• Wilco

    Wilco

    Wilco wraps up a marathon North American tour at home in Chicago with the usual mix of musical precision, chemistry, and warmth.

  • Miike Snow

    Miike Snow

    Miike Snow treats Chicago fans, including our own Chris Catania, to an early Halloween show.

  • Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

    Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

    For its fourth year the Pitchfork Music Festival proves to Chris Catania, and about 20,000 fans, that it can deliver the goods as well as the big guys.

  • Rothbury Music Festival 2009

    Rothbury Music Festival 2009

    Against all odds the annual Rothbury Music Festival perseveres with the help of The Dead, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Chris Catania reports from Michigan.

  • Rothbury Music Festival 2009

    Against all odds the annual Rothbury Music Festival perseveres with the help of The Dead, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Chris Catania reports from Michigan.

  • Rock The Bells

    Rock The Bells

    Rock the Bells kicked off its 2009 hip-hop festival tour in Chicago — just two days after Michael Jackson’s sudden death. Chris Catania took in this year’s finest while ruminating on the psychology of a crowd in mourning.

  • M. Ward

    M. Ward

    M. Ward suspends time and lifts Chicago, and Chris Catania, up in the warm embrace of his timeless music.

  • Lady Sovereign

    Lady Sovereign

    Lady Sovereign may have matured since parting ways with Def Jam records, but she recently proved to both Chicago and our own Chris Catania that she’s still the “biggest midget in the game.”

  • Ant (of Atmosphere)

    Ant (of Atmosphere)

    Word on the street (OK, biology class) is that an ant can carry up to 25 times its body weight. As beatmeister for hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Ant has been delivering truly heavy funk for over a decade. Chris Catania goes backstage to get the lowdown on Ant’s beats, rhymes, and life.

  • Atmosphere

    Atmosphere

    DJ Anthony Davis and Sean Daley bring a golden carnival of Atmosphere to Chicago.

  • DeciBelle Festival

    DeciBelle Festival

    Chris Catania gets in touch with his feminist side at Chicago’s DeciBelle Festival.

  • Tim Fite

    Tim Fite

    Chris Catania gets cozy in a fishy alley with Tim Fite, who isn’t Gallagher and doesn’t wear stretch pants.

  • Hideout Block Party 2008

    Hideout Block Party 2008

    Chris Catania makes it through a weekend of punk, rock, hip hop, sweat, and garbage cans without having his head mistaken for a hi-hat.

  • Steinski

    Steinski

    With the recent release of a career retrospective, pioneering hip-hop producer and sound collagist Steinski will no longer be one of the genre’s best kept secrets. Chris Catania gets the story from the man himself.

  • Pitchfork Music Festival

    Pitchfork Music Festival

    Despite being sunkissed by Spiritualized and bum rushed by Public Enemy, Chris Catania is distinctly underwhelmed by this year’s Pitchfork Festival.

  • Rothbury Music Festival

    Rothbury Music Festival

    Chris Catania hits Michigan’s new Rothbury Music Festival to see if a music festival can both rock and be more eco-friendly. With acts ranging from Atmosphere to the Dresden Dolls and Widespread Panic, Rothbury might accomplish at least one part of its mission.

  • The Kooks

    The Kooks

    At the Kooks’ Chicago tour stop, Chris Catania sees that there may indeed be something wrong with a lil’ (too much) bump n’ grind.

  • Summer Camp 2008

    Summer Camp 2008

    Chris Catania gets a raucous introduction to the summer camp experience, by way of Wayne Coyne‘s glorious teeth.

  • Megadeth

    Megadeth

    Dave Mustaine and his once trailblazing Megadeth seem to be facing the quandary of many “classic” acts, an audience that wants you frozen in time and the creeping realization that your best songs are behind you. Nostalgia may sell, but Chris Catania ain’t buying.

  • Kimya Dawson

    Kimya Dawson

    Kimya Dawson mothers the Chicago kids with her folkish punk rock lullabies. Chris Catania digs.

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