Hood Smoke-“Depending On The Fool”

Hood Smoke, the Chicago-based pop quintet, released a new single a couple weeks ago and I’m just now catching up to it. It’s a bit hypnotic in it’s structure, giving me the same kind of feeling I got the first time I heard Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” which I played endlessly on a cassette I dubbed off the radio back in the day. It’s … Continue reading Hood Smoke-“Depending On The Fool”

Grand Am-“All That I Ever Do”

It’s been a while since I’ve heard any new music from one of my favorite Chicago bands, Fort Frances. It was six years ago today that the singer/songwriter David McMillin stopped by Handwritten Recording to lay down a solo version of the band’s amazing song “City By The Sea.” Sadly, it’ll be a while before we get new stuff from them, but David has been … Continue reading Grand Am-“All That I Ever Do”

Josh Ritter at The Vic 11/9/2017

I got very spoiled the first couple of times I saw Josh Ritter play. He’s still a fairly under the radar artist as far as the mainstream goes, but in 2008 and 2009 he was even more so unknown. He played at Vaudeville Mews, which is a great small room in Des Moines, to about 200 people (including the balcony). Those shows were amazing, with … Continue reading Josh Ritter at The Vic 11/9/2017