DownBeat Editors’ Picks: Shawn Maxwell Expectation & Experience

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For those outside of Chicago, know this: Shawn Maxwell follows the long lineage of Windy City reed players and composers with a big, brawny sound and thought-provoking art. On Expectation & Experience, Maxwell delivers 17 slices of musical exploration that came to him during the pandemic. He includes a family of[…]

Bluegrass Today Track Premiere: Cold Rain and Snow from Jared Rabin

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Chicago singer/songwriter Jared Rabin is about to release his third album next month, and this time around, he’s going all acoustic with some bluegrass flair. We are delighted to premiere the second single today, Cold Rain and Snow, an absolute classic of the genre from the master himself, Bill Monroe. Jared plays all the[…]

Big Beat Chicago Artist of the Week: Kerosene Stars

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Check out the entire playlist for this week’s show and please let me know what you’re listening to. My handle on Twitter, Insta, and Facebook is RyanArnoldRocks. -Ryan A. ** Gang of Youths – “The Angel of 8th Ave” CHVRCHES – “How Not To Drown” feat Robert Smith Jungle –[…]

Mars Williams Interview – CHIRP PODCASTS

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This week, Features contributor Mike Nikolich speaks with saxophonist and composer Mars Williams, the force behind Liquid Soul and previous member of The Waitresses and The Psychedelic Furs. They discuss his illustrious decade- and genre-spanning music career, regular stops through the 90s and 2000s at the Elbo Room and Double Door with Liquid Soul, and his[…]

Phillip-Michael Scales: Blues Like Home via RollingStone

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Phillip-Michael Scales invites us to take the road in “Feels Like Home”, new bluesy title with the footprint of his ancestorsLast year, we had noticed Phillip-Michael Scales at the release of his EP Sinner-Songwriter and his appointment as resident musician Magellan Development Group in Chicago – he was finally on the bill[…]

New JC Brooks via Soul Bag

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NEW JC BROOKS The Chicago singer and his band today publish “Red, Black and Blue, Vol. 1 “, a new EP engaged. With a first clip that does not joke. Anywhere but America …     jcbrooksband.com