Archdiocese be damned, PrideFest is going to be all kinds of crazy fun this year. Celebrating with new digs at Soldier's Memorial downtown, commitment ceremonies in City Hall, a headlining appearance by Taylor Dayne and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is u ... More >>
Things have been crazy around here, to say the least. I can't say for sure, but I have a theory that music editor Daniel Hill hasn't left the office in days and has only stopped working on the RFT Music Showcase for an occasional George Costanza-style under-the-desk nap. See the fruits of our labor ... More >>
We hope you enjoyed that extra day of rest as much as we did. Besides, you're going to need it if you intend on spending an entire day basking in local sounds with us this weekend. The RFT Music Showcase 2013 is this Saturday -- get the exhaustive coverage of all the nominees and come see 50 of the ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
See also: How it happened Mumford & Sons in Dixon, 8/18/12: Review, Photos and Setlist The Mumford & Sons-themed Decorations in the Store Fronts of Dixon, Illinois: Photos Best Sing-Along: The Very Best ft. half the day's bands covering "Will You Be There" (a.k.a. the Free Willy song) The Very Bes ... More >>
The Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Dixon, Illionis is this weekend. A quick refresher: Mumford and Sons plays overlooked small towns with hefty lineups of pals -- in this case Gogol Bordello, Abigail Washburn, the Very Best, Haim, Dawes, Apache Relay and Nathaniel Rateliff. It ha ... More >>
Mumford & Sons has just announced an unusual summer tour, and one of its four US dates is in Dixon, Illinois. A limited run of tickets will be on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9 for $59 (with no fees or charges). The rest will be $69 (again, no fees) and you can reserve campsites created by the tour f ... More >>
courtesy of Spiritual RezReggae party starters Spiritual Rez will be making an apperance at 2720 Cherokee tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 1st) and we have a couple pairs of tickets just waiting to be won. This show is 21 and up and starts at 9 p.m. For details on how to win the tickets, head ... More >>
For the second year in a row, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will be playing the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Pokey and co. will be performing on Saturday, July 30, the same day that the Decemberists headline. (Other acts performing that day include Gillian Welch, Gogol ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, March 21. Apop Records, 2831 Cherokee Street.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Nate JonesJenna from the Monads, rendered as a member of Emmet Otter's Jug Band!One of the city's beloved live bands, the Monads, is calling it quits after one last show this weekend at Off Broadway. Why the split? In a statement, the band simply says, "We are just looking to go different dir ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, September 7. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 2. Black Crowes - Croweology* 3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More 4. Black Keys - Brothers 5. Wolf Parade - Expo 86* 6. Jack Johnson - To The Sea 7. Tom Petty - Mojo 8. Devo - Something For Everybody 9. Sher ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, August 6. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
= local, * = coming to town Wolf Parade's latest album, Expo 86 Euclid Records 1. Wolf Parade -- Expo 86 2. Black Keys -- Brothers 3. Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main St. 4. Robert Randolph & the Family Band -- We Walk This Road 5. Band of Horses -- Infinite Arms 6. ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) blogs.westword.com3OH!3's Streets of Gold*3OH!3, Streets Of Gold Ke$ha joins the neon-pop group on its latest release. Stream that track and the rest of the ... More >>
On his new blog, former Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis broke some interesting news: Lollapalooza's sponsor, C3 Presents, and their partners are being investigated by the office of the Illinois Attorney General for what DeRogatis terms "anti-trust issues stemming from the radius clauses that th ... More >>
* = a band coming to town, = a local artistEuclid Records 1. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street 2. Black Keys - Brothers* 3. Jayhawks - The Bunkhouse Album 4. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms 5. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
* = a band coming to town, = signifies a local act Vintage Vinyl 1. NATIONAL---High Violet 2. DEAD WEATHER---Sea Of Cowards 3. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS---Together* 4. OZOMATLI---Fire Away 5. GOGOL BORDELLO---Trans-Continental Hustle* 6. USHER---Raymond V. Raymond 7. CARIBOU---Swim* 8. FLYING LOTU ... More >>
Gucci Mane loves you. The Atlanta rapper is currently incarcerated and due to be released next week, but you can still wear your Free Gucci t-shirt on June 12 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. 2720 Cherokee *Shpongle, May 12 Beale On Broadway *Chris Ruest Band, May 22 *Magic Slim and The Teardro ... More >>
* means coming to town, means a local release Euclid Records 1. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil 2. MGMT - Congratulations 3. Jeff Beck - Emotion Commotion 4. Shelby Lynne - Tears, Lies, & Alibis 5. Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews the Bootz Orchestra's album Bony Jars. He had this to say:From the sweetly sung ukulele reveries of Beirut to the raggle-taggle gypsy-punk of Gogol Bordello, the hybrid of Eastern European folk and Western pop has hollowed out its own niche in indie ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, July 23. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Pageant *Cross Canadian Ragweed, Saturday, May 23 *Gogol Bordello, Thursday, July 23 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *New Kids on the Block, Wednesday, July 1 *Incubus, Thursday, July 23 Kranzberg Arts Center *Kay Love, Saturday, May 9 *Ken Haller, Friday, June 12 Firebird *YeaKid BigStatic, Tuesday, ... More >>
Week of October 5, 2005
Jesus admonishes Stryper, we hear Sleater-Kinney's secret fears, and Gogol Bordello talks gypsy jive