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Jambinai at SXSW

One of the best groups I saw at SXSW this year was a South Korean band called Jambinai, which uses some traditional …

Drive-By Truckers at the Vic

After avidly following the Drive-By Truckers through several great albums and something like seven concerts, I fell a bit out of touch …

Singleman Affair at the Hideout

Earlier this week, I reported about the Chicago band the Singleman Affair — led by Daniel Schneider — on WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight …

Best Records of 2010

THE NATIONAL: HIGH VIOLET (4AD) myspace / artist website From the opening notes to the very end, High Violet continually strikes that …

August concerts

Concerts I’ve seen lately: THE SWELL SEASON’s Glen Hansard and Marketa Iglova played five songs Aug. 12 at Lincoln Hall following a …

Phosphorescent at the Empty Bottle

The night before Lollapalooza (Aug. 5), Phosphorescent played an excellent set at the Empty Bottle — almost as good as anything I …

Lollapalooza Wrap-Up

Last year, I skipped Lollapalooza. It was the first time I’d missed Lolla since it changed in 2005 from a touring festival …

Lollapalooza: Music Divides Us

Music unites us? So I said yesterday in my post about the Arcade Fire’s Lollapalooza show. But music sometimes has the opposite …

Lollapalooza Photos: Day Three

Photos from the third day of Lollapalooza: Aug. 8, look 2010, viagra sale at Grant Park, remedy Chicago. This gallery includes photos …

Lollapalooza Photos: Day Two

Photos from Day Two of Lollapalooza 2010, pharmacy Aug. 7, pills 2010, capsule at Grant Park in Chicago, including: The Kissaway Trail, …

Johnny & Limelites Bid Bye-Bye

Lincoln Square record shop Laurie’s Planet of Sound has been hosting in-store performances on Thursday evenings in July, and the one last …

Pitchfork: A few thoughts

Survived another Pitchfork. Three days of indie rock and a few assorted other things under the hot sun in Union Park. Running …

Photos: Pitchfork Day One

My photos from the first day of the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival are posted in a new gallery, cialis including pictures of …

Black Mountain at Lincoln Hall

Vancouver rockers Black Mountain have a new album on the way — Wilderness Heart comes out Sept. 14 in North America — …

Recent concert round-up

I’ve fallen behind on reports from recent concerts, so here’s a quick round-up of some shows I caught last week. JUNE 21: …

Superchunk Jumps Back to Life

PHOTOS Until Sunday’s show at the Taste of Randolph Street, it had been a long time since I’d seen Superchunk. I’d seen …

A new song by the Books

I wasn’t at the show tonight by the Books at Millennium Park, but judging from the tweets I’ve read, it sounds like …

Junip at Lincoln Hall

PHOTOS José Gonzalez, a Swedish singer-songwriter of Argentine heritage, has gained a following with his gentle singing and soft classical guitar plucking …

Yakuza at the Beat Kitchen

PHOTOS Yakuza is a little unusual for a heavy-metal band — if that’s what you can call it. Lead singer Bruce Lamont …

Do-Division Street Fest

PHOTOS This past weekend, Chicago’s season of street festivals got into full swing, with Do-Division. All summer long, neighborhoods around Chicago host …

She and Him at Millennium Park

PHOTOS It’s no surprise that the Millennium Park concert on Monday evening (June 7) by She and Him would be crowded. But …

Andre Williams and Dirty Diamonds

The current issue of the Chicago Reader (the June 4, 2010, edition) has my photos of Andre Williams and Dirty Diamonds playing …

Hum at Millennium Park

PHOTOS Champaign rock band Hum, who came close to stardom in the 1990s with the song “Stars,” and then seemed to fade …

Saki Opens With Live Music

PHOTOS Chicago has new record stores! What a nice development to happen in 2010, just when it seemed like everyone was predicting …

Thee Silver Mt. Zion at Schubas

Epic. That’s the word I keep coming back to whenever I describe the music of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. It’s …

Mono and the Twilight Sad

Two bands from different sides of the planet played Saturday (May 22) at Lincoln Hall, both making some beautiful noise. Up first, …

Patrick Watson at Schubas

Montréal singer-songwriter Patrick Watson has been making records for several years now, including the wonderful 2009 album Wooden Arms, but he hadn’t …

Condo Dream Day at Hideout

Eleventh Dream Day’s residency at the Hideout continued Sunday night (May 16) with the month’s most notable opening act, Condo Fucks — …

Tutu and Da at the Empty Bottle

The documentary film You Weren’t There is a fascinating and entertaining look at Chicago’s early punk-rock scene — a scene that most …

Jónsi at the Vic

Hiatus over. I’m catching up now with photos from some concerts I’ve seen recently. Jónsi, best known as the lead singer of …

Record Store Day

As far as I’m concerned, every day should be Record Store Day, but as promotional gimmicks go, this is a good one. …

Owen Pallett at Lincoln Hall

I saw two concerts on Saturday night (April 10) — both of them by singer-songwriters who used to call themselves by a …

Bill Callahan at the Hideout

Singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, who used to call himself Smog, played two solo shows Saturday night (April 10) at the Hideout in Chicago, …

Fanfarlo and Lawrence Arabia

I’m not sure why I hesitated before deciding to see U.K. indie-rock band Fanfarlo again, since I’ve liked them so much in …

The Low Anthem at Lincoln Hall

The Low Anthem put out a wonderful folk-rock record last year called Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, and the Rhode Island group …

What to See This Week

April is shaping up as a busy month for concert going, with lots of cool indie-rock shows crowding onto the calendar. Here …

Robbie Fulks is back at the Hideout

As I reported here earlier, Robbie Fulks played every Monday night in February at the Hideout, serving up a completely different kind …

Seabear at Schubas

I discovered Seabear a couple of years ago through an almost random search. I’ve liked other musical acts from Iceland, so I …