Archive for 2016

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 »

The Boys Are Back in Town: Umphrey's McGee to Play Two Shows at North Coast Music Festival, Q &A with Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee

The Boys Are Back in Town: Umphrey's McGee to Play Two Shows at North Coast Music Festival, Q &A with Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee
Chicago Umphrey’s fans have been in dire need of some home-turf face-melting.  Even though it’s pretty common for Umphreaks to hit the road following their favorite band, it used to be just as common to catch them at home upwards of five times a year.  This weekend’s late night at the Concord theater will break... Read more »

Five Ways to Stay Safe at North Coast Music Festival from Chicago's Own Safety Crew

Five Ways to Stay Safe at North Coast Music Festival from Chicago's Own Safety Crew
Chicago is drunk. Let’s be honest, of all the cities you’ve ever gone, you know it’s true.  And that’s cool, we get it. It gets cold, but then also hot, and we just…we need to drink about it.  Not to say this is promoted behavior, but it is just kind of a right of passage... Read more »
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Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park

Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park
It’s that time of year again for Summer’s Last Stand! Whether you’re a seventh year Coastie, down since the inaugural rager, or this will be your first time joining in on the fun, SET TIMES ARE REASON TO CELEBRATE!!! It’s when the real planning starts (and shit-talking with your friends who like that other band... Read more »

LOCKN' 2016: Phil & Friends details, Chatting with Pete Shapiro, Garcia's Forest and More!

LOCKN' 2016: Phil & Friends details, Chatting with Pete Shapiro, Garcia's Forest and More!
Nothing is really more spiritual than the first time listening through Terrapin, and that’s just how the gooball melts.   I gotta say though, I felt that same hopeful way  when I found out about the Grateful Dead reunion shows last year with Trey, and hands-down am even more excited about this upcoming LOCKN‘.  The... Read more »

Hood Smoke Album Release: Rough Around the Hedges with Special Guest Makaya McCraven at The Hideout

Hood Smoke Album Release: Rough Around the Hedges with Special Guest Makaya McCraven at The Hideout
Jazz fusion in 2016 is a tough realm to define.  It lies somewhere between the traditionalist syncopation of simple, crisp, and innovative tastes of improvisation, and the multitasking derivatives of today’s fast-paced world who demand more layered production in their compositions.  Chicago’s jazz/pop quintet Hood Smoke’s most recent offering, Rough Around the Hedges (click to stream), stretches... Read more »
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The 10 Worst Personality Traits of Donald Trump

Lately, the mainstream media (a.k.a. lamestream media if you support, well, any candidate) has been reporting on many of what they would like you to believe are Donald Trump’s most horrible positions and statements.  However, as #msm #lamestreetmedia tends to do, they have REFUSED to report the most disgusting things Trump does.  Come on #MSM,... Read more »