For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
Ten years ago, Jim Becker sought out yoga and meditation teacher Lama Lobsang Palden, hoping to find physical and spiritual healing. But at the end of their first encounter, Palden told the local multi-instrumentalist that they should make an album together. Three years later, they began the protracted process that resulted in the new Drag […]
Jim Becker and Joe Adamik are resolute sidemen and longtime fixtures of Chicago’s live-music scene. The former often plays fiddle, guitar, and banjo in rootsy settings, both straight and twisted, while the latter appears most often these days drumming with jazz and improvisational combos. Their partnership began in 2000, when they were both members of […]
The new reissues of Red Red Meat’s first two albums sound as great as ever.
Music headliners at CIMMfest 2014 include Yo La Tengo and Goblin soundtracking Suspiria.
Best shows to see on Thu 1/30 through Sun 2/2
Yo La Tengo spin their wheel and land on Duk’s. Plus: Dave Pirner dresses for success and a Pinebender veteran debuts a new project
The Logan Square Summer Music in the Park Series begins Sunday, June 26, with Califone and Bloodiest and runs through October.
Superchunk, TV on the Radio among Pitchfork possibilities. Plus: Ruby Hornet gets into the record biz, Dawnbringer’s first show in 13 years, and more
Those Darlins, Mucca Pazza, and Califone, June 11-12
Aside from offering a menu of West Loop cuisine, Taste of Randolph Street also features music by Superchunk, Califone, Lucero, One Eskimo, Headlights, and others.
The 12th annual ribs and barbecue spectacular includes an exceptional lineup of music that features Califone, Generationals, Those Darlins, the Whigs, Langhorne Slim, the Bottle Rockets, Mucca Pazza, and others.
Girl Talk gorges at Graham Elliot, the Electrical Audio forum’s annual sausage party, and more
The final installment of my top 40 albums of 2009
Califone (and Tim Rutili’s first full-length movie) head to the Sundance Film Festival.