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Photos / Setlists | Pink Talking Fish & Crosseyed & Phishless @ Park West 3/11/17

By: Tara Gracer PhotographyPink Talking Fish are exactly as advertised. and sometimes a little more.As implied by their name, the band delivered a roller coaster mix of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish covers over two big sets in Chicago on Saturday night.Tara Gracer was on hand to capture all the action from...

REVIEW | Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ Old Town School Of Folk Music 2/26/17

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Faraz ChaudryWhen Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge took the stage at Old Town School Of Folk Music, the room's stillness provided an ideal backdrop for their impressive, acoustic musicality.  The audience was so hushed that even the clicks of our camera -- to get a couple of snaps for this...

Steward Copeland's Work Returns To The Chicago Opera Stage

Words: Philamonjaro Studio | Photos: Liz LaurenChicago Opera Theater (COT) presented Stewart Copeland's "The Invention of Morel" in a co-world premiere with Long Beach Opera for three nights: February 18th, 24th and 26th at the Studebaker Theater in The Fine Arts Building 410 South Michigan Ave.Rock fans remember Copeland as the...

Album Reviews | February 2017 Releases

By: Alex WoodMoon Duo- Occult Architecture, Vol. 1 [2/3]A concept album of sorts, Occult Architecture is intended to represent the dark parts of the cyclical nature of the seasons. Though this may be the inspiration, the record comes off as another set of skuzzy, droning psychedelic songs consisting of simplistic, chugging rhythms and effects-drenched guitars. The...

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,...