Ryley Walker Stories

Alex's Top 100 Albums Of 2018

For the last decade, Ive compiled a list of my favorite studio albums at the end of each year. It gives me a reason to go back and listen to everything again, and lays out a sort of pattern that helps me comprehend the year in music on some larger scale.2018 was an interesting year,...

Review | Ryley Walker @ The Empty Bottle 12-28-18

By: Alex WoodA large part of Ryley Walkers appeal is his level of unpredictability. Each studio record from the Chicago songwriter shifts sounds dramatically. Each tour features a different band delivering a different sound, even for the same old songs.Walkers an example of an artist simply following his heart and mind wherever they wander,...

Friday Album Reviews | Seven New Records You Need To Know

As every Friday brings new music, Tomorrow's Verse brings you our top picks. Here are our favorite records from May 18.By: Alex WoodParquet Courts Wide Awake!With Wide Awake, New York post-punks Parquet Courts changed their sound and created one of the best records of the year. With the help of producer Danger Mouse,...

Friday Album Reviews | Seven New Records You Need To Know

As every Friday brings new music, Tomorrow's Verse brings you our top picks. Here's are favorite albums from October 20.By: Alex WoodDestroyer kenCanadian songwriter Dan Bejar returns with another Destroyer album. As always, the record isnt quite the same as anything else hes created. His newest work, ken shares his similar influences, found in Bowie,...

New Tunes | This Week’s 10 Best Songs [8/10/17]

With a neverending flow of good music constantly being released, Tomorrow's Verse will keep you up to date on our favorite new tracks released this week. Queens Of The Stone Age The Evil Has LandedThe second track released from QOTSAs upcoming album is a lengthier psych-rock track that owes more than a little to...

FESTIVAL WATCH | Ellnora Guitar Festival

Festival Watch is a Tomorrows Verse feature where we break down festival news into the facts you need to know.Ellnora Guitar Festival September 14-16, Champaign, ILHeadliners To WatchJeff Tweedy Holding down the folk side of the festival, Wilcos Jeff Tweedy will bring his massive catalog of music to the festival for an intimate, ticketed...

The Hideout To Host "Picnics On The Porch" Series Throughout Summer

The Hideouts Picnic On The Porch series returns this summer, bringing eight shows to the beloved venues front patio.Focusing primarily on local acts, the lineup includes a set from Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay, folk trio Big Sadie, and multiple performances from The Flat Fives Kelly Hogan, including one with Nora OConnor.These shows...

Recap / Audio | Mute Duo with Ryley Walker, Bill Mackay & Matt Lux @ The Burlington 3/21/17

Sam Wagster (pedal steel) and Skyler Rowe (drums / percussion) are the Mute Duo.  This spring, they have a Tuesday night residency at Chicago's Burlington Bar, where they welcome guest musicians into their experimental jazz realm.Since they kicked off the series in March with Ryley Walker, Bill Mackay and Matt Lux -- basically musicians...

Photos / Recap / Video | Los Lobos & Ryley Walker @ Tivoli Theatre 3/14/17

By: Heidi Peters PhotographyLos Lobos had already re-scheduled a pair of show in Downers Grove once (these were originally set for mid-February), so when guitarist David Hidalgo injured himself prior to their March dates... the show must go on.Luckily Dave Alvin of The Blasters has had enough history with the band to fill in...

Musicians Unite To Offer 100 Days Of Tunes

Any new administrations first 100 days in office are heavily scrutinized, but the reckless policies of our latest adminstration have left many people feeling as nervous as ever.A new project, Our First 100 Days, is attempting to counteract this uncertainty and alienation by raising funds to support progress and...