Rishi Dhir’s Top 10 Musical Influences

Back in April I reviewed Elephant Stone’s self-titled second album ahead of their show supporting The Black Angels at The Vic. Next week they’re coming back to Chicago to play at Beat Kitchen (a much more intimate venue). Lead singer and sitar player Rishi Dhir was kind enough to put together this list of his top ten musical influences. If you’re already a fan, this … Continue reading Rishi Dhir’s Top 10 Musical Influences

Smith Westerns-Soft Will

There are a couple complaints I hear all the time about Smith Westerns. The first is that they’re a one-note band who keep recycling the same song over and over like Marge Simpson’s Chanel dress. The other is that they are quite boring. While I understand the first complaint (though I don’t agree with it), the second one just makes me think people aren’t listening … Continue reading Smith Westerns-Soft Will

The Film Society-EP

The Film Society is a solo project from Chicago-based musician Joe Grazulis. You’d never guess that one person could put all this together (with some help from drummer Kevin O’Donnell. Together they use modern methods to make the best Donovan record since The Hurdy Gurdy Man. This five-song collection kicks off with “Shoot To Kill Arrow.” It begins with a dancing bass line and finger … Continue reading The Film Society-EP