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Concert photos: Ben Kweller (with Kid Scientist) at Off Broadway, Thursday, April 17

Thursday night Ben Kweller played to an energetic crowd at Off Broadway.

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  • Concert photos: Ben Kweller (with Kid Scientist) at Off Broadway, Thursday, April 17

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  • Song of the Day: 'Running Wild' by La Sera

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  • Charting the Music: Ages and Ages, 'Divisionary'

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  • Album review: Elephant crafts an ethereal debut on 'Sky Swimming'

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  • Concert review: The Milk Carton Kids (with Brian Wright) harmonize through interruptions at the Sheldon Concert Hall, Tuesday, April 15

    Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:29
  • Festival photos: Wanee Music Festival 2014 with the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more, April 10-12

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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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