Izzy Bizu at Soldier Field 8/17/17

A few weeks ago someone sent me the music video for Izzy Bizu’s “White Tiger.” I’d never heard of her before, but was immediately struck by the video’s similarity to fun, early 80’s American pop singers Whitney Houston and Madonna. I think she’s got a bright future if she sticks with it, and apparently Coldplay agrees as she’s opening for them on their current tour … Continue reading Izzy Bizu at Soldier Field 8/17/17

Sono Oto-A Way To Stay Away (Video)

Mark Henry Phillips’ first album under the recording name Sono Oto will be released in March, with the first track debuting today. Known for his work as a sound designer and composer for movies (Cutie & The Boxer) and podcasts (Serial), he brings a lot of the sweeping musicality of scores into his pop songs.  “A Way To Stay Away” spends much of its duration … Continue reading Sono Oto-A Way To Stay Away (Video)

Travis At The Vic 9/27/13

For those of you who think Travis is just a legacy act, touring behind the strength of the one hit they had in the States back in the 90’s, I really think you should reconsider. While they haven’t maintained the commercial success that came along with their chart-topping hit “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?,” they never stopped making music together and have put … Continue reading Travis At The Vic 9/27/13

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

In just a couple of weeks this year’s nominees for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize will be announced. This prize is given yearly for the Best British Album as chosen by a group of musicians and executives as an alternative to the regular Brit Awards. The early frontrunner to win the prize is PJ Harvey for her album Let England Shake. Other names mentioned as being … Continue reading What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

Fort Frances at Schubas, The Atlas Record Release Show

I was talking with some guys before this show, and I was saying that I felt a little weird about reviewing this show after my wife and I went out to dinner with the band’s lead singer and his girlfriend (two extremely nice people). I feel like I can still be objective when it comes to┬áthe music, but I’ve decided to run some videos so … Continue reading Fort Frances at Schubas, The Atlas Record Release Show