Braids: Indie-Rock Balancing Act

For the young Canadian indie band Braids, a rise in popularity has meant increased promotional responsibilities. See how the band balances its time — as well as its multifaceted music — with the pressures of press.

A Debaucherous Evening (or Two) with Gene Ween

When Gene Ween announced his January 31 Schubas show in Chicago several weeks ago, tickets sold out within several hours.

Billed as an evening with Gene Ween, the night was one of two weekend performances in which the diminutive lead vocalist and co-founder of Ween graced Chicago with rare solo and acoustic sets, and they came roughly a month after he had a four-day stay in the hospital due to pneumonia.

Weekly Music News Roundup

The Jesus Lizard
The Jesus Lizard

Pummeling mid-tempo rock icons The Jesus Lizard will briefly reunite; idiosyncratic rapper Busdriver performs live with a jazz band tonight; minimalist folk group Phosphorescent has recorded a disc of Willie Nelson covers. Read on.