Hop Along at Metro 6/10/18

Despite my best efforts, I had never seen Hop Along before last night. I’ve enjoyed the music they’ve been releasing since I heard about them a few years ago. For whatever reason I just could never make it to a show. I’m glad I finally rectified that, because Frances Quinlan’s vocals live are even better than they are on the records. Touring in support of … Continue reading Hop Along at Metro 6/10/18

Valley Queen at Metro 5/7/2017

I got an email roughly 0.000003 seconds after listening to Valley Queen’s “Pulled By The Weather” asking if I’d be interested in checking out their show here in Chicago. I thought the song was really excellent, so I said yes. I checked out their EP, Destroyer, and found it an enjoyable listen. It’s a bit of soulful folk music, but when they hit the stage … Continue reading Valley Queen at Metro 5/7/2017

Jens Lekman At Metro 3/9/2017

Singer/songwriter Jens Lekman has long had a talent for making the saddest songs seem fun. Whether he’s singing about a broken heart or the failings of man in the world, he can always find a way to make a beat and melody that betrays the torment of the lyrics. He’s also quite clever with his wordplay, so it’s no surprise that his show at Metro … Continue reading Jens Lekman At Metro 3/9/2017

K’Valentine at Metro 2/2/2017

Earlier this week I reviewed K’Valentine’s new record Here For A Reason that will be out sometime this Spring (I think). Last night I got to see her perform an opening set for Talib Kweli. She signed to Javotti a couple years ago and has spent that time honing her skills and learning from the talent on the already-impressive roster. She definitely earned her spot … Continue reading K’Valentine at Metro 2/2/2017