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The Prisoners live at The Roundhouse. Photo by Retro Man Blog

The Prisoners + the Inspiral Carpets – The Roundhouse (London, England) – May 24, 2024

23 July 2024

The Prisoners May 24, 2024, gig at the famed Roundhouse in London put a capstone on their legendary (at least to this scribe) career. Playing before their biggest audience ever, the band treated the crowd gathered from all over the world to a set of vintage organ-fueled garage, psyche, and soul, while playing gems covering their whole career, from 1982 debut, A Taste of Pink to their stellar 2024 comeback album, Morning Sun.

Wilco's Solid Sound Festival - Mass MoCA (North Adams) - June 28-30

5 July 2024

Wilco hosts their eighth curated festival nestled in the Berkshire Mountains with a wide ranging display of sounds.

Ladytron - Thalia Hall (Chicago) - May 29th, 2024

30 May 2024
This wasn’t a mere concert! It was a cinematic experience!

Boston Calling - Harvard Athletic Complex (Cambridge, MA) - 24-26May 2024

29 May 2024

Boston Calling enjoys superb weather on a bill stacked with pop performers and some C&W and others mixed in.

Allah-Las at Cabaret Metro (Chicago) - April 27th, 2024

27 April 2024

Though it was the last night of their tour, Allah-Las still played an engaging albeit somewhat short set that left the crowd yearning for more.

Mitski – Auditorium Theatre (Chicago, IL) – March 22, 2023

23 March 2024

Mitski performed the second in a series of four sold-out concerts at Chicago’s storied Auditorium Theatre. The run of shows launched a new leg of touring in support of the celebrated songwriter’s seventh album, 2023’s The Land is Inhospitable and So are We.

Friko with Smut -Cabaret Metro (Chicago) - March 1st, 2024

2 March 2024

These songs became heartfelt anthems for a packed crowd believing in the power of music and grateful for the experience.

Angel Olsen -Thalia Hall (Chicago) - December 1st, 2023

2 December 2023

Olsen quickly began thrilling the audience with her ravishing songs but also making fans laugh with her jokes about taco bars, bad knees, teleprompters, green bandanas and Argo Tea. Even though she now lives in North Carolina, she can always come back to visit and be Chicago’s darling!

The Claudettes – The Venue (Aurora, IL) – Nov 11, 2023

25 November 2023

The Claudettes returned to their suburban Chicago haunt at The Venue in Aurora, Illinois for a wide-ranging set drawn from all points of the band’s 13-year career – including songs from an upcoming EP.

Billie Marten-Cabaret Metro (Chicago) - November 12th, 2023

12 November 2023

At the same time, her songs move at such a gentle pace to make the listener appreciate time passing and all the tender moments of her vocals over her guitar caresses. These songs are filled with heart and genuineness indeed.

Yes – Paramount Theatre (Denver) – October 26, 2023

30 October 2023

Progressive rock fans in Denver ventured through a cool and drizzling Thursday night to see genre pioneers and frontrunners Yes perform during the band’s The Classic Tales of Yes tour.

Wilco – Mission Ballroom (Denver) – October 22, 2023

27 October 2023

Wilco made a strong case for the fresh songs from Cousin and Cruel Country, interspersed with fan favorites.

Johnny Marr in Conversation

Johnny Marr - Warsaw (Brooklyn) - October 23, 2023

24 October 2023

At the recently renovated Warsaw, legendary guitarist Johnny Marr of The Smiths and one-time member of The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse, and The Cribs spent over two hours discussing his new Harper Collins photo/memoir book Marr’s Guitars with Variety music editor Jem Aswad in an amazing conversation that brought forth memories of writing some of his greatest songs on some of the 130+ guitars he has amassed over a spectacular and restless musical journey from a scrappy working-class Manchester upbringing to winning an Oscar for his collaboration with Hans Zimmer, Billie Eilish, and Finneas on the theme song for the 2021 James Bond film No Time To Die.

Macie Stewart -Epiphany (Chicago) - October 20th, 2023

21 October 2023

Though Epiphany is not a typical rock club or music venue, it seemed perfectly fitting for the community who enjoyed sharing the type of shared spiritual experience occurring when any group of people come together to experience something which unites them as people.