K Flay followed up her appearance at Riot Fest on Friday with an after show at Concord Music Hall in Chicago Saturday night. It’s taken a few years for the mainstream to catch up with her talent, but 2017 was a huge turning point for the rapper/producer/songwriter. She’s been featured in TV commercials for Nissan and the NBA playoffs. My favorite drop was when “Blood In The Cut” showed up in an episode of Bojack Horseman last season (S4, E6).
The set mostly contained songs from the latest album Everywhere Is Somewhere, which is the one everyone knows. She also added a cover of Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta,” which was played ad nauseam on Q101 when it came out in 1997. Her cover was fun and pretty true to the original. It was fun to see her play guitar on stage, which I don’t think she had the last time I caught one of her shows.
The cover gives a little insight into her influences as a musician. Her recent collaboration with rock god Tom Morello (another Illinois native) brings her love of rock music even more into the foreground.
She pulled out a few songs from her previous album, Life As A Dog. That one was a PledgeMusic exclusive until after it’s release, shipping to people who pre-ordered first. Mine came on a clear vinyl disc and sounds amazing. The opening song, “Make Me Fade,” is from that album, as well as “Wishing It Was You” and “Can’t Sleep.”