OctFest : Exclusive Beer and Music Festival at Brooklyn Hangar September 9th

OctFest : Exclusive Beer and Music Festival at Brooklyn Hangar September 9th
Collaborations are the new normal. Why not link up two of America’s favorite past-times: music and beer? Pitchfork, “the most trusted voice in music,” and October, a leading beer culture website, have announced the first ever OctFest: an epic one-day music and beer festival, featuring eight musical artists and 40 breweries from around the world. Slated... Read more »

6 Things You Can Rely on People to Tell you About Themselves

6 Things You Can Rely on People to Tell you About Themselves
                This blog was inspired by the following joke: Q: How can you tell when someone is vegan? A: Wait three minutes and they’ll tell you. Other than veganism, here are few more things you can rely on people to volunteer about themselves. 1. They Read The Book... Read more »

Talk Derby To Me: TR Slyder Interviews the 2017 Kentucky Derby Horses

Talk Derby To Me: TR Slyder Interviews the 2017 Kentucky Derby Horses
        Update with my picks I am going after the exacta this year and casting a wide net to hit it. I’ll be using 10 horses in the following format. My 4 A Horses are: Irish War Cry, Gunnevera, McCracken and Hence. My 3 B Horses are: Practical Joke, J Boys Echo and... Read more »
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Woodstock Promoter Artie Kornfeld Kicks Off Lecture Series in St Charles with Original Music from theSHIFT

Though technically May 10 falls in Taurus season, the Age of Aquarius is readily upon us. Legendary music impresario Artie Kornfeld is set to launch a series of lectures and speaking engagements in the “Spirit of Woodstock” on May 10 at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The discussion itinerary includes the production, inspiration, and legacy... Read more »

Sayonara Megabus : Four Life-Scarring Events to Prove We Won't Miss You

Sayonara Megabus : Four Life-Scarring Events to Prove We Won't Miss You
Recently the Megabus announced they’ll be shutting the doors. Which is nice, since on a few of my trips, that wasn’t even the case for the double-decker vehicle we all savagely rode on highways anyway in the middle of winter. Ok, so much like that time, they’re not shutting the doors all the way. But... Read more »

The 10 best tweets about Sean Spicer's inauguration statement. Period.

1. “The Macarena will be an enduring, all-American dance. Period.” pic.twitter.com/np0gIT95cO — Paul Musgrave (@profmusgrave) January 22, 2017 2. “People drink Malört because they love the taste, PERIOD.” pic.twitter.com/7SL1pYkWvy — Scott Smith (@ourmaninchicago) January 22, 2017 3. “The Death Star had no design flaws. Period.” pic.twitter.com/mZBB4MnPLm — Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) January 22, 2017 4. “Jared... Read more »
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Umphrey's McGee Returns to Chicago for Three Night New Year's Eve Stand: Joel Cummins Q & A

Umphrey's McGee Returns to Chicago for Three Night New Year's Eve Stand: Joel Cummins Q & A
Rock show curators and handsome deviants Umphrey’s McGee are coming back to Chicago for their first hometown New Year’s run since 2009/2010, and it’s sure to be a party.  Their three-day Uptown stand kicks off at The Riv tomorrow night, then moves to The Aragon for both Friday’s show with The Motet and Saturday’s three-set... Read more »

5 ways to make sure no one talks politics at Thanksgiving

5 ways to make sure no one talks politics at Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving, we celebrate being thankful for family, friends and good food. What we are not thankful for is the ticking conversation bomb that is a political discussion at the dinner table with Uncle Bob or Aunt Condescending (it’s an old-fashioned name.) Luckily, we have some surefire ways to ensure that nobody will want to discuss... Read more »

Friday at Riot Fest: Ween, We Hope You Stay Forever

Friday at Riot Fest: Ween, We Hope You Stay Forever
Ween killed it under a Full Harvest Moon at Riot Fest last Friday by doing what they do best: delivering eclectic, sweaty, loud, and mind-blowing rock n’ roll.  They didn’t technically headline on the Friday bill, but they did in my mind as I left the fest, still floating somewhere above from the “Back to... Read more »
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Aqueous Returns to Chicago: Mike Gantzer Q &A talks Martyrs' on Saturday, Drummer Rob Houk, and Upcoming AQ Releases

Aqueous Returns to Chicago: Mike Gantzer Q &A talks Martyrs' on Saturday, Drummer Rob Houk, and Upcoming AQ Releases
Groove Rockers Aqueous embark upon Chicago this weekend to share their exploratory live show on their national Random Company Tour.  The last time they were here, they were trying out drummer Rob Houk live for the first time downtown at the original Mother’s, after he jumped in the van that morning in Cincinnati, OH, immediately after quitting... Read more »