Josh Ritter at The Vic 5/22/19

Every live performance Josh Ritter delivers is a little gift to the people in the audience. I’ve learned over the years that there’s no point in fearing disappointment because he always delivers an amazing show. I’ve also learned that my final judgement on any new Ritter album has to wait until I hear the songs at a concert. Fever Breaks has a lot of tunes … Continue reading Josh Ritter at The Vic 5/22/19

Punk Icons The Damned Return To Chicago

It’s been 40 plus years since The Damned first electrified the radio waves with their single “New Rose.” They beat The Sex Pistols by a few weeks with the first punk single and album in the U.K. they followed their first success with a failure and nearly gave it all up after that. They’ve stuck it out, however. Through many comings and goings within the … Continue reading Punk Icons The Damned Return To Chicago

Ezra Furman-Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone

My birthday was a week ago today, and now I have reason to keep the celebration going! Ezra Furman, easily one of the finest songwriters and performers making music today, has a new album called Twelve Nudes coming out at the end of August. Not only that, but a brand new video for the first single “Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone” is … Continue reading Ezra Furman-Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone

Blood Orange-Hope (featuring Tei Shi and Puff Daddy)

Dev Hynes has been one of the great music makers of the last decade, and “Hope” finds him bringing his best. He’s also added support from Tei Shi and Puff Daddy. It’s a beautiful track, and the video is really great. My favorite part isn’t even the song. The video ends with Puff Daddy returning to Sean Combs to talk about trying to get to … Continue reading Blood Orange-Hope (featuring Tei Shi and Puff Daddy)