Marchelle Bradanini-Oscar Wilde

It’s been a few years since I’ve talked about Marchelle Bradanini here. Her album Blue Gold, under the moniker Pony Boy, came out way back in 2015. I first heard of her a while before that (and actually wrote about her for the first time eight years ago yesterday!). As Pony Boy she displayed a dark, back-alley brawl kind of Americana that hung around in … Continue reading Marchelle Bradanini-Oscar Wilde

Khruangbin-Time (You and I)

Even in times of great stress, you can count on Khruangbin to keep it funky. Yesterday the Houston-based dynamos announced a new album called Mordechai, due out in June. This will be their second release of 2020, following an EP collaboration with Leon Bridges that came out back in February. Despite the current condition of the world, it doesn’t sound like the trio has any … Continue reading Khruangbin-Time (You and I)

Iceage-Lockdown Blues

I am fascinated by pieces of art that show up during some kind of huge event. Books, movies, photos….anything that gives a glimpse of what it’s like in the moment. When you don’t have the comfort of hindsight or perspective, you only have your thoughts and feelings to guide you. The only thing you can capture is the humanity of that single instant. Unfortunately, most … Continue reading Iceage-Lockdown Blues

Chris Milam-In The Blood

It’s been a few years since I met Chris Milam outside the Uncommon Ground (on Clark) here in Chicago. He was promoting his very good album Kids These Days and we had a nice talk about everything other than that. My takeaway was that he’s a good guy, great songwriter, and seems to be genuinely interested in a lot of different things. He’s had what … Continue reading Chris Milam-In The Blood

Jess Williamson-Infinite Scroll

Since we’ve all been in isolation I’ve found it very difficult to get motivated to do anything at all. True inspiration is even more rare. Thank goodness we have Jess Williamson out there getting things done so that we don’t have to. “Infinite Scroll” is the second single off her new album, Sorceress, which comes out on my birthday, May 15th. The accompanying video is … Continue reading Jess Williamson-Infinite Scroll