Monday, May 31, 2010

NPR's First Listen: Blitzen Trapper - 'Destroyer Of The Void'

Stone Temple Pilots Announce Summer Tour

The first show that I saw was Stone Temple Pilots at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on the Purple tour. I still have vivid memories of Dean DeLeo getting feedback on his guitar as the band opened with "Vasoline". I will never forget it! I have always enjoyed STP, and they were my favorite band as a teenager. Purple and Tiny Music are their best records by far and the aforementioned Purple was one of the best rock records of the 90's. The band recently released their first new album in nearly ten years and it's a gem. They will hit the road this August with more dates to be announced.

Stone Temple Pilots Summer Tour Dates

Aug. 7 @ Rock on the Range - Winnipeg, MB

Aug. 10 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO

Aug. 11 @ Rock n Rev @ Glenco Campground - Sturgis, SD

Aug. 13 @ Wilkens Auditorium - St. Paul, MN

Aug. 17 @ LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH

Aug. 19 @ Deltaplex - Grand Rapids, MI

Aug. 20 @ Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL

Aug. 22 @ Tower City Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH

Aug. 25 @ PNC Pavilion - Cincinnati, OH

Aug. 26 @ Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI

Aug. 28 @ First Niagra Amphitheatre - Pittsburgh, PA

Aug. 29 @ TBD - Toronto, ON

Aug. 31 @ Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT

Sept. 1 @ Bank of America Pavilion - Boston, MA

Sept. 3 @ Borgata - Atlantic City, NJ

Sept. 4 @ Jones Beach Musical Theatre

Sept. 5 @ PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ

Monday Evening Beer Break

A very late, but special holiday posting of MEBB! I hope everyone had a great weekend! On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to have scored two tickets to game one of the Stanley Cup Final! The energy was great and we saw one hell of a game. Last night, I caught the Chicago Fire vs. AC Milan at Toyota Park. The game wasn't very exciting, but I was surprised to see that Lagunitas has some beer stands at Toyota Park! Crack a beer and enjoy some light reading and a video.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mastodon Cancels European Tour

Mastodon has been forced to cancel their summer European tour due to a illness in the band. The band will return to the stage on September 16 in Chicago for the opening night of BLACKDIAMONDSKYE, which features Alice in Chains, Deftones & Mastodon. The band issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of their European tour.
MASTODON regret to inform their fans that their upcoming Summer tour of Europe originally set to begin June 5, in Germany and ending July 3, in Finland has been cancelled. Guitarist Bill Kelliher who has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis has been advised by doctors to continue further medical treatment. Bill’s medical team are optimistic and expect a full recovery in the weeks ahead as the band looks forward to being part of BlackDiamondSkye also featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, slated to begin Sep. 16, in Chicago.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hump Day Happenings

I am posting this much later than I normally do, but it was one hell of a day. I am definitely getting ready for the holiday weekend. I don't have much more to stay. I can't say that I am a Slipknot fan, but there is something about the song "Before I Forget" that I like. Check out a live version below.

Happy Birthday Levon Helm

To this day, my trip to Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble a few years back remains as the most unique concert experience I have ever witnessed. If you can make your way out to Woodstock, NY and catch a ramble, I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed! Happy Birthday Levon. I hope you have many many many more!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beer Hoptacular!

The first ever Beer Hoptacular! will take place from June 4-5 at the historic Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Breweries from around the world will converge on Chicago for what is sure to be a hoptacular event! Tickets are still available for all sessions, and you can get them here. In the meantime, check out the list of breweries that will be represented.


Goose Island

Half Acre

Argus Brewery


Roundhouse Brewery - Aurora

Two Brothers - Warrenville

Limestone Brewing - Plainfield

Flatlanders – Lincolnshire

Mickey Finn's - Libertyville

Lucky Monk – Barrington

Wild Onion - Lake Barrington

Lake Bluff Brewing

Out of State
/ Country



New Belgium


Dogfish Head

Great Lakes Brewing

Magic Hat


Stevens Point

New Holland

Crispin Cider

Sierra Nevada


Boston Beer Co./Sam Adams

Negro Modelo/Modelo especial

Strongbow Cider

Woodchuck Cider

Magner’s Cider


Imperial Cerveza

Led Zeppelin to Replace U2 at Glastonbury?

Just hours after U2 canceled their appearance at Glastonbury, Michael Eavis might and I stress might have a really big replacement. Jimmy Page has stirred the pot by saying that he wouldn't rule out Led Zeppelin replacing U2 at next months festival. Stay tuned for more on this. I would say this is highly unlikely, but you never know.


U2 Cancels North America Tour, Glastonbury Appearance

If you bought a ticket to see U2 and their flying saucer this summer, you are going to have to wait until 2011. Today, the Irish rockers announced that they are canceling their upcoming North American tour and Glastonbury appearance as Bono recovers from emergency back surgery. You can check out U2's official website for more details.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Mumford & Sons Tonight @ Lincoln Hall

I am really excited for the Mumford & Sons show at Lincoln Hall tonight. I bought my tickets over two months ago, which seems like an eternity, but the show is finally here. Sigh No More is one of my favorite releases this year, and if you don't have it, I recommend picking it up. I will be tweeting from the show and you can follow me here. I am also on Facebook.

2010 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup

If you just so happen to be in Switzerland at any time between July 2 -17, I recommend taking a detour and heading to Montreux for the annual Montreux Jazz Festival. Below are just a few of the artists playing this years festival

Ben Harper and Relentless7
Broken Bells
Buddy Guy
Herbie Hancock
Mark Knopfler
Julian Casablancas
Miss Elliott
Mumford & Sons
Norah Jones
Phil Collins
Erykah Badu
Gil Scott-Heron
Massive Attack
Paco de Lucia

Check out the full lineup

In Honor of the Chicago Blackhawks......

Monday Morning Coffee Break

I had a really good weekend and am looking forward to the Memorial Day holiday. I had the floors refinished in my new place on Saturday. It's only the first round of work, but I hope to be moved in by the second week of June. Yesterday, I attended my first ever Goose Island MBA reunion. Great beer & great food! In case you missed it, the Blackhawks are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals! Here is some news and a video to get your Monday moving!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thank Boosh It's Friday!

I have a pretty chill weekend planned, which is nice for a change. On Sunday, I am going to an MBA reunion at Goose Island, which should be a fun time. I might check out Midlake on Sunday at Lincoln Hall, but I haven't made up my mind. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bonnaroo Releases Schedule

It's hard to believe, but Bonnaroo is less than one month away. Today, the organizers released the daily schedule. Bonnaroo will take place from June 10 - 13 in Manchester, TN. Let the schedule conflicts begin!

You can check out the schedule here.

Video: The Black Keys - Tighten Up

Them Crooked Vultures Chicago Print

I didn't get to the show early enough to get the print, but Jermaine Rogers is one talented artist.

Video: Mumford & Sons - The Cave

My Morning Jacket Announces Additional Summer Shows

My Morning Jacket have beefed up their summer tour schedule. In addition to their previously announced shows with Tom Petty, MMJ will play mostly East Coast shows, with a handful of West Coast dates. The band is also heavily rumored to be appearing at this years Outside Lands Music Festival. That lineup won't be announced until June 1.

Once again the band will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to a local charity. See below for the full list of organizations along with links to their websites for more information. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning this coming Friday, May 21st.

My Morning Jacket Tour Dates
Aug. 11 @ SDSU Outdoor Theater - San Diego, CA#
Charity: San Diego Coast Keeper
Aug. 12 @ The Greek Theater - Los Angeles, CA#
Charity: School On Wheels
Aug. 15 @ Mile High Festival - Denver, CO
Aug. 17 @ Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
Charity: Mercy Home
Aug. 19 @ Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA*
Aug. 20 @ Champlain Valley Lawn - Burlington, VT
Charity: Combat Paper Project
Aug. 21 @ Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA*
Aug. 24 @ IZOD Center - East Rutherford, NJ*
Aug. 25 @ Mountain Park - Holyoke, MA
Charity: Womanshelter
Aug. 27 @ Station Square Amphitheater - Pittsburgh, PA
Charity: Just Harvest
Aug. 28 @ CMAC - Canandaigua, NY
Charity: Finger Lakes Land Trust
Aug. 29 @ Great Plaza - Philadelphia, PA
Charity: Greensgrow Philadelphia Project

# - With Avi Buffalo
* - With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hump Day Happenings

Last night, I checked out Them Crooked Vultures at the Aragon Ballroom. Aside from Josh Homme getting drunk throughout the show, I really enjoyed the performance. There were times during the two hour set that the energy lacked, but the band brought it most of the night. It's very clear that Dave Grohl is enjoying being out of the limelight and playing drums. It was also a pleasure to watch him own his kit! Here is some news and a video to get you over the hump day known as Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Watch the Making of MGMT's "Flash Delirium" Music Video

Phish to Headline First Night of ACL

I have only been to Austin City Limits Music Festival once, but I had a great time! Phish, Muse & The Eagles will serve as this years headliners. While I would love to travel to Austin to see Phish, the rest of the lineup isn't strong enough to get me there. If you do decide to go, don't forget to order a chicken cone.

You can check out the rest of the lineup

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee Break

Now that I have closed on my place, I hope to get back to more regular posts on my blog. All in all it was a pretty chill weekend for me. Yesterday, I grabbed some afternoon drinks with friends at Map Room. Last nights Trey webcast was really really awesome and was the perfect way to cap my weekend off. I thought their cover of The Band's "It Makes No Difference" was spot on! I also thought Trey's guitar playing was great. Summer tour is right around the corner! Here is some news and a video to get your Monday moving! Don't forget that S&SS is on Facebook & Twitter.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Urban Floral" by Jim Pollock

Check out this great new piece by Phish poster artist Jim Pollock. You can purchase the print here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Video: The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

Listen to Band of Horses 'Infinite Arms'


Hump Day Happenings

I feel like I have been neglecting my blog recently, but I have been insanely busy. After this weekend, I hope to resume more frequent posts. I have been listening to High Violet nonstop since I picked it up yesterday. Here is some news and video of MGMT rocking "Brian Eno" on Letterman last night.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee Break

I had a really good weekend and I close on my new place this Friday! On Saturday, I had another terrific meal at Jibek Jolu, which is the only Kyrgyzstani restaurant in Chicago. If you live in Chicago, I definitely recommend checking it out.Yesterday, I watched Chelsea dispose of Wigam and win the EPL title. Here is some news and a video to get your Monday moving!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Thank Boosh It's Friday

It's been a pretty hectic week for me, but the weekend is upon us. I don't have much going on this weekend, so I am going to take it easy. I might head up to Fountainhead tomorrow night for some food and drinks. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Video: Phish - Scents & Subtle Sounds - Alpine Valley 7-19-03

Hump Day Happenings

It's been a pretty quick week, but I am ready for it to be Friday. Tomorrow, I am going to see Phish 3D and I am pumped. I have heard mostly positive things and think it will be interesting to see the boys in 3D.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Video: Tool - Vicarious

Alice in Chains, Deftones, Mastodon Announce "BLACKDIAMONDSKYE" Tour Dates

I can't say I am a big fan of Alice in Chains with their newsinger, but they have announced a really BIG fall tour. AIC along with Deftones & Mastodon will hit the road this fall for the "BLACKDIAMONDSKYE" tour. If you plan on catching one of these shows, I would suggest getting a pair of earplugs. Check the official website for more information.


Sept. 16 @ Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL

Sept. 17 @ DTE Energy Center - Detroit, MI

Sept. 18 @ Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON

Sept. 20 @ Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT

Sept. 22 @ Agannis Arena - Boston, MA

Sept. 24 @ Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Sept. 28 @ Lakewood Amphitheater - Atlanta, GA

Oct. 1 @ Scottrade Arena - St. Louis, MO

Oct. 4 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO

Oct. 7 @ GM Place - Vancouver, BC

Oct. 8 @ Key Arena - Seattle, WA

Oct. 9 @ Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR

Oct. 16 @ The Joint - Las Vegas, NV

More dates tba

Craft Beer Week in Chicago May 17-23

Less than a month after the Craft Brewers Conference was held in Chicago, beer enthusiasts will once again descend upon Chicago this May. The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild will host the 1st annual Craft Beer Week, which takes place from May 17-23 at various venues across the city. This event will coincide with the nationwide celebration of America Craft Beer Week. For a full list of events, check the official website.

It seems that beer is all the rage in Chicago lately. With breweries like Goose Island, Piece, Revolution Brewing, Half Acre, Metropolitan Brewing and the soon to be open Haymarket Pub & Brewery, there is no shortage of good beer in Chicago.

Let's not forget the Chicago Beer Hoptacular, which take place from June 4-5 at the Aragon Ballroom. You can get your tickets

It's definitely good to be a beer lover in Chicago!

Monday Morning Coffee Break

I finally made it back home from my extended weekend trip to Las Vegas. Vegas isn't my favorite place in the world, but we had a great time! Jazzfest finished up this weekend and you can check out a complete roundup here. It also appears that we will be getting more dates for Tool's highly anticipated summer tour. Here is some news and video of my favorite MMJ song to get your Monday moving.