Ween at Riot Fest: Better Than That Band Over There

Ween at Riot Fest: Better Than That Band Over There
It felt great to see Ween being Ween again at Riot Fest. After some time off for health and sobriety, this was their first 2019 show and they wasted no time making fun of stuff, wailing guitar solos and exchanging witty onstage banter that suggested the break served its purpose. These guys were having a blast.... Read more »

Get the Net! Riot Fest App Now Available

Get the Net! Riot Fest App Now Available
Ok, first of all, I had the app before it was cool. Ok, so I actually just had last year’s still downloaded by mistake. Don’t be like me. Be smart, download the 2019 app today, and start making your schedule ASAP. Live in the now, man. Get the net! It’s as easy as clicking here for iOS or Android here. For... Read more »

2019 Riot Fest Schedule Announced

2019 Riot Fest Schedule Announced
Friendly rock n’ roll contrarians Riot Fest have announced their 2019 schedule and it’s printed on a Goose Island beer called “Riot Fest Sucks Pale Ale.” This approach is the first of its kind, according to Chicago-based beer magazine October. These beers will be available at the festival. Stacked to the gills with huge, diverse names that all... Read more »
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2019 Werk Out Music & Arts Festival: Saturday Photo Gallery

2019 Werk Out Music & Arts Festival: Saturday Photo Gallery
The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival (WOX) celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend at Thorneville, Ohio’s Legend Valley Campground. Attendees came from around the country to celebrate in near-perfect weather. Host band The Werks recently announced a fall hiatus, with these being their last shows of 2019. Saturday’s vibe was friendly and fun, with mermaids on site... Read more »

Marco Benevento Shares New Single, "Say It's All the Same"

Marco Benevento Shares New Single, "Say It's All the Same"
Pianoman Marco Benevento has released his second single and an accompanying video off his new album, Let it Slide, titled, “Say It’s All the Same.” Featuring bassist Karina Rykman on dual-vocals with Benevento and drummer Dave Butler assisting on a trio of authentic lip-whistling, the three bandmates have a total blast together and it shows.... Read more »

Joe Russo on The Divided Mind

Joe Russo on The Divided Mind
With a penchant for all things deep-cut, drummer Joe Russo is full of surprises. His musical improv is like an onomatopoeia of the way he lives his life; daring, busy, often collaborative and with a cadence of passionate intensity. His assertive delivery complements his readiness to protect the things he loves, set to destroy anything standing in... Read more »
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You Brought the Sunshine: Rest in Pickin, Jeff Austin

You Brought the Sunshine: Rest in Pickin, Jeff Austin
All photos by Kelley Lauginiger || Jeff Austin Band, 2/13/15 at Thalia Hall For most of my life, I’ve correlated happiness with a daytime Yonder set in the sunshine. I’m talking that hootin, hollerin, jitterbug kinda feeling; that old school, whiskey in your Camelback, hiked three miles through the wet, drippy mud at Marvin’s Mountaintop... Read more »

Local Piano Guy Does OK: Umphrey's Joel Cummins Treats Tonic Room to a Sold Out Solo Delight

Local Piano Guy Does OK: Umphrey's Joel Cummins Treats Tonic Room to a Sold Out Solo Delight
Last weekend, rockers Umphrey’s McGee took the Midwest by storm, ripping through raucous material with fiery abandon from Fort Wayne to Detroit. Trailblazing an eventual path to the west coast, the six-piece kicks off tonight at the gorgeous Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA, after leaving Michigan in embers and taking a small break to recoup. If... Read more »

"It's Not a Fucking Recital" and Other Ditties about the Joel Cummins Solo Show at Tonic Room 2/24

"It's Not a Fucking Recital" and Other Ditties about the Joel Cummins Solo Show at Tonic Room 2/24
Musician Joel Cummins is a lot of things. Here are five: A keyboard wizard: He plays piano, synths, and all things keys in prog-rock outfit Umphrey’s McGee. A man of the people: he makes friends with Umphrey’s fans and sits in with other bands wherever he goes. A Cubs fan: a classically trained piano player hailing... Read more »
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Hablot Brown to Bring Sultry Soul Vibes to Schubas 12/14

Hablot Brown to Bring Sultry Soul Vibes to Schubas 12/14
Los Angeles Based Trio Hablot Brown Coming to Chicago Los Angeles has always been the breeding ground for surf-music and high-quality production, in the worlds of R&B and hip-hop especially. Groovy trio Hablot Brown takes influence from all three as well as jazz, rock, house, and more to offer a unique, soulful sound fit for... Read more »