| Sep 14, 2012
| 8:44 AM
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,...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 5:04 PM
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...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 11:23 AM
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...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:35 AM
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...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 12:10 PM
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...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:05 AM
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...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 10:43 AM
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...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 9:58 AM
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...
| May 14, 2013
| 8:40 PM
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...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 11:10 AM
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...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 9:58 AM
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...