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Setlist / Recap / Video: White Denim @ Reggies 10/23/13

If you're reading this site, and especially this post, it's likely that you're no casual music fan. It's time consuming, but not so bad being a hard-core -- we can obsess a little, we explore and poke and look for the next great thing... and sometimes we discover gold. Yes, every now and then, this...

Recap / Setlist / Video: Zappa Plays Zappa @ Copernicus Center 10/10/13

Words & Photos by @WeirScrewedFrank Zappa is one of the most polarizing musicians in the history of rock music. It's not uncommon to see, depending on what part of his songbook a critic is familiar with, to find points of view ranging from dismissive to reverential. It's true that tunes like "Valley Girl" or "Bobby Brown"...

Five Reasons Why It's A Great Time To Be A Panic Fan (Milwaukee 2013 In Review)

It was another fine fall weekend with Widespread Panic in Milwaukee. Indeed, these are great times to be a Panic fan, and these shows really drove that home, so I'm offering a list of reasons why, with the Milwaukee run as my supporting detail. Special thanks to Adam Misewski and The Riverside Theater for use...

Recap / Photos / Video: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers @ Lincoln Hall 9/17/13

Words & Photos: Matt Van GronigenThe crowd was packed tight and it was a challenge to navigate the bodies during of Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers performance at Lincoln Hall. As part of this event, the audience submitted their dreams to be projected on the wall during the performance. Yes, World Peace made the list,...

Kimockowitz and Beyond: A Chat With Guitarist Steve Kimock

I think I stumped Steve Kimock with the very first question of our interview. With an upcoming weekend of shows at Martyrs with ALO guitarist Dan Leibowitz, I was curious as to how these two like-minded pickers first hooked up. "Over the years, we've just gotten better and better at playing together and have enjoyed...

Take Me To The River(Edge Park): Hornsby, Greensky, FGC & Old Shoe in Aurora 8/24/13 - Recap, Photos, Setlists, Audio & Video

Photos and additional reporting by Adam McCallThere's something going on in Aurora.Wait... Aurora? Home of Wayne's World? Closer to Joliet than Chicago? Well, actually, yeah.We've been hip to the fine Two Brothers Brewery for a while now. Their brewpub is situated in the old Burlington Northern Roundhouse at the end of the line...

The Allman Brothers Band In Chicago: Five Things (and 25 Photos) To Ponder

There is nothing quite like a musical institution that spans generations, within the band and the audience. Chicago finally got another chance to experience the foremost purveyors of this experience, The Allman Brothers Band, up-close-and-personal for two nights in August. I was able to catch one of the shows (night two, Wednesday), but eagerly followed...

The Barn Interview: Jeff Austin, Solo Artist

I first saw Jeff Austin walk on stage at the Abbey Pub in 1999. There must have been about 20 people in the audience and, oddly, it seemed like about half of them were related to the guy. He huddled around a single microphone with his cohorts in Yonder Mountain String Band and delivered a set of...

Review: Honey Island Celebrates Release Of Cane Sugar at Martyrs 8/2/13

Words and Photos: Captain Deep-TrackThe City of Chicago was alive with the sounds of music this past weekend as the annual Lollapalooza festivities rolled into town. Tens of thousands of die hard music fans crowded Grant Park on Chicago's beautiful lakeside, as dozens of today's hottest musicians rocked several stages from midday to sunset and...

Phish In Chicago 2013: All We Need Is Just A Little Patience

Where to start with the weekend's music? I could easily reel off a laundry list of highlights:The amazing "Scent" duel on Friday, with Fish contacting other worlds on the marimba lumina. The balls deep transition from "Theme" into "Weekapaug". A contained, but smoking "Piper". The fine improv in "Light" that threatened "Timber Ho" for...