Sold Out Umphrey's, Summer Camp, and more.

Last Saturday I went up to Chicago for a sold-out Umphrey's McGee show at the Riviera. It was insane.

Snow Shoe Preview

Somehow (seemingly impossibly soon), Valentine's Day is right around the corner. This is a magical time of year where soulful guitars and fat bass fall in love with splashy keyboards and rampaging drums to refresh the atmosphere and break winter's icy grip on our hearts. To that end, I hope that I see all you happy couples at Snow Shoe in Chicago next weekend on the 15th.

Instrumental Ambience

Last night I got a new album to listen to: The Migration by virtuoso instrumentalists Scale the Summit. This is melodic metal music at its finest without any gargled screaming (not that I mind the occasional scream, but it gets in the way of a lot of really good metal).

Music for Being Trapped in Your Apartment

Like many residents of central Illinois over the past week, I was basically stuck in my apartment for about 4 days. I listened to a ton of music over that time period, and I just thought I would share some of my favorites.

1. Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains--The Big Eyeball in the Sky

Umphrey's in Milwaukee

Two thumbs way up for what was a pretty heavy show this past weekend in Milwaukee. The Riverside had its foundations shaken as Umphrey's McGee ended their three-night run with a mind-melting blowout on Saturday night.

Umphrey's Highlights

So I recently decided to go see Umphrey's McGee (my favorite band) in Denver for New Year's Eve. I started going through all the Umphrey's I have on my computer (quite a bit) and found a few highlights that I felt I should share with ya:

Real Estate Is Awesome

So I'm going through a ton of music on my computer, finding things I don't listen to anymore and generally updating everything, when I come across a folder labeled "Real Estate". I vaguely recall getting their debut a few years ago, so I check it out to see what it's all about, and now I don't remember why I stopped listening to this album.

The Best Weekend of the Year

Well, Shoe Fest 2013 has come and gone, and the let down has set in. What a great weekend. Even more so than last year, everything was just perfect. Camped right across from the Uncommon Pavilion Stage, I was able to kick back and enjoy a lot of the music right from my campsite.

Playlist of the Day

With Shoe Fest coming up, I find it even harder to stop listening to music than usual. So I thought I would share with the wide wide world what kind of music one can expect to hear at Shoe Fest (not all of these bands will be playing Shoe Fest, but it gets the same vibe across).

1. "Possum"--Phish