Lilly Winwood at Chicago Theatre 2/22/18

Last month I reviewed Lilly Winwood’s debut EP, Silver Stage, which came out in Spring of 2017. It’s a good introduction to the sound, pop/folk crafted in Nashville. She’s been touring off and on for a couple years already and the practice proved to have paid off last night when she opened up the show at Chicago Theatre. She didn’t shy away from chatting with … Continue reading Lilly Winwood at Chicago Theatre 2/22/18

Girl Ray at Thalia Hall 2/21/18

Earlier this month I wrote about Girl Ray‘s 2017 record, Earl Grey. Last night I got to see them perform some of those songs as they opened for Porches at Thalia Hall. The show was “In The Round,” so rather than be up on stage, the bands played on a platform in the middle of the main floor. It’s a fun idea, and a more … Continue reading Girl Ray at Thalia Hall 2/21/18

Frontier Ruckus at Bourbon On Division

Last night Frontier Ruckus returned to Chicago for a set upstairs at Bourbon On Division. I’d never heard of the bar until the show was announced, and I’m glad I went because the space is really nice. The sound was great, the stage is nice and low so you’re face to face with the band not looking up like you’re worshiping them. Now performing as … Continue reading Frontier Ruckus at Bourbon On Division

Razorhouse-Codex Tres Lingua

Codex Tres Lingua, the third EP from Chicago’s Razorhouse, begins precariously planted in the industrial roots and pop dreams of the band’s mastermind Mark Panick. After 30 years in the game, Panick still finds ways to add wrinkles to the formula, and “Go” has the kind of singer/songwriter sensibility that we’ve learned over time is possible from hard rockers and post-punk screamers alike. As with … Continue reading Razorhouse-Codex Tres Lingua


We’re in the midst of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, so what better time than now to highlight South Korea’s own CIFIKA. A rising star in her native country, the electronic artist is about to head out on the longest North American run ever by a Korean artist. The video for “MOMOM,” directed by Oui Kim, is pretty wild. It reminds me a lot of the … Continue reading CIFIKA-MOMOM

ZZ Ward at House Of Blues 2/9/18

Just a couple weeks shy of five years ago I caught ZZ Ward at Lincoln Hall. She was coming off her debut Til The Casket Drops, and I was interested in hearing her bluesy version of pop music. Harmonica isn’t an instrument a lot of female musicians are famous for playing, but ZZ can wail and I’m always on board for younger audiences checking out … Continue reading ZZ Ward at House Of Blues 2/9/18

Black Pistol Fire at House Of Blues 2/9/18

I’d heard of these guys but never paid much attention. Holy jeez did they blow the lid off last night! Glad I got there early to catch their whole set. Doubly so because these pictures I got are really good (I think-let me know in the comments. Please clap.) They have a very Jack White/White Stripes kind of sound. Much moreso than that other bluesy … Continue reading Black Pistol Fire at House Of Blues 2/9/18