Dan Rico at Cafe Mustache 10/14/2017

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the new 7″ “Flesh & Bone” from Chicago musician Dan Rico. Saturday night I got to see him live and it was great. The vibe on stage completely matches the fuzzed out honky-tonk you hear on the record. I referred to it to a friend as “dirty Elvis,” and I think that fits pretty well. I hadn’t been … Continue reading Dan Rico at Cafe Mustache 10/14/2017

Tei Shi at Schubas 9/30/17

I received a copy of Tei Shi’s debut LP Crawl Space back in March, and I was immediately taken by the sense of finding strength in your flaws. The album features sections with a little girl doubting her ability, talking about being a bad singer, and you can feel the joy of overcoming those misgivings in Tei Shi’s voice. It’s not all as bittersweet as … Continue reading Tei Shi at Schubas 9/30/17

Dizzy at Schubas 9/30/2017

Dizzy are currently touring with Tei Shi around North America, opening up the evenings with some of their new music. I’d never heard of the Toronto-based quartet before, which makes sense because they recently changed their name from Good Ghost. They spent part of the summer recording their debut record, and the songs they played off it Saturday night at Schubas were definitely ones I … Continue reading Dizzy at Schubas 9/30/2017

Jonny Lang at House Of Blues 9/23/2017

The day before Jonny Lang turned 16 he released his major-label debut. Later that year I also turned 16, and spent much of the summer blaring Lie To Me out of the surprisingly capable speakers of my red 1991 Pontiac Sunbird (affectionately called “The Fiery Chariot Of The Sun God” by its wonderful passengers). Ever since, I’ve felt a strange bond with Lang’s music. He … Continue reading Jonny Lang at House Of Blues 9/23/2017

The Fox & The Hounds at Beat Kitchen 9/22/2017

Chicago’s The Fox & The Hounds were a late addition to the bill at Beat Kitchen on Friday. Word didn’t come until early Thursday, but the band was able to take full advantage of the opportunity. This was my first time seeing them live after many missed chances over the past couple of years. Their energy and passion is boundless, and they’re only interest seems … Continue reading The Fox & The Hounds at Beat Kitchen 9/22/2017

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas at Beat Kitchen 9/22/17

I’ve been following the career of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas for a few years now. When they put out a live EP in 2014, Jessica did a little piece for me about the artists who influenced her music. The band has a great sound, mixing garage rock and blues with a bit of punk attitude. On their latest release, the double album Telephone/Telefono, they’ve … Continue reading Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas at Beat Kitchen 9/22/17

Kasabian at House Of Blues 9/19/2017

In the USA, a lot of people had written off Kasabian as another band that made a big splash when they came over from the UK, but couldn’t sustain any momentum stateside. Back in their native land they’ve been going strong, and this year marks their 20th anniversary as a band. They’ve actually kept things pretty consistent, with a new album out every two to … Continue reading Kasabian at House Of Blues 9/19/2017