CIMM Fest

The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, or CIMM Fest, ran April 30-May 1 at several venues around the city, featuring movies about music as well as concerts and other events. I saw three documentaries, all of them worth seeing: Joe Angio’s long-awaited Revenge of the Mekons — a compelling, funny Continue Reading

Pitchfork Music Festival 2013

See my photos of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival for The A.V. Club: Days 1, 2 and 3. I’ve included photos in this blog post. For a long while now, Pitchfork has been about a lot more than indie rock. The Pitchfork website and the Pitchfork Music Festival both have a Continue Reading

Solid Sound, Part 3

Read more about Solid Sound and see more photos in Parts 1, 2 and 4 My last two blog posts about Solid Sound were about what the members of Wilco were up to during this festival. But like any decent fest, this one wasn’t entirely about one band. In brief, Continue Reading

Solid Sound, Part 1

Read more about Solid Sound and see more photos in the rest of my report: Parts 2, 3 and 4 Wilco’s home base is Chicago, but the band’s vacation home seems to be MASS MoCA — the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass.  Wilco held its Solid Sound festival Continue Reading

March and April 2005 concerts

The Underground Bee has been out of commission for a month or so… I was too exhaused by the big SXSW 2005 extravaganzato pay much attention to updating this site. It’s time to catch up. But first, here is an actual letter to the editor I received recently. (The authenticity of Continue Reading