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The 10 Best Acts at Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

St. Vincent at Pitchfork

As fellow LxL’er Todd wrote Monday, regardless of what you think of Pitchfork, the hipster music mecca, their annual festival at Union Park in Chicago is bar none the best thing they do.  This year’s fest was largely dominated by shoegaze and hip hop acts, but the real theme that emerged is the female dominance of the fest, just as women are also dominating the larger landscape of what’s going right in music today. Five of our top six acts

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

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