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The Plan Was To Become A Rock Star: The Barn Speaks With 'Local Gal' Cathy Richardson

While VH1 would have you believe that the typical bands career narrative might flow like three-act play (discovery, fame, downfall), Cathy Richardsons is more like a Dickensian novel. From Chicagos western suburbs to the national stage (many times over), the hallmarks of her career have been opportunities presented and seized, a revolving cast of colorful...

Review: Robbie Fulks Covers Michael Jackson @ Lincoln Hall 3/18/11

Robbie Fulks is just about the perfect person to artistically convey how the rational, but passionate music fan can put the career of Michael Jackson into perspective. Emotionally expressive, brutally honest, occasionally caustic, it is perfectly in character for Fulks to recognize and reinterpret the brilliance that underlies Jackson canon, while acknowledging that it is...

Bass'd In Chicago: The Barn Interview With Mr. Blotto's Mike Bolger

Mr. Blotto bassist Mike Bolger considers himself a very lucky man. "If you're lucky, you get to really enjoy and connect with music," he tells me. "Luckier than that, you are able to play it. Even luckier you get to be in a band... and write your own stuff. Still luckier you get to play...

Talking Heads Tuesday: Jambands Celebrate Talking Heads

More than just about any band (and I'll throw the Beatles, Dead, and Zappa in there too), Talking Heads have provided direct inspiration to the jamband community. Attribute it to their rhythmic ideals, engaging melodies or passion for innovation, but with only 8 studio albums to draw from, the variety of tunes covered and interpretations that...

Talking Heads Tuesday: A Year By Year Live Listener’s Guide with Streams and Downloads

Every Tuesday in January, The Barn will offer another feature about the incredible music and career of Talking Heads. In addition to a healthy legacy of groundbreaking studio recordings, Talking Heads were a band that, at least in the early part of their career, offered audiences contrasting interpretations of their catalog on stage. Fortunately, these...

Of Jambands, Twittered Reviews, and Suburbs: A Chat With Pitchfork’s Rob Mitchum

Even casual readers our site may notice the affection and attention we lavish on bands that dabble in improvisational rock. We do this because we unabashedly love these bands, though not at the expense of all other music. It seems, however, that fans of jambands can't get a break when it comes to respectability amongst...

What is a "Spotlight Show"?

The five shows we produced in The Barn 1.0 era were a bit like a laboratory experiment. Our commitment to our audience was to bring the experience of seeing music in the city to the burgeoning community of music fans in our neck of the woods. We plastered posters up all over town, sold tickets in...

One Foot In The Blues: The Barn's School Of Rock

Lets say youve got a ton of soul, a wealth of talent and a hell of a creative streak. You get off on loud guitars and the deep rumble of the bass. Your music is an extension of yourself, a vehicle of expression for joy, pain, melancholy, even anger. Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Howlin...

The Beer Report, Volume One

Our change of venue does not come without for its fringe benefits. Brixie's is a straight up Beer Wonderland. With 30+ on draft and over 100 bottled varieties, there is sure to be something to satisfy any conniseur's pallatte.I wanted to take a moment to use some space here to showcase what is available and include...

Chicago Memories: Hat's Off To Rich Koz

Before digital cable television and the Internet, there was UHF. In addition to rounding out our entertainment options and being the inspiration for a highly underrated "Weird" Al Yankovic movie, the television channels that occupied the numbers north of 13 on our dials (yes, youngsters... some sets even had a separate physical dial for the UHF...