Molehill-Tin God (Video)

It’s been almost a full year since the last time Molehill was mentioned on this site. That seems crazy, because for a while there they were dominating the bandwidth here. It was just two years ago that I asked them to play the 5th anniversary show for Music.Defined., and they blew the roof off of Beat Kitchen in doing so. Last week they hit UpState … Continue reading Molehill-Tin God (Video)

CIFIKA at Virgin Hotel Chicago 3/23/18

Friday night I had the opportunity to see Seoul-based electronic producer-singer CIFIKA perform at Virgin Hotel in Chicago. She’s in the middle of a United States tour that is the longest ever stretch for a Korean musician. Two weeks ago she released her second EP, Prism, and performed at South By Southwest to rave reviews last week. I found her to be very warm and … Continue reading CIFIKA at Virgin Hotel Chicago 3/23/18

Top Movies Of 2017 (Better Late Than Never)

I finally saw the last movie I was waiting on yesterday, and I’ve adjusted my list accordingly. I saw a lot of 2017 releases, and I’ve decided that instead of doing a top ten, I’ll just rank them all. I hate it when the critics lists come out and half the movies no one has seen because they only played in NY and LA. I’m fortunate to live somewhere that gets most movies, but even I sometimes have to wait until they’re available on Amazon or iTunes to watch them.

First, here’s a quick list of movies I didn’t get to see. I’m not counting A Fantastic Woman, because I’ll be seeing it soon at the Music Box Members screening next month.

Stronger

Battle Of The Sexes

The Glass Castle

Raw

Wind River

Valerian

Kedi

Brigsby Bear

The Square

Norman

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Downsizing

Darkest Hour

All The Money In The World

The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Collected)

Brawl In Cell Block 99

Most of these are available streaming in some way, but I haven’t had time to view yet. I’m most upset about The Square and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. I love the work of both directors and I’m sure I will enjoy these movies once I see them.

Now onto my list:

60. Song To Song

Directed by Terence Malick, starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Natalie Portman.

59. Baywatch

Directed by Seth Gordon, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron

58. A Ghost Story

Directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

57. The Little Hours

Directed by Jeff Baena, starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Katie Micucci, and Dave Franco

56. The Bad Batch

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, starring Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa

55. Killing Gunther

Directed by Taran Killam starring Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Colbie Smulders

54. Landline

Directed by Gillian Robespierre, starring Jenny Slate, John Turturro, and Edie Falco

53. Atomic Blonde

Directed by David Lietch, starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy

52. War For The Planet Of The Apes

Directed by Matt Reeves, starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson

51. Kong: Skull Island

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson

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Twenty-seven

The page on the screen in front of Samantha was filled with numbers. It was almost funny, and she would have laughed if they weren’t so damn infuriating. “Jim, can you come over here for a minute?” She hated asking for Jim’s help. Or anyone’s for that matter. She’d always been an independent soul, but this problem was becoming bigger than she had time for. … Continue reading Twenty-seven

Top Concerts Of 2017

I went to a lot of shows this year. They weren’t all great, but many of them were. Amazing, even. When you write about music, or take pictures at concerts, you sometimes get to witness moments that can have a lifelong impact at a greater rate than those that experience music in a more casual manner. These were my favorite concerts of the year. Sons … Continue reading Top Concerts Of 2017