The Gaslight Anthem at Riviera Theatre 9/26/22

Last week I was on here talking about the band Voxtrot reuniting after a decade-long break to play a handful of shows in the biggest markets. Last night I saw another band that got back together after a long break, but The Gaslight Anthem is doing it a little bigger. They’ve got a full tour and they’re already talking about making another album, eight years … Continue reading The Gaslight Anthem at Riviera Theatre 9/26/22

Andy Pratt-Sweeter Than The Wine

I spent my 40th birthday camping at a Yogi Bear-themed campground and capsizing a kayak on Lake Monroe. Andy Pratt, wisely, will be celebrating by releasing a new record and playing a show at The Hideout with his friend Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden, Funeral Bonsai Wedding). While The Hideout is a bit nautically themed, I imagine he will have a much drier experience than I … Continue reading Andy Pratt-Sweeter Than The Wine

Sunmi-Good Girl Gone Mad at Riviera Theatre

KPOP superstar, former Wonder Girls member Sunmi, kicked off the North American leg of her Good Girl Gone Mad tour here in Chicago Friday night. This is her second tour of the States as a solo artist, and her first outing since the pandemic shut down music venues around the world. I recently wrote about her latest single, “Heart Burn,” which was my first exposure … Continue reading Sunmi-Good Girl Gone Mad at Riviera Theatre

Brother Derek-Tom Cruise Leaves Self

This may come as a surprise to some, but I am a devout fan of Tom Cruise films. Like, as much as Cruise believes that he’ll eventually be able to levitate and that his thetan level might make him a god, I believe that he consistently delivers great performances. He may have some kooky beliefs, and also a lot of just weird personality issues, but … Continue reading Brother Derek-Tom Cruise Leaves Self

SONG PREMIERE: Curious Grace & Black Rabbit-Taylor’s Hill

When I hear Celtic rock music, my brain immediately assumes that it’s a modern take on an old traditional song. The melodies are so rich, and the tales so legendary, that I forget there are bands making new Celtic music every day. So when I heard “Taylor’s Hill” for the first time, my brain went to the same place. Of course, it didn’t take long … Continue reading SONG PREMIERE: Curious Grace & Black Rabbit-Taylor’s Hill