• Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

    Posted 07/23/2010 by cal

    The bulk of my review is up at JamBase, but I thought I'd include a few snippets here about artists that didn't make the main highlight/lowlight reel.  There was a lot to see at Union Park this year, and far be it from me to not include somebody.

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  • Acrassicauda feature story @ JamBase

    Posted 04/15/2010 by cal

    I interviewed the singer/guitarist of this Iraqi metal band a few weeks ago. Not your typical local-band-makes-good story. Read the whole story here.

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  • Phish reviews from Cincy, etc.

    Posted 11/24/2009 by cal

    So, the best weekend of Phish of my life (so far) just happened. It's not every day that you get to take an old friend you haven't seen in 11 years to a Phish show, get upgraded to front row center right behind the stage, have Mike walk by and hand your girlfriend a spicy breaded appetizer of some sort after setbreak, and then have Page walk out after playing a career-defining show and shake her hand, looking up at you and all the fans with the most genuine gratitude and humility on his face...Unforgettable. Naturally, none of that made it into the actual reviews, which can both be found here.

    Also, in significantly less ecstatic news, they've posted my review of the new Bebel Gilberto album here.

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  • Wilco review @ JamBase

    Posted 10/26/2009 by cal

    I've really been missing the boat on Wilco. A guy I worked with at Edwardo's Pizza introduced me to the band ten years ago and I've only marginally paid attention since then. Only in the past few weeks have I realized that the first Wilco album I ever heard, Summerteeth, is becoming one of my favorite albums ever. So, if you want to read my thoughts on the UIC Pavilion show a week ago, go here.

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  • Umphrey's McGee, The Hue reviews @ JamBase

    Posted 10/23/2009 by cal

    Better late than never, right? Umphrey's McGee recently unveiled a new event called the "Stew Art Series" (S2), a set of 100% improvised music with themes determined by the audience. I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural event, held at (WHY???) the Eagles Ballroom. Read all about the experiment here.

    Also, I happened across a cool instrumental prog (wince) band out of Chicago called The Hue, and somehow I got JamBase to put up my review of the band's debut album, Beyond Words, which can be found here.

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  • Bruuuuuuuuuce review @ JamBase

    Posted 09/24/2009 by cal

    I couldn't turn down the last-minute offer to go to my first Springsteen show; who knows how much longer the E Street Band can keep playing? I'll say one thing for sure: The Boss looked like he has a good twenty years left of performing in him. Read all about it here.

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  • BLK JKS feature story @ JamBase

    Posted 09/23/2009 by cal

    If you don't get on the BLK JKS train right now, you will be kicking yourself in the years to come. Their new album, After Robots, is easily one of the year's best. A swell bunch of guys, too. Read all about 'em here.

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  • Phish: JOY

    Posted 09/08/2009 by cal

    Sorry for all the JamBase links lately. Here's my review of the new Phish album. And here's something I didn't really think belonged in the review: a more fitting tracklisting for the album. Try re-ordering JOY in iTunes if it seems disjointed to you; I think my version works way better, especially if you consider it in double-sided vinyl terms. (If you're feeling really ambitious, some judicious cross-fades help, too...)

    Backwards Down The Number Line
    Kill Devil Falls
    Ocelot
    Joy
    Time Turns Elastic
    Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
    Sugar Shack
    I Been Around
    Ten Years Later
    Light

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  • Clutch review @ JamBase

    Posted 09/03/2009 by cal

    Oops, this has been up for a while but I forgot to post a link to it; better late than never, right? Go here to read.

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  • Lollapalooza review @ JamBase

    Posted 08/13/2009 by cal

    I guess I needn't have stayed up 'til 6 a.m. Tuesday cranking that mother out...but it is finally up at JamBase here. Kudos go to Wesley Hodges, the dude who wrote the other half of the piece and did a stellar job as well (even if he doesn't get Animal Collective), as well as more photos by Chad Smith and scene institution Dave Vann...

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  • Phish: Toyota Park review @ JamBase

    Posted 08/12/2009 by cal

    Stuff's going up a bit out of order, but anyway...my Phish review is here, with some nice pics by Chad Smith, who has been stalking me at all my JamBase reviews this year...

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  • Sonic Youth review @ JamBase

    Posted 08/10/2009 by cal

    My review-a-thon week is in full swing. The first of several that will be appearing on JamBase went up Friday while I was at Lollapalooza; read all about Sonic Youth in Denver here. Much more to come, stay tuned!

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  • The Celebrated Workingman: Cactus Club, 4th Of July

    Posted 07/09/2009 by cal

    My review of the Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks headlining spot at the Red, White & Pabst Blue Ribbon fest is up on JamBase. This CWM show was one of many aftershows...

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  • Operation: Adaptation and Animal Collective

    Posted 05/26/2009 by cal

    Just a quick note: my Op:Ad review is finally up at JamBase.com, as well as my Animal Collective review from last week.

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