K. Flay At House Of Blues 1/20/2014

I was delighted last night when I walked in to House Of Blues and saw a packed house for Chicago native K. Flay. She’s been headlining smaller venues across the country, occasionally playing before larger crowds in opening slots for acts like Icona Pop or Passion Pit. Now she’s getting some due of her own, and it is very well-deserved. WKQX brought her back to … Continue reading K. Flay At House Of Blues 1/20/2014

K Flay at JBTV 10/13/2014

Watching the ascent of K Flay has been pretty gratifying. I first spotted the rapper/producer in an opening slot for Passion Pit a few years ago. Sadly, while I’ve been happy to watch her career grow, I hadn’t seen her live again until today. It was a quick six song set in the afternoon at JBTV Studios featuring tracks from her new record Life As … Continue reading K Flay at JBTV 10/13/2014

K. Flay-Life As A Dog

20140616-103455-38095377.jpgEvery release in K. Flay‘s career has been a step up from the one previous. Last year’s What If It Is turned up the heat with some sizzling production and tighter beats. On her new record, the crowdfunded Life As A Dog, she pushes the envelope even futher, marrying that heightened production with her best songwriting to date. These songs are more complex and adult than anything she’s released so far, and a good sign that the potential shown over the past few years might be just the tip of the iceberg.

A lot of similar themes are covered through all of Flay’s records, and this one hits most of those. The difference here is how those themes are dealt with. Rather than just turning the tempo up to a million and celebrating a lifestyle of staying out all night getting drunk with friends, there’s a hint of bittersweet knowledge that a lifestyle like that can’t last forever. It also features a more romantic side of Flay than what we’ve heard on the past two EP’s.

On “Wishing It Was You” she talks at length about a deep crush on a friend that doesn’t return the feeling. It does a great job of capturing the emotional rollercoaster that situation can cause, as well as the dread that comes along with knowing it will never happen. She even describes her fantasy a bit in the last verse: “I’ve got room in my apartment, I thought that you should know. If you take out the garbage, I’ll pay for the phone. I don’t need a wedding, let’s stay home instead. We could both confess things we’ve never even said.” Continue reading “K. Flay-Life As A Dog”

Lars Attacks! Mc Lars

It’s hard to predict what’s gonna come next from the mind of MC Lars. One minute he’s spitting silly rhymes at 1000 miles an hour, the next he’s philosophizing on the state of the US economy with such elegance that you’d think Paul Krugman had takenĀ up hip-hop. It’s an interesting dynamic, being brought up on rap music and educated at Stanford. The first time I … Continue reading Lars Attacks! Mc Lars