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  • Future Islands, Matmos deliver at Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary show

    Future Islands, Matmos deliver at Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary show
    Baltimore's music scene is undeniably one of the country's best, and a good deal of credit for that goes to Thrill Jockey, a Chicago-based indie record label.  In the past several years, Thrill Jockey has signed a dozen current or former Baltimore bands,...
  • Thrill Jockey, instrumental for Baltimore's music scene, celebrates 20 years

    Thrill Jockey, instrumental for Baltimore's music scene, celebrates 20 years
    About six years ago, the Baltimore rock band Arbouretum played at a club in Chicago for an audience of almost no one. You could count the members of the crowd on one hand, singer/guitarist David Heumann recalled, but one of them happened to be Bettina...
  • Jazz picks: Brian Charette, Mark Dresser playing L.A.

    Jazz picks: Brian Charette, Mark Dresser playing L.A.
    A selection of shows coming up this week in and around L.A.: Brian Charette Trio: Maybe it's the burden of the equipment, but Hammond B-3 players can seem in short supply lately. Fortunately there's New York City keyboardist Charette, whose 2013 solo...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet? If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually. As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
  • The Sea and Cake Play Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on Oct. 24

    The Sea and Cake Play Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on Oct. 24
    Chicago's The Sea and Cake (made up of members of Tortoise and other Chi-town bands) play mellow, ambling music, backed up with serious jazz chops and prepared electronics. The band (pictured) swings by the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford during their fall...
  • Local Q&A: Bonzie

    Local Q&A: Bonzie
    Though Bonzie just turned 18, the singer-songwriter has already established herself as a force to reckon with on the local scene. Earlier this year she landed a coveted slot opening for Iron & Wine, and she has spent recent weeks embroiled in recording...
  • Jazz on a summer's day: A great series returns

    Jazz on a summer's day: A great series returns
    For Chicago jazz lovers, the best part of summer starts Thursday. That's when the ninth annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series launches at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. For six consecutive Thursday evenings, some of Chicago's most...
  • Building a bridge between Chicago and France, through jazz

    Building a bridge between Chicago and France, through jazz
    Imagine what might happen if some of Chicago's most inventive jazz musicians embarked on a multi-year collaboration with their counterparts in France. Just think of the music that might result, the insights that could be shared, the audiences that would...
  • Your 2013 guide to street festivals

    Your 2013 guide to street festivals
    Not long ago, going to a Chicago street festival usually meant settling for '80s cover bands, greasy food and ordinary beverages. That was then. Paralleling the grass-roots evolution of the city's dining and brewing scenes, summer get-togethers have...
  • Guitarist Jeff Parker leaves his comfort zone in relocating to L.A.

     Guitarist Jeff Parker leaves his comfort zone in relocating to L.A.
    Los Angeles can be tough on newcomers, particularly among musicians. A key figure in the fertile Chicago jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking indie band Tortoise, guitarist Jeff Parker is midway through a relocation to L.A. that has found him...
  • Rekindle that '90s indie rock spirit with Radical Dads at Charter Oak's Indie Fest on July 14

    Rekindle that '90s indie rock spirit with Radical Dads at Charter Oak's Indie Fest on July 14
    Radical Dads perform during Indie Fest alongside the Suicide Dolls, Farewood, Ovlov, Post-Modern Panic, Kevin MF King, Bret the One Man Band, Rum Glass Serenade, Jared Knapik, Up Up We Go and Ragtime Revolution Free, 7 p.m., July 14. Charter Oak Cultural...
  • Rebecca Gates is back and 'totally over capacity'

    Rebecca Gates is back and 'totally over capacity'
    Rebecca Gates found herself holding a bass guitar, an instrument that she can play in a pinch, at a 2006 recording session in New York with Willie Nelson. “I was pretty intimidated,” she says with a laugh. “I know Ryan Adams, who was...