Heart Bones at Lincoln Hall 7/10/19

Heart Bones have played Chicago before, and I couldn’t make it for whatever reason. Having now witnessed the live show for myself, the feeling of regret only deepens. Despite not having an album out yet (and it sounds like we’ll be waiting a while before it comes out) they burned through an hour of material without missing a beat. Separately I’ve enjoyed both members of … Continue reading Heart Bones at Lincoln Hall 7/10/19

The Great American Novel Returns With “Perpetual Emotion Machine”

It’s been over five years since we last heard new music from The Great American Novel. Since 2014 the main force behind the band, Layne Montgomery, has been working with other bands like The Romantic Comedy and Layne Montgomery Paper Company. He also composed the theme song to the podcast “Blank Check with Griffin and David.” So he’s been busy, but it was time to … Continue reading The Great American Novel Returns With “Perpetual Emotion Machine”

Shaed at Summerfest 6/28/19

As the sun began to fade on Friday at Summerfest in Milwaukee, I had the opportunity to photograph the set by Shaed on the Briggs & Stratton Stage. Up until now I had missed every chance to see them in Chicago for one reason or another. I’m glad I finally got to remedy that, because they play a style I like and they do it … Continue reading Shaed at Summerfest 6/28/19

Kiefer Sutherland at Park West 6/29/19

June was a good month in Chicago if you happen to be a fan of actor/singer/songwriter Kiefer Sutherland. A couple weeks ago Music Box Theatre showed a rare 70MM print of his 1990 film Flatliners and over the weekend he stopped at Park West to play some songs in support of his latest record, Reckless & Me. As a longtime fan of his acting, I … Continue reading Kiefer Sutherland at Park West 6/29/19

The Lonely Island at Summerfest 6/28/19

A moment that took almost a decade to arrive lived up to the hype last night when The Lonely Island finally reached Milwaukee for their first stage performance as a group in the area. The sketch team/ridiculous comedy hitmakers headlined the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee to one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen in the years I’ve been attending. The Santana … Continue reading The Lonely Island at Summerfest 6/28/19