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Hot off the presses, we have some news regarding one of the most captivating bands to come out of Australia’s roiling psychedelic scene: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Read the press release below and get your tickets while you can!

Last Saturday, April 20, saw Australian's hard-charging, "blown-out" psychedelic garage blues group The Murlocs take the stage at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. An intimate venue with a capacity of around 500, the venue is known for up-close performances with some of the most cutting-edge musicians in the world, and The Murlocs were no exception.

Jeff Tweedy's recent run of solo acoustic performances brought him to Champaign's historic Virginia Theatre last week. An evening of heartfelt music spanning most of Tweedy's career, the Wilco front man and singer/songwriter had quite the setting for these shows: pitch black in the concert hall, with just two soft spotlights on Tweedy himself.

Summer Camp Music Festival 2019Full 2019 lineup, Thursday Pre-Party lineup, Red Barn Late Nights, and more!Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment is proud to present the 19th AnnualSummer Camp Music FestivalMay 24-26, 2019 • Three Sisters Park • Chillicothe, IL

Durham, N.C. [April 11, 2019] — Moogfest complements its lineup announcements with the addition of Questlove, Arabian Prince (N.W.A.), and Madame Gandhi, plus the unveiling of this year’s free programming to take place at the American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Theatre, and Quarter Horse in downtown Durham, N.C., April 25–28.

Pitchfork’s inaugural Midwinter Festival was this past weekend, and it went off without a hitch. Sadly, this reporter was only able to attend Saturday, but that was more than enough. The effect of the music while walking through the exhibits and venues was haunting and surreal; it made you forget the harsh cold lurking just outside the doors.

Tune your receivers to oscillations from the anti-sun. Transient random-noise bursts have foretold the coming of the 8th installment of Desert Daze, returning to Moreno Beach, October 10th-13th 2019.This year's First Artist Transmission is avant-pop specialists Stereolab, who have announced their first North American appearance in over a decade.

Tired of the ice and snow? Feeling the cold grip of winter deep down in your bones? Need something nice and spicy to shake off the frigid bleakness? Look no further than Pitchfork’s Midwinter Festival: held indoors at Chicago’s Art Institute, the event takes place over the weekend of February 15-17, and promises to heat things up in this grueling season.

Well, it’s that time of year again. The big festivals start releasing lineups and everyone starts planning their summer out months in advance, hoping to catch some new tunes or see some of their old favorites. It’s really a smorgasbord of music and travel, and there are some really great events out there with unique performances that you may not get to see again.

Bluegrass, Americana, folk. These are some of the richest traditions in American music history, and they are currently experiencing a massive revival. One of the groups cresting that wave and leading us into the future is the explosive Greensky Bluegrass.

Summer Camp Music Festival 2019First Round of Artist AnnouncementsJay Goldberg Events and Entertainment is proud to present the First Round of Artist Announcements for the 19th annual Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL on May 24, 25, and 26, 2019:3 days of moe.3 days of Umphrey’s McGeeBig GiganticZeds Dead RebelutionGramatik

Winter has arrived, friends, and with it, life can seem to grind to a halt. Ice freezes over the roads, blankets barricade any areas where warmth might escape, and we all hunker down for the big chill. Regular readers will know I often recommend music to help us get through these cold months.

Well, it’s that time of year again: winter is here, and will get worse before it gets better. The cold and darkness tend to take it out of a body from time to time, and every now and then it’s necessary to take a break and recharge in the soft glow of a salt lamp with some warm, soothing music playing to relax the mind and relieve the muscle aches.

The music scene in the Champaign-Urbana area has something for everyone. Whatever your flavor, this town is bursting with talent. One of the most exciting and head-turning developments of our local musical culture is the hip hop-oriented Champaign Cypher Series and its resulting tour.

In a year of fantastic music and wonderful music events, Desert Daze cemented itself as the premier festival experience for those looking away from the Bonnaroos and Coachellas of the world.

Desert Daze has announced their additional programming for 2018. Featuring late night film screenings, experimental art installations, yoga, workshops, and so much more, the news puts the final bells and whistles on what is already shaping up to be one of the most talked-about events of the year. Behold!

Coming in hot off the press, NYC quartet Maxband is about to release their debut, Perfect Strangers. Identified only as Max, Tim, Patrick, and Eric on the group’s Bandcamp page, Maxband has produced a record at once atmospheric and wandering, yet streamlined and unassuming. It’s sure to get some heavy rotation when it drops on August 24.

Desert Daze last year was a game changer. The outside-the-box approach to the event, plus the sheer variety of music, the dazzling art installations, late night film screenings, and incredible environment set it apart from your typical festival experience.

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment presentsPEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVALFULL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENTAugust 31st & September 1st, 2018 • Peoria Riverfront • Peoria, IllinoisFeaturingBuddy Guy • Ben Folds • Robert Cray BandShooter Jennings • The Fabulous Thunderbirds • Anthony GomesBilly Strings • Brandon "Taz" NiederauerRoosevelt Collier • Sam Williams

Surging out of the infamous Washington, D.C. DIY music scene comes Saturday Night. Their self-titled debut combines the youthful abandon of pop music with the refined songwriting of musicians who have learned to hone their craft and translate their passion into song.

As hard-working musicians go, few can hold a candle to the Midwest’s own folk hero, Chicago Farmer (aka Cody Diekhoff). Back and forth across the great wide open, the authenticity of his music just resonates with something in the human spirit, with material ranging from raucous and boot-stompin’ runaway hootenannies, to subdued and heartfelt odes to love and loss.

There simply isn’t enough time to listen to all the awesome music out there. It’s hard to keep up sometimes, and certain musicians and their work can occasionally fall through the cracks. I picked out a few albums I’ve really been enjoying lately, and most of them are recent finds for me. If you’ve heard them already, excellent!

Heading on down to St. Louis tomorrow night is the one and only Ween. The legendary quintet will take the stage at The Pageant and kick off their summer tour with a bang. The show has been sold out for weeks and is a hotly anticipated jumping off point for the tour, with people coming from all over the country.