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Lone Wolf: 6 August 2010 - Chicago

It’s been a long, long day and a dark, dark night. Almost apologetically, Lone Wolf leaves amidst gracious applause, back into the steamy darkness of a somber night.

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Cloud Cult: 15 April 2010 - Chicago

It’s not always possible to know when a Cloud Cult song begins and ends. But, that’s the whole point. Human emotions are never that calculated.

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Robyn Hitchcock: 5 March 2010 - Chicago

Flavoring cadences with irresistible falsetto, Hitchcock’s performance created an aura of eerie intimacy.

Lisa Torem
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The Cure for the Sleepless Nights Blues

Something had to knock this sleepless child out and put her in a blissful somnambulistic state. That something turned out to be the raucous guitar musings of Texas-born blues guitarist Johnny Winter.

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The Soundtrack of Our Lives: 28 February 2010 - Chicago

This was The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ last night of their US tour, and it was an emotional one for the fans and the band, too.

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Jann Klose: 16 November 2009 - Chicago

Klose has the classically incandescent look of a young James Taylor. Wavy brown hair frames his chin and ocean-blue eyes sparkle as he strums.

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Grant Lee Phillips: 6 December 2009 - Chicago

It’s much easier to write about unrequited love and cheating liars. It’s hard to sing happy, but Phillips does it well.

Lisa Torem
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Buddy Guy + Dave Mason: 7 November 2009 - Waukegan, IL

He milks and squeezes each note, be it from his trusty guitar or his very well-oiled voice.

Lisa Torem
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Noah and the Whale: 29 October 2009 - Chicago

Noah and the Whale slowly leave the stage. Tired as they must be, their humble expressions hint that they are exceedingly grateful that we’ve come to see them tonight.

Lisa Torem
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Joe Bonamassa: 24 October 2009 - Chicago

Like those around me I’m pinned to my chair. It’s just Joe and an acoustic and I’m astonished. In fact, I’ve never heard anything like it.

Lisa Torem
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Rhett Miller: 16 October 2009 - Chicago

Miller is a constant ball of effusive energy, bobbing up and down and flashing that shy, embracing smile. It’s clear that this band loves to entertain.

Lisa Torem
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Ian Anderson: 7 October 2009-Chicago, IL

My eyes widen as the band sets up, and I wonder which albums Anderson will draw from tonight.

Lisa Torem
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The Ever-Shifting, Hour-Glass World of Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III has recently undertaken the ambitious task of writing songs that Charlie Poole might have given voice to had he not sabotaged his own career trajectory.

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Steve Wynn IV Band + The Minus 5 + The Baseball Project: 11 September 2009 - Chicago

Accompanied by furious riffs and rhythms thick as pigskin, these are strong, contagiously seductive lines – though - a little out in left field.

Lisa Torem
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Pet Shop Boys: 14 September 2009 - Chicago

Two slender figures wearing cubes over their heads, clothed in red and blue frocks, and playing tiny brass instruments walk towards a small piano.

Lisa Torem
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From Scatter to Cantor: Lisa Sokolov Defines Herself

The vocalist explains, "In the commercial world, music can be very shallow, but music as service and language gives its full due."

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A Love Letter from Lisa: To Paul McCartney, My Confession

As I recall historical events, I can’t imagine a timeline existing without your presence, without your warm smile and those careful words that I’ve heard in interviews and television shows and movies.

Lisa Torem
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Janis Ian: The Essential Janis Ian

Unfortunately, Ian -- then only 16 -- never got to Woodstock. But time-travel through the turbulence and tranquility of that era can be realized through many of these tracks.

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Grand Duchy: 24 July 2009 - Chicago

Frank Black's post-Pixie band fan the musical flames without going up in smoke.

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Hess Is More: Hits

Creative lyrics, outstanding mix of genres within a category, good use of special artists and their instruments/vocals.

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Peggy Sue: Lover Gone

Introspective lyrics, infectious hooks, lush harmonies, a lot of variation in their instrumentation.

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Ray Charles: A Message from the People

A message from the people...by the people...and for the people.

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Liquid Soul: 03 July 2009 - Chicago

It’s the evening before Independence Day, but the fireworks are being set off early inside the Double Door.

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