Tagged blues

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Chip Ratliff-Resilient

Chicago musician Chip Ratliff will drop his first album in over ten years, the appropriately titled Resilient, on Friday, August 4. Resilient opens with the title track, a spiritual spoken word piece and statement of purpose; Ratliff has seen some hard times and has the soul to overcome anything that the world puts in front…

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Jack Butler Jones at Stage 773

Blues, at its best, is raw, immediate, and menacing. There’s a jagged edge to those familiar chord progressions, like a bad idea you can’t turn away from. If that doesn’t make sense, look no further than “Get Back Blues,” from Jack Butlers Jones. The churning guitar riff sounds dangerous like that last beer you know…

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Chicago bluesmen DOUG JAMES AND THE POCKET to headline Reggie’s

The blues has always been the music that fuels the working man. Whether they’re tales of putting in long hours for little pay or celebrations of letting loose, these songs are as much a part of America’s songbook and heritage as the Star-Spangled Banner. So it makes sense then that long-time radio personality and venerable…

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Blues/rock power trio The Fabulous Naturals coming to Martyrs’ this month

Lightning in a bottle is rare, but can be truth in advertising as well, and few Chicago acts evoke this more than blues/rock power trio The Fabulous Naturals. Formed in 2010, guitarist/vocalist Peter Poulos, bassist Chad Nannenga and drummer Bill Brown craft distortion-heavy riffs and boundless rhythms with the flair of 70’s arena acts and the grit of 90’s…

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She Rides Tigers-Standing on the Edge

Chicago trio She Rides Tigers, which features ex-members of The Bright White and Hemmingbirds, have dropped their debut EP, Standing on the Edge. The EP opens with “Chase the Flame,” a gritty rock n’ roll number in the vein of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and powers forward with “Roll With It,” a post-punk dance floor…

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North by North-Pistoletta and Dark Star

Chicago’s North by North follow up 2014’s fantastic Something Wicked LP and “Mama Gold”/”Break Some Bones” singles with two new tracks slated for inclusion on a fall 2015 album. “Pistoletta” is what NXN fans have come to expect from the trio (Nate Girard, Kendra Blank, Dylan Andrews): big vocals and guitars from the Jack White…

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Burnside & Hooker-All the Way to the Devil

Chicago’s Burnside & Hooker have dropped their sophomore album, All the Way to the Devil, a fine collection of swampy blues, sexy soul and rootsy rock. The album’s first proper track (after a short, gospel-influenced intro) is “The Graveyard,” which pays tribute to Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon and other late American Blues icons. The song…