A couple weeks ago I wrote about the new 7″ “Flesh & Bone” from Chicago musician Dan Rico. Saturday night I got to see him live and it was great. The vibe on stage completely matches the fuzzed out honky-tonk you hear on the record. I referred to it to a friend as “dirty Elvis,” and I think that fits pretty well. I hadn’t been … Continue reading Dan Rico at Cafe Mustache 10/14/2017
When MS MR announced a hiatus earlier this year, fans were made to wonder what would be coming next. Lizzy Plapinger’s solo project LPX has slowly released a couple singles, with a third called “Better” just released last month. Her new stuff is a bit more rock-based, with guitars creating the sounds instead of synths. At the show on Saturday she even mentioned her love … Continue reading LPX at Metro 10/13/2017
It had been a few years since I last saw Moon Taxi play in a club, so I was excited to check out their set a couple nights ago in Chicago. I caught about twenty minutes of them playing outdoors in Memphis last year, but I had to go to get to another stage. Concord is a much bigger venue than where I first saw … Continue reading Moon Taxi at Concord Music Hall 10/13/2017
Flashback to May 2013. Terriers were about to release their debut album, Unrequited Admiration Society and I invited them to come to Handwritten Recording and do a tune for my Hasty Revelations project. I posted the song as some extra coverage for their record release, though the song was new and didn’t appear on that first album. Now, over four years later, “Anything” is the … Continue reading Terriers-I Don’t Still Want To Unless You Want To
A new band is born every 2.8 seconds in New York City. Many of them have the same parents, so they end up sounding similar and get lost in the noise. The only way to stand out is to be a little different, and The Fluids excel at avoiding traditional rock values. There’s something unnervingly intense about their music that makes it impossible to stop … Continue reading The Fluids-No Kidding!
It’s been a little over six years since Mister Heavenly formed and released the brilliant Out Of Love. I was fortunate enough to see one of their early shows here in Chicago, when they had Michael Cera playing bass and making bad cheese-related jokes at a Tomorrow Never Knows performance. As a fan of the band Islands, it didn’t take me long to fall in … Continue reading Mister Heavenly-Boxing The Moonlight
I received a copy of Tei Shi’s debut LP Crawl Space back in March, and I was immediately taken by the sense of finding strength in your flaws. The album features sections with a little girl doubting her ability, talking about being a bad singer, and you can feel the joy of overcoming those misgivings in Tei Shi’s voice. It’s not all as bittersweet as … Continue reading Tei Shi at Schubas 9/30/17