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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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Photos: Courtney Barnett at Pitchfork

My photos of Courtney Barnett performing July 19, decease 2015, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Chicago. (See my festival recap and …

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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, buy 2015, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Chicago. (See my festival recap and …

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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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Veruca Salt at Wicker Park Fest

My photos of Veruca Salt, physician the Life and Times and This Will Destroy You playing on Sunday, cialis July 26, viagra …

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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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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, sales an annual showcase of garage, pharmacy punk and power pop music curated by Chicago’s HoZac Records, returned to the …

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HoZac Party at Virgin Hotel

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

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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, viagra 40mg the Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, decease 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 …