JD & The Straight Shot at United Center 3/14/18

James Dolan brought his band The Straight Shot back to Chicago last night to open for The Eagles at United Center. I caught them last year at Huntington Bank Pavilion where they opened for one of The Eagles, Don Henley. This was the first time in 20 years of concerts when I’ve seen a band first at a big outdoor amphitheater and then indoors, and … Continue reading JD & The Straight Shot at United Center 3/14/18

Vamos-1 2 3

Vamos will be releasing their sophomore album 1 2 3 later this week with a show at Empty Bottle. The band has been waiting to release the record for a few months, so I’m sure they can’t wait to finally unleash this blistering set of tracks recorded at Ottoman Empire with Dan Rico last year. It’s a brash, aggressive album keeping in tone with their … Continue reading Vamos-1 2 3

Bahamas and The Weather Station at Metro 3/10/18

The Weather Station’s tour with Bahamas came to an end last night after almost 2 months on the road together. Just in time for Tamara Lindeman & co to head down to Austin for some South By Southwest shows before they do a headlining run of their own. This was my first time seeing The Weather Station and second seeing Bahamas, and both had their … Continue reading Bahamas and The Weather Station at Metro 3/10/18

Alex Cameron at Lincoln Hall 3/8/18

After hitting Chicago in January as opener for The Killers at United Center, it’s no shock that Alex Cameron was able to sell out the relatively tiny Lincoln Hall. Presented by XRT, who have been playing his single “Runnin’ Outta Luck” like it’s going out of style, it was apparent that this particular crowd was there to hear his songs and not simply because he … Continue reading Alex Cameron at Lincoln Hall 3/8/18

Katie Toupin-Moroccan Ballroom

The title of Katie Toupin‘s debut EP evokes a kind of fantastical vision of a faraway land full of adventure and excitement. Instead, it’s the name of the recording studio in Los Angeles where the record was recorded live-truly an adventure in it’s own right. This is a confident and passionate performance of Toupin’s first new music since departing from indie rockers Houndmouth in 2016. … Continue reading Katie Toupin-Moroccan Ballroom