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East Side Slim's Picks: New releases from Seth Walker, Jim Lauderdale, Al Basile, Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco and more

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Osaka Japan's legendary Shonen Knife played to an overly excited crowd at the Firebird on Saturday night.

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    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:16
  • East Side Slim's Picks: New releases from Seth Walker, Jim Lauderdale, Al Basile, Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco and more

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:00
  • Song of the Day: 'Brunch' by S

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:00
  • Concert review and set list: Mixing it up with Ryan Adams (and opener Butch Walker) at Peabody Opera House, Sunday, October 19

    Monday, 20 October 2014 15:25
  • Concert review: Carolina Chocolate Drops (with Birds of Chicago) set the table with soul jams and cornbread at Off Broadway, Sunday, October 19

    Monday, 20 October 2014 14:10
  • Concert photos: Shonen Knife (with DinoFight! and Million Hits) at the Firebird, Saturday, October 18

    Monday, 20 October 2014 13:50
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 08:00

Hear and Now: Stream the new album 'Great Chicago Fire' by the Waco Brothers & Paul Burch

Hear and Now: Stream the new album 'Great Chicago Fire' by the Waco Brothers & Paul Burch flickr.com/photos/robotclaw/6844024260 / Steve Terrell
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After all these years, beers, miles and piles and piles of country songs and stories, the Waco Brothers and Paul Burch really shouldn't be having so much fun. That they are is reason enough to celebrate their new collaboration.

"Great Chicago Fire" officially brings together the legendary Chicago insurgent-country band with an equally legendary left-of-center Nashville songwriter, Paul Burch. The Wacos and Burch are hardly strangers to each other's music, but on paper the union shouldn't work. The former is best known for their politically-charged, rocked-up twang that dances on the grave of country music, while Burch is best known for writing pitch-perfect country and pop melodies that swing with grand and witty grace.

"Great Chicago Fire," then, comes as a bit of shock. The Wacos rock and twang with full fury and Burch keeps right up with them. He gets in touch with his inner Rockpile on the chunky, twangy power pop of "Wrong Side of Love" and "Monterey," rides the full-on, Dylanesque electric charge of "Transfusion Blues" and still makes time to luxuriate in the lonely release of "Flight to Spain." Across the whole album, his supple voice stands up to all the firepower the Wacos can throw at him -- and they throw a lot.

Of course the album also makes room for Deano, Tracey Dear and Jon Langford to take their turns at the front of the hard-core honky tonk stage, dodging beer bottles on the catchy "Give In" and just blasting away on the title cut as well as a stomping version of Dylan's "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall." Like all 11 of the album's tracks, the sound is loose, loud and live -- just like the spirits of these old friends having a blast making brand new music.

"Great Chicago Fire" will be released on the Bloodshot label on April 24, 2012.

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