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FirstMerit Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island Earns A Demerit

Further, the band, and their equipment were much more exposed than they would have been in a permanent structure in these conditions. Where the show may have gone on in Sunday's storm at Alpine or Deer Creek, there was nothing else to do but stop the music and batten down the hatches for everybody's safety....

By The Way, Which One's Herb? Talking Style and Substance With Herbert Wiser

Steely Dan. Pink Floyd. "Leonard Skinnard". If you've never entered a record store or flipped on a radio, you could probably be forgiven for thinking these were names and not bands. Each one, of course, is legendary. Can the band name confusion strike again? The guys inHerbertWiser sure hope so, and are putting the effort...

Review: Hebert Wiser, Robert's Plant, Old Shoe @ Cubby Bear 7/18/13

Words / Photos: Dave WecksteinOn the night before a three night Phish run at a brand new venue, the sweltering Chicago night was heavy with promise and anticipation. Fortunately, for those hearty souls willing to let loose early, Old Shoe, Robert's Plant, and Herbert Wiser Band provided a space for early revelry the Cubby Bear. Playing...

Review / Setlist / Photos / Video: AmericanaramA (My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Bob Dylan) @ Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL 7/12/13

With only four acts, and one stage (in a soccer stadium), AmericanramA was a far cry from festivals, even the traveling ones, that have been insinuating themselves on the music industry these days. But with an indisputable legend on the top line and ample time allocated for the big name support, it seemed too good...

Masters Of Sound - Review & Photos of New Mastersounds @ City Winery 6/16/13

Words: @312MRGPhotos: Adam McCall PhotographyOne of the joys of getting to write about live music for this blog is the preparation. Getting myself acclimated to an artist that I only have topical knowledge and appreciation for, requires more than casual listening. While writing, I hope to project grounded and respectful confidence in the subject knowing...

Setlist / Review: Dawes @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park 7/8/13

When they do break through, audiences will find themselves with something amazing: an impeccable studio band that can back up the goods live. Even this show clocked in at about 80 minutes while only scratching the surface of their fine three album catalog. Where the gig I caught in April felt more like a showcase of...

Tour Diary: A Look Back At Phish Europe 98 In Words And Pictures

I'm tempted to write about every anniversary of every amazing musical experience I've ever had. Most go unwritten, eliciting just a hint of pleasant nostalgia, some are acknowledged via tweet, but some just wrestle around in my brain until they receive the full treatment.Click through to Page 2 to see full size of the above...

Review / Photos / Setlist: Bustle In Your Hedgerow @ Bottom Lounge 6/14/13

The music of Led Zeppelin occupies a rarified air. With a songbook asbeloved as any seminal rock band, and an outsized mythology that seems to revereits members to the point of forgiving their generalaloofness, they find themselves in a comfortable zone -- able to maintain mystique and prestige aming their diehard fanslong after the initialdiscovery...

Review / Stream / Download / Setlist / Video: Rolling Stones with Sheryl Crow @ United Center 5/31/13

I've heard so much shit talking about The Rolling Stones lately. Sure, I get it. They're old (really old), worse for wear, nostalgia-driven, no longer "relevant". The tickets are priced astronomically. They play large, inpersonal mega-arenas. The jokes write themselves.Honestly, when the 50 and Counting tour was announced I had no intention of coming anywhere...

Inspiration & Preparation: An Interview With Animal Liberation Orchestra's Zach Gill

Contributed by Mike Guzaski (@312mrg)Chicago experienced a typically loaded Spring weekend over the 4/20 "holiday". Highlights included Greyboy All Stars and Funky Meters holding court on Friday, and Jim James bringing his show to the Vic. But the clubs had some worthwhile shows as well, and Animal Liberation Orchestra gave Double Door denizens a little...