Beat Kitchen picked a helluva time to showcase the best sound I’ve ever heard at the venue. Every instrument was clear, the rhythm section wasn’t teeth-rattling loud, and the vocals were pushed out front as they should be. That last bit is important, because without Jane Penny’s vocals, Tops wouldn’t be nearly as thrilling. This was my first time seeing the Montreal natives live. Their … Continue reading Tops at Beat Kitchen 8/20/18
I’ve been following the career of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas for a few years now. When they put out a live EP in 2014, Jessica did a little piece for me about the artists who influenced her music. The band has a great sound, mixing garage rock and blues with a bit of punk attitude. On their latest release, the double album Telephone/Telefono, they’ve … Continue reading Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas at Beat Kitchen 9/22/17
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the last installment of Chicago’s finest multi-venue music festival, Dunn Dunn Fest. The yearly smorgasbord of great music is provided by Harmonica Dunn founder Donnie Biggins. Every year he finds amazing known talent and acts flying under the radar and puts them all together for a crazy three days of discovery and enjoyment. Last year I … Continue reading Dunn Dunn Fest Returns Next Week!
I finally got the opportunity to see Nikki Lane play live, over two years after her record All Or Nothin’ was in constant rotation on my iPod. She delivered a solid set to a Chicago crowd that was ready to hear some outlaw country. Lane sang a mix of originals and Waylon Jennings covers, announced herself as a big shit-talker, and became the first person … Continue reading Nikki Lane at Do Division Fest 6/3/2016 (PHOTOS)
You have no idea how excited I am to be hosting the 5th anniversary show at Beat Kitchen we’ve put together April 25th. I’m featuring three bands that are very well known to me, and hopefully you, but not household names by any means. My greatest joy is introducing people to new music through this site and over the last few years I’ve covered a … Continue reading 5 Years Of Songs