A Giant Dog at Double Door 1/6/2017

My first show of 2017 was a part of a huge festival that hits Chicago early every year, Ian’s Party. It brings multiple venues together to celebrate a ton of great local music, with some out-of-towners brought in to make it even more enticing. The lineup at Double Door last night featured something like 15 bands on 2 stages. I stayed upstairs and caught 4 … Continue reading A Giant Dog at Double Door 1/6/2017

A Giant Dog at Bottom Lounge 9/28/2016

Last fall I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with A Giant Dog at a festival in Austin. They had just signed their deal with Merge Records and finished recording their album,┬áPile. I found them to be quite pleasant and laid back-not at all like their stage presence, which gets your head banging and heart racing as well as any rock band in … Continue reading A Giant Dog at Bottom Lounge 9/28/2016

A Giant Dog-“Sex And Drugs”

We’re still a few months away from the official release of A Giant Dog‘s new album Pile, their first on Merge Records. Yesterday, the lead single for the record was posted to YouTube and it’s every bit as fun as you’d expect from the Austin rockers. The tune blends the piano jams of early Elton John with a lo-fi punk attitude. It feels as free … Continue reading A Giant Dog-“Sex And Drugs”

Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2: Gogol Bordello

I don’t know why I skip Gogol Bordello shows. When I’ve seen them, they fill me with a great energy and joy that most bands couldn’t dream of. The gypsy punks know how to put on a show, and they appear to have as much fun playing as the audience does listening. Kudos to the band for telling security to settle down and let the … Continue reading Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2: Gogol Bordello

Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2: Shamir, GZA, The Charlatans

Day 2 got off to a much better start than Day 1, despite the parking garage we used yesterday being closed. We made it in time to see Shamir Ratchet up the crowd with his ultrasonic pop. The rains delayed his start so we also got to see him just kinda hanging around the stage talking to people in the audience. He seems like a … Continue reading Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2: Shamir, GZA, The Charlatans