Billy Strings at Bottom Lounge 1/25/19

Friday night I went to a show at Bottom Lounge in downtown Chicago, but I felt like I was in a big open barn nestled in the foothills of Appalachia being serenaded with the bluegrass charms of Billy Strings. The acoustic guitar virtuoso has surrounded himself with a group of talented musicians who do their best to keep up with the nimble-fingered 26 year old … Continue reading Billy Strings at Bottom Lounge 1/25/19

Stars at Metro 12/5/18

On Wednesday night Montreal-based indie pop band Stars returned to Metro for the first time in 5 years. I was at the previous Metro show as well, and this one felt a bit more exciting. They played some deep cuts that I appreciated 5 years ago, but the set on Wednesday was a great balance of old and new that kept the crowd dancing all … Continue reading Stars at Metro 12/5/18

Odetta Hartman at Schubas 10/27/18

For the second time in two months Odetta Hartman graced a stage in Chicago to deliver some of her incredible tunes to a new audience. Filling her set with songs from her latest album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, she took a crowd that was mostly three sheets to the wind and blew them all away. Unlike her previous show here she entered dramatically, walking through … Continue reading Odetta Hartman at Schubas 10/27/18

Jain at Metro 10/21/18

Last night French singer/beat maker Jain brought her tour to Chicago. She’s been playing across the US in support of her latest album, Souldier, which came out back in August. She performed alone, with a podium and a pedal for her digital sounds and loops. A projector played pleasant images behind her to go along with some of the songs, while her lighting rig lit … Continue reading Jain at Metro 10/21/18

Kim Petras at Chicago Theatre 10/19/18

Troye Sivan’s Bloom tour came to Chicago last night, but the spotlight was brightest for opened Kim Petras. Hot off the release of a new EP, the crowd reaction when Petras took the stage felt like the second coming of the Beatles. Despite being a seated event, the crowd filled the aisles and pushed forward as far as they could to get close to the … Continue reading Kim Petras at Chicago Theatre 10/19/18