Phillip Michael Scales-Sinner Songwriter

It’s been over four years since we last heard a collection of songs from Phillip-Michael Scales. He released a few EP’s and an LP under the moniker Briar Rabbit while living and working in Chicago from 2011-2014. He left for LA, looking for new creativity and purpose. He returned to Chicago in 2016 and began a hard reset on his career, starting with an industry … Continue reading Phillip Michael Scales-Sinner Songwriter

Lillie Mae at Old Town School Of Folk Music 6/7/18

Last night was a bit of a homecoming for Lillie Mae and her bandmates/siblings. Born in Illinois before moving to Nashville, the Rische’s were born to make music and all their aunts and uncles and cousins were in Chicago to hear them play. It gave the show a different kind of vibe, as no one was holding back their hoots and hollers. If they liked … Continue reading Lillie Mae at Old Town School Of Folk Music 6/7/18

Tigue at Constellation 6/6/18

A few years ago I put together a show for a band from New York that I really loved and who went on to dissolve not much later. The drummer for that band was Carson Moody, who then joined up with Matt Evans and Amy Garapic to form Tigue. They’re a percussion trio that make soundscapes with sonic nods to drone, afrobeat, and experimental ambience. … Continue reading Tigue at Constellation 6/6/18

Vic Mensa at House Of Vans 5/31/18

Last night Vic Mensa brought his politically charged raps to House Of Vans for a free show. It was 90 degrees in Chicago, and the venue had the doors open with some weak fans blowing from above, making the place a sweat lodge by the time a few hundred people showed up. The place was ready to blow, just waiting for someone to light the … Continue reading Vic Mensa at House Of Vans 5/31/18

Ike Reilly at Old Town School Of Folk Music 5/24/18

I missed out on seeing Ike Reilly while he was touring his last record, Born On Fire. I definitely didn’t want to be left out of seeing the latest, Crooked Love, performed on a stage somewhere. So seeing him solo at Old Town School Of Folk Music was a great opportunity. Having seen him with his band a number of times, this was my first … Continue reading Ike Reilly at Old Town School Of Folk Music 5/24/18