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Karl Denson Rings In 2014 With Tiny Universe

While 2013 has been a busy year juggling multiple projects for Karl Denson, you'll find him greeting 2014 at Chicago's Park West the way he'd like to spend the most of next twelve months: with his friends in the Tiny Universe."I want to get back to just doing Tiny Universe," he told me in a phone...

Review / Photos: Moistboyz @ Cubby Bear 12/13/13

Words / Photos: Alex WoodMoistboyz are too metal to be punk and too punk to be metal. Between the two genres falls the blisteringly energetic rock n roll the band makes their own.Despite their being best known as a side-project for Ween due to the inclusion of guitarist Mickey Melchiondo (referred to as Dean Ween...

Night Three of Andrew Bird's Gezelligheid Run Offers Contrast with Tift Merritt Collaboration (Setlist / Review 12/11/13)

Words / Photos: Alex WoodDespite sharing a similar setlist to the previous nights show, Andrew Birds third Gezelligheid date at the Fourth Presbyterian proved to be another unique experience in his cozy concert series.The set began with Bird performing Pulaski At Night tracks Hover and Ethio Invention, the performer carefully combining swooping legato violin loops...

Review / Photos: Andrew Bird @ Fourth Presbyterian Church 12/10/13

Words / Photos: Alex WoodDuring his second night in Chicago, Andrew Bird referred to this years Gezelligheid series at Fourth Presbyterian Church as the fourth annual, before acknowledging skipping a year somewhere in there.Regardless, the church shows have become a staple for Bird fans, a tradition celebrating the Chicagoans musical gift.And always just in...

Setlist / Review: Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three @ Lincoln Hall 12/5/13

Words / Photo: Alex WoodPokey Lafarge & The South City Three played a boisterous, confident set at Lincoln Hall, packed to the brim with the energy of all their pre-WWII musical idols rolled into one.Swing. Ragtime. Blues. Jazz. Country. Folk.The band owned every single one.Even beneath the entertaining stage personality that Pokey himself...

Setlist / Video / Stream / Download / Recap: SkyDeck Allstars @ Willis Tower 11/22/13

Reporting by @WeirScrewedCrafting a true "destination" event can be as risky for a promoter as the improvisational turns that performers take on stage. Stakes are higher when the music is delivered by a one time configuration, then ratcheted up another notch when the supergroup draws from a pool best known for both Grateful Dead related...

Recap / Photos / Setlists / Video: Yonder Mountain String Band @ House Of Blues 10/25 & 10/26 2013

Photos: Adam McCall PhotographyIt's been almost fifteen years since I first saw Yonder Mountain String Band perform at their first ever Chicago area show, huddled around a single microphone at Abbey Pub for no more than about two dozen people. Billing themselves at the time as "Colorado's Nakedest Bluegrass", this intriguing (yet meaningless) tagline, along...

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...