Favorite records of 2013

These are my favorite records of 2013, the ones I enjoyed the most. Betraying my personal tastes, the list is dominated by alt-country and artists working somewhere around that genre’s vague boundaries. Simply put, a lot of my favorite artists came out with new records in 2013, and a lot of Continue Reading

Station to Station

A train filled is crossing the country, bringing art installations and live music to stations in eight cities. The project, organized by artist Doug Aitken, is called Station to Station, and it stopped Tuesday night (Sept. 10) at Chicago’s Union Station. This presented a rare opportunity to see a concert and Continue Reading

Recap: The Hideout Block Party/A.V. Fest

Almost without fail, the Hideout Block Party is one of the summer’s most entertaining festivals — and that hasn’t changed over the past couple of years, when it combined with the A.V. Club’s A.V. Fest. It feels like a gathering of old friends — in the middle of an concrete-block Continue Reading

Hideout Block Party

The Hideout celebrated its 15th anniversary in true Hideout style, with a day full of top-notch music. Even the weather turned out pretty nice on Saturday (Sept. 24) — a little chilly at times, but without the downpours of rain or hail that had been predicted. It was a perfect Continue Reading

Lollapalooza Photos: Day One

Photos from the rest of Day One at Lollapalooza 2010. (See the separate galleries I posted earlier for pictures of Jimmy Cliff, the Strokes and Lady Gaga.) This gallery includes photos of Wavves, the Walkmen, Mavis Staples (with Jeff Tweedy), the Big Pink, the Drive-By Truckers, the New Pornographers, the Continue Reading