Japanese Breakfast at Thalia Hall 9/16/21

I don’t remember when I first heard Japanese Breakfast, but I think it was sometime in 2017. Soft Sounds From Another Planet came out close to the release of The Japanese House’s “Saw You In A Dream” single, and for the longest time I got them confused with one another. Then I saw Japanese Breakfast perform at Pitchfork in 2018 and that erased any uncertainty … Continue reading Japanese Breakfast at Thalia Hall 9/16/21

Top 5ive: Pitch4k 2021

We were collectively robbed of a music festival last year that would have featured headlining performances from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, and Run The Jewels. Despite every person I talk to under 30 having no idea who Run The Jewels are, that’s a ridiculously good headliner list. The make-up festival that took place last weekend, featuring a lot of the same undercard performers, … Continue reading Top 5ive: Pitch4k 2021

Julian Daniell at Schubas 8/20/21

Despite working an eight hour shift that started at 6:30am Friday, I was excited to head out to Schubas for my first show there in well over two years. It was a day and date release show for Julian Daniell’s Only Words EP release featuring Thompson Springs, late addition Lillie Mae, and a headlining set by Daniell and his band. I had only heard one … Continue reading Julian Daniell at Schubas 8/20/21

Strange Ranger at Lincoln Hall 11/21/19

Portland-based rockers Strange Ranger came through Chicago last Thursday on their tour opening for Chastity Belt. I took some time ahead of the show to listen to their music and found a number of songs I really like. Seeing them live I got a different energy from them, and I preferred the live versions of everything I had heard. Especially the song “Leona,” with which … Continue reading Strange Ranger at Lincoln Hall 11/21/19

Cox’s Army at The Hideout 11/8/19

Last weekend Chuck Cox brought his bluegrass band Cox’s Army to The Hideout to celebrate the release of their new LP. New Richmond Town is the follow-up to Green Eyed Train, almost exactly a year after the latter’s release. The release show was a beautiful night of campfire sing-a-longs and murder ballads that had the crowd dancing and weeping in equal measure. The show essentially … Continue reading Cox’s Army at The Hideout 11/8/19