Category Archives: The Live Shows

The Ox & the Loon: Entwistle & Moon Tribute

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Night three of the 2015 California Music Fest brought with it another tribute. After a raging kickoff night of Zeppelin at the Bonzo Bash, followed up by night #2 of heavy metal shredding at Randy Rhoads Remembered (which Rock World unfortunately had to miss), the conclusion of the festival had a tall order to meet. As an even bigger fan of ... Read More »

Bonzo Bash: (Thirty!) Drummers Drumming

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Photos by Diana Gualda The Bonzo Bash, brainchild of rock drummer Brian Tichy and a tribute to the late great Jon Bonham of Led Zeppelin (a band who needs no introduction here), is something to behold. As the first night of The 2015 NAMM Show was coming to a close, the first night of the now 3-day California Music Fest ... Read More »

George Clinton Teaches Us a Thing or Two About Staying Funky

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What’s most intriguing about a man who’s helped define music for 60 years? His unique insights into the evolution of technology reveal the effects of such a phenomenon on the very industry. Breaking on to the scene in 1955 with his formation of The Parliament, inspired by doo-wop group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Mr. George Clinton would rise to fame. His Parliament/Funkadelic ... Read More »

Field Report run with Marigolden

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“This is one of our favorite rooms to play,” Field Report’s Chris Porterfield said with a smile and a nod early into their set Saturday night at Chicago’s Schubas. Set on the corner of Belmont and Southport in the Lakeview neighborhood, the designated Chicago Historic Landmark is a neo-Gothic treasure that welcomes traveling bands and offers listeners a pastoral setting ... Read More »

They are called TEAM*

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Watching a band come into its own can be a protracted experience, particularly when achieving widespread success may be both elusive and dispiriting. Texas-based alt-indie group, TEAM*, have seemingly fast tracked their climb toward notoriety since releasing their first self-titled EP independently in December of 2013. In addition to filling legendary Texas venues such as Trees and Stubbs, TEAM* has ... Read More »

Pixies Prove they are Masters of Painting Emotion

A night that was too hot for San Francisco spun a blanket from the water-laden atmosphere to serve as the perfect backdrop to settle over us, locking everyone into and surrounding us with the surreal sounds of genre-confused The Pixies. Back with their first new material since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, it was a solid and sleepy set. A grungy, ... Read More »

Bright outlook for The Future Laureates

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Chicago pop-folk-rock group The Future Laureates have made the road their home for the last six years hitting SXSW, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and regional venues with their honest, Midwestern sound. At a recent hometown stop at Chicago’s Martyrs, the band celebrated the release of their latest creation, the Here and After EP. For their fifth release, the band teamed up with ... Read More »

Widespread Panic :: 6.20.14 :: Chicago

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Widespread Panic frontman John Bell greeted a spirited lakefront crowd June 20 as the sun went down over Chicago and fog churning overhead. He said, “Evenin’, folks,” and the band launched into their set. Bell, who plays rhythm guitar, belted the opening lyrics to an old favorite, “Fishwater,” and the band chugged through 17 songs that included guest spots from ... Read More »

Petty Fest Chicago

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Tom Petty seems to be a well-liked guy. The fine people at The Best Fest Ever–and partners Jameson Whiskey–provide Petty fans, collaborators and peers an opportunity to celebrate Petty’s music with the nomadic Petty Fest. ALL of the proceeds go directly to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund which provides financial assistance to musicians facing illness, disability or age-related problems. The ... Read More »

Lots of Movement with Little Daylight

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When a star tambourine dangles beautifully and precariously from the corner of the front keyboard stand, it indicates two things: A sense of whimsical fun, and that someone’s about to seriously shake it. Little Daylight throws a hypnotic dance party that inexorably pulls you into their orbit, driving you on in a frenzied, kinetic energy to move faster, dance deeper…and ... Read More »

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