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Springsteen at Wrigley Roundup: Review, Music and Diagrams

My live music passion has taken me all sorts of places but it didn't occur to me, until being in the stands at Wrigley Field on Friday, that there are some things I'm just not used to experiencing:Up to twenty musicians on stage at once and a dramatic full band "roll call" to introduce...

Review, Setlist, Stream, Download: Jimmy Herring Band @ Martyr's 8/31/12

Sold Out. The phrase adorned Martyrs website by Friday morning, determining the destiny of all but the most hardcore fence sitters, some of whom turned out to try their luck anyway. There was little, if any, luck to be had, and Martyrs staff had its hands full with people trying to game the system to...

Ten Reasons The Phish Fuck Your Face Show Was Brilliant (8/31/12)

Another year at Dick's, another wild setlist "stunt" for Phish. Here are ten reasons why I think spelling F-U-C-K--Y-O-U-R--F-A-C-E with the first letter of each song was so inspired.1. It is an acknowledgement what happened "just last year". Nearly one year ago to the day, in the exact same location, Phish trotted out the "S"...

Setlist, Recap, Stream, Download: Anders Osborne, Tea Leaf Green @ Park West 8/24/12

For the second time in three months, Anders Osborne brought his powerful guitar sounds to Chicago, this time to the clubby, upscale Park West. In contrast to the more staid crowd at his last appearance at SPACE in Evanston, this crowd skewed younger, perhaps as a result of the location as well as the band...

Album Review: Jimmy Herring - Subject To Change Without Notice

Jimmy Herring humbly offers his considerable musical gifts to those who enjoy a rigorous musical workout. For a music writer, havingSubject To Change Without Noticeas the title of the guitarist's lastest release is like wrapping that gift with flowing ribbon and shiny bows. The album's name easily suggests not only the confident stylistic swingsthat gives...

Setlist, Recap, Photos, Videos: My Morning Jacket @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park, Chicago 8/22/12

Here is the song list from last night's show and some very brief thoughts below. [Friday update: added a few good videos, too]SetlistMy Morning JacketJay Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park, Chiago 8/22/12August 24, 2012ONE SETAt Dawn, Circuital, Holding On To Black Metal, Off the Record, War Begun, Outta My System, Mahgeetah, Rocket Man, Steam Engine, Lay...

The Terrapin Takes Flight: Camp Terrapin Founder Doug Hagman Talks "Remembering Jerry" and Performing With Grateful Dead Alums

It will be a busy August for Terrapin Flyer founder, guitarist and vocalist Doug Hagman. He'll hit the road for 9 shows in 11 days with an all-star cast in a routing that spans both Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday and the 17th anniversary of his death (including at stop at Chicago's Abbey Pub on 8/4). By the end...

The Barn's Interview With Tom Constanten

There are few musicians that I've encountered that are more comfortable in their own skin as Tom Constanten. Joining the Grateful Dead as a keyboardist at a precarious time as they transitioned between the height of their cultural importance to the peak of their musical importance, he contributed greatly to the band's most innovative and...

Review, Stream & Download: Ragbirds & Chicago Farmer @ SPACE 7/15/22

Chicago Farmer and The Ragbirds @ SPACE - Evanston, IL July 15, 2012For a small town man from just south of Peoria, Cody Diekhoff sure has adapted to life as Chicago Farmer. The folk singer with a one-man-show was an appropriate choice to open up for The Ragbirds as just a few days earlier his reincarnation folk...

Review, Stream, Download, Video: Furthur @ Northerly Island, Chicago, IL 7/17/12

It was 25 years ago this summer that "Touch Of Grey" became an unexpected top ten hit for the Grateful Dead. The band had been steadily building an audience over the previous 22 years, but the exposure certainly led to a huge commercial boost for the band.The legions of teenage and young-adult so-called Touch-heads consequently became...