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

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

Molehill-Tin God (Video)

It’s been almost a full year since the last time Molehill was mentioned on this site. That seems crazy, because for a while there they were dominating the bandwidth here. It was just two years ago that I asked them to play the 5th anniversary show for Music.Defined., and they blew the roof off of Beat Kitchen in doing so. Last week they hit UpState … Continue reading Molehill-Tin God (Video)

Vamos-1 2 3

Vamos will be releasing their sophomore album 1 2 3 later this week with a show at Empty Bottle. The band has been waiting to release the record for a few months, so I’m sure they can’t wait to finally unleash this blistering set of tracks recorded at Ottoman Empire with Dan Rico last year. It’s a brash, aggressive album keeping in tone with their … Continue reading Vamos-1 2 3

The Fluids-No Kidding!

A new band is born every 2.8 seconds in New York City. Many of them have the same parents, so they end up sounding similar and get lost in the noise. The only way to stand out is to be a little different, and The Fluids excel at avoiding traditional rock values. There’s something unnervingly intense about their music that makes it impossible to stop … Continue reading The Fluids-No Kidding!