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Weekend Action With Friday Night Concerts & THE DUDE @ The Music Box

Gonna be a cold one this weekend, but no worries.  We can handle it.  Friday night shows at a couple of the coziest spots in town make my weekend to-do list and who can resist […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 108: Stephen Marley, I Break Horses, Baby Loves Disco

What do we have on the menu for you this weekend?  A member of the Marley clan takes the stage in Lincoln Park, an indie rock/shoegaze/dream-pop band from Sweden entertains at The Bottle, and if […]


The Pains of Being Pure At Heart play an entertaining set amidst growing clouds at Lollapalooza. (Photo: Nate Azark / WXRT)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Share New Track, ‘Eurydice’ [Listen]

New York indie-pop/shoegaze/jangle-pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release album #3, Days of Abandon, on May 13 and they’ve posted another track for all to enjoy.  They’ll be appearing in Chicago […]



Prius Route to Rock Vol. 101: Kings of Leon, JD McPherson, Peanut Butter Wolf

Three concerts for you this weekend, three very different venues.  One show is of the arena rock variety with one of the biggest rock bands around, another is at a jazz lounge, and last but […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 99: The Autumn Defense, Pictureplane, Hard Working Americans/Turbo Fruits

Let’s see, what do we have on the menu this weekend?  John & Pat from Wilco entertain as The Autumn Defense in a couple of record release shows at one of the most intimate spots […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 88: Booker T. Jones, Cass McCombs, Logan Square Farmers Market

Holiday shopping?  What?  We still have three weeks until Christmas, so there’s plenty of time for that later.  This weekend we suggest a few shows on Friday night and picking up some good, honest, locally […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 81: Chad Valley, Little Green Cars, Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples

As the title would indicate, today is the 81st edition of the “Route to Rock” page and I’d like to thank you for spending some time with it over the past year and a half.  […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 77: Phosphorescent, Disappears, 312 Urban Block Party

Fall is upon us, but it’s the fall that everyone agrees on.  Early fall with mild temperatures and a chance of jacket at night and a ton of Chicago happenings.  Bands are on tour again, […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 71: Fest For Beatles Fans, Northalsted Market Days, Dark Dark Dark

What’s that?  You’re a little burned out from Lollapalooza weekend?  Suck it up.  The summer’s running out on you and before you know it you’ll be watching the Bears/Bengals game from Soldier Field on September […]


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Prius Route to Rock, Vol 52: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Little Green Cars, The Cave Singers

Spring will be here soon.  At least that’s what the forecast says for this weekend.  Last year was quite strange with six or seven straight 80 degree days in the early part of March, but […]