Josh Ritter at The Vic 11/9/2017

I got very spoiled the first couple of times I saw Josh Ritter play. He’s still a fairly under the radar artist as far as the mainstream goes, but in 2008 and 2009 he was even more so unknown. He played at Vaudeville Mews, which is a great small room in Des Moines, to about 200 people (including the balcony). Those shows were amazing, with … Continue reading Josh Ritter at The Vic 11/9/2017

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

The Strumbellas at Thalia Hall 10/19/2017

I first heard about The Strumbellas at a music festival in Toronto back in 2014. Unfortunately, they were playing the same time as another group I wanted to see. So finally, over three years later, on Thursday night I got to see the Canadian Americana band take the stage at Thalia Hall. The band did not disappoint, playing a set filled with the hits from … Continue reading The Strumbellas at Thalia Hall 10/19/2017

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

Izzy Bizu at Soldier Field 8/17/17

A few weeks ago someone sent me the music video for Izzy Bizu’s “White Tiger.” I’d never heard of her before, but was immediately struck by the video’s similarity to fun, early 80’s American pop singers Whitney Houston and Madonna. I think she’s got a bright future if she sticks with it, and apparently Coldplay agrees as she’s opening for them on their current tour … Continue reading Izzy Bizu at Soldier Field 8/17/17

Kiefer Sutherland at Thalia Hall 5/21/2017

It’s easy to write off Kiefer Sutherland’s music career as a vanity project, but after seeing him live I can assure you it is not. I actually figured that out when I saw that his debut album was produced by Jude Cole, a singer/songwriter who’s been making music for over 30 years. Together they turned Sutherland’s collection of songs he’s been writing for as long … Continue reading Kiefer Sutherland at Thalia Hall 5/21/2017

Hurray For The Riff Raff at Thalia Hall 4/28/2017

As The Navigator tells the rough and tumble tale of early American life for Puerto Ricans, it made a lot of sense to showcase it at Thalia Hall. Nestled in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, home to a lot of the Hispanic culture in the city. Alynda Segarra and the latest incarnation of her backing band that make up Hurray For The Riff Raff really … Continue reading Hurray For The Riff Raff at Thalia Hall 4/28/2017