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Chicago Psych Fest

For the seventh year, the Hideout hosted Chicago Psych Fest last week, with three nights of music from the more experimental, trippy …

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The Go! Team at Lincoln Hall

It was nearly a decade since the last time I saw the Go! Team — when the British group played at Lollapalooza in 2006 …

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Vulgar Boatmen at Schubas

Way back on April 21, 1990, I saw the Vulgar Boatmen perform a free in-store set at the old Reckless Records store …

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Favorite albums of 2015

I could say this about almost any year: I heard a lot of great music in 2015 — and I surely missed …

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Drinks at the Empty Bottle

Welsh singer-songwriter-guitarist Cate Le Bon has moved way beyond her early acoustic songs. Her solo music got spikier and stranger — and …

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The Ex at Lincoln Hall

The Ex, a Dutch art-punk band that’s been around since 1979, returned to Chicago for the first time in four years, playing …

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Algiers at the Empty Bottle

Algiers — a band of Atlanta natives based in London — released a powerful self-titled debut album this summer. The music has been …

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Patrick Watson at Lincoln Hall

The Montreal musician Patrick Watson returned on Monday, Sept. 28, to Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, where I saw him perform in 2012. (I …

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Great Chicago Fire Fest #2

It was not a fiasco this time. For the second year, Redmoon Theater created a Great Chicago Fire Festival for the city …

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Low at Thalia Hall

The new album by Low, Ones and Sixes, is something of a change for the long-running Duluth, Minn., band. The sonic textures …

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Hailu Mergia at the Promontory

Hailu Mergia, a keyboardist and accordion player, was a musical star in Ethiopia in the 1970s, playing in the one of the …

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Circuit Des Yeux at the Hideout

When I saw Chicago singer-songwriter-guitarist Haley Fohr open for Bill Callahan in 2013, she played solo. At the time, I noted that her …

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Wussy at Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest

Continuing its tradition of playing Chicago gigs that you might overlook if you’re not paying attention, Wussy performed Saturday, Aug. 15, at the …

Photos: Sleater-Kinney at Pitchfork

My photos of Sleater-Kinney performing July 18, 2015, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Chicago. (See my festival recap and more …

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Laura Marling at Lincoln Hall

The last time English folk singer-songwriter-guitarist Laura Marling played in Chicago — at the Athenaeum in 2013 — she played solo. For …

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Colin Stetson at Schubas

It’s hard to believe what Colin Stetson is able to do with the saxophone. As he performed Tuesday, July 28, at Schubas, …

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2015 Pitchfork Fest recap

Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett were the highlights of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival for me — no big surprise, considering how much …

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Solid Sound Fest: Review

Musicians thank their audiences all the time, but Jeff Tweedy did it even more than usual over the weekend at Solid Sound. …

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PRFBBQ

I didn’t really know a single one of the bands playing on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, at PRFBBQ, but …

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The Very Best at Millennium Park

Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion began its “Downtown Sound” concert series this week — with shows on Monday and Thursday evenings. On …

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Calexico at Lincoln Hall

It’s a joy to behold what the musicians in Calexico are capable of — not just the band’s  core members (singer Joey Burns and drummer …

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Black Mountain at Do Division

We haven’t heard much lately from Black Mountain. The great rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, released three albums between 2005 and …

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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 …