Fort Frances-Double Take

It’s been nearly three years since Chicago-based Fort Frances put out an album. Since then, lead singer/songwriter David McMillin has been working on a new musical project called Grand Am in New York City and recording material for a new Fort Frances album with the rest of the band-Aaron Kiser, Jeff Piper, and Jason Ryan. Now we have our first listen to some new music … Continue reading Fort Frances-Double Take

Odetta and Camellia Hartman-Tonight You Belong To Me featuring Oliver Ignatius

I got an early listen to this song a few weeks ago (an early Christmas present from the good people at Holy Fang). I’d never heard of Patience & Prudence, nor original writers Billy Rose and Lee David. Somehow I missed the bajillion covers by everyone from Nancy Sinatra to Eddie Vedder-even the bird and the bee do a version of this tune (reinterpreting the … Continue reading Odetta and Camellia Hartman-Tonight You Belong To Me featuring Oliver Ignatius

T-Rextasy: Prehysteria

Last summer I had the opportunity to catch NY quartet T-Rextasy at a DIY venue in Logan Square. It was a different experience than what I’m used to, but the songs were good and everyone was very welcoming. They were touring in support of their single, “Girlfriend,” which appears on their new album Prehysteria. Now that I’ve heard the whole thing, they actually did quite … Continue reading T-Rextasy: Prehysteria

Top 50 Albums Of 2018

Another year in the books and a ton of music has been added to the catalog of sonic enlightenment. These 50 albums were my favorites this year, and it’s fine if you don’t agree. I continue to try to branch out some, but my wheelhouse is pretty well-defined at this point. You’ll notice a lot of the stuff near the top is familiar territory for … Continue reading Top 50 Albums Of 2018

Best Concerts of 2018

2018 was a great year for live music. This year we hit a couple festivals in Chicago and around the country. I would estimate I saw 150 sets of music and I skipped all of January being busy with other things. Seeing bands or solo artists perform is always a good way to spend a couple of hours, but the ten below were really special. … Continue reading Best Concerts of 2018