It’s not easy being a grownup music fan. And the older you get, the harder (and weirder) it becomes. Your peers (i.e., your neighbors and your kids’ friends’ parents) can’t even pretend to understand why you’d choose to stand outside in the dirt for three days and listen to bands nobody’s ever heard of. And … Continue reading Riot Fest: The Music Fest for Grownups
Video: Craig Finn – “God In Chicago” From We All Want The Same Things, out March 24 on Partisan Records. The thing with spoken word pieces is that you have to sit still and pay attention, and while that can be tough to carve out time for, “God In Chicago” makes it worth your while. … Continue reading New Craig Finn video: God in Chicago
If Greg asks, the show was terrible. Flat, uninspired and certainly not life affirming. Not in the slightest. Greg’s my friend who bought the tickets. Just before Japandroids start tuning up, he gets an SOS text from his wife to come home and help with their very newborn son. Selfless Greg hops in a cab … Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Worry About Dying
As usual with big fests, the headliners are disappointing. But who cares? The undercard is always where the action is. Here’s who’s playing, with MP3s where I could find them. See you in Chicago, August 3-5, 2012. Afghan Whigs Alabama Shakes (MP3: I Found You) Aloe Blacc (MP3: You Make Me Smile) Amadou & Mariam … Continue reading Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup (with MP3s)
Andrew WK at Riviera Theatre Chicago, March 25, 2012 All of the dudes were there, and that was just on stage. Flanked by four wild-haired guitarists, plus a drummer and his black leotard-clad wife, Andrew WK stood in a party line of his own making and flailed, writhed, pumped his fists to the rager soundtrack … Continue reading Andrew WK Live in Chicago: Ten Years After
Sadly, the story of uninsured musicians is all too common with tales of some going broke from the situation to others trying to barter for needed medical attention. They are among the many casualties of a healthcare system that continues to be debated and alternately labeled as “the best in the world” or “a broken … Continue reading Fundraiser for Chamber Strings Singer, Kevin Junior
Goodbye, Chicago. We’ll miss you like crazy.
The new face of Chicago soul covers Wilco on their latest single.
Watch Chicago soul band cover the Wilco classic.
Lollapalooza has become my favorite time of year. The music’s way better than Christmas and the food beats the hell out of Thanksgiving (gotta love that falafel pita!). So it warms my heart to hear that Lolla founder Perry Farrell has inked a contract with the city of Chicago for ten more years of rock … Continue reading Perry Farrell Confirms Decade More of Lollapalooza