This Week in Great Music: 4/30 – 5/6

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You’ll probably find me at SPACE on Saturday for Over the Rhine. Maybe Schubas for Retribution Gospel Choir on Thursday. I hope you too have great music plans for this week. I highly recommend that Carolina Chocolate Drops show on Saturday.

Monday, April 30 Robbie Fulks, Audrey Auld; Hideout. 7 pm, $10 suggested donation

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CHIRP Playlist: Friday, April 29, 2012

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Here are some songs I played on the radio on Friday night.

As always, you can hear my delightful music selections every Friday night on Chicago’s own CHIRP Radio, from 8 – 10 pm Central time.

9:55 PM Jon Porras Candlelight Mirage from Black Mesa (Thrill Jockey) 9:50 PM Azita Lullbye from How Will . . . → Read More: CHIRP Playlist: Friday, April 29, 2012

Concert Review: Horse Feathers and Brown Bird, Lincoln Hall, 4/26/12

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Portland-based band Horse Feathers is touring in support of its fourth album, Cynic’s New Year. Singer Justin Ringle’s voice excellently conveys emotion with its high tenor, although the default setting seems to be lingering somewhere closer to heartbreak. Live, their act is heavy on fingerpicked guitar, banjo, and strings, with the occasional . . . → Read More: Concert Review: Horse Feathers and Brown Bird, Lincoln Hall, 4/26/12

This Week in Great Music: 4/23 – 4/29

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Lots of good shows this week! I’m going to be covering Horse Feathers and Brown Bird at Lincoln Hall on Thursday, and possibly the Infamous Stringdusters on Saturday. You should check that one out, too.

Monday, April 23 Robbie Fulks, Robbie Gjersoe; Hideout. 7 pm, $10 suggested donation Dolly Varden, Ellen Cherry; Schubas. 8 . . . → Read More: This Week in Great Music: 4/23 – 4/29

CHIRP Playlist: April 20, 2012

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I played a few songs tonight for Levon Helm, who sadly passed away earlier this week. Kelly Hogan posted a beautiful little blog post on her Tumblr about Helm and her reaction to his death that you should take a few minutes to read.

Hear my delightful music selections every Friday night on Chicago’s . . . → Read More: CHIRP Playlist: April 20, 2012

Levon Helm, 1940-2012

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You’re going to hear a lot of talk about musical legacies, with Levon Helm. With good reason.

“The Weight” is also about legacies. It’s about connections. It’s about forming communities. It’s about generosity and shared responsibility. And every time I see and hear my favorite artists play it, I’m grateful for Levon Helm.

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