The Darkness at Park West 3/30/22

It’s been nearly 20 years since The Darkness exploded on the scene with their debut album, Permission To Land. It had been a while since a band came along and brought the over-the-top and in-your-face rock and roll the band exhibited on their first single, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” Through great success, a lengthy hiatus, and some lineup changes, they still appear … Continue reading The Darkness at Park West 3/30/22

Ryan Bingham at Park West

The opening half of last night’s co-headlining show at Park West was beloved folk/country singer Ryan Bingham and his band. The pairing of a campfire ballad singer with the former front man for Gaslight Anthem (Brian Fallon) may seem like an odd choice to some, but given their shared love of classic rock, it’s clear they’re a match made in heaven. They came together during … Continue reading Ryan Bingham at Park West

Hiatus Kaiyote at Park West 08/10/2016

Last night Hiatus Kaiyote brought their Aussie funk train through Chicago with a sold-out show at Park West. After a sweltering summer day, those looking for some relief in the air conditioned confines of the venue were sadly disappointed. With  warm bodies packed in like sardines, things got so heated the band’s equipment had a hard time keeping up with the band. I had some … Continue reading Hiatus Kaiyote at Park West 08/10/2016

Deap Vally At Park West 6/5/2014

Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally
Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally

Last night I got my socks rocked off by Deap Vally at Park West. They were there in support of Band Of Skulls, but it was obvious from the start that they could have easily been the headliners. A larger group than normal crowded the floor area at the venue for the 8pm set, bouncing up and down and banging their heads along with the heavy guitar riffs played by Lindsey Troy. A guy next to me said, “Where did these girls come from? I don’t even remember what band I’m here to see!” And it really was that kind of explosive performance that transcends labels like warmup act and main attraction-when the music is this good it really doesn’t matter.

The set only lasted about half an hour, and it was evident that the crowd would have gladly listened all night. I had spent a little time reacquainting myself with Sistrionix before going to the show, and it did not prepare me in the least for what I would see. Songs like “Walk Of Shame” were more visceral and raw, with fuzz dripping off Troy’s guitar and Julie Edwards pounding the drum set with such force I thought it might just break in half. On “End Of The World” Troy’s voice sparkled through, sounding like a mix between an angry Karen O and Janis Jopling preaching “Hate is a parasite. Yes hate will eat us alive if we let it. No we won’t let it.” Continue reading “Deap Vally At Park West 6/5/2014”

Michael Kiwanuka At Park West 9/26/12

Last night Park West in Chicago played host to three great performances by wildly different artists. While their approaches varied greatly, there were some common bonds found between them throughout the night. There were a lot of songs about love and loss, and some great musicianship on display. There was never a dull moment, and you can’t ask for much more than that. Malaysia-born singer … Continue reading Michael Kiwanuka At Park West 9/26/12