Kung Fu Stories

Review & Audio | Kung Fu @ Martyrs' 3/31/18

Kung Fu have become perennial visitors to the Chicago area, and their loyal local fanbase packed Martyrs' on Easter Eve for a fantastic show full of extended jazz-inspired solos, danceable favorites, and straight up heavy grooves.It seems the band and venue have worked out a mutual attraction, as their regular spring visits have created...

Album Reviews | March 2016 Releases

M. Ward- More Rain [3/4]His first solo release since 2012, M. Wards More Rain is an extremely big deal. The underrated and understated folk singer-songwriter has a cult-like following, developed over years of consistent releases that focus on atmosphere and songwriting. More Rain sounds deceptively simple, as though the songs have existed forever, every instrument sounding...

Setlist / Videos | Kung Fu @ Hard Rock Cafe Chicago 7/3/15

With an unreal amount of options, it's really impressive that a late night show post GD50 could sell out. So hand it to Kung Fu and Otter Presents (who also maxed out their Dead On The Water boat cruise), for getting the crowd to Hard Rock Cafe until the wee hours on Friday, July 3rd....

Kung Fu Added to GD50 Post-Show Lineup At Hard Rock Cafe on July 3rd

For the first week, we had "Otter Presents Post Dead Jam" on our GD50 Events Gridfor July 3rd at Hard Rock Cafe. Today, we have learned what exactly Otter Presents, one of Chicago's most ambitious independent promoters, has in store for this gig.Kung Fu, the aggressive fusion "super group" (who recently made an appearance...

Full Show Video: Kung Fu @ Martyrs' 11/21/14

Huge congratulations go to Kung Fu, who sold out this Friday night gig at Martyrs' -- sort of a coming out party in Chicago for this hard jamming fusion group.Adam Huston was on hand to capture the full set from a camera clamped by the soundboard and man does it look and sound great....

Are We Experiencing The Golden Age Of Chicago Street Fests? Photos & Video From Boulevard Festival 2014

Photos by Rickie KostinerStreet festivals have always been a Chicago summer rite of passage. We've got four, maybe five months of weather to support them and plenty of places for them to pop up and take on different neighborhood flavors.But it wasn't too long ago that they all pretty much boasted a similar lineup...

Long Live Jambands: Three Types (and 16 Examples) Of Bands Keeping The Jam Torch Burning

"Jambands are dead! Long live jambands!" That's a bit of wordplay that my friends and I have been tossing around since sometime in the early 2000s.There is a roughly 15 year stretch -- from "Touch Of Grey" being released as a single in 1987 to the inaugural Bonnaroo in 2002 -- that represents the last era ofpeak...

Setlist / Video: Kung Fu @ Schuba's 10/23/13

Silver Wrapper brought East Coast prog-funk-fusion masters Kung Fu to town for a hump day showcase at Schubas. An enthusiastic Chicago crowd greeted the visiting team and were treated to an hour and forty-five minutes of thick grooves and instrumental mastery, including a cover of "Drop Dead Legs" (yup... a Van Halen deep cut). Here's...

A Phish Fan's Guide To Chicago - Summer 2013

Summer. City of Chicago. Outdoor show. Phish. Believe it or not, this combination has never come together before. And we get it this weekend for three whole nights.It's enough for an area resident to rejoice, but given the dearth of other Midwest shows, and a Saturday sell-out, I'm expecting many will be making the...

The Barn's 2012 Holiday Mix - The Jamband Trilogy Concludes

In 2010, when I first conceived of a holiday mix tape, the concept seemed like fertile ground -- there were a number of much celebrated holiday takes from my favorite jambands, and all I had to do was assemble them. The playlist just sort of fell togetherA few leftover tracks turned into the seed for the 2011...