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Jeff Parker-Nels Cline Quartet

Jeff Parker and Nels Cline, two virtuoso guitarists who are fluent in both jazz and rock, played together Aug. 8 at the …

Big Star’s Third in Concert

Back when I discovered the music of Big Star as a college student, my first impression was that the band’s first two …

The Bats at Schubas

Some bands really make you wait. The Bats, a New Zealand band that formed in 1982, went for 19 years without visiting …

Hogan and Samarov at the Hideout

Kelly Hogan returned on Sunday night to the venue she calls her favorite — Chicago’s Hideout, of course. It was another outstanding …

Shoes and Green

The Shoes have been making great power pop since 1975, though the band has largely gone unnoticed by the public at large. …

Freakwater on the Front Porch

Janet Bean played every Tuesday night in April at the Hideout, except for April 23, when one of her bands, Eleventh Dream …

Frank Rosaly at the Hideout

The always-inventive Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly has played with many groups of many musical styles, but the sextet Cicada Music is an …

Record Store Day at Laurie’s

Saturday, April 20, was Record Store Day — not just a chance to buy some special-edition records released for the occasion, but …

The Men at Lincoln Hall

After getting their concert last night at Lincoln Hall off to a strong start, The Men came to a screeching halt because …

Radar Eyes and Night Beats

Radar Eyes are another one of the great Chicago bands these days making garage rock on the HoZac record label. The group …

Andre Williams at the Hideout

Andre Williams has not just one new album, but two — plus an EP. You wouldn’t necessarily have known that from his …

Occupy Chicago, October 22, 2011

I observed the Occupy Chicago protest Saturday night, recipe Oct. 22, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway. Some scenes:

Mekons do Pecha Kucha at SPACE

Leave it up to the Mekons to stretch the concept of a concert into strange realms yet again. Touring to promote their …

Tribute to Diane Izzo

Singer-songwriter Diane Izzo, a former Chicagoan, died of cancer in February at the age of 43. Many of her friends and musical …

Cultivate Festival

The Chipotle restaurant chain has its very own “music director”? Yes, it does. And he was DJing Saturday (Oct. 1) at the …

An Interview with Sally Timms

The Mekons have a strong new album, Ancient and Modern, and the band plays Tuesday (Oct. 4) at Evanston SPACE and Wednesday …

Oval at the MCA

The German electronic music artist Oval (aka Markus Popp) makes intricate, odd little shards of sound. On his 2010 album O the …

Pitchfork: More photos

One last gallery of photos from the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival. More Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 coverage: Day One Photos / Day …

Pitchfork Day Two: Review

The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival ran the musical gamut — from the softest and prettiest music to the loudest and most aggressive. …

Pitchfork Day One Review

This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival includes some reruns from previous year’s editions — such as Friday’s headliner, Animal Collective — as well …

MusicNOW opens 2010-11 season

MusicNOW performances are the sort of concerts where you might actually get to meet the composers. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents these …

Patti Smith at the library

I count myself lucky to have seen three concerts by Patti Smith and, now, two other public appearances by this rightfully legendary …

Joe Pug’s ‘Messenger’

The first time I saw Chicago singer-songwriter Joe Pug, I thought: Boy, this guy is really doing the traditional Bob Dylan folk …

Ebony Bones at Green Dolphin

The British singer who calls herself Ebony Bones put on quite a show Saturday night (Feb. 6) at Green Dolphin Street … …

Happy Birthday, Pravda

Chicago’s Pravda Records has been in business for 25 years now, which is reason enough to celebrate. Not many independent labels stay …

The Sadies at the Hideout

I saw Canada’s great Sadies last night (Nov. 28) for the umpteenth time — well, maybe it was my 12th or 15th …

Fanfarlo at Schubas

I’ve been singing the praises of Fanfarlo since discovering this British band in 2008 at SXSW. Fanfarlo finally played in Chicago for …

I’ve been hacked!

In case you noticed anything weird happening at this page, it appears that a Turkish hacker was messing around with it. I …

TV on the Radio & The Dirtbombs

It was a great double bill Wednesday (Oct. 22) at the Riviera, discount with one of my favorite Detroit bands, the Dirtbombs, …

Steve Reich at SXSW

One of SXSW’s stars, treat Sonic Youth guitarist THURSTON MOORE, interviewed another star, composer STEVE REICH, Thursday afternoon at the Austin Convention …

American Music Festival

The American Music Festival at FitzGerald’s is often the best fest going anywhere in the Chicago area over the Fourth of July …

Graceland Cemetery

Every October, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers guided tours of Graceland Cemetery, which is just a couple of blocks from where I live. It …

Search me

Just what are the search phrases leading people to visit the Underground Bee and the other two Web sites I run (www.robertloerzel.com …

Notes from New York

APRIL 14-17, 2006 My first visit to New York since August 2001 (yes, just a couple of weeks before 9/11) began with …

Bee content

Lately, some folks have been suggesting this site should contain some actual content pertaining to bees or beekeeping… topics of which I …

Pictures of Bees

While searching the Web for some pictures of bees that might be useful for designing this site, ed we found the following. …