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Album Reviews | April 2017 Releases

By: Alex WoodThe biggest month for music yet this year, our capsule reviews for April combine 31 excellent releases that should be on any music fan's radar. Father John Misty- Pure Comedy [4/7]With Pure Comedy, Father John Misty continues to be one of the most clever, brilliant songwriters in modern times. Its immediately less accessible...

Jack White's "American Epic" Documentary Coming In May

Jack Whites ambitious documentary series American Epic will finally see a release in May.The series, produced by White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford, was initially supposed to air in 2015, but was held back for unknown reasons.The final product will feature three documentary episodes, an additional feature film, and a number of recording...

Ravinia's 2017 Lineup, Ranked

Ravinia Festival released its schedule of shows for 2017 yesterday.  Along with its perennial classical programming, there's once again some more popular forms to supplement the symphony.  True, they tend to book acts that are past their sell-by date, but there's still some fun-in-the-park experience for a BYOB venue with a flat...

Review / Photos / Full Show Video | Farm Aid 30

Words: Carmel O' Farrell | Photos: Kristine Condon Photography & Paul NatkinAfter 30 years, Farm Aid is one of longest running benefit concerts.Rockers Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp have been returning to this yearly event since its inception. Not only do they serve as this iconic festival's headliners, theyve also made it their...

Farm Aid To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In Chicago

Farm Aids 30th-Anniversary concert will take place at First Merit Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island on September 19. As always, the concert will feature board members Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews (the latter performing with Tim Reynolds).Other guests performing include Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mavis Staples, and...

The Rock Fan's 2013 Guide To Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival may not be a festival in the way the most readers think of it -- in fact, its cornerstone has always been a fine program of classical music, a genre that has yet to infiltrate any other festivals that I've been to (except the Clifford Ball).However, if you're looking for a more...

Hanging With Shakey: Photos Of Neil Young Shmoozing With Rock Legends

I recently finished Neil Young's autobiography Waging Heavy Peace -- and while I'll save all my thoughts on that tome for another post, one of the things that did stand out was how much he values the friendships in his life, whether they be musical, business or otherwise. At around the same time, I came...

Chart: 64 Vintage Guitars Played By Your Favorite Rock Stars

Pop Chart Lab makes some of the coolest looking charts / prints / posters that I've seen. Their design philosophy employs a simple, clean aesthetic. I'm particularly happy to see their music-related efforts pop up every now and then. Though this print doesn't feature an Irwin or Languedoc, there are pleny of iconic guitars (...

Friday Linkafication

NPR asks Why Do We Sit At Jazz Concerts? and challenges you to Name That Drum Fill Tribal elders suspend their marijuana laws for a night for a Willie Nelson show at casinoVia Relix Magazine, Indie rockers celebrate Jerry Garcia in honor of JG WeekSome videos for The Days Between

A Double Dose Of Linakfication

No linkafication last week so we've got a super sized version today.Lifehacker takes a look at the Google Cloud Music platform...... while its sister publication posits how technology can make music videos relevant againThe trib looks a the country side of ChicagoWillie Nelson endorses a republican... can you guess why?Do musicians have better...