WBEZ's Live Music Thursday
Summary: Each Thursday we podcast video of one song from a live music performance filmed by WBEZ Music.
Since they started, Chicago's Empires have been committed to a DIY approach to music. That, and their hard work ethic has nurtured their impressive output of anthemic rock albums. It’s these factors that have been the key to the band's steady climb to success.
Chicago’s four piece dance-punk band Bring Your Ray Gun always brings the party you can’t miss. This week on Live Music Thursday, Chicago Singles Club presents Bring Your Ray Gun at The Empty Bottle where they perform their track ‘Break It Off.’
After a few years on break exploring other projects, Austin rock band Spoon is back. This week on Live Music Thursday, Spoon performs ‘Rainy Taxi’ from their 2014 critically acclaimed album They Want My Soul.
In June of 2014, Spencer Tweedy (drums) joined his father Jeff Tweedy and company to create their new musical endeavor simply titled Tweedy.
Seasoned musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo started playing as The Both in 2013. The duo is a match made in heaven complete with rock and roll harmonies. This week on Live Music Thursday, The Both perform ‘No Sir’ on Sound Opinions.
Folk and indie rock singer and guitarist Angel Olsen has an impressive résumé, having worked with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang and collaborated with Tim Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz) and LeRoy Bach (Wilco). Her haunting voice and poetic lyrics fill the room and stick with you.
Based in New Orleans, Benjamin Booker is the next big artist you need to know. He plays a raw blend of garage rock, blues, and soul. This week on Live Music Thursday, Benjamin Booker performs 'Have You Seen My Son?' from his self-titled album on Sound Opinions.
Kelis performs her song Jerk Ribs from the album Food on Sound Opinions. This is episode one of season three of the Live Music Thursday podcast.
M&O, AKA Milo and Otis, from Chicago, Illinois play fresh R&B that’s been appropriately called “Adventure Soul.” This week on Live Music Thursday, M&O performs ‘Jimmy Savannah’ from their album Almost Us on Vocalo’s Live from Studio 10.
Pelican is a post-metal band from Des Plaines, Illinois.
Secret Colours is a local Chicago music collective that has its roots in rock. Since they formed in 2010, not only have there been changes to the individuals involved with the collective, but their music has also evolved, branching out from their roots to develop more creative and unique sounds.
New Orleans’ musician Allen Toussaint has been an influential figure as a pianist and vocalist, composer, arranger, and record producer. Since the 60’s, he has written hits for New Orleans R&B artists, as well as songs popularized by artists such as The Rolling Stone, Otis Redding, and The Who.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are a duo from Mexico City who have been performing together since 2001. Rodrigo y Gabriela bring together elements of nuevo flamenco, jazz, and metal on classical guitars. The duo demonstrates hypnotizing finger work for Sound Opinions at Goose Island Barrel House.
George Evelyn has been making music as Nightmares On Wax for 25 years. As one of the creators of trip-hop, he knows how to create a very specific vibe. He brought that vibe to WBEZ's studios last winter for a High Fidelity Music Series concert.
The Melbourne, Australia band Courtney Barnett and the Courtney Barnetts performed their first show in the United States in 2014 at WBEZ's studios for a High Fidelity Music Series show.