This Week in Great Music: 7/30 – 8/5

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Hey, internet. It’s been a bit of a quiet week around here. I’ve got a bunch of posts drafted up but finding the time to finish them is another matter entirely.

Instead, here’s my listing of great shows this week. Lollapalooza’s here this weekend, in case you didn’t notice, and with Lolla comes some . . . → Read More: This Week in Great Music: 7/30 – 8/5

This Week in Great Music: 7/23 – 7/29

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Monday, July 23 The Shams Band, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, Young Jesus; Schubas. 8 pm, $6 Neulore, The Canvas Waiting, Kevin Daniels; Martyrs. 8 pm, $8

Tuesday, July 24 ?!

Wednesday, July 25 Old Shoe, John Kimock & Trevor Exter, The New Old Calvary; Martyrs. 9 pm, $7

Thursday, July 26 . . . → Read More: This Week in Great Music: 7/23 – 7/29

CHIRP Playlist: July 20, 2012

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Well, friends, I took a week off for my great southbound journey, but I’m back. This week’s show featured many of the artists who I saw and enjoyed at the Forecastle Festival.

As always, you can hear my delightful music selections every Friday night on Chicago’s own CHIRP Radio, from 8 – 10 pm . . . → Read More: CHIRP Playlist: July 20, 2012

This Week in Great Music: 7/17 – 7/22

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I inadvertently skipped Monday’s shows due to travel woes and tiredness. Sorry, Monday bands! There’s still a ton going on this week, including the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest and the Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square.

Tuesday, July 17 A Place to Bury Strangers, Hunters; Empty Bottle. 9:30 pm, $10-12

Wednesday, July 18 Mad . . . → Read More: This Week in Great Music: 7/17 – 7/22

Forecastle Festival, Day One

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Abigail Washburn

I’d sworn off outdoor festivals for a little while, once they stopped being fun, but the lineup for Louisville, Kentucky’s tenth annual Forecastle Fest swayed me. The lure of a good road trip was also a bit too good to resist, and so here I am, in a hotel . . . → Read More: Forecastle Festival, Day One

Wow, That’s a Good Song: Bear Bones, “Oil & Lacquer”

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My “To Be Sorted” folder on my computer is massive, full of music I’ve acquired through various PR people, free MP3s, label samplers, give-us-your-email-and-get-a-song, on and on. It is a huge, hulking list of stuff that has a lot of things I’m lukewarm about, some stuff I delete before I get to . . . → Read More: Wow, That’s a Good Song: Bear Bones, “Oil & Lacquer”