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

Noah Kahan at Thalia Hall 10/19/2017

If you’re unfamiliar with Noah Kahan right now, I’m not surprised. I was not aware of him myself until I saw he’d be opening shows for The Strumbellas on their current tour. After listening to the few songs he has out on Spotify, it was not surprising that the band would choose the Vermont-born singer/songwriter to warm up their crowds. He plays a similar kind … Continue reading Noah Kahan at Thalia Hall 10/19/2017

Gloom Balloon-“Brush My Teeth” Video Premiere

The third (and possibly last) Gloom Balloon album came out a while ago. Patrick Tape-Fleming made videos for all the songs, so he’s sitting on some great stuff and I’m relieving him of another great clip. Previously I premiered the video for “Alone In My Head,” which featured the singer spinning on a merry-go-round. “Brush My Teeth” does not show Patrick at all; instead it … Continue reading Gloom Balloon-“Brush My Teeth” Video Premiere

Dan Rico at Cafe Mustache 10/14/2017

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the new 7″ “Flesh & Bone” from Chicago musician Dan Rico. Saturday night I got to see him live and it was great. The vibe on stage completely matches the fuzzed out honky-tonk you hear on the record. I referred to it to a friend as “dirty Elvis,” and I think that fits pretty well. I hadn’t been … Continue reading Dan Rico at Cafe Mustache 10/14/2017

LPX at Metro 10/13/2017

When MS MR announced a hiatus earlier this year, fans were made to wonder what would be coming next. Lizzy Plapinger’s solo project LPX has slowly released a couple singles, with a third called “Better” just released last month. Her new stuff is a bit more rock-based, with guitars creating the sounds instead of synths. At the show on Saturday she even mentioned her love … Continue reading LPX at Metro 10/13/2017

Moon Taxi at Concord Music Hall 10/13/2017

It had been a few years since I last saw Moon Taxi play in a club, so I was excited to check out their set a couple nights ago in Chicago. I caught about twenty minutes of them playing outdoors in Memphis last year, but I had to go to get to another stage. Concord is a much bigger venue than where I first saw … Continue reading Moon Taxi at Concord Music Hall 10/13/2017

Terriers-I Don’t Still Want To Unless You Want To

Flashback to May 2013. Terriers were about to release their debut album, Unrequited Admiration Society and I invited them to come to Handwritten Recording and do a tune for my Hasty Revelations project. I posted the song as some extra coverage for their record release, though the song was new and didn’t appear on that first album. Now, over four years later, “Anything” is the … Continue reading Terriers-I Don’t Still Want To Unless You Want To