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Fork in the Road: Gotta Get Up

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What a fabulous way to begin the weekend. Clowes Hall was packed with an audience excited to see Neko Case. Neko’s voice soared and her band was tight and nearly flawless. Neko mentioned that many of the band members had family visiting and Neko had her two dogs visiting as well. We were able to see them both wander about the stage (or in the case of Anthony, hop…he had three legs and is a dog Neko rescued.)

The combination of an enthusiastic crowd with a well-rested, comfortable, and good-spirited band created the right conditions for an incredible show. Neko and crew received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the set, and with good reason. The band ripped through nearly every major song from Neko’s previous two albums, Middle Cyclone and Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, as well as older favorites and deeper cuts. If you have a chance to see Neko Case, don’t miss it! You can find my conversation with Neko recorded earlier this week in the on-demand section of our website.

George and I are getting ready to head to Union Park to begin our Pitchfork Music Festival Experience. Today we plan on catching shows by Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Antlers, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Bowerbirds, Yeasayer, Doom, Beirut, and the National. These names may be unfamiliar to you, but bands at this festival are not only unique and talented, but pretty fierce in their dedication to putting on a great performance. What I love about Pitchfork is the bands are hungry and trying to get their art heard by whoever is willing to give them a chance. We may be seeing the next big thing this weekend.

We’re going to have some conversations with some of these talented young bands and get their thoughts on their experiences trying to make it in the music business. Many of these bands have members who have to take time off of work to make it to shows like this. This is not really the glamourous rock and roll lifestyle. These are individuals dedicated to their craft that have to struggle to make a living like the rest of us.

We’re getting ready to head out to catch a train, but be sure to keep up with us on this blog all weekend long. Let us know if you have any thoughts in the comments section or by emailing me at or George at

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