Fiona Apple and Blake Mills Cover Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe”

I realized that I never posted this short video from September of last year featuring Fiona Apple and Blake Mills performing together at Mayne Stage in Chicago. I was fiddling around with the camera and only shot the last minute or so of the song, but it’s worth checking out. Fiona delivers a really strong vocal and Mills is great as always on the guitar. … Continue reading Fiona Apple and Blake Mills Cover Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe”

The Shams Band Headlines House Of Blues 3/17

The Shams Band¬†must be feeling the luck of the Irish because¬†they’ll be headlining Chicago’s House Of Blues this Tuesday. They’ve played all over the city, most notably setting up shop for month-long residencies at Schubas where they bring in their own openers. These shows have been great every time out and I’ve been introduced to artists I may not have otherwise thanks to The Shams. … Continue reading The Shams Band Headlines House Of Blues 3/17

Dunn Dunn Fest 2/19-2/21/2015

It’s almost that time of year again. No, not National Cheesecake Day. That’s Thursday July 30th. I’m talking about Dunn Dunn Fest, one of the best music festivals in Chicago. Head of the class if you’re talking indoor venues. Lots of great local bands from all genres are joined by fantastic touring acts. One of which I’m particularly excited about. When I went up to … Continue reading Dunn Dunn Fest 2/19-2/21/2015

Shakey Graves-And The War Came

Alejandro Rose-Garcia has been winning over music fans and critics over the past few years, without every having a record put out by a label. Now that he’s done most of the heavy lifting, Dualtone got behind him to put out his new full-length, And The War Came. Shakey Graves signature sound of a man alone with his guitar in the middle of nowhere is … Continue reading Shakey Graves-And The War Came

The Wind And The Wave-From The Wreckage

20140806-104924-38964594.jpgBack in April I went to Schubas to see Blake Sennet’s new band Night Terrors of 1927. They were sandwiched between two bands I either hadn’t heard of or didn’t care about at the time. So I got to the show late, watched Night Terrors, and then left. The opening band that night was The Wind And The Wave. Having now heard their new LP (several times), I feel like a fool for not getting there early.

The duo capitalize on the recent popularization of americana in pop music. Generally I am against bands like this-Lumineers type stuff-but they do everything so perfectly that it’s impossible not to like. The marriage of lyric and melody is often so perfectly crafted that it feels like this record should have come out by now, written by a world famous band with many accolades and sales. Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn may not be there yet, but with From The Wreckage they are well on their way.
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