Category: Concerts

Why is Marco Benevento Just so Cool?

Why is Marco Benevento Just so Cool?
Seriously.  He is the musical personification of Jordan Catalano.  He’s definitely cool, and he makes you feel cool, and it’s all just…cool.  Marco Benevento, Berklee schooled jazz pianist, keyboardist, experimental silence-filler, party-sound creationist, and general believer in having fun, has set his sails on another tour in support of his most recent release, Tigerface (Sept 2012).... Read more »

Dig a Little Deeper: The First Look at Taught Abroad's Drogo from his Ripe Hours EP

Dig a Little Deeper: The First Look at Taught Abroad's Drogo from his Ripe Hours EP
No matter where you stand on the matter, I think it’s fair to say that the current culture of the U.S. is more shallow than ever before.  The American public has been trained in impatience; we want stuff, and we want it now.  This is somewhat in jest, but you know what I mean.  Really,... Read more »

Get a Taste of Tribe Tour: STS9 to Tickle Chicago's Musical Palate this weekend

Get a Taste of Tribe Tour:  STS9 to Tickle Chicago's Musical Palate this weekend
Every time I see Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9), it is a blast.  I can’t think of another band who I have seen in so many various capacities: inside, outside, sharing bills at one event with hip-hop acts, and the  next with bluegrass and jam bands, acoustic output vs. plugged-in, in the daytime, and then... Read more »
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Top Five Reasons to Catch Railroad Earth this Friday 1/25 at House of Blues in Chicago

Top Five Reasons to Catch Railroad Earth this Friday 1/25 at House of Blues in Chicago
In this modern era of tweeting, poking, and cropping out loved ones, it is a true rarity to get someone on the phone and really chat.  Sure, there are a few exceptions to this, namely gossipy women, crisis hotlines, and formerly Mrs. Cleo, but in 2013, my Godmother texts me “Happy Birthday.”  And it’s not... Read more »

What I Learned at North Coast: 5 Moves Every DJ Makes

What I Learned at North Coast: 5 Moves Every DJ Makes
Over Labor Day weekend I luxuriated in the VIP of the North Coast Music Festival thanks to my press pass. One of the perks was access to the VIP section in the crowd for every stage. You can see it on the map displayed here– it’s basically the front left (if you’re standing on the... Read more »

Eight More Signs You're Too Old for Lollapalooza

Eight More Signs You're Too Old for Lollapalooza
It’s Lollapalooza time again in Chicago and with it comes a new crop of people that used to be cool who are now ready to cross the too-old threshold. Welcome! We’ve been waiting for you. Don’t feel bad, we have chairs! And adjustable beds! Last year I gave you 10 signs that you’re too old... Read more »
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SXSW Survival Guide

SXSW Survival Guide
Festival Preparation  1. Do research beforehand and make yourself aware of all the places that offer free food and free drinks because there’s many! You may have to wait in one long line to get the wristband the first day you get there but it is totally worth it. (Shout out to Pure Volume/Tito’s Vodka... Read more »

5 Last Minute Gifts for your Music-Loving Parents

5 Last Minute Gifts for your Music-Loving Parents
The most difficult person to buy gifts for is always your parents. (Especially if, like me, you know absolutely nothing about them despite having shared a home with them the duration of your formative years.) But, when you enter adulthood, you realize that a paisley tie for dad and a two sentence card hand-made from... Read more »

5 Must See Early-In-T​he-Day Bands at North Coast

“Like” us on Facebook. Nobody needs to tell you to go to North Coast to see Wiz, Guetta, Rusko, Van Ghost, or Common.  That’s why you probably bought the ticket in the first place.  But here’s a list of 5 bands that hit the stage earlier in the day that you absolutely cannot miss.  And don’t... Read more »
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Ten Signs You're Too Old for Lollapalooza

Concert-going, or more specifically festival concert-going, is a young man’s (or woman’s) game. And alas, I am no longer a young man. Or woman—I’ve checked. I came to this conclusion during last year’s Lollapalooza while walking next to a fellow attendee who was on the phone with his mother, trying in vain to convince her... Read more »