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Best Films of 2016

1. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, U.S.) — A masterpiece on many levels, the deeply engaging and empathetic Moonlight has extraordinary writing, acting, directing, cinematography, …

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Big Thief at Schubas

The Brooklyn band Big Thief released a great album last year called Masterpiece — and the group, led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Adrianne Lenker, …

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Favorite Concerts of 2016

1. Bill Callahan Sept. 26 during the Cropped Out festival at the American Turners Club in Louisville. After 7 p.m., as the sun …

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Favorite Albums of 2016

1. David Bowie: Blackstar The year began with the sound of David Bowie, sounding as alien and inventive as he ever had. …

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Joan Shelley at the Hideout

Joan Shelley’s album Over and Even was my favorite record of 2015, , so of course I’m thrilled to hear that she’s working …

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Ultimate Painting at the Hideout

The British duo Ultimate Painting keeps turning out one splendid record after another — three albums in the past three years. James …

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Poster Children at Schubas

Sadly, doctor I arrived a bit late for the Poster Children’s early concert on Wednesday, diagnosis Nov. 23, at Schubas. Rather than …

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Joshua Abrams’ Hideout residency

The masterful Chicago musician Joshua Abrams played five concerts at the Hideout in November, tadalafil playing with different collaborators on each Tuesday …

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The Rev. Al Green

This is one of those things people tell you do to when you’re in Memphis: Go see the famous soul singer Al …

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Ardent Studios

Jody Stephens, the drummer for the legendary band Big Star, kindly agreed to let me tag along Sept. 30, 2016, on a …

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Gonerfest 2016 Day 1

My photos from Sept. 29, look 2016, site the first day of Gonerfest in Memphis, find including the opening ceremonies at Cooper Young …

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Gonerfest and Memphis

After going to Gonerfest in 2014, I knew that I’d want to come back to this annual Memphis punk and garage-rock shindig. …

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Cropped Out: Day 2

This is my report from Saturday, Sept. 24, the second day of the 2016 Cropped Out music festival in Louisville, Kentucky. To …

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Cropped Out: Day 1

Cropped Out feels like a homemade music festival. The website for the annual event in Louisville, Kentucky, hasn’t been thoroughly updated for …

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The Mekons at the Hideout

The Mekons have a new record called Existentialism — a lo-fi live CD of new songs performed into one microphone, site with …

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Hideout 20-Year Reunion

The Hideout, one of my favorite music venues, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a daylong mini-festival on Saturday — billed as a “20-Year …

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Ragamala

Ragamala was an epic experience — a 15-hour concert of Indian classical music, stretching from 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, until 9 a.m. …

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The Flat Five at the Green Mill

The Flat Five — that wonderful Chicago group I’ve photographed and written about many times before — played three sets on Saturday, Aug. 27, …

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The Rizdales at the Hideout

The Rizdales — a country band from London, Ontario — played Aug. 20 at the Hideout, apparently playing in Chicago for the …

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Mbongwana Star at Millennium Park

The African band Mbongwana Star got the audience dancing on Aug. 11 at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, playing wildly infectious beats …

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LCD Soundsystem at Lollapalooza

One of the main reasons to attend Lollapalooza this year was the reunion of LCD Soundsystem, and the band did not disappoint. …

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Radiohead at Lollapalooza

As expected, the highlight of this year’s Lollapalooza for me was Radiohead. It was great to see the band again after an …

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GØGGS at the Empty Bottle

The prolific Ty Segall has yet another new band — GØGGS, which also includes Chris Shaw from the Memphis punk band Ex-Cult …

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King Sunny Adé at Millennium Park

It had been years since the legendary Nigerian singer King Sunny Adé played in Chicago. He was scheduled to perform in Millennium Park’s concert …

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Bully at West Fest

The Nashville rock band Bully played a rousing, pharmacy energetic set on Saturday, July 9, at West Fest, a street festival on …

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Femi Kuti in Millennium Park

Femi Kuti‘s father, the legendary Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti, created the extraordinary and exhilarating style of music called Afrobeat. As Fela’s eldest …

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Waco Brothers at Wire

My photos of the Waco Brothers — as fun and lively as ever — on Saturday, order May 21, at Wire in …

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The Sadies at Wire

My photos of the Sadies — as always, troche one of the best live rock bands — on Saturday, try May 21, …

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Rhys Chatham at Constellation

My photos of Rhys Chatham’s performance on Friday, May 20, at Constellation, along with a picture of opening act Natural Information Society.

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Cate Le Bon and Mega Bog at Schubas

As I’ve said in previous blog posts, the Welsh-born singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon has developed into one of today’s most exciting musicians. …

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Cross Record at Schubas

In 2013, I saw a couple of concerts by Cross Record, a group led by the promising Chicago singer-songwriter Emily Cross. (See my blog …