Top Concerts Of 2017

I went to a lot of shows this year. They weren’t all great, but many of them were. Amazing, even. When you write about music, or take pictures at concerts, you sometimes get to witness moments that can have a lifelong impact at a greater rate than those that experience music in a more casual manner. These were my favorite concerts of the year. Sons … Continue reading Top Concerts Of 2017

The National at Lyric Opera House 12/12/17

I don’t normally review shows by a band so close together, but I had to make a special concession for The National due to the venue they were playing. I just saw them a couple months ago at House Of Vans, a nice open space that isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination. Last night they played at the Civic Opera House, a gigantic … Continue reading The National at Lyric Opera House 12/12/17

Josh Ritter at The Vic 11/9/2017

I got very spoiled the first couple of times I saw Josh Ritter play. He’s still a fairly under the radar artist as far as the mainstream goes, but in 2008 and 2009 he was even more so unknown. He played at Vaudeville Mews, which is a great small room in Des Moines, to about 200 people (including the balcony). Those shows were amazing, with … Continue reading Josh Ritter at The Vic 11/9/2017

Arkells at Lincoln Hall 11/3/2017

Arkells play with the same heart and energy in a sold-out venue that holds 1,000 or a poorly attended show in a tiny bar. I’ve never seen the latter happen, but I have seen them at three different-sized places and the vibe was exactly the same each time. They’re entertainers there to put on a show, and they do not disappoint. ​ ​ A band … Continue reading Arkells at Lincoln Hall 11/3/2017

The National at House Of Vans 10/30/2017

Despite pretty steady touring over the past decade, I had only seen The National once before last night. I caught them in 2009 at First Ave in Minneapolis. Since then I’ve been kind of down on the band, with High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me failing to live up to my expectations. Sleep Well Beast, which I’ve only had the chance to hear once … Continue reading The National at House Of Vans 10/30/2017

The Strumbellas at Thalia Hall 10/19/2017

I first heard about The Strumbellas at a music festival in Toronto back in 2014. Unfortunately, they were playing the same time as another group I wanted to see. So finally, over three years later, on Thursday night I got to see the Canadian Americana band take the stage at Thalia Hall. The band did not disappoint, playing a set filled with the hits from … Continue reading The Strumbellas at Thalia Hall 10/19/2017