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Wonder Woman: Janis Wallin Takes On Stevie At Abbey Pub

One thing I've long admired about Chicago music scene is the community. Fairly removed from music industry bigshots on the coast, there is not an overwhelming sense of competition, no ruthless fight to seize some limited opportunity for a big break. Talent, creativity and social graces correlate to your happiness and ultimately success.Bassist Janis...

Review, Setlist, Stream, Download, Video: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, United Center, Chicago 10/11/12

In advance publicity for his autobiography Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young has been pretty public about his recent abstinence from weed and booze for the first time in just about forever. I'd like to provide (happy?) testimony that this decision has had no material affect on his stage demeanor or ability to perform long, psychedelic...

Album Review: Kevin Daniels - Thirteen... Live In An Empty Room

Contributed by @WeirScrewedA guy and his guitar-- what represents American folk more than that image? Add a slightly wild voice, a bass drum, an occasional harmonica, and a couple of friends and there you have Kevin Daniels' debut effort, Thirteen.Live In An Empty Room.Starting off with sparse guitar melodies reminiscent of William Eliot...

Ten Spanish Language Songs That Rock

With so much great music out there, I have a hard enough time keeping up with English speaking bands, not to mention all instrumental groups.But, every so often I get a feel for crossing the language barrier. Maybe I'm looking for vocal music, but want to remain blissfully unaware of the lyrics. Maybe I...

Review: Fresh Hops, Brown Bag, Joe Marcinek Band, Catfish & The Dogstars @ Martyrs 10/2/12 (includes photos & audio)

Words: Dave Weckstein, Images: Caitlin JefkoAs we enter the first full month of fall, I decided to immerse myself in a night at Martyrs, one of my favorite Chicago music venues. On Tuesday, October 2nd, the club played host to four talented jazz influenced acts. While changing weather may leave some longing for the warm...

Ten Things To Know If Prince Is Welcomed 2 Your Town: Chicago Recap and Audio

For a concert junkie like me, Prince had been a "bucket list" artist for as long as I can remember. With an unpredictable live performance schedule, seemingly disconnected with the conventional tour routing and promotion infrastructure; there is legitimate concern that a casual fan might miss him on a swing through their city. Luckily I...

Review, Stream, Download, Setlist & Video: David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Chicago Theater 9/18/12

It's rare that I'd have to start a concert review with Spoiler Alert and even rarer that I'd fall so hard for a show that was as well-planned and seemingly scripted as this event, but despite these caveats David Byrne and St. Vincent at Chicago Theater was Grade A entertainment and among my favorite shows...

Putting On A TigerFace: The Barn's Marco Benevento Interview

TigerFace. It's not an image I often think of, but in the context of the music of Marco Benevento, its easy to make some quick associations. The head of the beast. Large, majestic, iconic, dangerous. Yes, Marco's music is all of those things; well, maybe not so dangerous... but there's certainly enough risk taking contained...

Springsteen at Wrigley Roundup: Review, Music and Diagrams

My live music passion has taken me all sorts of places but it didn't occur to me, until being in the stands at Wrigley Field on Friday, that there are some things I'm just not used to experiencing:Up to twenty musicians on stage at once and a dramatic full band "roll call" to introduce...

Review, Setlist, Stream, Download: Jimmy Herring Band @ Martyr's 8/31/12

Sold Out. The phrase adorned Martyrs website by Friday morning, determining the destiny of all but the most hardcore fence sitters, some of whom turned out to try their luck anyway. There was little, if any, luck to be had, and Martyrs staff had its hands full with people trying to game the system to...