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Jeff Tweedy

w. Snowblink Wednesday, March 30 – Englert Theatre – SOLD OUT As a songwriter, Jeff Tweedy has achieved success on several levels via the alt. country underground, the indie underground and the relative mainstream. Whether it’s the worn-in country of Uncle Tupelo, the golden era in Wilco with cohort Jay Bennett, or that band’s later […]

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Kurt Vile

w. Brooks Strause, The Lonelyhearts, Paleo Sunday, April 3 – The Mill Kurt Vile’s music seems like the perfect distillation of his parent’s record collection. While he might seem to be channelling Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Marc Bolan, his originality arises from channelling them all at the same time. His early albums, Childish Prodigy, […]

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Nathaniel Rateliff

w. Peter Wolf Crier, Christopher the Conquered – $8 advance, $10 door When listening to Nathaniel Rateliff, you can feel the Colorado mountains that surround his current home of Denver. His unique brand of indie-folk draws from the timeless traditional folk style that has persevered and grown since the beginning of recorded music–from a more […]

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High and Lonesome

w. Shame Train Friday, April 1 – Yacht Club Dave Zollo has certainly paid his dues and has earned himself both a large local fan base and the respect of his fellow musicians with his innovative talent and undying enthusiasm. He has played alongside local heroes like Greg Brown and William Elliott Whitmore and, on […]

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Wye Oak

w. Callers Monday April 4 – The Mill – $8 advance, $10 door Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner named the band Wye Oak in remembrance of the largest white oak in the U.S., which was destroyed by lightning in 2002. Like this majestic tree, the music of Wye Oak branches and spreads, surrounding listeners with […]

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Or, The Whale

w. Chamberlin, Kerosene Circuit Wednesday, Mar. 30 – Yacht Club This San Francisco septet takes its name from the alternate title of Melville’s Moby Dick. Like that fish story, Or, The Whale’s music is about glory, obsession, beauty and loss. Or, The Whale defy classification with their sepia-toned blend of vocal harmonies, slide guitars and […]

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Dark Dark Dark

w. Here We Go Magic, Pillars & Tongues, Skye Carrasco Friday, April 1 – The Mill – $10 advance, $12 door A mélange of musicians with disparate influences, Dark Dark Dark craft beautifully arranged, powerful yet vulnerable chamber pop. The group, which began as a collaboration between Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount, layers haunting […]

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Das Racist

w. The Hood Internet, RichRok Thursday, March 31 – Yacht Club – $10 advance, $12 door In the hyperactive online music world, Das Racist, a liberal-arts educated rap duo based in Brooklyn consisting of an Indian and a Latino, busted on to the scene in 2008 with, ostensibly, one of the stupidest songs ever written: […]

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The Hops: Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout

Not only does the March equinox mark the change of seasons, the transition to spring swings beer cravings back toward the light, citrusy and often hoppier brews enjoyed during T-shirt and shorts weather. But screw that. There is tons of time for IPAs and hefeweizens later. March means St. Patrick’s Day, when the Chicago River […]

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