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Friends and colleagues are paying tribute to sublimely talented singer-songwriter Diane Izzo all over town today. Izzo, a regular on the meandering loop connecting the long-gone Lunar Cabaret and Lounge Ax and the Hideout, relocated to Albuquerque from Chicago a few years ago. She died of cancer Friday at the age of 43. Our hearts […]

Last year about this time, I was preparing to return to Chicago after a winter-long stay in Louisville. It was splendid to spend time away from the few months that make me hate everything, even minus the tropical climate my chilled bones ache for every January or so. During that brief, lovely respite, I enjoyed […]

The Street Home Chicago show slated for March 3 has been moved to the House of Blues — but you should still go check it out! This is a groundbreaking showcase for some of Chicago’s best street musicians to perform together, and in a club no less. Deanna Isaacs featured the folks behind this concert […]

Wow – intern Aaron’s band A Lull is opening for Cold War Kids at the Riv on March 11. This video is *beautiful.*

Hey! Yeah! Tonight: Both Time Out and the Reader flag the Immediate Sound Series appearance by Amsterdam’s Available Jelly for special note (ya gotta scroll down to “Sunday” … argh). Says Peter Margasak: “On Available Jelly’s latest album, Bilbao Song … all of the group’s virtues are on full display—Ellingtonian reeds, Mingus-like brass, strong original tunes, […]

It’s been a long week, it seems, all work and rehearsals and now, for some reason, I’m in Indianapolis. OK, for good reason —to meet an old friend’s new baby and hang out with people I haven’t seen in far too long. Somehow, though, it feels as if the Hideout is much more than a […]

Little bit slow on the press recaps this week — sorry! Looking back, here’s Robert Loertzel on last Friday’s packed show by the Singleman Affair. And, looking forward, here’s a Gapers Block review of the latest from Save the Clocktower — complete with free download. The band celebrates the release of its second album, Carousel, next […]

Oak Park fashion blogger/high school freshman Tavi Gevinson on the Interview Show this month! Best quote ever: “It’s good for creativity when you’re confusing people.”

The indominable, incomparable Mavis Staples took home her first-ever Grammy Award on Sunday night, when You Are Not Alone won the title of Best Americana Album. That album, produced by Jeff Tweedy, is an amazing, soul-stirring collection. So we hope we will be forgiven if we admit to a preference for the album that preceded […]

This past Thursday, a lovely thing happened: The Dil Pickle Club plucked itself out of Chicago history (as it is wont to do from time to time) and materialized inside the Hideout. And so I hung out with an old friend on an evening free from work. At work. Funny how that happens. I sat […]