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Friday Reviews | The Nine Best Albums Out January 17

Marcus King - El DoradoSouthern-rock revivalist Marcus King releases his first solo record, El Dorado, produced by the Black Keys Dan Auerbach. Dialing back on the guitar soloing that Marcus King Band has become known for, the record focuses on Kings songwriting and blue-eyed-soul vocal delivery.  Rooted heavily in 70s rock, its a hard...

In Chicago Return, Dopapod Has Transformed [REVIEW / PHOTOS / VIDEO]

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Billy AndresFor many in Chicagos jam scene, Dopapods return was an important night. A band that has word-of-mouth built a following by combining technical precision and explosive creativity, it had been two years since they have been in town. The band seems to like Bottom Lounge a whole lot, playing there...

PHOTOS / RECAP / VIDEO | James 'Blood' Ulmer @ Promontory

By: Michael LepekIn a rare solo performance at the intimate Hyde Park listening room, The Promontory, James "Blood" Ulmer enchanted the audience with a 90 minute set of captivating music.Born in North Carolina as Willie James Ulmer, his career began in the 1960s, playing soul-infused jazz with progressive jazz legends such as Art Blakey, Larry...

The Jauntee Strut Their Stuff At Martyrs'

Words & Photos: Ryan MannixStop me if you've heard this one: the Jauntee is a Boulder by-way-of-the-East-coast jam band. Yes, they are one of dozens.  But the buzz surrounding this group suggests they have something more to offer.  I saw it first hand at Martyrs on a weekday during...

PHOTOS / RECAP | Voice Of Wetlands Festival 2019

By: Howard GreenblattSurrounded by beautiful massive trees dressed in draping Spanish moss, the 16th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival was held in Houma Louisiana on October 11-13.Organized by Tab Benoit, the Voice of the Wetlands Festival seeks to call attention to the disappearing swamp habitats in Southern Louisiana. Benoit says that the issue...

PHOTOS / VIDEO / SETLIST | Gov't Mule @ The Riv 9/27/19

By: Howard GreenblattGov't Mule stopped into an old Chicago haunt in the midst of a fall tour which showed great love for the Midwest.The Riv has a perfect rock room vibe for the blues-based grind of Warren Haynes and company.The vibes flowed through the night's setlist, including an encore that paid tribute to...

REVIEW & PHOTOS | Umphrey's McGee in Indianapolis

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Billy AndresAs Chicago music fans, we arent blessed with the greatest outdoor venues.  Although the Lakefront Green seems to be a great new addition, that won't stop me from making the short trip to Indianapolis when Umphreys is in town.I think of it as something like a "second"...

Festival Watch | Logan Square Arts Festival

Festival Watch is a Tomorrows Verse feature that breaks festival news into the facts you need to know.Logan Square Arts Festival - June 28-30 Headliners To WatchHop Along - The musical project of songwriter Frances Qunilan, Hop Alongs clean and breezy indie sound will fit the festivals vibe well. Attendees looking for laid-back...

Chicago Blues Fest 2019 In Review [Photos & Recap]

By: Howard GreenblattThe City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events hosted the 36th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park. The weather was mostly beautiful, the crowds were enthusiastic and the music was hot.Across multiple stages and three packed days, there was so much action, we couldn't contain it all ...

Chicago Blues Fest 2019 In Review [Part Two]

By: Howard GreenblattIf you're starting here, you came in the middle of the story.  Check out Part One here.Born in 1935, Mary Lane knew (and sang with) greats like Howlin Wolf, Otis Rush and Elmore James, but her greatest success may be yet to come with the recent release of her hot...