show until the calendar flipped to the 90s, I was a little late to the game but went all-in regardless.Most biographies of the band gloss over the entirety of the band's late period and end, as the band did, with the ...

Chicago Blues Festival Proves Why It Remains The King [Photos / Recap]

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard GreenblattFrom living legends and dynamic dynasties to well-known national artists, the 35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival was jam-packed with talented acts.For the second straight year, Millennium Park was Ground Zero for the Windy Citys big blues blowout.While Chicagos spectacular skyline served as an impressive backdrop, music and kinship...

PHOTOS / RECAP | Iceage @ House Of Vans

By: Philamonjaro StudioDanish punk rock band Iceage played a headling set at House of Vans Chicago on Thursday, June 21st while on their current US tour.  The show came on the heels of their fourth release, Beyondless, out on Matador records. The band dropped its first single, "Catch It", in February,...