Wild Belle at Pritzker Pavilion 8/21/17

The Summer Concert Series at Millennium Park came to a close last night, with a final performance by Wild Belle. The Chicago natives made sure the season went out with a bang, as they had one of the largest crowds, featuring a large number of people that wanted to get up front and dance. I caught the band last year at Mamby On The Beach, … Continue reading Wild Belle at Pritzker Pavilion 8/21/17

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

Taylor Phelan at Martyr’s 7/8/2017

A couple weeks ago I shared a new single from former The Canes frontman and season 7 The Voice contestant Taylor Phelan. On Saturday I had the opportunity to see him play live, and he didn’t disappoint. The set was, however, slightly marred by some technical difficulties that delayed the band’s set and forced them to cut one or two songs. It didn’t stop them … Continue reading Taylor Phelan at Martyr’s 7/8/2017

Air At Auditorium Theater 6/20/2017

French duo Air returned to Chicago for the first time since 2010 last night to play Auditorium Theater in support of their recent Twentyears collection. That’s right, Air have been playing music together for 20 years and the new discs are a pretty comprehensive overview of their career. If you really want to get to know them, you should just start at the beginning and … Continue reading Air At Auditorium Theater 6/20/2017

Bent Knee at Schubas 6/12/2017

I was introduced to Bent Knee a couple weeks ago when I read about their new record, Land Animal, which comes out next week on Inside/Out. The title track was put out as the first single, and I was sure it was a cover at first because there was something familiar about it. The pace and timbre of the delivery from Courtney Swain was stuck … Continue reading Bent Knee at Schubas 6/12/2017