ZZ Ward at House Of Blues 2/9/18

Just a couple weeks shy of five years ago I caught ZZ Ward at Lincoln Hall. She was coming off her debut Til The Casket Drops, and I was interested in hearing her bluesy version of pop music. Harmonica isn’t an instrument a lot of female musicians are famous for playing, but ZZ can wail and I’m always on board for younger audiences checking out … Continue reading ZZ Ward at House Of Blues 2/9/18

Black Pistol Fire at House Of Blues 2/9/18

I’d heard of these guys but never paid much attention. Holy jeez did they blow the lid off last night! Glad I got there early to catch their whole set. Doubly so because these pictures I got are really good (I think-let me know in the comments. Please clap.) They have a very Jack White/White Stripes kind of sound. Much moreso than that other bluesy … Continue reading Black Pistol Fire at House Of Blues 2/9/18

The Gold Web at Empty Bottle 12/16/17

When I got home late Saturday night, I was still picking confetti off my jacket. That’s thanks to The Gold Web, who opened for GGOOLLDD at Empty Bottle with one of the most energetic and fun sets I’ve seen all year. They also had balloons, their own smoke machine, and some sweet jams to get the crowd feeling good. It’s been a long time since … Continue reading The Gold Web at Empty Bottle 12/16/17

GGOOLLDD at Empty Bottle 12/16/17

A couple nights ago The Empty Bottle hosted one of the best nights of music I saw all year. Two Chicago bands, The Gold Web and Yoko & The Oh No’s, opened for Milwaukee’s GGOOLLDD. The excitement and fun was felt right off the bat. The Gold Web’s keyboardist/percussion player was shooting confetti all over the place. At one point balloons were released that lingered … Continue reading GGOOLLDD at Empty Bottle 12/16/17

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