A Giant Dog at Double Door 1/6/2017

My first show of 2017 was a part of a huge festival that hits Chicago early every year, Ian’s Party. It brings multiple venues together to celebrate a ton of great local music, with some out-of-towners brought in to make it even more enticing. The lineup at Double Door last night featured something like 15 bands on 2 stages. I stayed upstairs and caught 4 … Continue reading A Giant Dog at Double Door 1/6/2017

A Giant Dog-“Sex And Drugs”

We’re still a few months away from the official release of A Giant Dog‘s new album Pile, their first on Merge Records. Yesterday, the lead single for the record was posted to YouTube and it’s every bit as fun as you’d expect from the Austin rockers. The tune blends the piano jams of early Elton John with a lo-fi punk attitude. It feels as free … Continue reading A Giant Dog-“Sex And Drugs”

Spider Bags At Hideout Inn 8/14/2014

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Spider Bags came to town last night touring behind their amazing new album, Frozen Letter. It didn’t take long for that LP to jump into my number one slot for best of the year so far, and their performance did not disappoint. This was my first time seeing the band live after discovering them a couple years ago via a tweet by Titus Andronicus front man Patrick Stickles. They released the new record via Merge, and the quality is a testament to both organizations commitment to excellence.

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The night kicked off with a so-so performance from Life Parter that could most aptly be described as “loud.” They seemed to be having fun on stage, which made me enjoy it a little more, but all the songs kind of ran together aimlessly and most went on far longer than needed. The second band, Chicago’s own Flesh Panthers, was much more enjoyable. They were also loud, but married that verbosity with melody, harmonies, and a take no prisoners attitude. I’d never heard of them, and was fearing something more akin to Steel Panther, so I’m happy to say I look forward to more from Flesh Panthers.

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