Arkells at Sleeping Village 8/3/19

I’ve covered Arkells shows a bunch in the last few years, so I doubt I have anything new to say about them. They impress me every time I catch a show. They lean into the political, unlike a lot of bands. Rally Cry might be the best Canadian album ever to deal with American politics. They call out Trump and his dangerous rhetoric and actions … Continue reading Arkells at Sleeping Village 8/3/19

Michigander at Sleeping Village 8/3/19

It may be easy to figure out where Michigander is from, but it’s much harder to pinpoint where Jason Singer’s project fits in the soundscape of music today. He blends rock and pop together in a way that is somehow both and neither at the same time. His ear for melody is solid, with lyrics that range from broken-hearted to hopeless romanticism. Here in Chicago, … Continue reading Michigander at Sleeping Village 8/3/19

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 3

A brief delay opened day 3 of Pitchfork after some weather popped up causing alarm after the hour-plus delay during the previous day’s festivities. It didn’t have any effect on my schedule, as I wasn’t planning to get there until after 3pm anyway. Sunday’s are usually the day I show up latest, and the schedule afforded me that luxury by not booking any of my … Continue reading Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 3

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 2

The middle day of Pitchfork was bookended by two of the best performances I’ve seen at the festival in my five years going. Chicago newcomer Ric Wilson was the first thing I made it to, and the whole thing was just an explosion of joy. He brought out a local high school marching band, Kweku Collins, and came out into the crowd for a Soul … Continue reading Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 2

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 1

I’ve never really considered the sun an enemy, but yesterday came pretty close. With a heat index reaching 111 degrees, it was difficult to not at least feel a little annoyance at the gaseous ball that keeps the planet habitable (for how long, who knows). I soaked through my shirt pretty quick, but also caught some great music. A compromise I’m willing to make 99.9 … Continue reading Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 1