Mavis Staples Stories

Friday Album Reviews | Seven New Records You Need To Know

As every Friday brings new music, Tomorrow's Verse brings you our top picks from the week. Here are our favorite records from 11/17.Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul Of A Woman [11/17]Soul Of A Woman is the final album from the late Sharon Jones, put together posthumously by The Dap-Kings. Like the rest of her...

Late Night Roundup | Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Mavis Staples & More

Watch some of Tomorrow's Verse's favorite artists hit the promotional late-night television circuit. 1. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertHaving recently released the collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice, songwriters Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile stopped by Colberts show to perform a couple songs. They played Over Everything with their...

Wilco Announces Touring Hiatus, New Jeff Tweedy-Produced Mavis Staples Album

While announcing a final batch of tour dates in Missouri and Minnesota, Wilco announced on social media that the band would be taking a break from touring in 2018.These will be the last Wilco shows of 2017 AND the band plan to take most, if not all, of 2018 off from the road, the band wrote on...

Dylan and Staples To Kickoff Concert Program At New Chicago Arena

Wintrust Arena, a 10,000-capacity venue, still unfinished, sits on the Near South Side as part of the McCormick Place Convention Center awaiting its grand unveiling this fall.  In addition to supplienting the already vast convention space in the complex, it will serve as a venue for DePaul Universitys basketball teams as well as...

Recap / Photos | Blues On The Fox 2017

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Michael LepekOn a beautiful, breezy June evening, a pair of powerhouse performers kicked off Auroras 21st Annual Blues on the Fox festival in fine fashion.Rising star Shemekia Copeland, along with the iconic Mavis Staples, treated the crowd to a satisfying mlange of music, which ran the gamut from blues and...

Obama’s “Hometown” Playlist Includes JC Brooks, Chance The Rapper, Tom Waits and More

Throughout his presidency, Obama was known for assembling playlists that showed a keen taste of music, both old and new.The Obama Foundation has continued this tradition by posting a new playlist to Spotify featuring songs inspired by his hometown of Chicago.Guest-curated by Chance, Mavis Staples, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, Dan Ackroyd and more,...

On TV | Allman, Raitt, Tweedy & More Join Mavis For 'The Weight'

On TV features a quick recap of some of the music we're playing at Tomorrow's Verse Headquarters.Who: An all-star band honoring (and including) Mavis Staples.  Greg Allman, Grace Potter, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald and many more take a turn on the mic for the encore at Chicago's Auditorium Theater....

Photos / Recap | Mavis Staples @ Thalia Hall 3/19/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioMagic!Attending the first of two Mavis Staples concerts at Thalia Hall seemed to have that special something -- the sold-outroom was electric. These werefirst Chicago performances since the release ofthe HBO documentary Mavis! and new album Livin' On A High Note, and like most, theyfelt like a homecoming and a triumphantreturn.How...

Album Reviews | February 2016 Releases

By: Alex WoodDr. Dog- ThePsychedelic Swamp [2/5]For their newest full-length, indie-rock staple Dr. Dog have reworked and rerecorded their unreleased debut album, initially written 15 years ago. As one may expect, the resulting album doesnt sound like the Dr. Dog fans have come to expect, which is unfortunate, given that the band seemed to be hitting...

Setlist / Recap | Jeff Tweedy @ Park West 11/20/15

Acoustic sets are a familiar thing to fans of Wilco and Jeff Tweedy. Theyre a long-standing tradition for the Wilco frontman and have recently been closing out Wilcos shows.Despite the familiarity, a Jeff Tweedy set always contains surprises.Tweedy played an intimate show at Park West on Friday night with ticket sales benefitting the...