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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...

PHOTOS / VIDEO / RECAP | Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Park West 2/3/17

By: Michael Lepek | Video Nunu ZomotHow do you make the perfect gumbo? You need a calculated balance of ingredients, stirred in the pot in the precise order.That is exactly what Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue created at The Park West on Friday February 2nd. On a night off from their current tour with...

PHOTOS / VIDEO / SETLISTS | STS9 @ Aragon Feb 3&4, 2017

By: Kevin Hiller Photography | Videos: Hut Nons, Heady FlairSTS9 always seems to amp things up on their winter swing through Chicago and the 2017 run was no different.The two nights brought out some big jams, some rarities and a ton of solid segues.  Kevin Hiller was on hand from Tomorrow's Verse...

What A Difference A Weir Makes | Video From Los Muertos Con Queso

Shit happens.  Sometimes quite literally.Bob Weir had to sit out the first of two Los Muertos shows during the new group's debut at the Los Muertos Con Queso destination event in Mexico -- food poisoning the official explanation.It had to be disappointing for Deadheads making the trip down to the co-headlined (with...

Review / Audio | Ryley Walker @ SPACE 2/1/17

By: @WeirScrewedIn these uncertain days, we need escape more than ever.Few artists can elevate and transport the listener nowadays as much as Ryley Walker and the rotating cabinet of genius that accompanies him on stage. On the heels of his brief trio show over the weekend at The Hideout, Walker came to SPACE...

13 Questions About The Phish Baker's Dozen At Madison Square Garden

Photo: Rene Huemer, Phish From The RoadThe much rumored, long awaited Phish residency -- The Baker's Dozen -- has finally been announced and with it, we are in (forgive the expression) uncharted waters.So, while there is much celebrating amongst those who simply can't function without knowing when their next Phish fix will be, there...

PHOTOS / AUDIO | Umphrey's McGee @ Palace Theatre 1/28/17

By: Dave DeCrescenteUmphrey's McGee continued a Northeast run on Saturday night, playing to a tightly packed State Theatre in Albany .Spafford opened the show, which featured a Joel sit-in, continuing the burgeoning bromance between the touring partners.LIke the two previous shows, the band pressed on without Jake Cinninger (sick leave), but still managed...