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Live Music Coverage

  • 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

  • Otter Presents: Particle & Friends on the Spirit of Chicago Yacht

    Phish came back to the city so Otter Presents was back on the lake. For the second consecutive year Chicago got the treat of a Phish after-party on the Spirit of Chicago yacht. But when it comes to...
    Aug 26, 2014 View Comments

  • Robert Walter’s 20th Congress at Martyrs’

    Robert Walter is a musical genius. Over the years I’ve watched him perform alongside a countless variety of talented musicians, with every show turning out to be a FUNK-in good time. Walter was...
    Aug 26, 2014 View Comments

  • Otter Presents: Night Moves at Chop Shop

    Over the past few weeks to a month, Chicago has been hit with a wave of exceptional music that ranges from sold out festivals to highly anticipated and talked about after shows. In retrospect, no mat...
    Aug 20, 2014 View Comments

  • Phish at First Merit Bank Pavilion (Saturday)

    [Photos by Chad Smith] The show within the show. More than any other band, Phish crafts completely different experiences from set one to set two. The first always seems to just set the table for the ...
    Aug 12, 2014 View Comments