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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...

Liberated! A Review of Animal Liberation Orchestra @ Double Door 4/20/13

Contributed By Mike Guzaski @312mrgAfter a week of crazy news, torrential rainfall and accompanying flooding, on Saturday (4/20!) Chicagoans were ready to let loose and liberate their inner animals. Animal Liberation Orchestra blew (both) doors off the Double Door with a explosive celebration of sound that balanced classics and newer material. From the moment they took...

Recap and Video: Galactic @ Park West 4/6/13

On Saturday Night at the Park West, I started to keep track of how funky Galactic's tunes were by counting the number of times drummer Stanton Moore leaped off his stool to emphasize a beat or dramatically finish a fill.Cutting their teeth as one of the most party-ready bands of the nineties, it is...

Setlist / Recap / Media: Dawes @ Reggies 4/1/13

On the cusp of the release of their third LP, Stories Don't End, southern California band Dawes is criss-crossing the country on a promotional tour playing primarily radio shows and record stores. The Chicago stop, on April Fool's Day, was part of WXRTs "Free Sample" concert series, which afforded them the luxury of playing in...

From New Orleans To Chicago: A Chat With Galactic's Rich Vogel

When a band has been continually on the road as much as New Orleans' Galactic, major cities become more than just stops on a tour, they become wrapped up in aspects of the band's narrative. After the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Chicago became the temporary (to the tune of seven years!) home of Galactic's original...

The Many Sides Of Joe Marcinek

If you're a Chicago music fan who just can't get enough of that sweet spot where rock meets jazz, Joe Marcinek is a name that comes up quite a bit. Not content to be just a double threat -- laying down both guitar and keys in the Indiana-based jazz-fusion quartet Fresh Hops -- he's branched...