Peter Joly-Easy Has Never Been The Way

There’s a line about halfway through the title track of Peter Joly’s new album, Easy Has Never Been The Way, that resonates with me as something I’ve held to be true for most of my life: “Living and achieving with each other, is the closest thing to God that we’re ever going to find.” It’s a thesis of sorts for the album as it looks … Continue reading Peter Joly-Easy Has Never Been The Way

The Top Songs Of 2021

Is it just me or did 2021 pass by even faster than usual? Maybe it’s all the existential dread constantly swirling around that changed my perception of time over the last 350+ days. Or maybe I’ve just been busy, I don’t know. Anyway, in years past I’ve had a longer commute to work and I was able to listen to a lot of music just … Continue reading The Top Songs Of 2021

Rebecca Rego And The Trainmen at Elbo Room 7/14/2019

After years in the Chicago area, Rebecca Rego recently took her talents to Louisville. On the heels of her latest release with her band The Trainmen, she returned to the Windy City to play two shows on Sunday. The first was a benefit for the Chicago Urban Beekeeping Project. The second was in the lounge at Elbo Room in Lincoln Park. I arrived super early … Continue reading Rebecca Rego And The Trainmen at Elbo Room 7/14/2019

JD & The Straight Shot at City Winery 6/11/19

I started my week seeing JD & The Straight Shot for the third time in three years. Previously I had seen them at huge venues (United Center opening for The Eagles and Huntington Bank Pavilion opening for a Don Henley solo show) where I had to take pictures from far away. When I heard they’d be playing the much much much smaller City Winery here … Continue reading JD & The Straight Shot at City Winery 6/11/19

Small Million-Bullets In The Bower

On “Bullets In The Bower” Portland-based duo Small Million turn a campfire ballad into a synth-drenched dreamscape. Ryan Linder’s production shows dynamic range, starting with a cold, isolated vocal. He then turns up the heat and brings in the trap beats and synths. The sounds blend perfectly with the vocal performance of Malachi Graham. She can bring it low when she needs to, but her … Continue reading Small Million-Bullets In The Bower