| Feb 26, 2015
| 8:59 AM
Punch Brothers' co-founder Chris Thile describes his band's music in violent terms – slaps and ice baths get mentioned. But it's all good, because it's all about channeling the world's musical consciousness. Confused? Let Thile explain:
| Jan 26, 2015
| 2:21 PM
The band Punch Brothers was half-jokingly called The Legion of Acoustic Superheroes by newgrass legend John Cowan soon after they formed in 2006.
It made sense at the time — a bluegrass-in-instrumentation-only quintet of top young string virtuosi,...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 7:23 AM
Last Sunday evening, I had my first sip of South End Session Ale, a gentle and perfectly satisfying pale ale from SaltWater Brewery in Delray Beach that did the job while allowing me to maintain my paternal bearing on an afternoon spent with kids watching...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 6:00 AM
The marketing plans are likely being discussed as you read this: brainstorming sessions focused on delivering glistening, big-ticket records from Kanye West, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Adele — 2015 albums so brightly anticipated that they...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 9:30 PM
Reports from Saturday, day two at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, from Greg Kot (GK), Bob Gendron (BG) and Kevin Williams (KW):
11:31 a.m.: Blood Orange's Dev Hynes posted several tweets after his Lollapalooza set Friday saying that he and his girlfriend...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 8:55 AM
What: Pitchfork Music Festival
Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.
When: 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
What: 46 bands/artists, three stages, hosted by e-zine pitchfork.com
| Apr 21, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Outside of the darkened theater, what use are stand-alone action movie soundtracks such as "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"? As a tool to relive Hollywood action via headphones while pretending to leap tall buildings? To add big-screen drama to, say, the act...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Outkast and Calvin Harris will join Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Skrillex as headliners Aug. 1-3 at Lollapalooza. If that sounds a bit familiar, it should — five of the six top acts have played Lollapalooza before.
The latter four acts...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 12:42 PM
Talk about dumb Starbucks.
For its latest compilation album, the coffee chain commissioned covers of love songs from 13 artists just in time for Valentine’s Day, which sounds like a delightful idea, until you realize how much of “Sweetheart...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 9:03 PM
2.5 stars (out of 4)
“My head was really hurting,” Craig Finn says by way of introduction to his first solo album. “Clear Heart Full Eyes” (Vagrant) sounds like one long hangover – an album in which the morning-after mood...
| Mar 18, 2013
***1/2 (out of four)
Country music generally remains too unhip of a reference point for the indie music world to touch with much seriousness. So when Brooklyn musician Matthew Houck, a.k.a. Phosphorescent, made an album of Willie Nelson covers about four...