rickoLus-Four Track Love Song

If there’s one thing that the pandemic has done, for better or worse, it’s given us time to look back and get a little nostalgic for the bygone days of the 90’s. That’s probably why I instantly fell for this new track from rickoLus. “Four Track Love Song” is the latest single from his upcoming album, Bones. It’s a hazy look back at self-discovery and … Continue reading rickoLus-Four Track Love Song

Top Ten Shows Of 2012, pt 1

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Since we’re at that point now, and I’ve already run my top 25 albums and top 25 songs if the year so far, I figured we may as well finish out the trifecta and talk about some great concerts. Living in Chicago, there isn’t a shortage of amazing shows to see night in and night out. Obviously I don’t make it to all of them, and there have been some that I wish I hadn’t missed. For the most part, though, if I really want to get to a show, I do. It’s been a pretty great year so far, and looking at my calendar through September, the good times won’t be stopping any time soon.

So here we go. See if you can’t spot a couple of my favorite music venues.

10. Canasta 10th Anniversary Show, June 2 at Schubas

I feel like, more than anything, this was an education for me. I missed out on most of Canasta’s existence, but I made up for it by rocking front and center for this show.

9. Islands, March 1 at Lincoln Hall

Sometimes I just go to shows to enjoy them and not worry about writing a review. So I never wrote about this one. If I had, too much of it would have been filled with trash talk about the “fans” who had no idea what the new songs were even though the album had been out for a couple weeks already. I thought it was great.

8. First Aid Kit, April 6 at Lincoln Hall

One of my favorite surprises of 2012 has been First Aid Kit. I don’t understand how the Swedish have such a grasp on American folk music, but they do. Between these sisters and The Tallest Man On Earth, artists in the US need to step up their game to compete.

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Jeff Mangum, 14 Years Later

Flipping through twitter last night and this morning, I was surprised that there were already a couple reviews of Jeff Mangum’s return to the Chicago stage posted-one of them within a hour of the show ending. Reading them, it seemed like most of the review was written in advance, with a great deal of the page dedicated to the past. I won’t bore you with … Continue reading Jeff Mangum, 14 Years Later