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Franklin and Hartridge bring a mix of brawn and finesse to the fore as they tear through Raise and Mezcal Head in fine fashion.
Australian activist rockers Midnight Oil stormed the stage at Cleveland, Ohio’s House of Blues for a night of political agitation and feral rock and roll. Cover photo by John Welk.
Photos and words of Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2017.
Paul McCartney brought his One on One tour to Chicago on Tuesday. Here’s an unconventional review of the former Beatle’s unconventional connection to some of his ardent fans – through the eyes of 11-year-old Melody Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran.
Photos and a few words from the final day of Pitchfork 2017.
Photos from Saturday of Pitchfork 2017.
Photos from Friday of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017.
Gorillaz launched their North American tour supporting Humanz under a full moon at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.
Photos from July 4th at Summerfest, in Milwaukee.
Photos and a quick recap of Sunday of Bonnaroo 2017.
Photos and coverage from Friday of Bonnaroo 2017.
U2’s first of two nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field transcended mere nostalgia. The veteran Irish rockers shared the “desert songs” of 1987’s landmark The Joshua Tree album with a multi-generational assemblage of devoted fans as an act of spiritual communion.
Walking into the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY, there were signs that warned NO SURFING and NO MOSHING. Clutch were in town on their East Coast leg of their Summer 2017 tour supporting Psychic Warfare. These signs made it seem that the crew running the theater have not seen Clutch since the early to mid ‘90s. True enough, the band were part of the 90’s punk and hardcore scene but over the past 15 years or so they have evolved into a hard-working no BS kick-ass rock band.
Recap and photos from the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit.
Pre-Coverage for Indianapolis’s “Gateway to Summer” – Snake Pit.
A pairing of two of the finest songwriters, both in a stripped-down setting.
Photos from Andrew Bird’s final Gezelligheid show at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL.
Photos of M83’s show at The Riviera on the 20th, check it out!
The Buzzcocks hit town for the first time in six years, with their prodigious songbook of earworms in tow.
Photos from Saturday’s Riot Festival and Carnival in Douglas Park.
Billy Zoom battles cancer to hit the road with X once more.
The heady days of alt.rock return, with Jane’s Addiction headlining a bill that includes Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour.
Highlights from the final day of Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary touched all extremes of the eclectic lineup. The mix included hip-hop, psychedelic folk, alternative rock, EDM and more. Read here for coverage of Sir the Baptist and Local Natives.
Photos from the 4th and final day of Lollapalooza 2016.
Saturday’s sunshine was a welcome transformation in Grant Park, and it made for a perfect music-watching. Most of the musicians also mentioned their gratitude for this particular form of climate change from the stage. Read here for reports on the Joy Formidable, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and Dua Lipa.
Photos from Day 3 of Lollapalooza 2016.
Read here for Lollapalooza 2016 Day 2 coverage including Radiohead, M83, Foals, Frightened Rabbit, and more rain.
Photos from Day 2 of Lollapalooza
Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary got off to a soggy start, but day one included many highlights including Yeasayer, The 1975, Kurt Vile & the Violators, and Lana Del Ray. Read the article for the rundown on Yeasayer’s set.
Photos from Thursday (Day 1) of Lollapalooza 2016.
Some shots from the first Lollapalooza aftershow, featuring Yeasayer with Day Wave, at Concord Music Hall.
I attended Wicker Park Fest this past Saturday, have a glance at some photos.
Some thoughts and photos of the final day of Pitchfork 2016.
A recap and photographs of Saturday at Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.
A recap (and some photos), of the opening day of Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.
The final knockout blow was the title song of The Glowing Man, a thirty minute opus that alternately led to dropped jaws or shut eyes, the audience enrapt as the sonic tsunami washed over them.
A quick note on this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, and some hints as to what to expect.
I attended (if ever briefly) The Taste of Chicago. Read and (see) all about it.
A small recollection and some photographs from my one day at Summerfest Music Festival. Check it out.
I attended Sunday of Chicago’s “Mamby on the Beach” at Oakwood Beach. Read some reviews, and see some photos!
The progenitors of “avant-garage” revisit their early work in a concert like none other