Nikki Lane at Do Division Fest 6/3/2016 (PHOTOS)

I finally got the opportunity to see Nikki Lane play live, over two years after her record All Or Nothin’ was in constant rotation on my iPod. She delivered a solid set to a Chicago crowd that was ready to hear some outlaw country. Lane sang a mix of originals and Waylon Jennings covers, announced herself as a big shit-talker, and became the first person … Continue reading Nikki Lane at Do Division Fest 6/3/2016 (PHOTOS)

Jill Andrews at Thalia Hall 4/15/2016

If you missed out on Jill Andrews beautiful folk album The War Inside when it came out last year, don’t fret. They just released a new deluxe edition that’s streaming on Spotify with two new songs. If you’ve been avoiding it because she’s a “country” artist, well, grow up. Take a listen and you’ll find she’s more in the vein of First Aid Kit than … Continue reading Jill Andrews at Thalia Hall 4/15/2016

Dunn Dunn Fest Night 2: Lincoln Hall

   Here’s a little Dunn Dunn Fest riddle for you: what do you get when you cross amazing bands, a great crowd, and a first-class music venue? If you guessed “night 2 of Dunn Dunn Fest, specifically the show at Lincoln Hall featuring Nasty Snacks, Alanna Royale, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, congratulations! Go reward yourself with a cookie. I’ll wait. How was … Continue reading Dunn Dunn Fest Night 2: Lincoln Hall

Buzz For Bully Brings Big Mob

“Let’s mosh! But make sure no one gets hurt.” Alicia Bognanno delivered this message with a sweetness that betrays her hard-hitting vocals fronting Nashville’s Bully. The early afternoon set drew a larger-than-normal crowd for a 2pm set on the blue stage, and those in attendance were ready to comply. The aggressive guitar riffs and thumping bass lines drove an energy into the audience that made … Continue reading Buzz For Bully Brings Big Mob