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Live Music Coverage

  • 2014 Phases of the Moon Festival

    [Words by Nathaniel Lutes | Photos by Joe Noel, Ashley Downing & Chris Monaghan] The first annual Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival was certainly one for the books. The severe lack of ...
    Oct 20, 2014 View Comments

  • Snarky Puppy, Philip Lassiter at Reggie’s (Two-Night Run)

    At this point a two-night Snarky Puppy run at Reggie’s is becoming a bit of a tradition in Chicago. They’ve been back twice (Boulevard Fest and Metro) since the last double sell out at R...
    Oct 15, 2014 View Comments

  • Tauk, EGi, and The Teradactyls at Abbey Pub

    [Photos by Michael Kaiz] Now that summer is over, the great people of Chicago have the pleasure of being a major stop for most touring bands. Sure, festival season is great but short 45 minute set ti...
    Oct 14, 2014 View Comments

  • Seven Arrows at Concord Music Hall

    Last month at Concord Music Hall, Chicago played host to the debut show for Seven Arrows, a brand new group formed by former STS9 front man, David Murphy. The band, formed just this year, is Murph’...
    Oct 14, 2014 View Comments

  • James Murphy, The Black Madonna, and Rahaan at Smart Bar

    In his post-LCD Soundsystem life, James Murphy is finding many ways to stay busy and creative. He’s developed a specialty coffee for sale, explored his passion of cooking and worked with major ...
    Oct 09, 2014 View Comments

  • 2014 Riot Fest

    Rage in the rain during Slayer’s set on Friday Well, Summer is officially over and Riot Fest kicked it in the ass on the way out the door. Only two weeks prior, the Sunday of North Coast Fest w...
    Oct 09, 2014 View Comments

  • Tipper at Portage Theater

    [Words by Adrian Gurga, Photos by Kyle Miller aka The Saucy Monster] Tipper is one of those artists you wait years to see. A legend in his field known for constantly reinventing his game, UK-native ...
    Oct 02, 2014 View Comments

  • Anders Osborne and Edward David Anderson at Thalia Hall

    [Photos: Chris Monaghan, Words: Ashley Marie Downing] I arrived at Thalia Hall for the Anders Osborne show with enough time to explore the venue a bit before the music started. It was my first tim...
    Oct 01, 2014 View Comments

  • STS9 at Red Rocks

    [Photos by Jake Plimack] STS9’s recent Red Rocks shows will go down in history as a turning point for this band. Like the rise of the phoenix or Gandalf the White, this new version of Tribe is...
    Sep 24, 2014 View Comments

  • Joe Marcinek Band at Abbey Pub

    [Photos by Ashley Marie Downing see full album HERE] Joe Marcinek Band played Chicago a few weeks back in front of a cozy crowd at the Abbey Pub. Luckily, what we lacked in numbers we made up for in...
    Sep 24, 2014 View Comments

  • 2014 North Coast Music Fest

    [Words by Ashley Downing (AMD), Adam Taylor (AT), Lauren Spina (LS), and Frazier] As the summer comes to a close and Labor Day weekend approaches, I look forward to Chicago’s biggest party of th...
    Sep 24, 2014 View Comments

  • Golf Clap on the Anita Dee II Yacht

    As it turns out, emptying every pocket, purse and backpack in a line of 350 people takes a long damn time. Nearly two hours, in fact. Which would make a lot more sense if it didn’t begin 45 mi...
    Sep 23, 2014 View Comments

  • Conspirator at Boulevard Fest and Concord Music Hall

    [Photos by Chris Monaghan] I’ve seen (and covered) Conspirator quite a few times over the past couple of years. And from review to review a lot of it feels the same because, let’s be hone...
    Sep 18, 2014 View Comments

  • Rubblebucket at Boulevard Fest

    [Photos by Monaghan Photography] Sunday of Boulevard Festival was steamy. In fact, I spent a large portion of my early afternoon with a cold drink in my hand and my feet in a kiddie pool. By the tim...
    Sep 10, 2014 View Comments

  • Russian Circles, Colin Stetson at Pritzker Pavilion

    Capping off the Downtown Sound series of concerts at Pritzker Pavilion was a band that I simply never imagined would play at Pritzker Pavilion. And not because they’re not big enough; Russian C...
    Sep 10, 2014 View Comments

  • Greensky Bluegrass at Boulevard Fest and Concord Music Hall

    [Photos by Monaghan Photography] Chicago street festivals have been a tradition for decades in The Windy City but it wasn’t until recently that these weekend events started to bring in one imp...
    Sep 09, 2014 View Comments

  • Disclosure (DJ Set) at The Mid

    [Words by Junu Phillips] “School night” DJ shows are never easy. That’s witty lingo, meaning “Wednesday” for us working-types. Especially if you’re barely over the...
    Aug 27, 2014 View Comments

  • Umphrey’s McGee at Ravinia

    One massive party… at Ravinia? I’d never been to this gorgeous venue before, but I was under the impression that it was a buttoned-up kind of place. I guess that goes out the window when ...
    Aug 27, 2014 View Comments

  • Jack White at Auditorium Theatre

    [All Photos by David James Swanson courtesy of Jack White] There’s this weird thing going around lately: the idea that rock music is dead. What a crock of shit. Sure, it might not be the 1970s ...
    Aug 27, 2014 View Comments