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

37th Annual American Music Festival at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub

I spent my 4th of July eve in Berwyn, where I was checking out Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival for the first time. Tuesday was the last of four nights of music covering three spaces at the club-an outdoor tent that holds 1,000 or so but felt like 5,000, the sidebar, which was packed every time I tried to enter, and the main club which is … Continue reading 37th Annual American Music Festival at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub

The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

When the American Music Fest started in Berwyn, Ronald Regan had just become president and the trickle-down economy was headed for the toilet. But the owners of Fitzgerald’s found cause for celebration in music and threw a party that I’m sure they never thought would become what it is today. Bringing in the best and brightest in folk/Americana music, the festival has grown from a … Continue reading The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

Katie Toupin-Moroccan Ballroom

The title of Katie Toupin‘s debut EP evokes a kind of fantastical vision of a faraway land full of adventure and excitement. Instead, it’s the name of the recording studio in Los Angeles where the record was recorded live-truly an adventure in it’s own right. This is a confident and passionate performance of Toupin’s first new music since departing from indie rockers Houndmouth in 2016. … Continue reading Katie Toupin-Moroccan Ballroom