Cuco at Metro 6/24/19

Last night I got the opportunity to see Cuco play the first of two shows in Chicago this week as he gears up for his debut album, Para Mi, coming out next month. He’s released a whole slew of singles over the last couple years, garnering over 100 million Spotify streams (or about $100 worth). I didn’t really have him on my radar until a … Continue reading Cuco at Metro 6/24/19

JD & The Straight Shot at City Winery 6/11/19

I started my week seeing JD & The Straight Shot for the third time in three years. Previously I had seen them at huge venues (United Center opening for The Eagles and Huntington Bank Pavilion opening for a Don Henley solo show) where I had to take pictures from far away. When I heard they’d be playing the much much much smaller City Winery here … Continue reading JD & The Straight Shot at City Winery 6/11/19

Chromatics at Park West 5/31/19

The anticipation for a new Chromatics tour was extremely high when they finally announced shows earlier this year after a 5 year hiatus from the road. The show in Chicago sold out rather quickly, but I was able to get in to see the dream pop masters for the first time in person. I showed up later than I’d anticipated and missed the first opener … Continue reading Chromatics at Park West 5/31/19

Josh Ritter at The Vic 5/22/19

Every live performance Josh Ritter delivers is a little gift to the people in the audience. I’ve learned over the years that there’s no point in fearing disappointment because he always delivers an amazing show. I’ve also learned that my final judgement on any new Ritter album has to wait until I hear the songs at a concert. Fever Breaks has a lot of tunes … Continue reading Josh Ritter at The Vic 5/22/19

Durand Jones & The Indications at Thalia Hall 4/11/19

Up until a few weeks ago, I had no idea who Durand Jones & The Indications were. An amazing thing, given how much music I try to listen to and the number of emails I receive every day offering up new bands. Even more amazing that the group started in Bloomington, Indiana (at Indiana University) where I often visit my mother and brother. How they … Continue reading Durand Jones & The Indications at Thalia Hall 4/11/19