The National at House Of Vans 10/30/2017

Despite pretty steady touring over the past decade, I had only seen The National once before last night. I caught them in 2009 at First Ave in Minneapolis. Since then I’ve been kind of down on the band, with High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me failing to live up to my expectations. Sleep Well Beast, which I’ve only had the chance to hear once … Continue reading The National at House Of Vans 10/30/2017

Vérité at Lincoln Hall 8/28/17

After an impressive showing in the opener slot for Betty Who earlier this year, I was happy to check out Vérité’s headlining set at Lincoln Hall. As an unsigned artist she’s proven herself capable of getting things done on her own and her fans love her for it. She noted as much as she told the crowd about going from waiting tables at Applebee’s to … Continue reading Vérité at Lincoln Hall 8/28/17

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

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

Arkells at House Of Blues 6/9/2017

Arkells returned to House Of Blues on Friday night after opening for Frank Turner at the venue back in January. Frontman Max Kerman must have been taking notes during those gigs, because he utilized every square inch of the stage during their headlining set. And when he divided he needed even MORE space, he just jumped over the barricade and hung out with the crowd. … Continue reading Arkells at House Of Blues 6/9/2017

Sorority Noise at Bottom Lounge 5/11/2017

Back in March Sorority Noise released You’re Not As _________ As You Think,” and it’s compelling combination of emo-punk riffs and message of self-worth and love have kept it in my top 20 records of 2017. I finally got to see them play live in Chicago tonight at Bottom Lounge. There were crowdsurfers and singalongs, and not a whole lot of banter, but the music … Continue reading Sorority Noise at Bottom Lounge 5/11/2017