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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...

Review: St. Patrick's Day at SPACE with Todd Snider

Contributed by: Chris MurtaughThe stage was small and the mushrooms were large at Evanston's SPACE on St. Patrick's Day. My first time at the suburban venue, I wondered if the prop mushrooms were always on stage at this intimate facility, or if they were a Todd Snider thing. Minutes before he came out for his...

Setlist / Recap / Video: Todd Snider & Chicago Farmer @ SPACE, Evanston, IL 3/16/13

Contributed by @WeirScrewedThe songs of some artists are snug like a warm blanket. Todd Snider is a prime example. He has worn the role of traveling stoner troubadour quite well over the years and the packed house at SPACE on Saturday night attested to this. Judging by how much of the crowd was singing along...

The Barn's 2012 Year In Review

Are you annoyed when you see "Year In Review" type articles start popping up around the end of November? If so, I hope you're not offended by a late-January 2012 summary...The Barn is offering a few different attempts at 2012 recap. The first is my list of the best musical things of the year - a...

Baker's Dozen - 13 Favorite Albums Of 2012

The 2012 Bakers Dozen by @WeirScrewedAll in all, 2012 was a pretty decent year in music. Some new acts burst onto the scene and some veteran artists returned with new offerings. This list of thirteen albums represents some of what I have been listening to and enjoying this year. By no means is this list all-inclusive, it...

The Most Popular Content Of 2012

Here is a summary of the most popular content on The Barn Presents over the last year. These don't include the Furthur and Phish Rotation (or Announcement) Infographics which actually were more popular than any of these. I chose not to include them as they are continually updated.10. Wilco held its Chicago area summer...

Wavy Speaks: A Quick Chat With Dave Burlingame

Salmon Tales: The Barn's Drew Emmitt Interview

The music of Leftover Salmon radiates its high country Colorado origins without overlooking its Appalachian roots-- yet there is something about it that feels at home in Chicago. LoS made the city a regular stop in the band's legendary first chapter, building up a loyal following over the course of a few dozen dates....

Nine Musical Additions That Transformed Already Great Bands

We all know that bigger isn't always better... except when it is. The chemistry the develops between a tight knit band, performing over a long career isn't easily replicated and can be jeopardized if elements are changed or added. But additions aren't always disruptions. Sometimes they can be catalysts, too -- taking complacent groups into...

Review, Setlist & Video: Cornmeal with Jeff Austin, Van Ghost @ Vic Theater, Chicago, IL 11/23/12

Contributed by: Chris MurtaughIt was a family affair at Chicago's Vic Theater on Black Friday. Following a turkey stuffed evening, Cornmeal returned to Chicago for their annual holiday show, a homecoming of sorts for the band and presumably many in attendance. With the departure of the Nowak brothers announced in late summer, I was interested...