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Liverpool Legends Show Review

Liverpool Legends Show Review

Liverpool Legends June 30th, 2014 Caravelle Theater, Branson, MO Even in a town best known for their love of country and gospel music, the Beatles cannot be denied. We went on a family vacation with my parents to Branson, Missouri, aka the “Christian Vegas”, and enjoyed the unique and odd experience of seeing the Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band presented by Louise Harrison, George’s sister and a Missouri local. It was a pleasure hearing such a wide-ranging set of

Tweedy Show Review

Jeff and Spencer Tweedy Show Review

Tweedy (with Sound Opinions Live) July 17th, 2014 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL As the resident (and only) Wilco fan on this blog, I feel it’s my civic duty to bring you the Tweedy beat. What better way to do that than coverage of Jeff Tweedy (frontman of Wilco) and Spencer Tweedy ‘s (Jeff’s 18 year old son and drummer) interview and performance last night. The show was for Sound Opinions – one of the best radio shows/podcasts around – and

Janelle Monae Show Review: Taste of Chicago

Janelle Monae Show Review Taste of Chicago

Janelle Monae July 7th, 2014 Taste of Chicago Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park Chicago IL I would argue there isn’t a harder audience to play for than a free (or largely free) audience, as they aren’t necessarily your fans and could have any number of musical backgrounds or tastes. Enter Janelle Monae to save the day. The 28-year old, 5-foot nothing (without the hair that is), Kansas City fireball rocks the festival stage better than anyone around right now, and

The 10 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Best Albums of 2014 So Far

This has been an odd year in music by all accounts. There have been nearly no big-time rap albums (except arguably Future’s Honest), it’s been a down year for electronic music (just months after I declared 2013 the year dance music became king), and rock music has made an unexpected comeback (with three albums on our list being unabashed guitar rock records). The albums on our list are also decidedly slower, and more relaxed, as I would say half the

Joe Pug and Hurray for the Riff Raff Show Review

Joe Pug in Millennium Park Show

Joe Pug and Hurray for the Riff Raff July 7th, 2014 Millennium Park, Chicago, IL Easily one of the biggest perks of summer in Chicago are the many free concerts in Millennium Park and Grant Park. From the free and world-renowned Chicago Blues and Chicago Jazz Fests, to summer-long series like Loops and Variations (Thursday night electronic music) and the Grant Park Music Festival (classical music), these free shows almost make you forget the steep premium you pay to live

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