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Oct. 6 • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Joey Cape might be among Punk’s busiest purveyors, but his longest standing and best-known band is obviously Lagwagon, one of the original Punk/Pop groups that emerged from the early ’90s California scene.   

MPMF.12 Day 3: Walking (Dry) After Midnight

{CommentsCant} · Monday, October 1, 2012
I love the last day of MidPoint and I hate the last day of MidPoint.
I love the energy and anticipation of what has always been the best night of the festival and I hate the thought of going home at the end to the reality of another 362 day wait until we can do it all over again. Other than a couple of hiccups, both personal and universal, this may have ultimately been the most perfect MidPoin...  

MPMF.12 Day 2: The Storms are All Inside This Year

{CommentsCant} · Saturday, September 29, 2012
Another beautiful evening for MidPoint 2012 despite a dreary day as an opening act. Thursday night’s festivities were fantastic, but they turned out to be a mere warm-up for the grand mal WTF of Friday night. As it should be.

First up on the agenda was a walk down to Grammer’s to once again bathe in the resplendent Blues chemical peel that is the Sundresses. My adoration of the band has...  

MPMF.12 Day 1: Sky is Dry, Beer is Wet, Music is Fantastic

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 28, 2012
The first night of MidPoint almost looked like it would be a typical rain-soaked affair, but the clouds relented and the festival’s kick-off was gorgeous and every bit as big as promised.

My first stop on the musical pub crawl that is MidPoint was not a band but a party...well, the whole bloody thing is a party, but this was an actual event thrown by the towering presence known as Brian ...  

Black Owls

Sept. 28 • Main Event

1 Comments · Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Over the course of three excellent albums, including their new eponymous double-disc set, Black Owls have incorporated vintage influences into their singular sound.  

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

Sept. 28 • The Hanke Building

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 25, 2012
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound’s sophomore album, Want More, might sound like some lost artifact from Otis Redding’s archive, but the Chicago quartet is young enough to be Redding’s grandchildren and have only been working their Indie Rock corner of Chicago Soul since 2007. 


Sept. 13 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
One of Rock & Roll’s prime directives is to raise the shock tolerance of the general population. Remember Elvis Presley’s hip ban on The Ed Sullivan Show? Jim Morrison showing the Lizard Prince to a Miami audience? GWAR makes all of them combined seem like a kindergarten macaroni art project.  

Antibalas with The Pinstripes

Sept. 15 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
In 1998, Brooklynite Martin Perna assembled a group of musicians to play at a Harlem poetry gathering, christening the band Antibalas, the Spanish word for bulletproof.  

Two Gallants with Papa

Sept. 17 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
 When Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel began playing San Francisco street corners and house parties a decade ago under the banner of Two Gallants they were just 21 years old, but by then, the Folk rockers were childhood friends that had already been playing together for nearly 10 years.  

Eilen Jewell

Sept. 6 • The Redmoor

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 4, 2012
To her infinite credit, Eilen Jewell has never been tempted to churn out a sanitized and commercially viable version of Country with a view toward success and fame.