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

Cigarettes After Sex at Thalia Hall 10-16-19

Cigarettes After Sex hit Chicago last night for the first of two sold out shows at Thalia Hall. There’s a new album right around the corner, so fans were excited to hear what Greg Gonzalez had been cooking up for them. After a not-so-great start, the crowd was treated to a beautiful set of songs from the earlier EP and LP, as well as a … Continue reading Cigarettes After Sex at Thalia Hall 10-16-19

Derek Nelson at Schubas 10-10-19

It’s been almost a month since the last time I posted anything here, and now that I’m back we’re right where we left off. Derek Nelson‘s single “U.R.Y.” came out September 20th and last night he played the release show for his new album Richer Soil. I was lucky enough to be in attendance and take some photos. Billed as a solo show, the concert … Continue reading Derek Nelson at Schubas 10-10-19

Jeff Tweedy at Canal Shores Golf Course 08/10/19

Jeff Tweedy, the affable and often misunderstood frontman of Wilco hit the stage at Canal Shores Golf Course on Saturday as part of SPACE’s Out Of Space summer program. This year’s sets also featured bands like Cake, I’m With Her, and Bruce Hornsby. None of them are as tied to the city of Chicago as Tweedy, so it was no surprise to find a huge … Continue reading Jeff Tweedy at Canal Shores Golf Course 08/10/19