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2015 Blackout Fest

Blackout Fest, an annual showcase of garage, punk and power pop music curated by Chicago’s HoZac Records, returned to the Empty Bottle …

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HoZac Party at Virgin Hotel

On Thursday, May 14 — the night before Blackout Fest began at the Empty Bottle — HoZac Records held a kickoff party at Virgin …

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Tweens at Bric-a-Brac

My photos of Tweens playing Saturday, April 18, at Bric-a-Brac Records during Record Store Day. (For more of my Record Store Day photos, see …

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Twerps at the Empty Bottle

Australian rock bands have been making a lot of cool records lately — maybe it’s just something I happen to be noticing …

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Wand at the Empty Bottle

My photos of Wand, the Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, from its performance April 5 at the Empty Bottle:    

Maya Beiser (and Foxygen)

Most of the concerts at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall are performances of classical music, and the concert on Thursday, April 9, was by a …

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A new home for Elastic Arts

The Elastic Arts Foundation, which has hosted many experimental and intriguing concerts and arts events over the years, has a new home. …

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Robyn Hitchcock at Space

Robyn Hitchcock took the stage at Space in Evanston on Sunday night, Feb. 22, as the Academy Awards show was playing on …

Mid-February Concert Recap

Quick recaps of a few concerts (and other literary musical event) I’ve seen recently: OLIVIA CHANEY and MARK DVORAK: The English singer …

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Favorite Films of 2014

Here, at long last, is the list of my favorite films from 2014. Or a list, anyway. I’d better post this before …

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Favorite Concerts of 2014

1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, June 20 at the Milwaukee Theatre, Milwaukee 2. Jack White, July 23 at the Chicago …

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Favorite Records of 2014

Over the past year, these are the 2014 albums I’ve enjoyed the most. (And here’s a Spotify playlist with some of my …

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Farewell, Centro-matic

After 17 years, 11 albums and numerous concerts, the venerable Denton, Texas, band Centro-matic is calling it quits. I’m sad to see them …

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Angel Olsen at Thalia Hall

After introducing the musicians in her band, Angel Olsen omitted her own name, remarking, “I’m still learning about who I am.” Maybe …

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Lydia Loveless at Lincoln Hall

Bloodshot Records artist Lydia Loveless joked around in between her songs on Friday, Nov. 28, at Lincoln Hall, but she set aside …

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Day of the Dowd

Gerald Dowd has drummed for with a lot of different Chicago musicians over the years, rarely taking the spotlight himself. Saturday was his day, …

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More Photos From Gonerfest

Check out the Wondering Sound website for my photos and review of Gonerfest Sept. 25-28 in Memphis, Tenn. Here are some of my …

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Ty Segall at Thalia Hall

Ty Segall played a rousing rock show Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Thalia Hall, culminating with an encore that paid tribute to David …

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“David Bowie Is” at the MCA

“David Bowie Is,” an exhibit featuring 400 artifacts from the star’s private archive, opens today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago …

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Hideout Block Party/AV Fest

As I’ve said before, the Hideout Block Party is one of the Chicago outdoor concert season’s most enjoyable events. For the past …

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Sleep at Thalia Hall

In the early 1990s, the California band Sleep helped to create a hard-rocking genre that came to be known as stoner rock: …

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Oneida at the Empty Bottle

July 30 was one of those nights when I wanted to be at concerts simultaneously. As soon as Courtney Barnett finished her bang-up …

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Courtney Barnett at Schubas

Courtney Barnett sang her delightful lyrics in her deadpan style on Wednesday night at Schubas, which was very charming — but what really wowed …

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More photos from Pitchfork Day 3

  Read my recap of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival. DAY 1 PHOTOS: Neneh Cherry / Sharon Van Etten / Giorgio Moroder / Beck / More photos from Day 1 (Hundred …

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More Photos from Pitchfork Day 2

Read my recap of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival. DAY 1 PHOTOS: Neneh Cherry / Sharon Van Etten / Giorgio Moroder / Beck / More photos from Day 1 (Hundred Waters, …